Friday, June 21, 2013

Neoclassical Chaos Monster

One of the nice things about the Warhammer 40K universe is that anyone, anywhere, can suddenly be taken over by the powers of Chaos and turned into a monster. The high tech which can send starships through hyperspace to their destinations is bought at the cost of contacting a malevolent other universe that is populated with Chaotic evil beings filled with madness. Any contact brings chaotic corruption from that universe into ours. So a lady of virtue could be standing in the neoclassical Temple of Reason, worshipping the holiness of order and intelligence, and suddenly morph into an insectoid monster because she had made a space voyage and inadvertently met up with a wandering Chaos connection. She might never have noticed it, until the last moment many months later, when the Chaos seeds left within her finally bloomed into horrific reality. The only way to stop Chaos is to destroy whatever is corrupted by it, so the lady, fully aware that she was doomed, would have to be put down by the Space Marines, destroying the majestic Temple of Reason in the process.

Ink and gel pens on sketchbook page, about 3 1/2" square, June 20, 2013.

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