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Thank You  -color- by Brett-Neufeld Thank You  -color- by Brett-Neufeld
The Imperial Guard relief force marched through the city gates with crowds of the native inhabitants looking on. But there was little cheering or celebrating.
The grim-looking army was not the angels of salvation that the people had thought they would be. Rather, they were silent, lifeless beings that spared the people not even a single glance as they marched by. The peoples faces grew nearly as dreary as the soldiers masks as they realized that their saviors were not like angels, but more like walking corpses.

But through the crowd of bleak and cheerless faces, a bright and sunny one appeared.
'Why is everyone so afraid of them,' she thought, 'when they're here to save us? We should be thankful.'
She leaned over the side and reached out to the nearest passing soldier, holding one of the summer flowers she had gathered.

'These are for someone else, but you can have one.' she said cheerfully.
The soldier hesitated for a moment, looking at the gift being presented to him, then he moved back into formation. He didn't take it, but she was sure that he wanted to.
Her grandmother frantically pulled her back and began scolding her. She didn't listen, she just put the flower back with the rest and stepped back, her smile unchanged.



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:iconseraph-azriel:
Seraph-Azriel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Its great to see the Korps getting some love!  :D
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stuartbio Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014
The Death Korps of kreg. to them death means redemption in the emperors eyes but who said they can't fight for the lives of others as well .
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minitumen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
That's really powerful
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TahuBlade7 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just don't see scenes like this in 40K art enough. I love how shocked the old woman looks, and how the Guardsman's head is the only thing that's out of formation. And the way that the girl and her flowers are the only thing with real color in the scene is a great touch too.

Damn fine work! I'd love to see more of this.
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:iconthatpegasusoverthere:
I feel like I've seen this somewhere before... 
Like an actual photograph or something. 
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jman120 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
This pic is amazing
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Stargazer2112 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
That Death Korps Guardsman is so surprised and confused by this display that he caused a huge pile up in the relief force... 
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alexinfinite Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
I keep coming back to this story. I think it's just fantastic and perfectly illustrates a very realistic scenario. Bravo I love it
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giodan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
good simple but good!!!!
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Xenoman117 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Too many ands, sorry. Just thought about this pic for a while. Very touching.
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Xenoman117 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
That Death Korps Grenadier will probably return for that Flower or the girl. And he most certainly will do the best he can do in the upcoming battles for that world. And since most Imperial Guardians retire after 10 years of service, he may go back and muster up some courage to try to become her friend and try to go further once he finds out about Social life. And yes, Imperial Guardians do retire after around 10 years of service, though it may and probably will be longer for Death Korps. I just hope that he did get to go back.
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Draskan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Not true. After ten years of service (since a founding or re-founding), a regiment gains the right to claim a world they conquer or save as their own to settle or rule. Even then, there are conditions. The decision has to be supported by higher ups, and a single regiment has to be able to claim the victory as being solely theirs. The individual Guardsmen (not Guardians) serve until they're no longer able to serve, or special conditions allow them to retire. Some regiments have a set service period, but not the majority. It's a job for life. Also, as many Guard officers are career hungry, they might not accept the world, as a world that can be saved by a single regiment may not be important or rich enough to satisfy their ambitions... This is 40K... He's Krieg... The chances of him surviving, let alone reaching that girl, are astronomical...
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Xenoman117 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Well, you can get it done if you have the will to do it.
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Adrianblade Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
But the men of Krieg want only one thing, to die in service of the Emperor to make up for their blasphemous past. Every waking moment is spent serving the Emperor. As they say, "Only in death does duty end."
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Xenoman117 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
You can never speak for everyone, no matter the group.
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Adrianblade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Normally I would agree, but the men of Krieg are exceptions to that saying. Their training is considered harsh even by Imperium standards. Hell they have recruits fight each other to the death just to weed out the weak and unskilled. Not to mention that any young men of Krieg are constantly broken down mentally and rebuilt. Mental reconditioning is a key aspect of Krieg training. Anything that even suggests weakness or fear is not tolerated. The entire character of the Krieg revolves around war and death. They were created by it. They know nothing but constant combat from a young age and generations have been bought up with only one goal; Death in the name of the Emperor. That is what they are. That is what makes them the Death Korps of Krieg. To allude to anything else is equal to striping them of their very identity.

And I can't believe I missed this before, but your statement, "...most Imperial Guardians retire after 10 years of service." The Death Korps of Krieg are once again not like most Imperial Regiments. Retirement is not an option. They will shoot and kill any soldier that even thinks about a life outside of serving the Emperor on the battlefield. Say what you will but GW and Canon supports this.

On that note...the picture is still amazing and clearly shows the difference between the average civilian and the battle hardened soldiers of the Imperium.
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Xenoman117 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
I do have to say, you have a very good argument, but I have two basic yet understandable arguments.

1. They are still Humans. Humans are both vile robotic and sadistic warmongers, and kind-hearted peacemakers and messiahs. All depends on the person.

2. No one is exactly the same, and there are too many variables for the system of the DK-K to weed out and perfectly make every Krieger a true Krieger, AKA no Human Emotion can be 100% destroyed ever, as long as the subject is still Human in nature and genetics, cybernetic enhancement included, depending on it's type.

Also, this is a good drawing, indeed.
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Adrianblade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Although...that whole thing is moot if these guys aren't Krieg guardsmen but rather from the Armageddon Steel Legion. THEN the thought of the guardsman coming back after retiring is possible. And then in that case I can embrace your statement.

So are these guys Krieg or Steel Legion? Or are they just guardsmen with gas masks with skulls? You know I think I might have jumped the gun by proclaiming them to by Krieg right off the bat. Whoops?
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Hoijulia Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
like it.
can i ask you something?
is this a comic or sirie?
i would love to read/watch it. 
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:iconbrett-neufeld:
Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Not a comic or tv series unfortunately :shrug:
It's from an open-world game franchise called Warhammer 40,000. It's a series of tabletop games, video games, books, and other stuff. It's famous for its dark, cruel, hopeless and mean-spirited setting, so don't expect to see more things like this.
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Hoijulia Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
aaah ok
thx for reacting back! 
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ArchonSzczecina Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love this one, since GW shows Imperium and all stuff in 40k universe way, that Imperial Guard and Space Marines looks almost as cruel, twisted and degenerated, as Dark Eldar, Tyranids or Chaos, here is something more human.
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Ttrmkh Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
This is such an amazing picture, I couldn't favorite it enough!
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Methelina Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Niceone! 
But looks like ppl and girl wear a wrong cloth for the Krieg :) Nuclear Winter, cold, rust, pollution, gas, death ;)
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Draskan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
They're not on Krieg... The story makes it clear that it's a world they've arrived on to fight, not Krieg itself before leaving.
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That planet they're on isn't Krieg..
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SilverWolfJudge Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
How come no one does that to me?
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SilverWolfJudge Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Wowee
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Floyd9859 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No no now I have to kill him thanks no one gets out of the line in the Death Korps of Krieg we serve the holy god emperor in life and death and in death we receive forgiveness for fighting our brothers in the horus heresy
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Professor-Sponge Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I like this pic. It shows there's some kindness in the 40k verse. =3
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Gatejumper-13 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember seeing this a while back and I loved it then, seeing it again I love it even more!
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Myuutsuu85 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
this is great :love:
Wonderfull work
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Arreal Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
I really like this image a lot. It is really touching to see someone been nice to one lowly guardsman of the most grim dark Imperial Guard Regiment and the story is also great. I could see this as something a Remembrancer could have made (if they still was around)
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SirRinge Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Just a small detail... Regular Kriegsmen don't have the skull on their masks, only Grenadiers. xD

Otherwise, congrats on the immense amount of fame, and awesome picture :D
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Many thanks!
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joeynyeh Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
i can't pick a side as per what army i want, imperial guard, space marine , or orks

imperial guard are easier to connect to

space marines are almost too badass to pass up

and orks along with being absolutely hilarious, are the closest thing 40k has to an innocent race
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NicklausofKrieg Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
who needs innocence? i never really got why some people seem to take "moral coziness" into consideration when it comes to picking a 40k army.
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ShawnHeaytherly Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
They may commit horrific deeds everyday, but they are protecting Humanity. They are still human. Thanks for making this.
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:iconbrett-neufeld:
Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're most welcome.
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POOHEAD189 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Writer
this is pretty
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Oberfuhrer-Razgriz Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot express how I like "Thank You", just that the contrast and expression in that scene catches me.

Oh, actually, I made a signature out of it. I hope you don't mind. ^_^'

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:iconbrett-neufeld:
Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:shrug: Go ahead.


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emprahsque23 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013
Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. That's all I can think of.
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Bek359 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Sometimes you need a reminder of why you fight. Morale is a very rare commodity in the Imperium.
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watcher25 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Wow, that is a lot of consider but I appreciate the cohesion and detail: nicely done

Though since psychic power and pure belief drives it... Meh if that is a staple mechanism, I guess that is tolerable, even if humanity could evolve to choose to not fall the chaos' influence like the eldar, it would put my doubts of warp related navigation and such to rest... And while I think the eldar are cool for their warp powered manifestation of real world material for battle and such... I still find irritation with how the warp basically says "Fu** off" to physical rules (again, like making a box filled with metal bits shoot like a gun) even if it is the imateriam, seeing as the maretiam has to play by the warps rules

I would like the idea of warp powers used to assemble material into a tool/ machine

Or conjure said material/ better martial that can exist in the real world without constant warp influence to work

But the biggest thing that scares me is the idea that the mass humans belief-warp influence would spawn the emperor as a warp god, um, the whole species views the emperor as a kind and benevolent dirty...? Probably not... I bet some are more negative, like a "fair" on by being vengeful ... So if his ascension is because of that... Sounds like another mixed blessing...

And again, the part about nothing but belief makes it work annoys me for some reason... As if thinking is secondary, or unneeded, compared to belief

Though the last part about the Iluminati is very intriguing...

Quite an enlightening and entertaining excerpt
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delta7Xx Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
awww, so sweet and inicent and stupid :D how cute
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watcher25 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Side note:

The Necrons are supposed to be like robot Egyptians...?
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:iconbrett-neufeld:
Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yup
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watcher25 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Well, can't argue with that...

Too bad the Eldar don't even get the picture with eliminating chaos or the Tyranids as a joint effort

Yes, I know the Necrons are about as terrible as can be

From what you say, it seems that the Tau's "greater good" only refers to their greater good only...?

And the Alien's the humans face are just that much beyond even las guns that hit like 50 cal bullets... Well shit, guess I was unclear on that...

I would have though somehow stopping the wars until only chaos is the one doing so, and then I would think projecting peaceful thoughts into the warp would weaken if not ultimately erase the chaos gods...

But this me looking at 10,000 years of constant war and figuring that SOMETHING is not right, else the strife should have ended by then...

I don't know about you, but I'm
Personally interested in a continuation of this genre because I want to see how they will deal with the mounting threats that the imperium has helped create and underestimated as well as how every other species will be forced to deal with the Tyranids:

And I'm also intrigued to see that the imperium is starting to feel its own mortality, sort of "felling a very human chill up their spines", seeing as they will have to somehow up Their war production by 500% just to stand a chance against the 4th and biggest Tyranid fleet that will arrive within a century

Because seeing that the eldar suffered horribly from the second Tyranid hive fleet as well as the imperium, I seriously would have though a realization should have happened...

Understand, I don't know why the eldar are so lone wolffish to the point of letting the whole galaxy die short of overrun by Necrons or chaos... And from the severe loss on one of their crafts worlds suffered from the Tyranids, I can respect that loss, their pain... Seeing as they have already lost so much as a people... I found myself feeling sympathetic, especially since they chose to stand in the Tyranids way - a brave act for anyone to do...

So I am seriously perplexed why the eldar are so... Disloyal, especially since they are so depleted and broken already... Where is there benevolence they had before their fall? I don't get it... Especially since they make it so no one can trust them, thus even less gets done concerning anything... Chaos or Necrons...

I'm tempted to think machine factions (not Necron) ... like robot legions might be just about the only way to campaign while not feeding the warp-chaos that just makes everything worse...

Not that anyone will likely bother... But what do you think, seeing as you are more knowledgable on the subject?
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LONG POST INCOMING

Honestly, the writers of the game will probably never have the story end, or let anyone "win" or "lose", since they don't want to stop selling their 40k products.

The Eldar see humans like humans see orks; dumb, destructive, unreasonable, and hopelessly ignorant to the greater picture. In other words, they look at humans and see themselves before the Fall. Fighting like savages in endless wars, totally unaware that it was all feeding the chaos gods. According to the books, the Eldar are almost extinct, and the last thing they want is this ignorant race of humans feeding the chaos gods further. Humans are far more easily manipulated by chaos gods than Eldar, so I imagine Eldar see humans as more of a bane in their war against the dark gods than a blessing. So Eldar manipulate and bend humans to their will as much as possible, then dispose of them.

The Tau are ignorant even more so than humans to this chaos business, since they're barely psychic at all and therefore barely influenced by chaos. They don't know (just like most humans aren't aware) that the Emperor's psychic essence and the blind faith of trillions of worshippers is what's keeping the warp from opening completely on the galaxy. Tau just want to expand and subjugate everyone in the galaxy under their rule, and if that means that they must fight humans who refuse their Greater Good, then that's how it is.

The story will probably never come to an end, but there are some theories that fans and official writers have come up with:

The BAD endings

1- The Emperor finally whithers and dies completely. Without his psychic essence holding back the realm of Chaos, the Warps splits open and spills across the Imperium. An apocalypse of corruption, slaughter and ecstasy consumes humanity. The Astronomicon. which was maintained by the Emperor's psychic powers, shuts down for good. Without it, Imperial ships can no longer warp between planets, and space travel becomes impossible. The few human worlds that don't totally fall to chaos are isolated from the rest of humanity, and are easily picked off by whatever enemy is nearest. Humanity is dead.

Without the Imperium helping hold back the Ork tides, the Orks reproduce far too fast for the rest of the galaxy to handle (since orks reproduce simply by shedding their skin into soil, which grow into more orks). The orks will spread and destroy, and eventually wipe all other races out of the galaxy (except for the Dark Eldar, who technically aren't IN the galaxy, the Necrons, who could survive at least for a time in their tomb worlds until the orks find them all, and MAYBE the Tau, if they manage to hold their ground againts literally QUADRILLIONS of orks)

The Tyranids, who unbeknownst to anyone, were drawn to this galaxy by the Astronomicon, either lose track of the galaxy and drift somewhere else now that it's broken. If that's the case, Orks rule the galaxy, and their Chaos Gods Gork and Mork stand supreme, feeding off their civil war bloodshed for all eternity. Otherwise, the tyranids finally descend in full force (all the hive fleets thus far have been the first probing fingers of the whole body of tyranid fleets). They eventually wipe the orks out, and pick the galaxy clean of life, then drift somewhere else. Without mortal souls and emotions to feed off of, the chaos gods cease to exist. The galaxy is empty of all life.

2- The collective dogma and blind faith of humanity to the Emperor culminates in the Warp, and turns the Emperor into a Chaos God (of what is unknown). Humanity is immediately corrupted by him. Humanity isn't evolved enough (like the Eldar were when they created Slaanesh) to resist the corruption of their own personal Chaos God, so a similar scenario as the one above plays out, ending with all life in the galaxy gone.

The GOOD endings

1- The Emperor, and the Imperium, live long enough to evolve into a psychic race, like the Eldar. When the Emperor finally dies, they are able to resist (if only just barely) the influence of Chaos without the Emperor protecting them. They become like the Eldar, and either power the Astronomicon themselves or create a new form of warp travel.

If enough of the Imperium remains when that happens, humanity may stand a chance to survive against the countless aliens and corruption of chaos. Without the Astronomicon, the Tyranids lose track of the galaxy and drift off course. Even if they still find their way to the galaxy, humanity still has a chance.

2- Since the belief of psychic beings has literal power in 40K (like how orks thinking painting their vehicle red makes them go faster, and it actually works!), the collective belief of trillions of psychic and semi-psychic humans that the Emperor is a god may actually turn him into one. But instead of turning into a Chaos God, he turns into exactly what they believe he is; a benevolent, protective deity. The Emperor acts as their permanent guardian God, and as long as the Imperium continues to believe, there is hope of humanity resisting and perhaps even overthrowing the orks, tyranids and other aliens. This would inevitably pit the Emperor against the Chaos gods, but if humanities belief in their deity is stronger than the worshippers of Chaos, the Emperor may be able to KILL the Chaos Gods (though possibly not).

3- There is a group in 40k called the Illuminati. They are made up of people who were fully possessed by Chaos, but by some miracle forced it back out again. They have a complete mastery of Chaos and understanding of how the Warp works. As a result, and have a plan to save humanity and the races of Order (Tau, Eldar, ect.) from the rampaging aliens and Chaos Gods. They are allied with many like-minded Eldar, and have studied in the Eldar's Black Library on the nature of Chaos.

There are believed to be a few thousand people called the Sensei, who were the biological children of the Emperor. They are immortal, and likely completely sterile and unaware of their heritage. They are Blanks, people with no soul and therefore no presence in the Warp. The Illuminati have tasked themselves with finding the Sensei and preparing them for the moment of the Emperor's death. When the Emperor dies, the Illuminati will sacrifice the Sensei, which will create what they call the Star Child; The Emperor Reborn. The remaining soul of the Emperor will fuse with the Star Child, and the force of the newly-born Emperor will utterly purge the Warp of the influence of Chaos, thus returning it to it's original state, unpolluted by Chaos.

The Emperor will rise again, the chaos gods will be gone, and humanity rise up with their restored lord and take back the galaxy.







*exhales*
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