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I am currently making up some medical symbol transfers, both for the Officio Medicae and the Imperial Guard Medical types.

But I need your help... From the composite image above, please pick two options from one of the winged caduceus symbols listed from A to D - this is the Imperial Guard one that will appearing most commonly on troops, equipment and vehicles.

Also, please could you pick two from the Imperial "I" symbols, as used by the majority of the branches of the Imperium, listed 1 - 7. These will be the choices of the "official" Ordo Medicae symbol.

These will also appear on crates, panniers and outbuildings and the like. Number 3 is an adaption of the previous "I Asclepius", but made to look less like an inverse dollar sign.... On this I have also added some decorative gubbins (partly as an attempt at subliminally referencing the six-pointed Star of Life, and also a Red (or Black) Cross of sorts). Number 4 is based on the Bowl of Hygieia, a symbol often associated with pharmacists (outside of the UK that is, it's pretty unknown here). If you like one of the I symbols without the gubbins but think they look good, just add that to your comments - and vice versa if you like the symbol they are already on (3) but think the gubbins are bloody awful, tell me.

So which ones most clearly indicates medical, grimdark, 40k, and the Imperium? Or which ones look the coolest basically... thanks very much, your help is much appreciated. Once the votes have been rounded up and promptly cut up, burned, and buried in soft peat for 3 months counted, I'll upload the transfer sheet so you can all print out your own on transfer paper. The four most popular symbols will be put on the sheet in 3 sizes, along with a few other miscellaneous logos/symbols/designs etc.

Please pop your answers in the comments below, and thanks very much for your help!
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:iconjknmg:
jknmg Featured By Owner Edited Sep 7, 2014
D 4
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:iconatfricks:
atfricks Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
b 1 4

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:iconfupducktv:
FupDuckTV Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
B + 4
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:iconevilgermantier:
EvilGermanTier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
The Ouroboros is present here [link]
in the Millenium logo,great series which haunted me as a child.
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:iconlight-tricks:
Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Interface Designer
:)
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EvilGermanTier Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I clearly like A & C more.

A because the serpents are chunkier and they look more sinisterly imposing.
And C because it's basically a more compact version of A.

Imperium choices would be 1, 4 & 6.

I like the one where the Serpent chases his own tale, because it's significant in Nordic mythology.
And it's the serpent that kills Thor in Ragnarok.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Interface Designer
Excellent, a compacted A is what made it onto the packages :) I think I'm going with 3, but 6/7 are being used in other ways as is 4 - [link]

Good ol' Jormungandr :) There seems o be a lot of that symbology in mythology, this one was meant to reflect Ouroboros, which his connotations of rebirth. But it looks a bit too Tzeentch-y and Genestealer-y I think. But I'm glad you like it though :)
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Frankly I would go with either 1 or 6.

D is also a nice design, but it features the Caduceus instead of the Rod of Asclepius and that is more a symbol of commerce than a symbol of medicine. The US Army Medical Corps got it dead wrong when they chose their symbol back in 1902 and went with the flashier two-snakes-and-wings.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks very much

I am very much aware of that :) As well as being a mercantile symbol, it also has connotations of scheming and cunning - hence why the Delaque badge is very similar imo.

I decide to utilise the Caduceus (in addition to the Rod of Ascelpius, and Bowl of Hygieia) for several reasons:

1. It mirrors the double helix nicely. It has connotations of the helix utilisied by the Marine Apothecaries.

2. Games Workshop (erroneously) continued it's use into the 41st Millennium themselves, beyond the US Army use (although it's now used much more widely than the US army and I'm more interest in perception and association/regonition rather than strict accuracy). Whislt the caduceus shouldn't be a medical symbol today, in reality, it is.

3. I assume it's usage in the future is not actually as the Caduceus or the Rod of Asclepius, but has its own origin story/myth (which I've yet to make up).

Hope this covers my reasoning (and doesn't sound arsey, it's not meant to in the slightest)
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, don't worry, I wasn't criticising your choice of the symbol (especially since it's used in a fictional 41 Millennium setting) but merely expressing my preference. Besides, it might be a sad truth for us pedants out there, but symbols evolve overtime or acquire new meanings, so griping over the current misuse of the Caduceus as a medical symbol would be pointless as long as most people looking at it understand the basic message being imparted.

Speaking of the Prime Helix of the Marine Apothecaries, It would be interesting if you tried to make a version with angular snakes to better reflect the similarity.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Interface Designer
Lol, I just wanted to explain that there was some thought behind the choices as I hadn't really done that in the introduction. I might have a go at that more angular/proportonial version, I wanted to make these different enough from that at small transfer scale :)
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Gat-ta Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
B and 3+6 :)
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:icontalancir:
Talancir Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A / D 3 / 4
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:iconnakoo-the-tauren:
Nakoo-The-Tauren Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
B/D 1/5
Honestly I rather like most of them.
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:iconcorporal-yakob:
Corporal-Yakob Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I think B and D are the most perfect blend of Guard grimdarkness and healing imagery while 3 and 4 do the same job for an official symbol.
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:iconlight-tricks:
Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks for all the votes so far all - I'd agree with you there holysunlight, similarly I'm not fond of 1 either. The Bowl of Hygieia of 4 will be making an appearance, but not as part of the "I" symbol methinks
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holysunlight Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A, 3, 6. :)

4 is good, but too complicated for a symbol.
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Askerev Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Tough call, Gonna have to go with B, 1 & 7
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:iconmm1984:
mm1984 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
C and 4
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1stTanith Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I vote for B, and 3 + 4.
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Jackal34568 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
A, 4
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Fenrisian-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I vote for B and D, 3 and 4.
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Arianod Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just saw this on the B&C! :D My vote is for A and 3.

PD: the snake-and-cup is a common enough symbol for pharmacies in Spain, and elsewhere as well I think...
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Interface Designer
Incidentally, in the UK it's usually just a green cross, or less commonly these days, a pharmaceutical carboy
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Arianod Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup. The green cross is pretty international, I think. I've also seen pestle-and-mortar signs in American TV shows sometimes. I didn't know about the carboy sign, but that's pretty neat.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   Interface Designer
Yeah, I've seen the pestle and mortar in the US, I'm tempted to use that in some way in the future....
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks very much, I think I forgot how to write in English lol, there should be a comma. I meant that it is largely unknown as a symbol for pharmacies in the UK :)
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:iconarianod:
Arianod Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, all right. Makes a lot more sense now :)
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:iconlight-tricks:
Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks everyone for the feedback so far, much appreciated :)
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Catherine-OC Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A 5
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Tiwyll Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A, B, 5, 7 looks most fitting in my personal opinion, all of them are good and fits well though. D would make a really cool syringe!
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Keluuu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
B3 all the way.
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Angewaire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
B 5.
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:iconantonmoscowsky:
AntonMoscowsky Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A & 6
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:icontheemperoe:
TheEmperoe Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I Like B and 5 if you don't mind
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Lukas-the-Trickster Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
A and B, 3 and 6.
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viciousjaws Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Great work here, brother! Voting for 'B' and '5'.
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Luckmann Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
1 and A, without a doubt.
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Blazbaros Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
B and 6
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DodgingTheBeat Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Writer
D and 4
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Gogszi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist
I think B and 4 are the best.
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