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Runefang

Black Library novel cover; ©Games Workshop

Acrylic, Approx 13" x 20".

Original artwork SOLD.

The mythical sword Runefang is capable of destroying all the enemies of the Empire... and it will need to!

This was painted a little while ago, around the same time as Curse of the Necrarch, but I had failed to post it sooner :(

The composition was dictated to me, but I had fun with portraying the undead, and mass battle scene. I chose a lighter patch of sky and some glint on the blade to add focus to the tip, as I knew the trade dress was going to fall across the middle.

Here it is with the trade dress:

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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Whoa badass awesome!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconjames-dark-blue-wolf:
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Your welcome
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:iconmoonlighttheif:
MoonlightTheif Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
UNDEAD!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For Sigmar..or for Von Carstein..hm..Nice work eithe way heh :thumbsup:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :)
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:iconallosaure:
Allosaure Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist
Parfait!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconleecaria:
leecaria Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
this is way awsome dude. i love playing DnD with my friends and my brothers plays warhammer. :P
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool - thanks :)
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:iconleecaria:
leecaria Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
your welcome, :)
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:iconhakkyou-no-yami:
Hakkyou-no-Yami Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
now THIS is war....the sword looks simple BUT at the same time hold a rather mysterious air..that could fool most of the eyes.

nice if I say so.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear it - thanks :)
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:icondevineemperormeiji:
DevineEmperorMeiji Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Very awesome.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot :D
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:iconnigellus:
nigellus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Student
Metal
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:icontaytonclait:
Taytonclait Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing imagery of a classic subject!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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:iconsteelwool:
Steelwool Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Are those followers of Nurgle or are the just undead?
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Just undead ;)
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:iconvamore:
Vamore Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
This is fantastic! I recently bought this novel ( I looked up your name in the front page credits in hope of finding more neat art :3 )I found I can't help but stare at it.
This piece has such a great feeling of a muddy and dark atmosphere at the same time being quite clear and easy to see all the details.
And anyone who can illustrate the Empire without making them look like some sort of grim Mardi Gras deserves a medal X'D

Fantastic work!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
very kind of you - thanks :)
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:iconkrumhur:
Krumhur Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Very nice work, looking EPIC!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great - thanks :)
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:iconazraelusguy:
AzraelusGuy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome conception ... looks so dynamic! :)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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scarlettroses Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
thats bitctin!!!
i'm jealouse of you're mad skills yo!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lol - thanks :D
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:iconsaltyhavok:
SaltyHavok Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
This picture blows my mind its so amazing!!
wow...
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very pleased you think so - thanks :)
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:iconmikeunderhill:
MikeUnderhill Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009   Interface Designer
+12 to strike undead, +30% to turn.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:icontaiia:
Taiia Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Charming :giggle:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconnoctemvixen:
noctemvixen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
wow that's amazing. I love it. The sword in the middle too!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks - yeah they wanted a very simple compositional design, seems to work :)
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:icon0-12-13-0-17:
0-12-13-0-17 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
O-O epic.
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :D
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:icondevavkj:
devavkj Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
oh, you managed to express the soul of warhammer (to much serious and boring warhammer stuff lately)
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Very glad you think so :)
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:iconbilosgos:
Bilosgos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Awful
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I hope you really mean awesome ;)
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archanN Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Featured your wonderful art here: [link]

:heart:
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :)
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:iconjay-chan3:
Jay-Chan3 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008
Nice work, exquisite detail!
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :)
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MidnightInMoscow Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
Wow
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:iconralphhorsley:
RalphHorsley Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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