The Golden One as Fulgrim
I have received many beautiful and heartfelt artworks over the last few years. This one might be my favourite thus far. It is yours truly as Fulgrim – Primarch of the Emperor’s Children Legion.
Massive salutes to Alex Cristi (https://www.artstation.com/alex314) for the artwork. The picture below is an unbearded version. I often get the question which my favourite Primarch is from the Horus Heresy (or generally Warhammer 40k universe), and although it is a tough question my answer is Pre-Heresy Fulgrim. The strive for perfection and constant progression is something that resonates well with the teachings of the gym.
One of my favourite quotes actually comes from the book Fulgrim and deals with the strive for perfection (in terms of art). Below are also two motivating quotes from the Horus Heresy books.
‘Can it be possible for a thing to be too perfect?’ asked Fulgrim. ‘Surely everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.’
‘Great art isn’t about reason, it’s about what comes from the heart’ said Ostian. ‘You can work with all the technical perfection in the galaxy, but if there is no passion, then it is a wasted effort.’
‘There is such a thing as perfection’, snapped Fulgrim, ‘and our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth. Everything that limits us we have to put aside.’
Ostian shook his head , too caught up in his words to notice the primarch’s growing anger. ‘No my lord, for the artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves in it nothing. It is the essence of being human that one does not seek perfection.’
‘And what of your own work?’ asked Fulgrim. ‘Do you not seek perfection in it?’
‘People throw away what they could have by insisting on perfection, which they cannot have, and looking for it where they will never find it. Were I to await perfection, my work would never be finished.’
– Horus Heresy: Fulgrim
“Julius had fought alongside Vespasian on countless battlefields, and the warriors he commanded would boast that his prowess was the equal of the Primarch’s. Though all knew that such a boast was made in jest, it served to push his warriors to greater heights of valour and strength to emulate the lord commander.
Vespasian was also immensely likeable, for his incredible abilities as a warrior and commander were tempered by a rare humility that made others warm to him immediately. In the manner of the Emperor’s Children, warriors who followed Vespasian would take their lead from him in all things, his example serving as a model of how they might best achieve perfection through purity of purpose.”
– Horus Heresy: Fulgrim
‘Perfection is not a state of being,’ Horus replied. ‘It is a state of striving. The journey is all that has meaning, not the goal.’
– Horus Heresy: Fear to Tread