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His first command by jeenhoong His first command by jeenhoong
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The whirring of the powerful turbofans intensified as the matte-beige valkyrie soared into the burning skies, leaving the derelict ruins of Hive Minnasa behind. Sergeant Jev looked down at the carcass of the metropolis that once housed a billion souls, as its scale became smaller and smaller. Emperor-damn, there were still fires burning down there; pyres of war dead set ablaze, special post engagement cleanup operations headed by the 56th Savlar. Fukking savages, looting and pillaging, bet they love their job. This whole city had gone to hell.

Nobody wants me to be squad leader, not even myself, thought Jev. Had it not been with the acceptance of ex-Sergeant Vendermann into officer school, there is no need for him to be promoted as squad leader. Jev is comfortable as a corporal but in the Elysian, promotion is only a matter of time.

Clutching the dog tags of those that he could find, Jev estimated that the operation had cost 70 percent casualties in the squad, a bloody disaster. If Vendermann is still here, at least he could take the blame. Jev heart sank even lower as he remembered he was forced to leave some of his men behind, sealed within with the infected. Why? Why this? His first command.

For 3 weeks they had been fighting in Minnasa against the whole hive, infected by some nurglite virus released into the major air circulator. Division had got the shit assignment of containing the outbreak, which by the time they had dropped into Minnasa, the entire place was tainted. Jev was not ready for this, not as squad leader.
Sergeant Kevva, next to him, was quite enjoying the whole show. Word was he also received accelerated promotion but only because his NCO was killed. But damn, boy got a talent. His squad single-handedly hold an entire section till the evac came, 90 percent casualties but 2 medals on his chest for his actions and bravado. Already, he was carving kill marks on his armour even though his sergeant stripe was still wet on his helmet. "Glory hunter", Jev wished the fukker could stop showing off.

"Acceptable losses, friend" Kevva said.

Jev glared at him,"The fuk you know about command?"

Brushing dust off his armor, Kevva smirked.

"Believe me, I know. And the best thing is, I like it"

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Elysian art and redesign.

Recently, i rarely complete complex drawings, so this is a miracle.

When it comes to 40k imperial guards, they are the most human of all species in the imperium but art showing their humanity side is rare. We are just barely scratching the surface here. Yeah, we have seen lots of poster and glory shots, but that is irrelevant. How they deal with their dead, how they bury their comrades and how they cope with their losses. those are the stuff we want to see.

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A bit of Elysian redesign fluff:

there is no doubt to it that these drop troops enjoyed the most advanced doctrines compared to the rest of the guards but elite status only mean that they are often called into dangerous campaigns across the imperium. and their demand is always high amongst warmasters.

Casualties are high in the drop regiment and any troop who survived 15 drops (not counting other reason such as death of nco, bravery, medals and etc.) automatically got promoted to the next rank to make way for the replacement troops reinforced from the homefront. Or in other cases, a strike regiment may be founded with surviving members of a previous defunct regiment enjoying senior status. Auto promotions, however, ended when troops got elevated into officer school (max rank: senior Lt.), there the only way to get promoted is by calling favors and showing academic and tactical savvy and years served.

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:iconjabjab101:
jabjab101 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
So cool! I love it :D
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sniperray213 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesome :D
very impressive
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hooopajoop Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Hammer of the Emperor! I love the fat bitches graffiti.
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flyingdextersart Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013

ikr

 

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Vulder13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome scene!
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Uradel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
FYI, an Imperial Guard squad is 10 men. Therefore, 70% casualties is 7 men dead, and 90% casualties is 9 dead, meaning that your sad sergeant brought himself and 2 men back, and the happy sergeant brought only himself back. Didn't know if you knew that. So he would not need to "estimate 70% casualties in the squad" because he would know that 7 dudes died.
Maybe you were thinking of a platoon command when you were writing this? The Guard has 2 to 5 squads in a platoon. In that case he would be a Lieutenant, which is an officer. Anyway, nice art work and I did like the story.
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jeenhoong Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the percentage add drama and suspense to readers, on whatever level they interpret. could be a squad, could be a platoon. but a squad it is, when i write it. adding % will make things look dramatic, i am a fan of hyperbole anyways~
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lolistick Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Epic! You can feel the air torrents ripping at their faces and the drone of the Valkyrie engines!!!
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:iconbawls34:
bawls34 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
love the elysians, awesome artwork man!
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:icontrooper937:
trooper937 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
hey,check out my halftrack design, maybe its what your looking for in your sketches.
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no need
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TheChosenDarkAngel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
nice art dude, really like it. is it done by hand or on computer?
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all the grayscale is by hand, the colors on photoshop
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:iconthechosendarkangel:
TheChosenDarkAngel Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
nice, should be a lot of work isn't it?
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not really, i choose what i what to shade with pencils, what i don't, i use digital assistance
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:iconthechosendarkangel:
TheChosenDarkAngel Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
okay.... nice
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:iconjorgeelmuerte:
jorgeelmuerte Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
This pic has so... much, I don't know where to start...

In short; it's made out of pure awesomeness !!!
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cheers
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:iconjorgeelmuerte:
jorgeelmuerte Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
Cheers back :salute:
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:iconsighter:
Sighter Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Gotta say I like those little touches. Adds a nice grittyness to it.

Sorry if this is a dumb question (I'm ignorant to the ways of the Warhammer and Games Workshop) but where does the name Heartbreakers derive? Is it from the setting or is it a invention of your own making?
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just a invention
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:iconsighter:
Sighter Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Kewl. Good to know.
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duckling1992 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Student Artist
Thank you for making this submission to 6DD. I personally love the amount of detail in this piece and there is a somewhat originality in the way it is composed. You also have a heart for this work. Well done!
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cheers
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SJC93 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Amazing, love the colours (:
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you~
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:iconnightbringer24:
Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner May 15, 2010
I love how you always make 40k seem even darker than it is.
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is not just grim dark; it is pitch black to me~
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fishsama999 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010
As an Elysian player, this seriously made my day.

The description made the artwork even cooler man. Great job. Might have given me a sufficient kick in the ass to start making art again. lol

Epic stuff.
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Taytonclait Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like your writeup as much as the picture. Your gritty style of narration does your tough, passionate characters good. Sorry about the delay with the comment, but I find pics that take the most time and energy to look at, ie, the ones you have to really study a bit to do them justice, get put on the wayside for me because of no reason other than laziness. If there's any consolation its that I always will comment on them.
IG are interesting in that they're the everyman thrown into extra ordinary situations, so only the interesting and adaptable and tough will survive. Makes for great war plots, but against Nurgle infested civilians instead of Vietcong or ww2 Germans.
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe, thanks for commenting. me too was under the sway of laziness recently.
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:icontaytonclait:
Taytonclait Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
noo worries
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SawStudios Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
hooah for the guard! Another stellar pic bro!
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
mah thanks
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IRToobad Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
dude, nice all around. the story behind it all seems really interesting. ever thought about writing a novel or book? maby take your concept to tha Black Library and try to get this out? I would love to read it. Abnett inspired, awesome.
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is too much asskicking the gw staff is gonna shat their pants eheheh
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:iconirtoobad:
IRToobad Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
haha, maybe, but dude, there is potential in this. and you dont know 'til you try:)
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:iconmisterscourge:
MisterScourge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Famas Lasgun, nice one.
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yup
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Proiteus Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Interesting slogan on the side lol :D
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yup
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Toxicaligator Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
If I had a Valkyrie, I'm sure it would say not fat bitches aboard too
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
course~
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:iconsoulfreeze:
soulfreeze Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
someone about to get bombing runnnned.
lasguns to max.
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:iconjacab:
Jacab Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome, funny, and - what I as engine-builder on 40k - pretty good details.

Beneath the lower valkyre. Its rump seems a little diagonal to its wings.

Know how I mean?

Nothingtheless, as great as the most ones ;)
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:iconjacab:
Jacab Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, and a valkyre got only one side door per side and bigger rockets (when mounted)
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is my redesign, a bigger valk for drop troop insertion
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:iconjacab:
Jacab Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
workx.. but i would prefer to jump out of its back.. well, the valk i got here got a storm door there^^
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the valk that i plan to redesign got an earthshaker cannon~

close fire support, ja?
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:iconjacab:
Jacab Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
holy fuck, wanna see it ^^
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