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United Tau VS The Imperium by JakeMurray United Tau VS The Imperium by JakeMurray

This piece for Games Workshop was recently released in the "Mont'ka" book for Warhammer 40K, and features an epic battle between three united Tau armies, Ravenguard, and Cadian forces. Probably the most chaotic, large-scale piece I've ever attempted!

©2015 Games Workshop.

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:iconsteamflunky:
steamflunky Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
Impressive!
Don't Tau United play in the chinese premier league? ;-)
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northerntoe Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017
Who ever wins the imperial guardsman are gonna get massacred 
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SFaccountant Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
That's a brave cadre, to try and fight Imperial forces with a massed assault. That's not their strong suit. And at that range, they're about thirty seconds from stabby-stabby time.
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MomentumCrisis Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
Commander Puretide would be proud. :happycry: 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xj6yQx…
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha thank you. :)
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:iconmastadon-king:
Mastadon-King Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016
"EMPEROR FUCKING DAMMNIT!!! WHO MENTIONED THE ANIME CONVENTION WAS COMING TO TOWn!?!"

"WE DON"T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM FOR THEIR WEEABOO SHIT!"

"EVACUATE THE CONVENTION WHILE WE CAN STILL SAVE THE CAST MEMBERS!"

"WHAT ABOUT THE CONVENTION GOERS?"

"THEY'RE THE ONE'S COVERING THE LEFT FLANK. THAT'S WHY WE HAVEN'T BEEN OVERWHELMED YET!"

"BRAVE BASTARDS."

"SERIOUSLY. THEY RANSACKED THE LOCAL ARMORIES AND MILITARY BASES FOR WEAPONS AND WAR MACHINES THE SECOND THEY HEARD THE TAU WERE COMING. APPARENTLY, THERE'S SOME KIND OF FEUD BETWEEN THEM AND THE TAU. NEVER DID A DAY OF EXERCISE BEFORE AND NOW THEY MAY AS WELL ALL BE SPACE MARINES THEMSELVES." 

"NEKKO NEKKO NYAH!!!"
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LeoDvinci Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016
Oh, Commander Farsight is leading the Tau .......the humans are fucked.....
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:iconemperor508:
emperor508 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
Not if Calgar is among them
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:iconjakemurray:
JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah...I think I'd cry if I saw a Tau coalition this large heading my way!
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:iconemperor508:
emperor508 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
The grate warriors of the imperium Will prevail no matter how many Tau stand un their way
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
outstanding work sir!!! this is truely epic!
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:iconjakemurray:
JakeMurray Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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LonelyWolfm8 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
So Epic exactly what i was searching for, really great picture !
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you like it. :)
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sciencevsart Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautifully epic. It reminds me of the old black-and-white artbooks with vast, sweeping arrays of thousands of soldiers duking it out over a massive battlefield.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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hunterandspyro Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Die Imperium die!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconemperor508:
emperor508 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
HERETIC!!!!!!!!!!!
(Dont get me wrong, i think the Tau actually have a point on the fraterno good but its all too Damm perfectly depicted. It contrasta too much withe Lore of warhammer 40000)
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hunterandspyro Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I see you'r point 
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Haha I take it you're not a fan of the Imperium?
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:iconhunterandspyro:
hunterandspyro Featured By Owner Edited Mar 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
No sorry i am with Tau but l love you art.
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:iconjakemurray:
JakeMurray Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconhunterandspyro:
hunterandspyro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Do you play the game?
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:iconjakemurray:
JakeMurray Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No, I haven't played. But that makes players' comments on the work that much more interesting to me haha. :)
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Kamzil118 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
I have never seen this much awesome in a long time.
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:iconjakemurray:
JakeMurray Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha thank you very much. :)
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SgtSolarFlare Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
squad of marines gets into close combat, kills about 4 the rest fall back. sweeping advance :P
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:iconazpeasy:
AZpeasy Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
Didn't actually happen.
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AcidFerdinand Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
True story. =)
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:iconfredlings:
Fredlings Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tau: Vior'la, Tau, and Falshia
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dorenna Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
EPIC... You have just garnered a follower. Thank-you.
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Inkary Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome job! Go Tau! For the greater good!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Generalobiwankenobi7 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're Welcome! Keep up the good work!
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Sokil-Su Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! But it kind of looks to me that Tau are pushing forward in this picture, do they want a melee with humans or something? Shouldn't they just annihilate from distance? All those fire warriors in one place, and the fire doesn't seem tense..
Anyway, great piece! Maybe they have won already and those imperials in the picture are the last survivors...
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DashLockhart Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
was thinking the same :)
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! For this piece the scenario was that the Tau have been pushed back trying to defend their fortress, but are now starting to unite and rally around Commander Farsight (the red mech in the middle on the tank). With big battle scenes like this where you're also trying to convey a story, it can get tricky trying to manage all the pieces and having too much blaster fire and effects and such would just make it too visually confusing. More than it already is anyway haha. :)
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Sokil-Su Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I understand that! Large battle scenes are a special kind of a puzzle, that is never solved with too much FX =D Thanks so much for the answer!
The picture does look impressive, and when you know it's the rallying of the troops, everything looks right. They are being assembled and repositioned, so they will form ranks and open organized fire very soon =D
Keep up the great work!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again!
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TheGSP Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
This is just awesome. Do you have any bigger resolutions for wallpapers?
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Unfortunately, my contract with Games Workshop restricts the image size I can post online, so this is as large as I can go. :(
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TheGSP Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015
Ah, GW, why do you do this to us! Still awesome, keep up the good work!
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HenryBiscuitfist Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015
This is so badass and awesome aaaaa! o3o;
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thank you!
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This looks incredible, but it consists of two of my sodding favorite factions fighting. I like the Ravenguard and the Farsight enclaves i'm just bothered there on the same battlefield. The scope of the work is complex and epic though!
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JakeMurray Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Sorry I had to pit your favorites against each other! :)
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