Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ballads of War 2x20-2x21

Here we go again, with our favourite man in a cloak...


It's only now, like ten years later, that I wonder why would anybody keep the hood on when inside a building. Specially such a dark hall. I guess I shouldn't follow that train of tought, or else I'll be wondering just afterwards why would anybody wear a creepy clown mask at all times...

Well, anyway, the important thing is that the Harlequin and Cypher are about to negotiate. The Great Harlequin's logic dictates that the Dark Angels are a nuisance as they are pursuing Cypher. If he left, the Marines would do so as well, so the Eldar could take over the mausoleum. But Cypher doesn't look quite prone to that course of action. Will he be able to convince the Fallen Angel that the sarcophagus will be safe with the Eldar? The key here is if the Harlequin, a warden of the knowledge of the mythical Black Library, has something to bargain with...

In the meanwhile, we can see another kind of diplomacy. Relationships between Space Marines Chapters are not always as smooth as it would be desirable for the profit of the Imperium. Interrogator Chaplain Asmodai doesn't look too happy of the news he's being updated with. 'What, you have you own men there inside?' 'What, there were civilians?' 'My secrets, my secrets!!' Man, you can see him sweating there inside that helmet, his teeth clenching.

More mysteries unveiled on next installment! All previous stuff, as usual, can be found HERE.

10 comments:

  1. Great one. I love a dark pages, looking fantastic!

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    1. Thank you! As the first page has been touched and filtered now it can't be seen, but it was a nightmare to paint so much black on the paper! :S

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  2. I really love that first panel. The conversation in the dark is very effective, and your use of black and white speech bubbles for Harlequin and Cypher's speech is subtle and effective.

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    1. Thank you! The black bubbles enhance the idea of deep, imposing voice for Cypher (in Codex Eye of Terror he is called indeed 'the Voice of the Emperor'). The first panel is kind of a tribute to the classic mini, the one with him aiming with two guns :)

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  3. Interesting what is the interrogators true motive!

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    1. Dun dun dunnnn... The Dark Angels will be coping a few incoming pages ;)

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    1. Oooh, you know indeed what you are speaking of... ;)

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  5. I guess keeping one's hood on indoors isn't that strange actually if you thought about it in a 'Hollywood' kind of way. It makes the said person looks more cool and mysterious I guess :) That's just me as in the real world they would probably call the police if anyone in a hood started wandering around a building indoors XD

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    1. Hahaha, that's the kind of thing Hollywood never thinks about :D

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