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Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard Triage Tag by Light-Tricks Warhammer 40k Imperial Guard Triage Tag by Light-Tricks
The latest piece in my series of 40k medical fluff documents, this is a rough draft of the triage tag (front on left, back on right). A must for all Imperial medical personnel, from medics and nursing staff to the Chirurgeon-General.

These tags are attached to the casualty by the likes of a field medic (whatever name you prefer) so they go to the right places and get the right aid as they're passed along the different personnel in the chain of evacuation.

If feedback is generally positive, I'll modify a version to actually resemble a tag, and eventually make a physical tag when I have time.

I am considering a slight rejig of the system to make it more "grimdark" (yet still workable) in making reverse triage standard, this is often used by real-world militaries in wartime to keep the maximum number of soldiers on the field, so they treat the minor ones first to get them "fighting fit" and then save the severe ones if they can. I imagine in 40k there would be less effort to save the severe ones.

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Guardian-Varney Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Beautiful work. Things like this are exactly what makes the 40k fandom so Warp-be-damnedly awesome. Would you be alright with me printing a few of these out to use with my Cadian Sergeant cosplay?
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015   Interface Designer
Why thank you very much :) No problem at all, go for it 
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zerry Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
The only thing I'd add to this bit of brilliance is under Contamination add an H for heretical contamination. Figure that'd be just as bad if not worse than NBC.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Edited Feb 10, 2015   Interface Designer
Thanks for the kind words! Very true, but once you have heretical contamination, that's nothing to do with the medicae, and nobody is going to let you live anyway.
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King-Nothin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
I really like this stuff, making a medicae oriented psyker for DH and this gives me a lot of inspiration
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:iconlight-tricks:
Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014   Interface Designer
Thanks very much, that sounds like a brilliant idea, look forward to to hearing more about this psyker - will you be posting any background/fluff etc on here? 
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Forge-Silvershield Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I find this very interesting. It's the fans like us that think further into the 40K universe that make things interesting. Excellent job!!
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Usafkid94 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This is awesome
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:iconlight-tricks:
Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Interface Designer
Thanks very much :)
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flakfanatic Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Considering the fact that swarming their opponents with bodies that can shoot back is the IG's main strategy, I'm not sure whether the sledgehammer of the Emperor will even bother, especially the ones from Krieg.

But it's still awesome to see something like this. Anything that provides an insight into the workings of the Imperium apart from lasguns and commissars makes the universe even more exciting.
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Usafkid94 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
I think it is possible for some regiments that tend to care more about their troopers, ie tanith. Of course, not to outright disagree with you good sir.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks very much, really appreciate that. I think there's a bit more tactical nuance in the Guard than often presented, otherwise there wouldn't be room for a wargame :p saying that the new medical stuff I've been working on is much darker (but is still pretty close to real military medicine) - if it's cheaper/easier to recruit and train do that, if it's easier/cheaper to provide medical treatment (repair the weapon) do that - that more calculating approach I find much more grim dark than the indifferent use of hordes
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extondude Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
tempted to fill one out for the lolz xD
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   Interface Designer
Go for it lol, I have a friend who always kills of his characters in fluff if they die in game. We've just altered this slightly, so one character was only seriously wounded, so I ended up writing a bit of a jokey medical report for him and said I'd fill in a few on my medical documents to put in his army carry case lol.

If you like, you can read it here :) [link]

The tags almost entirely workable in "real-life" though most paramedics I know may be a little bemused by the bionics bit at the very least lol
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LordSia Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
Cool. Very cool.
And yes, 40K has a vastly different standard - for one, cheap and plentiful bionics means that they are considerably less picky about saving limbs than saving lives. Also, painkillers are for wusses - paralysers to keep them from flailing around while you stitch them together inside out is good enough...
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Interface Designer
haha spot on
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Does "Molecular Strip" mean injury from Necron Gauss weaponry? If so, I like your attention to detail.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Interface Designer
Could have sworn I had replied to you here :/ But yup, that is what it refers to. Most wounds in 40k could still by attributed to modern triage categories, but I still wanted to get a flavour of it being 40k. I think the next one I make may be a triage scroll with endless lists and bureaucracy :D
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Swords-and-Bandages Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That would be good for lulz value... dark humor ftw.
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SillyMadman Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF YES
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012   Interface Designer
:D
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SillyMadman Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very nicely done. Free internets to you.
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2biscuitspp Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
u forgot severe plasma burns and partially eaten (by kroot)
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012   Interface Designer
As much as I'd like to 40k it, if they were real injuries, by the mechanincs of them they would be covered by the categories already on there - I did think this through more than I probably should have done :P
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
heh. even though I know next to nothing about Warhammer 40K, this is very interesting indeed and very well thought out! Congrats!
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks very much :) This was only meant to be a rough version, going to redo it when I get some free time :P
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wingsofwrath Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, I think this looks good enough, I don't know why you would want to redo it.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012   Interface Designer
That's very kind of you - I just think the textures could be a little better and the actual info tweaked to show reverse triage as standard
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thefuguestate Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome, would you mind if I used this in my games of Dark Heresy RPG? I have an adventure in mind where the players have to sift through the available evidence to find out who/what is killing soldiers and it would be much cooler to hand the players a few of these filled out in shaky doctor's hand writing than for me to read out a long boring medical report.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012   Interface Designer
I'm planning on making some up as labels - there's a dubious mock up here (the front is hidden - I'm too lazy to do both sides :P) [link]

The actual version will wrap the text and what-not around where the string is fed through
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks very much, I'd be more than happy for you to use it :D
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thefuguestate Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, and it looks great as a tag :)
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masonicon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
fact: majority of Imperial Guardsmen casualties in 41st millennium is caused by Blunt Trauma
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012   Interface Designer
:D
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masonicon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012  Student General Artist
also! can you add Nanotech-type contamination to the contamination types in this document?
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diego2528 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
the only thing left is a think of the day. also i don`t know why but i except to see something like "are you are a secreat follower of chaos. yes or no?"
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012   Interface Designer
I left that off because I think that would be on communications, so really is a thought for the day, it's something different on each days comms, but this is a standard document, every time you saw it, it would be the same thought every time you got one out... I could have "The Emperor Protects, The Emperor Heals" at the bottom if I can find space, but it wouldn't really be the "Thought for the day" shown on fluff comms in WD and Codices
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diego2528 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
maybe somting like "keep the purity to all cost" or something like that.
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012   Interface Designer
That sounds good :)
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diego2528 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
also in mental state you can put one * and in a corner say "if your answer is not. come to near commisar to moral check"
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SoylentRobot Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
in most 40k warzones there would be no effort at all to save the severe casualties unless they were especially important, as in rather high up the chain of command. the best treatment is often the Emperor's Mercy
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   Interface Designer
That's absolutely my view of it, which is effectively just a slightly harsher version of military wartime reverse triage we use now.

I kind of made the tags assuming that everyone would know this was the case, with this representing rarely adhered to guidelines, but I think I'm going to alter the categories so more people get shot (if they're lucky) and have reverse triage as the standard presented.
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SoylentRobot Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
the reserse triage youve presented is so often used by 40k medics it might as well be the standard triage XD
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Sirdan87 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
This looks excellent. I might need to show this to my Dark Heresy DM.
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:iconlight-tricks:
Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   Interface Designer
Thanks very much :)
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Raazorfiend Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
looks excellent, one thing though - circleing contamination takes longer then cross or dash, just thinking :)
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:iconlight-tricks:
Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   Interface Designer
This is very true :) "mark" would be better (that's lots of minor edits I'd like to do now lol), but ultimately when filling these things out it won't lose any meaningful time :)
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Raazorfiend Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
hehe, do you LARP in wh40k or something? or are they handouts for pen and paiper?
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Light-Tricks Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012   Interface Designer
Nope they're neither lol, just a completely pointles project. The posters are going up in our wargames cellar but other than that, it was just a fun project (for me anyway), although I have been asked by larpers if they can use them
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Raazorfiend Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
yea, I immagine, Id like to use them as a handout to the Medic in my Dark Herecy campain :D
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