Look, look! Artwork for my book Baneblade! This atmospheric piece of the eponymous tanks in action was created by Adam Tooby, and a fine job he’s done too. I first saw this some time ago, and have been itching to show you ever since, now I can! I’ve also been given permission to reveal a little of the plot of the book, hooray! Here goes:
Imperial Guard fight Blood Axe Orks across a treacherous world!
Colaron Bannick is a young officer of noble birth. Posted to hostile Kalidar – a place wracked by deadly storms, covered in choking dust and troubled by bizarre psychic phenomenon – his heroic actions in his first engagement see him seconded to join the crew of the ancient Baneblade, Mars Triumphant, where he faces a terrifying enemy…
Although the story is set at the time of the Macharian Crusade, the war on Kalidar is not a part of this grand campaign (read Bill King’s Angel of Fire for that), instead the book shows an army group stretched to the limit as resources are siphoned off to fuel the Warmaster’s conquests.
In a parallel story depicted in a series of flashbacks, we also see why Bannick fled his comfortable existence as a privileged nobleman for a hard life in the Guard.
Expect big tanks, big battles and the will of the Emperor and the Omnissiah done by man and machine against terrible odds.
Baneblade will be released in April next year. In fact, you can preorder it on Amazon already.