+ Militarum ad Astra +









//Location: From Cicatrix Maledictum, to coreward Sol System, Terra-bound. Vector 111443K, 893.56.

Classification: Space Hulk, size-class: Indistinguishable. Grav-flux indicates classification: Gargantuan-Ω. Psi-active. Translation ortus-scream silenced communication from surrounding systems sector-wide.

Threat level: Magna, imminent. Sanctity of Segmentum Solar under direct incursion. See mission parameters for possible threat augur-descriptions.

Objective: Rapid counter-offensive/recon action. Information is required for full-scale repelling operation. Assemble spearhead-force to assess threat and report to High Command.  All Segmentum Astra Militarum units at disposal. Tacticae analysis suggestion: Narmachian 87th mechanized infantry division. Psykana Special Attachment appointed.

Crusade-status: Granted, by the Protector of His Domains, Lord General Militant, acting under Council of Terra. Active immediately.

The Emperor protects//



“As the Emperor protects, so must we.”
Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt, Tanith First and Only


General Militant Thetran Diocleton, Field Marshal of the “Wounding Crusade” Joint Astra Militarum Counter-Offensive

General Militant Thetran Diocleton, Field Marshal of the "Wounding Crusade" Joint Astra Militarum Counter-Offensive

Supreme Commander and appointed commanding officer of Imperial Guard crusade-force for repelling and quelling the threat, codename Primogenitor. Veteran of lifetimes worth of war in defense of Mankind’s worlds, and a brilliant and pragmatic strategist. Acting under direct orders of Council of Terra and Lord Militant General ad Astra.


“Do not ask how you may give your life for the Emperor. Ask instead how you may give your death.”

Warmaster Slaydo, on his deathbed.


Commissar Nohtan Haron, Narmachian 87th “The Breachers”

Commissar Nohtan Haron, Narmachian 87th "The Breachers"

Political officer of Astra Militarum mechanised infantry division hailing from hives and forge-steppes of Namarch, Segmentum Solar. Leader of footslogging guardsmen, confined-environment specialist heavy infantry, omnipotent warmachines and armoured units: the hammer and nails of the crusade-force and the bulwark of Humanity. Field Marshal’s right hand and die-hard disciplinarian.


When the people forget their duty they are no longer human and become something less than beasts. They have no place in the bosom of humanity, nor in the heart of the Emperor. Let them die and be forgotten.

— Prime Edicts of the Holy Synod of the Adeptus Ministorum.


Sybon Morr, Alpha-Level Sanctioned Psyker, Special-Attachment 109D “Regimenta Psykana”

Sybon Morr, Alpha-Level Sanctioned Psyker, Special-Attachment 109D "Regimenta Psykana"

The psyker-lord, head of one of the Imperial Guard’s battlefield-psyker regiments. His court of highly volatile but sanctioned Scholastica Psykana mutants is attached to the crusade-force to counter the primordial forces evidently housed within the space hulk Primogenitor. Because it is not always the shiny armour and valor that vanquish the monsters, but the monsters itself.



12 thoughts on “+ Militarum ad Astra +

    1. Thanks, happy to help 🙂 Keeping the palette restricted is easy: limit your paints, focus working on light and subtle hues and paint only what looks nice, not what should be painted.


  1. I keep revisiting just to look at Commissar Haron. I can’t figure out how the light textures and desaturated clothes colors and skin tone was achieved and it bugs the heck out of me. I have studied and studied this image (in color and black and white) wanting to learn from it but my skill level is just not high enough to see what it is I’m missing. So, needless to say, I absolutely love it. That skin and grey uniform is just awesome!

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    1. The key is to work out subtle nuances with washes and glazes 👍🏻 Also using different mediums, like oils, enamels, pigments and acrylics produces a myriad of material feelings


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