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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.


Drawn back in 2011, it remains my most popular work on DeviantART

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I remember seeing this on Deviant Art aaaaaaaaaaaaaaages ago, and I love it then as much as I do now, the lines are incredibly clean and crisp looking, and the Death Korps troopers marching in unison looks very....right. I'm really glad I managed to find this piece to give proper kudos to the artist who drew it :)

Nice picture. Really looks WWII-inspired.
Seriously, Krieg soldiers look like WWI/WWII Germans IN SPACE.
As it seems to me, all the setting of 40K is basically exaggerated Galactic WWII. Imperium is The Third Reich, Militaristic Japan and Soviet Union AT THE SAME TIME. They worship Emperor like Japanese, xenophobic like Nazi and iron-fisted totalitarians like Soviets.
Both 1984 and WH40K were created in Britain as reflection of real WWII horrors.

And also WH40K can be called anti-religious because nowhere religion is portrayed in such horrible and gruesome way. The Emperor's cult is very close to medieval christianity with knights, crusades, witch hunts, racks and stakes and killing people in the name of God. Chaos religion is just typical "lovecraftian satanism" with tentacles and human sacrifices. Orks are just barbarians. Every images of religion are very unpleasant and covered in blood.

Warhammer 40K is the most gritty fictional universe. And it seems to be more realistic than Star Wars despite this is dark fantasy/lovecraftian horror/space opera hybrid.

Oh how I wish that there will be a part 2 to this story, keep up the great work! ;)

Nice story and awsome soldiers! Usualy when we see things like those the image thats pops out is death... Thats whats we know! But heck its in the buisness. No one would take seriously af naked pink dudes whit guns that looks like water guns! Its fear and respect in the mercenary order or in wars... Probably why he dident take the flower to! If that dude would have pick it just would have weirded out every one and change the entire image (reputation of those guys. And yes news of weird events travel fast) Its nice to see or to know that some people can see over images. PS I just hope its not a tyranic group or else would be back to square one!

Rocktopus64 responds:

Thank you, I really enjoy reading longer responses. Don't get me wrong, someone saying "Nice work!" or "Great piece of art!" is really cool, but the comments I truly love are the ones with lots of thought behind them.

And well, yes, they are soldiers of a vast, galaxy-spanning empire noted for its ruthless dictatorship and unspeakably brutal religious tyranny, and at first they may seem like the Empire from Star Wars mixed with the medieval Catholic Inquisition. But the more you learn about the galaxy they live in, and the horrors that this Empire and its soldiers protect their people from, the more you see just how necessary all the indoctrination, propaganda, dictatorship and Iron-fisted ruling is. These soldiers; cold, brainwashed and emotionless as they may be, are becoming fear-enducing, zombie-like warriors because they are trying to protect their people, and save humanity from extinction. In a weird sort of way, they're doing more than just dying for humanity, their sacrificing their own humanity to save everyone else's. And I think that's a truly noble thing.

Thank you for your comment.

Awesome. I like the look and the story that you#ve put behind it.

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