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Samuel Lamech by Blazbaros Samuel Lamech by Blazbaros
Samuel Lamech aka "The Business"

Chapter Master Lamech is the leader of the Marines Mordant, the scant remains of the First Company. In the Imperium, he is seen as a renegade and a traitor, when in fact he has never broken a single vow he has made to his beloved Emperor. On the run from the Inquisition, he and his veterans are hunted in every system they encounter, providing a few good deeds toward their fellow man before escaping.

Word is that the Marines Mordant were a genetically corrupt successor to the Blood Angels, a chapter already known for its unstable gene-seed. They are ferocious, dour warriors who speak of death constantly, whether their own or another's. Some even say they can envision their own death, when and where it will take place and by who's hand. Such a thing puts their allies at a wary distance.

As to why they have become a hunted chapter, none can tell, save for the Inquisition and their quarry. A strong rumor that persists is that they are the cause of a hive world being overrun with daemons, leading to the fall of an entire subsector. This is far from the truth.

The Grey Knights, the stalwart defenders of the Imperium were that cause. With the aid of Marines Mordant, they were able to reclaim a hive world that was once lost to Imperium and were about to purify the last unholy site of the cultists. The Grey Knights urged the fight forward, despite the cultists refusing to strike back. The Grey Knights and their allies sacrificed the last few souls needed to unleash a Greater Daemon and his spawn. Everything seemed to go wrong as they attempted to contain the daemonic summoning, but were unable to stop the children of chaos spewing out onto the hive world. The forces of both chapters were lost in minutes.

Unable to bear the thought of the Grey Knights leading the collapse of a mission, the Inquisition quickly drew up the Marines Mordant as a scapegoat. They were to take the fall for the Grey Knights, or face the threat of being branded as traitors. They refused openly and were hunted down in turn. The entire chapter was destroyed as it retreated from their homeworld.

The only ship to escape was a Strike Cruiser, the Fervor, carrying the former Captain Lamech and his First Company. The Eternal Legion, a chapter whom they have fought beside in many a battle, were the only ones to heed their call. It is under their brothers’ protection that they continue to fight the enemies of the Imperium. Together they shall see justice upon those who would deny them their sworn duty.

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It took some time, but I feel it came out pretty damn awesome.

Samuel Lamech, Marines Mordant, Eternal Legion © me

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Misone Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The thing about the Inquisition (aside from the fact that they can be petty murderous assholes at times), is that their not really a unified organization as such; the Grey Knights are the chamber militant of the Ordo Malleus, the Ordo Hereticus has the Sisters of Battle, and the Ordo Xenos has Deathwatch.

Any Inquisitor who has an axe to grind with his peers in the Ordo Malleus, and who even suspects the truth about the Marines Mordant, will happily look the other way, those of a radical bent may even secretly aid and abet them.
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which would explain why they haven't gotten blammed off the face of the galaxy already
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Misone Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Having a fellow Space Marine chapter running interference also helps.
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Thodoris75 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 3, 2015
Very nice. Very nice indeed. And this applies to both the artwork and the background story.
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keepkickin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic art, epic story!
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Jacobgr05 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
The inquisition can be right gits at times, all you need to do is look up the Celestial Lions chapter and you'll see how nasty they can be to their own imperial allies
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emprahsque23 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
So basically it was an accident and the Grey Knights didn't intentionally sacrifice the sacrifices?
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Exactly
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doodlebugRP Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student
Great backstory... really suits the grimdark. So some cultists actually outsmarted the Grey Knights, and these poor guys took the fall. Stupid Inquisition. (I didn't mean it! I DIDN'T MEAN IT! Sorry, Commissar!)

I wonder if they might find a few allies within the Grey Knights themselves, among individuals who have evidence of the truth...
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It'll probably an openly controversial thing even within their order that'll cause some division =p
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TheFellowWithTheHat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Looks like he'd like to...

:icondealwithitplz:

AXE you a question.

>YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!<

Overused memes! :D


Fantastic art, and very well proportioned, in terms of Space Marines. Not a gigantic chest or too little shoulder-plates, it's perfect. :D
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=p Thank you
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ASteriFegari Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Artist
VERY COOL!!!!!!!!!! :3
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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Lupen666 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
if I saw this guy coming at me I'd turn around and drop my pants, 'cause I'd be pretty f***ed
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He'd probably just drop kick you if you did that XD
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Lupen666 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol good point
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Thepsycho2112 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
This is why you never trust an inquisitor.
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Mizu-Kami-Kuusouka Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you captured the spirit of Warhammer 40K marvelously. The line art is well done but your coloring technique really made this picture stand out, like it should be on the cover of an official Space Marine novel.

The description \ introduction to this legion was presented with equal merit and really made them feel like they were a part of the dystopian 40K universe. A noble but disgraced chapter that continues to fight for the emperor even though it lays in ruins and is constantly hunted by a ruthless Inquisition.

I bet they would find allies in the Space Wolfs or Mortifactors though I doubt they would like to drag others into their conflict with the inquisition (as it may start another civil war).

Good job I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They lead covert missions in secret if possible, otherwise they do what they can when they can do it before high tailing it out of there.

Thanks :D
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Saguinius Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Because it's not enough that your enemies shit bricks upon seeing you, you want to make sure they shit a brick shithouse at the mere mention of you. :iconfuckyeaplz:
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell yeah
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Saguinius Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
:iconawwwyeahplz:
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purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome job :D
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D
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purpleshadowbooster Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
your welcome :3
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guywiththesuitcase Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
He looks like a Chaplain, more than he looks like a Chapter Master... Probably because of his Skull-Helm.

Good work, though.
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Funny, I thought the lack of a Crozius would give it away. Chaplains don't have a monopoly on skull helms either :shrug:
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guywiththesuitcase Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
IT'S OUR FASHION STATEMENT!
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hells yeah
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DEATHSPACE2 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Awesome in every possible way. Plus the story fits, none of that unfitting muck, which is really good.
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you :D
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fwyrl Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The image is so awesome that it almost crashed my web browser from awesomeness overload.
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:iconblazbaros:
Blazbaros Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hell yeah
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fwyrl Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
<insert desired swear-word here> Yah! =P
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kyphoscoliosis Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
So awesome <3 I'm in love with your shading skills. It's so natural looking
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic!!!:D
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
You.Are.Everywhere.:iconbucktooothplz:
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
huh???0__o
sure... im the flash!
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DeadCobra Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Cool
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Ultimatron1 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Um... I know this is strange to ask, but would you mind coloring a simple drawing of mine...?
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:iconblazbaros:
Blazbaros Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe?
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ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...Today, still wanted by the Inquisition, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem and no one else can help, and you can find them, maybe you can hire... The Marines Mordant.

[cue gunshots]
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:iconblazbaros:
Blazbaros Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dun-da-dun-daaa, dun-da-daaaaa. . .
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:iconchapteraquila92:
ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Better yet... [link]
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ha, random cyclon XD
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:iconchapteraquila92:
ChapterAquila92 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved the old series... The movie was also pretty good.
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Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I've got this image of him and a guardsmen standing in a trench before a battle.
The guardsman goes, 'I hope death's quick.'
And Samuel goes, 'It is for you.'
And no this isn't a joke.
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That could totally happen XD
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