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For Emperor and Mother Mordia by jeenhoong For Emperor and Mother Mordia by jeenhoong
Warhammer 40,000 stuff, Imperial Guard. The Mordians. Copyrighted of Games Workshop.
I always like the Imperial guards. To me, they are really the heroes of the Imperium. Space marines can f*ck off. heheh ^^" Why? Because they are just normal humans like you and me. they don't have the bionics like the space marines and those gene seed and power armour and stuff. They are just dog troops, the basic of the basic. Whose sacrifices are endless on the battlefield. Thousands of millions of guardsmen died in a single push toward the enemy line just so that the space marines could make the killing blow, that is just unfair. But anyway, these men are the bravest of all men. To be able to stand against the terror of the dark galaxies and fight for one corpse that is sitting and rotting upon a golden throne.
The mordians, is one of my favourites. They are the testament of martial pride. While the Cadians can be said to be brave and effective, sometimes ruthless, like the Spartans. The Mordians are the examples of the French Legionnaires. They are the meaning of discipline. Wearing just an austere uniform (it is not brilliant, just simple fabric with something on the shoulder), they marched into any battlefield with precise movement and formation. It takes a lot of practice and determination to do just that. There is no margin for error, for any screw up will be dealt with the most severe of punishment. Just like in the Legionnaire... or the Malaysian Youth Cadets (I truly know the meaning, i can tell you from experience). But it is not just in the marching and the uniforms. They way they fight a war is also a text book example of harsh discipline and cold blooded determination. Like in the Napoleonic eras, soldiers lined up in formations, shoulder against shoulder, presenting the most lasguns to the enemy and take them down with a precisely timed attack. Some people might argue that it is a stupid tactic since the creation of automatic weapons. But think of it this way, the Mordians are not fighting individually. They fight as a squad, where the effectiveness of each trooper compliment the rest. Soldiers line up, providing human shields in the absence of real cover, presenting the most lasguns on a single target, and take the enemy down with the calculated effectiveness of a machine. Not many people could do that. To be able to stand the agony of fear, of adrenaline, of not firing before the order is given, of ignoring the comrades nearby who had died and became meat pastries.... takes great disciplines. There is why there is a saying... "Not everyone can be an Ironguard" heh... (yea.. i made this up XD)
However, the Mordian's discipline are also due to their home world. In some strange events, their planet of Mordia suffer from a zero rotation (this is really some great calamity) Since their planet can't orbit... the local sun baked one part of the planet while the other part is left in eternal darkness. DAMN! This also causes zero wind and minimal air circulation. Such a hellhole breeds peoples who are born tough and determined beyond measures.

The drawing shows a Mordian Color Sergeant holding his regimental flag with the background showing his home world of Mordia. The part that is covered eternally in darkness. The buildings are more like the eastern european style (most likely the ones of St. Petersburg and Moscow) with steeple domes and spires. The starry night sky is a work by this deviant [link]
thanks for the image ^^ it is certainly nice.
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geijutsukanosumikaze Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Artist
I totally agree with you, not to mention the Imperial guard actually does about 99% of the fighting in the imperium.
acooldudes Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Anyone else sort of see a German here? Especially with the uniform.
GrimSheeper Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Mordia is Prussia in space. No wonder it looks like a German soldier that way.
DAK-Rommel Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
This is a hybrid of a Hitlerjugen recruitment poster, but still, pretty awsome
karelwolf Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Feels more Hitler Jugend than pseudo Legion Etrangere but it works :D
GeneralCambronne Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
This is a very nice piece. It captures the "feel" of a Guard review. At a review however, when passing the officer inspecting, the order issued is "Eyes...right!"
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Radavik Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Ever looked into the Praetorians? They are basically the same as the Mordians, but with pith helmets to give them a British appearance. They are my army.
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i have heard of them. they are like the troops in the film "zulu" i believe?
Radavik Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Sort'of. 'Zulu' was a film based on historical events of the battle of Rorke's Drift. British troops looked like that in history for close to 30 years, and all the African wars had some form of pith helmet involved. The praetorians were based on British soldiers of that time period rather than just off the film.
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