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Magnus The Red: Sketch by saint-max Magnus The Red: Sketch by saint-max
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Magnus the Red, the Crimson King, the Red Cyclops, Primarch of the XV Legion the Thousand Sons Chaos Space Marine.

As promised here is another Primarch drawing. This time I forced my self to sit and do the rendering in pencil, I think this is the cleanest sketch I did so far.
Here are some thoughts on the drawing. I wanted to show his right eye as magic, knowledge, future and the past all at once, because its everything all together. So I made it purring warp energy, probably with all different colors and effects, well once I start painting it things would change... that is known :P .
I wanted to show him as calm, all knowing and a gaze full of determination. On the other hand I drew his ethereal form for even in torment for the loss of his legion.
I really enjoyed designing the armor, I just love Tzeentch since WH Online times ... good times indeed :(

Well, I hope you like the drawing
C&c are more than welcome

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winterfluss Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
This sketch is awesome. To me it even looks better than the colored version. Magnus looks older and more ... massive on the sketch. (The colored version is really great too :) )
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saint-max Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yep I too like certain things about the sketch more than the final version. probably because I used the sketch as a reference and not as a base for the illustration.
and thanks, glad you liked it :D :D
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Cane-the-artist Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! :D
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saint-max Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
;)
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audy4o Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Oh wow.. That FACE! Never seen him this way before, he is still very handsome despite the fact he turned to Chaos, excellent work here
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saint-max Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :D
I will try my best to maintain this in the colored illustration.
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audy4o Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
For that, I am not afraid of the result, it will be beautiful as usual with your work :)
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Phaeton-Gehennan Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
This is by far the best representation of Magnus I have seen. Great Job
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saint-max Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Means a lot :D thanks
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Carnage2K4 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I really love this, cannot wait to see it painted!
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saint-max Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe soon ;)
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Carnage2K4 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
O.O !!!
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LordShitpissfart123 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
Ahh Magnus. Primarch of the first Choas Legion I idolized: "The Thousand Sons".

I've always wondered though; could  the "Sons of the Cyclops" Legion be referring to Magnus? 
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saint-max Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well maybe ;)
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DaCrazyBeggar Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing, but don forget his huge flowing Mane of red hair.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx :D  well I did drop that, didn't think it worked well with my design ;)
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DaCrazyBeggar Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i dunno it just felt like there's something missing since itīs such a prominent feature of his,
plus i feel like you could work wonders with that like flowing visages and claws forming in the hair...
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saint-max Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah I agree, I could've came up with a design for it but its because I probably dont find it practical specially when it comes to wearing a helmet, hahahah tbh long hair will be troublesome when it comes to space marines, dont u think?
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DaCrazyBeggar Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, Magnus never wears a helmet, really, never, neither does Russ,Fulgrim , or the Khan, or Angron.
The reason: he is a psychic powerhouse, for that exact reason he wears a sort of crown with to huge Horns on them,
or why the length of his upper arms is completely uncovered by armor.
The kine shield he could produce were able to deflect a Warlord-class Titans plasma blast.
even more so by him effectively being a demon prince by Tzeentchs favor, boosting his psychic capability tenfold.
Plus a lot of primarchs have hair or something that would interfere with helmets.
think about Jaghatai Khan with his Mongol-like ponytail, or Angrons cybernetic Dreadlocks, the butchers nails.
Even Leman Russ wears a long flowing mane of hair.
And none of them is an almost god-like psyker.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes true, hmmmmmmm yes I totally agree, but helmet is not only for protection, at a certain point there will be outer space battles, and while the space marine can survive for a couple of minutes out there but it is still impossible to stay alive without oxygen.
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DaCrazyBeggar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
naturally, you have a point there,
but i donīt think Magnus really has a need for oxygen after all, one of the Thousand Sons cults are the Pavoni
which practice the Art of Body self manipulation through psychic power which includes control over body temperature, emotion,
increasing muscle properties, increasing energy as far as to shoot lightening from their Hands.
Seeing as Magnus is the Master of all the Thousand sons arts, is it really far off to say he doesnīt need oxygen ?
plus I have never heard of a demon prince, a demon PRIMARCH at that needing to breathe.
i guess i am too accustomed to the depictions of Magnus that Games Workshop show from time to time, its just how i always though he looked and was described in the Books.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmmm yeah I can see your point. I kinda talking about Magnus the Primarch before he was killed by the wolf, but yeah now he is invincible, the physical realm means nothing to him in his new form.
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muju Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
that is way killer
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saint-max Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx muju :D Glad u liked it ;)
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
beautiful!!!! this is after he's fallen right? love it!!:D
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, after his fallen :D :D
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AjDrawer Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Magnus the Red:
Primarch of the Thousand son. Named so due to his red skin. Born and raised in the sorcery world of Prospero. Magnus became a great sorcerer in his own right. When the Emperor found him, Magnus was unique, for he was well aware of who and what he is. So it is that when the Emperor came, he was already well aware of who the Emperor is and acceded without delay, conversing like old friends who had known each other for years. The Emperor however, was not exactly pleased at his son's apparent recklessness with his so called sorcerous capabilities. Worrying about the Warp's influence on his son, the Emperor confided to Magnus, and only to him, the true secrets of the Warp in its entirety. Magnus feigned horror, and promise he will be careful. But in truth, he continued on with his dabbling of Warp powers, believing they can be mastered and controlled. Uniquely, from Magnus' efforts was born a new class of Space Marines that would aid the Imperium greatly in the years to come: The Librarian.

When first found by the Emperor, Magnus had two eyes. The story of how he became a cyclop, well... At first, the Thousand Sons owe their name due to the fact that their standing forces number no more than a thousand at a time. Due to rampant mutation, the marines were deemed too unstable, and many petitioned them to be disbanded, and its members euthanized. Magnus pleaded to give him a chance to stop this. He succeeded, but at the cost of one of his eyes traded to a warp entity he did not at the time as Tzeentch. His eye dissipated in a wall of skin, as if there was never even a socket to house the eyeball. However not all chapters are overjoyed with the Thousand Sons' reliance on psykers and Librarians. Lemann Russ and Corax for instance, refuse to field their legions alongside any army with Librarians in them. The Primarchs were divided over this, and clashes seem to be inevitable. The Emperor then summoned all of his primarchs to the council on planet Nikaea. It was in truth, a trial for the one eyed wizard. Librarians were forbidden, and Magnus was ordered, under the pain of death, to return to Prospero and restructure his legion to one compliant with the Emperor's wishes. At this point, Magnus had YET to turn from the Emperor, though he was slighted nonetheless.

Ironically, his desire to aid the Emperor proved to be his downfall. In his meditation, Magnus, in his dream, peered into the warp and saw the dark horrifying future and the aftermath of the Horus Heresy. Desperate to send this message immediately to the Emperor, he broke the Emperor's edict and sent the message, psychically and magically. It reached the Emperor, but furious at his son's transgression, sent Lemann Russ to bring Magnus to questioning. Problem is: the Emperor ordered it through the already corrupted Horus, who then twisted his order. Lemann Russ went into Prospero under the order to DESTROY Prospero and kill the Primarch. He did so, earning the unending enmity and hatred of Magnus, who by then, had completely turned away from the Emperor and embraced Tzeentch as a patron.

Magnus' axe was ironically something given to him by... wait for it... Angron. It was an axe Angron used before he wielded the twin Gorechild and Gorefather.

Hope it helps.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It does :D thanx a lot
Hey if u got something similar for the twin Primarchs throw it my way ;)
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DaCrazyBeggar Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i think lore- wise the only thing about Alpharius and Omegon is that the just do NOT stand out
i think the cleverest way would actually to have more than 2 Spacemarines stand in the front of the picture, and maybe some in the back, seeing as their main mantra is to blend in, to not be seen.
After all there was one mission where a space station of Alpha legionaries was suspected to contain a traitor, so another squad of Alphas including Omegon purged them, and none of Alphas on the space station knew that one of the primarchs was with the attackers.
After all for a very Long time every single Alpha legionnaire kept saying "I am Alpharius" for the purpose of Confusion.
which is also in keeping with their Legion Iconography, the Hydra.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes I thought about that option, drawing 5 Alpha legionnaires to add that mystery, but at the end I thought that hey this is a fictional portrait and I just want to show the twins at their finest >_> hmmm  or maybe I should've gave one of them a helmet hmmmm
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Vernul Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. This is the best iteration of my favorite Primarch taht I've ever seen - even more than GW's. Amazing job.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am really glad to hear this :D thanx a lot :D
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AshielNeronamyde Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It is wonderful!
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanx :D D: <3
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averyforge Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to see a tutorial from you master saint-max.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:$ I should be able to record now, after getting 64bit running on my pc. its just about time and subject, I was planning to record the next painting I do, but that didnt happen yet @_@ damn I just want to get back to working on my own stuff :(
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Cool rendition of the great primarch.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanx :D
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist
you're welcome!
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ExGemini Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moar! We NEED MOAR! :)
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanx :D yes more soon, hmmmm during this month maybe ;)
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LordSektor Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Очень классно! Однако, надо больше 40k, а FB- меньше. Но это только мое мнение...
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saint-max Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry but what do you mean by FB-less?
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LordSektor Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Я про то, что он слишком похож на персонажей Фентези. Собственно в описании у вас и написано, что Вы вдохновлялись Warhammer:online.
Хотелось бы увидеть хотя бы частично силовые доспехи и больше проводов и тому подобного.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I see, well Tzeentch is but one in both 40K and fantasy, demons of chaos apply for both 40k and fantasy. And I based my concept on the fact the Magnus is no longer excite in his mortal form, as it was destroyed by Russ, but he transformed his soul to the warp in an immortal energy form. If you read Battle of the Fang you will get the actual idea "no spoilers :P" . So in this case having a power armor will just look silly specially that the wearer is but an energy form with great psychic powers that has no need for the mortal's technology as a source for life support.
If my concept was based on Magnus pre-Heresy then you are totally correct. I hope that my point is clear :D and thanx a lot for you note, such comments do help me a lot in future concepts.
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Sallar47 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
God finally!! Someone gets him right, I am sick of seeing magnus as a red freak..

He was sophisticated and scholarly and calm ffs..
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad that you agree, yes I too see him miss-pictured in all the art pieces out there, they just dont capture him the way he is described in the novels.
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Sallar47 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahh yes, the novels. Very tragic books really, broke me from inside.
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saint-max Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Same here </3
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Savage!
Looking forward to the paint. ;)
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