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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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:iconthetimejumper:
TheTimejumper Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She was later shot by a soldier twelve men down the line for obstruction of duty...

Kriegans everyone
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:icondungeonbrony:
DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Edited May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A touching interaction.
Good work :).
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:iconchrischuckry:
ChrisChuckry Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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NiallTheSquire Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  New Deviant
When I first saw this awesome art of yours before reading the description, I have this damn feeling that it is a very VERY bad idea giving flowers to soldiers who are nothing but "walking corpses."
A superior officer, or a commissar, nearby would have shot her...
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:iconrevan005:
Revan005 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Interesting idea.
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VegaUchiha3986 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
They kinda remind me of Jin roh Wolf Brigade. new4.fjcdn.com/comments/Cospla…
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:iconparrthurnax105:
Parrthurnax105 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I dont get it.

Why would she give him a flower?
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:iconchankljp:
chankljp Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Because she is a naive young girl who, unlike the citizens, wasn't frightened or intimidated by the guardsman from the Death Korps of Krieg. Instead, she is naive/stupid/idealistic/sweet/sheltered enough to see them not as faceless cannon fodder who were basicly dead inside, but as heroic saviors sent to protect them.

It shows that even in a universe as messed up and violent as Warhammer 40K, there is still alway a place for a bit of humanity and common kindness.    
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Parrthurnax105 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
that amazing!
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KoiCatCreations Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Even without the story in the description it's a beautiful touching scene. It's really great :)
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:iconttrmkh:
Ttrmkh Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist
This is one of my most favorite pictures that exists on DeviantArt. Fantastic job! ^^
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kungfuryan2 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Death Korps of Krieg the only Imperial guard regiment that needs commissars to stop them from charging at the enemy. :iconsnooty-plz:
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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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:iconstuartbio:
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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:iconminitumen:
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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:iconjman120:
jman120 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
This pic is amazing
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:iconstargazer2112:
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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:iconxenoman117:
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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:iconxenoman117:
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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:iconxenoman117:
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  Hobbyist
This is such an amazing picture, I couldn't favorite it enough!
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:iconmethelina:
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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:iconbrett-neufeld:
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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Moriadne Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this is so late it's silly but if you're still considering you might wanna try the Salamanders. They're the most relatable of the canon chapters and they're pretty cool to boot.
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joeynyeh Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
i have decided on space wolves, but the salamanders are cool too
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