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- Attack of the Old Guard - by LeSoldatMort - Attack of the Old Guard - by LeSoldatMort
The Guard was used only in the most dangerous moments of battles. They were the last chance, but never failed. They couldn't fail. They were the best soldiers in whole Grande Armée.
If a guard grenadier went to the battle, he had to win or die. There was no way of seeing them flee or withdraw without order. Guard grenadiers didn't use shooting much, they were tall and strong men, they prefered the bayonet attack. If they shot, they waited untill the enemy came close (about 2 metres) so the shots found their targets easily.
The grenadiers were fearless veterans, dominant power and the iron heart of the army.


A christmas gift for one soldier from my regiment, I was commissioned by my grenadier mate ( full digital with all details + size = $65 in dollars, but I'm cheaper for you kids *wink*see here [link] )

One of the biggest battlefield paintings I've ever done. The original size is A3, so my computer was quite laggy most of the time.
You have NO idea how I'm glad that I did this painting. It was a great challenge, but the final look isn't exactly what I wanted. I still have tons of stuff to learn and practise.
Thanks ~tTtroy for being my critic again.

Yes, I like to draw grenadiers, why do you ask?


Pencil, paper, Photoshop CS2, bamboo


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Artwork © Rai-che 2010 *Rai-che
Comments would be really appreciated, thank you :heart:

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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Superb soldiers.
"The Guard dies but never retreats!" And they did, faithful to the bitter end.
darklord86 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
So amazing!
AlphaShox13 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013

still couldn't believe that France was that powerful



Miwanzo Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013

Fantastic art!

The emotion and detail is superb.


La Garde meurt mais ne se rend pas!



ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Pour la France ! Pour l'Empereur ! EN AVANT !!
CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Beautiful picture, I love the details and the background.
BlackPhoenix2012 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
"More dreadful looking fellows than Napoleon's guard I had never seen. They had the look of thoroughbred, veteran, disciplined banditti. Depravity, recklessness, and bloodthirstiness were burned into their faces…Black mustachios, gigantic bearskins, and a ferocious expression were their characteristics."

~Benjamin Haydon
Siveir Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
To je geniálně nakreslené!
Spetsnaz08 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Honour to the old Guard
Spetsnaz08 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
Vive Napoleon
Woaddragon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist
After 20 years of Campagianing, these are the only men daring enough to complain to the Emperor!!
T1sup Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
TheNormish Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
You've earned yourself a watcher!
Mitchmaker Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
wow thats art just amazing....

reminds me of that short monolog from napoleon in the 1970's movie waterloo. " move the old guard." [link]
LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thank you very much, the scene is amazing and so is the monolog <:
Rouflaquette Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Classieux, en effet ! Félicitations.
general-e-lee Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Student Writer
La Garde meurt,mais ne se rend pas,the Guard dies,but doesn't surrender. Amazing drawing!
Shabazik Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist
curtsibling Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Long live the old guard! :D

Excellent work that evokes the tragic glory of the Napoleonic wars!
herzeleid31 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Writer
I really like how each man has his own features and expression. You didn't just fill in the background guys with blank faces. It really lends realism to the image. Great work!
LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I actually enjoyed creating the different faces <:
FilipeHattori Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Student General Artist
That's seriously great! Good job. Instant favorite :).
finalverdict Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow old guard of the imperial guard! :omfg:
Cool pic! :w00t:
I remember one of the famous quote "the guard dies but never surrender!". :)

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StugMeister Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job! You've really captured the atmosphere of a napoleonic battlefield. :D

On one small detail - they did withdraw once, and that was at the battle of Waterloo. But by then they weren't the same Old Guard who had won Napoleon so many of his victories.
LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I know the look of battlefields by heart. The smoke is everywhere, you can hardly breathe when you're not used to it.

I'm, VERY aware of that detail, but as you said, the Guard at Waterloo was nothing like the real one which followed Napoleon around Europe. The bravest died in Waterloo battle, the luckier survived (the famous Jean-Roch Coignet for example), the young unskilled chickens ran. Nothing agains the Young Guard just... we know what conditions Napoleon had before the Waterloo campaign.
StugMeister Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
VFreie Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
The details are impressive to say the least, from the dragoons in the distance to the faces of the soldier - not only the fierce ones in the first line, but also the worried-looking guy behind. Awesome work! :clap:
LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad that someone noticed him, he is one of my favourites <:
The-Witchhunter Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   Writer
Can't say much about it. Its perfect, I can't see a single flaw or problem with it.

Amazing job.
GoalieBagheera Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I fave it.
Cause I LOVE it.
And there's not much more I can say :/ I simply love it, the expressions, the shading, the detail, the horses in the back, ... :)))))
judyjudyjudy22 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail and emotion is amazing!
EmirHamam Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Old Guard... you really captured the emotion Rai, and the uniforms are looking great!
LeSoldatMort Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I used mine as a reference few times <:
brojanowski Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   Writer
Good work!
I like it very much!
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