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Only War: No Surrender by ukitakumuki Only War: No Surrender by ukitakumuki
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This was a cover done couple months back for Fantasy Flight Games' Only War: No Surrender. [www.fantasyflightgames.com/edg…

Big shout out to Zoe Robinson and Andrew at FFG for helping to produce this :)

The brief was pretty straightforward, a guardsman having fought a long, exhausting battle with no end in sight. I thought a more graphic presentation would not only make a more arresting portrait of a guardsman in trouble, but perhaps also put an interesting spin on the usual "GET SUM!" image and hopefully sell that visual narrative of isolation versus courage, a theme I seem to enjoy coming back to with regards to the IG! All this was built around having him stand in the shadow of a Chaos space marine.
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SFaccountant Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
Congratulations, soldier! You have been selected to achieve martyrdom for the Imperium, and achieve your ultimate goal of giving your life in service to the God-Emperor of mankind! No need to thank us!
-Sincerely, Chaos <3
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incoming-101 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
For the Emperor.
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alexfr36 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
... Looks like he is about to fight a terminator... Sorry, guy, your sacrifice will not be forgotten. For the Emlperor !
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AndrewAllanFaulkner Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Professional Writer
Chaos Space Marine by the edges of the shadow.
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:iconalexfr36:
alexfr36 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018
...Maybe you're right.
Whatever, this poor guy is already dead ^^
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AndrewAllanFaulkner Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2018  Professional Writer
The fallen are forever remembered as the Emperor's finest.
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:icondin0gam3r:
din0gam3r Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017
and then that guardsman rolled all 6s and won combat
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:iconj-berryhill:
j-berryhill Featured By Owner May 27, 2017
I like the look in his eyes.  It says:  "how many sixes do I think I can roll against this guy?"
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FuryQuantmin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Student General Artist
It's gonna take a lot more numbers to take down this jumbo shrimp.
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DeadKnight1 Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2017
After a grueling battle with a seemingly endless flow of heretics, only one guardsman remained, with a stab wound under his flak, and a fractured femur. A beacon was lit, but he knew that reinforcements weren't coming.
After recovering enough strength to get up and limp about, he picked up a bloody machete on the ground -- likely from one of his fallen comrades, who might have come from a death world--, and painstakingly wobbled to the door out, only for it to open on its own, with a renegade marine on the other side, mutated, looking to bloody his claw some more.
At that cold moment, the man was struck with immeasurable awe and terror of the hulking, grinning behemoth, which was ready to impale him. His mind then involuntarily flashed through all of his life memories: his first steps in a Hive marketplace, his parents, who had been killed by Orks, his first love, his children, whom he hadn't seen for well over 12 years, the friends he had made in the guard, and as his mind shifted into the military life, he remembered seeing those same friends getting blown to bits in their first battle, and their remains being trampled upon by imperial boots, his endless nights of terror of the commissar, who would brandish his pistol every time h saw a guardsman, and now, everything that his entire life had led up to.
He was frozen with fear, but would quickly thaw himself with his faith in the Emperor, and the idea that all it took is one brave soul to stand up to impossible odds and prevail, hoping to see his family again.
The poor sod...
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Vandal030 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Really Cool Image. Well done.
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:iconchubbyninja89:
This video suits the Guard perfectly.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jTgkT…

The more I think about it, the Imperial Guard are more badass than the Space Marines.
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Miakhano Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017
That symbol on the helmet made me remember stroggs from Quake.
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alexfr36 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
It's the symbol of the Imperial Guard.
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:iconkotr13:
KOTR13 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
That's how an Imperial Guardsman dies, on his feet and holding the Emperor-damned line.
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Gryncek Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
Someday i will draw the warhammer thems like this q.q
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nata1414 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor dude, Horus is going to fucking murderize into the warp and back again.
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Shimpmonk Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Reminds me of Doom the game for some reason :)
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bug1494 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016
if i know anything about guardsman that is one dead traitor
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Jeova0sanctus0unus Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
Marine: "Kneel."
Guardsman: "Make me."
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alexfr36 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
Yep XD totally that.
Even if he know he's fucked anyway, this guard will not bow before a man who has sold his soul to the Chaos Gods...
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aaqqwweer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2016
Ahh~ another good day to be a guardsmen
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:icontarreth:
Tarreth Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"We die standing."

Also, this guy's last famous words: "I've seen bigger."
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alexfr36 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
XD the worst is this is sooo possible ^^
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SlyFlySpyGuy Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I DIE FOR THE EMPEROR!
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DjmaDraws Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
See, kids? This is why we always leave one grenade on the belt. For the Emperor!!
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Black-Sweater Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For the Emperor!
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Dzink Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
The worst part of fighting Daemons? If you die your soul goes to them. But then again if nobody fights then all of the people's souls will belong to the Warp.
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gauntiesghosts Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
The Emperor Protects. 
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SoveriegnofTruth Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
He might make it!
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alexfr36 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
If he manages to put his sword in the right place, yes.
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SoveriegnofTruth Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
That's either a chaos space marine or ork....he's dead.Unless it's a space marine then he's fine.....for a bit
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Vladr27 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
This is CSM - look at the left and righr parts of shadow - you can see energy-pack ventilation system.
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SoveriegnofTruth Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015
Oh yeah
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Jonup Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
damn your death
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Oogaboogy Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014
That shadow looks like Abbadon's. Poor fella.
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Oogaboogy Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2016
I retract my previous statement. Abbadon wears the Talon of Horus on his right arm and this astartes is wearing the lightning claw on their left. Also Abbadon wears terminator armor and that silhouette is that of standard astartes power armor. You wouldn't see the helmet above the large armored backpack that goes above the head of the wearer like a hood.
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Kyle-666 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2016
If he's lucky, Abbadon's arms will fall off.
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chubbyninja89 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Guardsmen: *stands up straight and looks Abaddon* Well come on then. *spits at Abaddon's feet* 
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IlluminatiScribe Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
is that.... ollanus pius?
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mg1342mg Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
Certainly in the spirit of him, only Ollanius stood up to a near demi-god. I immediately thought: My head is bloody, but unbowed.
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bye23 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student
Fight to his very last breath go get him
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SillyMadman Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Real men wear flak armour.

Because real men have balls.
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Xhydralisk Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Chaos Marine rolls a 1 and misses.
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The-Harbinger-FA Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
I feel bad for that CSM. That Guardsman is probably Ollanius fucking Pious.
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Leviathan762 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
40k, despite being built out of exaggeration straight from its premise on up, is just wonderfully full of nuance. Nothing in it really gets to me like those sad little guardsmen, though. One naturally empathizes with them and their miseries. This guardsman right here is a bro. He's already dead and he knows it, and it pisses him off. Don't make it easy for them, brother! For the emperor!
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DeanCota Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Or he could be like the one Imp squad I unluckily decided to charge my Necron Wraith into, who was then stabbed to death by the Imp's survival/combat knife.  My other wraith took out two Blood Angels, and the other got beaten by an Imp squad.
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The-Harbinger-FA Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Blood Angels: Faggy emo Vampires with a hard-on for their dad's corpse who was also a faggy' emo vampire with a hard on for his daddy.

IG: Sons and Bitches with standard issue Mars forged Adamantium Balls that have their own force field and whose numbers are fucking Legion, and then they have Catachans who don't wear armor but their abs still give them a 5+ armor save, and can bitch crush a Space Marine in hand-to-hand, Cadians who laugh in Failbadons face, Steel-Legions of Armageddon who turn Orks on their ass and violently ass-fuck them. Kriegers who don't give a damn about losses, Kasrkin who tea-bag Eldar on a daily basis and are what Space Marines WISH they were, and then theirs Rough Riders who ride fucking CYBORG-HORSES into battle and Stab fuckers with Explosive Spears.

Sorry, did you say something about how it was strange that Vampires lost against Necrons while Rambo's better equipped and 20-times more brutal lost offspring didn't?
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