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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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:iconhaths:
Haths Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016
The true heroes are those we see through a lens of evil choices.
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HashtagDown Featured By Owner 4 hours ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artist
Your right.
Not every Enemy is an a--hole but they are presented to you as the most evil creatures you will ever see.
The same happens to the enemy.
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Hammerhead333 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015
A wonderful work. This reminds me of the troops the 2nd world war.
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ChrisChuckry Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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metalshadowinsanity Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015
The galaxy is a terrible place, but acts like this give you hope
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LegionsSuicide14 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
They're trained not to feel.
He felt.
I'm crying.
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KudiTheYounger Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Beautiful
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:iconwecanshine:
Wecanshine Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015  Professional Artist
I will always love
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:iconjohnithan:
Johnithan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome picture!
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Skimmy2 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Perfect display of humanity that shows what every Guardsman is fighting to preserve.
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narrva Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015
"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."

That is an bad reason not to cheer for them.  I mean really, what a dick move.

As for being like walking corpses, welcome to the Imperial Guard who've witnessed daemons tearing souls from their comrades and civilians turned into super zombies.  Who've faced the chitinous tide of the Tyranids and the Orkish hordes.  Welcome to the truth of war in the grim, darkness of the future.
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jackson22222 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2016
Nah, even the Cadian guardsmen may be jaded as all hell, but these are Krieg. Their world once nearly fell to chaos, but was reclaimed. So to ensure they never fail again, like Cadians, they are soldiers from childhood, but they are also trained to be more robotic mentally then a Tech Priests is physically. Some guardsman charge out of bravery or emotion, some charge out of a sense of honour and a desire to help, the Krieg charge emotionlessly out of duty. The best fluff depicts them as is as having emotion, and loving the endless meat grinder that is their existence (I hesitate to say life), but so fucking stoic that to anyone else, they wouldn't know it.

For a more humorous description, see here: 1d4chan.org/wiki/Death_Korps_o…
Here is a series of stories following a Kriegsman, and good damn if it doesn't to a good job of showing the mindset of their emotionless portrayls: i.imgur.com/esFMLb8.png
And here is a funny one that is probably the closest a Death Korps of Krieg member can have to a normal relationship: 1d4chan.org/wiki/Love_and_Krie…
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Top-Gun5391 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
Seriously XD I read the comments and its kind of funny everyone these are not Krieg Soldiers the gas mask design is more towards the Armageddon Steel Legion. The Krieg soldiers are not the only group who wear gas masks the Steel Legion do as well because their planet is a hazardous ashen wasteland.
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Brett-Neufeld Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, these are not the Armageddon Steel Legion. They're Death Korps grenadiers.
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Top-Gun5391 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015
My apologies then I looked through pics and never saw the grenadier design my mistake.
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SchmittLenin Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015
God, I love the Imperial Guard so much; Fuck the Space Marines, these armored sissies don't know shit about how wars are truly fought
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PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
Oh the irony in your comment. x3
Yes the Imperial Guard is good, but Space Marines are literally the best, seeing as how half of the Space Marine chapters (the other half being Chaos Marine) possess genes from the original 20 primarchs, who were all the sons of the Emperor, and they're straight up bred for war in so many ways it's headspinning.
There's a reason why they wear the massive armor, because they go where the Imperial Guard normally wouldn't go.
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EddyVance Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
I bet he never so a flower before, given the kind of planet he came from.
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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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KaneNash Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
It actually depends on who is in charge, if the main officer is a krieger, marine malevolent or a few like them then yes, however, most imperial commanders have enough sense to avoid damaging the Emperor's assets, and evacuate the civilians whenever possible, as the point itself of deploying land troops instead of using orbital bombardment is to take back valuable resources to the Imperium (and this includes the population, no robots or AI for you), and commissars will actually flog and shoot troopers making trouble among the planetary population, for the obvious disciplinary reasons.
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Top-Gun5391 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 5, 2015
Actually that is not a Krieg Soldier the mask design is more towards the Armageddon Steel Legion vignette1.wikia.nocookie.net/w… These guys are anti ork specialists in combat, and are pretty nasty with their armored divisions from what I remember.
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Brochtree Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
the Death Krops of Krieg grenadiers. The artist has said so to another similar comment.

Brett-Neufeld Jul 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Nope, these are not the Armageddon Steel Legion. They're Death Korps grenadiers.
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JNinelives Featured By Owner Edited May 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A touching interaction.
Good work :).
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ChrisChuckry Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!
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NiallTheSquire Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
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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MetalixK Featured By Owner May 31, 2015
Dude, the Commissar are there to REIGN IN these guys. They're so ready to die for their duty that the Commissars have to make them undergo less suicidal plans! They're probably the last people there who would shoot her.
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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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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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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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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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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  Hobbyist Photographer
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  Hobbyist Photographer
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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