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Why don't they retreat?! by MadHotaru Why don't they retreat?! by MadHotaru
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:iconblackgoldodarkmateo:
blackgoldodarkmateo Featured By Owner May 26, 2015
War never changes 
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:icondragon567lover:
dragon567lover Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You can't just 'not feel emotions'.
You can't get away from them
No matter what you say do think
They still will take toll on you
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LuminousDreams1397 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Actually you can get away from them. Without locking them or yourself up. All one has to do in order to escape negative emotions is to accept the problem or cause of negativity in its entirety and the emotion(s) will cease to exist. Remember, it's not that you CAN'T do something, it's only that you don't know how. Control over emotions is like swimming. Just because you don't know HOW to swim doesn't mean you can't.
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SavasTheLost Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015
Italiano-Abyssinian War back in the 1930s speaks to me in this picture.

Bless the noble peoples of Ethiopia, who resisted to the bitter end.
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:iconnarrva:
narrva Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015
Yep, they honored the human spirit!

Really, both sides honored the human spirit.
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SavasTheLost Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Nah, I look to Ethiopia as the only ones who represent man. 
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:iconmigwier:
migwier Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
The Military is supposed to train you not to feel pity for the enemy.
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:iconredangelz123:
RedAngelz123 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
The camp teaches how to use a rifle, follow orders and survive but to not feel pity for the enemy time and experience will teach yo about that.
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:iconjfkmindequalsblown:
jfkmindequalsblown Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015
ie. it turns you into an obedient killing machine that follows orders without question.
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:icondeathalchemist94:
DeathAlchemist94 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If it weren't for the fact that this was in the middle of the desert, I would think this was a Last Samurai reference.  
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:iconeboy4190:
Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
You can definitely tell who was drafted
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:iconwrestle593:
wrestle593 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
My interpretation is these are not soldiers but civilian ponies who were forced to defend themselves.  Real soldiers are trained to fight.  They would not cry when they have to use their weapons.  This is still a nice concept and the art is amazing.  It's interesting how the one firing the gun has a flower for a cutie mark.  Was that suppose to be a dichotomy?
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Xhydralisk Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Her cutie mark is a flower, which implies that she’s too innocent for this. This isn’t what she wants to do, it’s not her talent. She doesn’t belong here. Which implies NO ONE does.
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:iconjordnut:
Jordnut Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
And just like that, you've shown you have no clue about "real" soldiers and are a civilian yourself.
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:iconwrestle593:
wrestle593 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
And you've shown you are nothing but a troll.
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:iconredangelz123:
RedAngelz123 Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
My grandfather fought during WW2 as a Machine gunner in the Philippines and I recall that every time that he tells about the war he sometimes cry because of how the enemy charges at gunfire and how they are cruelly mistreated when he was captured during the war. 
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IceStormy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Was this from a movie?

Also nicely done.
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:iconhunterhunter40:
hunterhunter40 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student General Artist
i dunno, man. war is sh1t. you just had the better side of the bucket.
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:iconstanmarsh2478:
Stanmarsh2478 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this a real war?
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DrMarathon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Probably a French colony war. The uniforms look similar to the French Foreign Legion uniforms of the late 1800's. 

Now let's say that France in the world of ponies is called Gaul, and that these ponies aren't Gallic ponies, but Equestrians that joined the Foreign Legion expecting something else. Equestria, being a nation that hasn't had a real war in centuries, probably has a pretty ignorant population that sees war as something from legends or the history books.

While they may show violence in their fiction, and may indeed participate in the hunting of monsters, I think that most of the population lacks the knowledge of just how much weight killing another sapient being carries. And may jump into a something like this thinking that they would become like the champions of old, but instead get a crash course in the nature of true misery.  

Equestrians are so like children, unspoiled by the nature of the world outside of their paradise, that they think that it is a given. HA! 

They don't get it. Equestria only enjoys peace by maintaining economically beneficial treaties with far more militaristic nations. Basically, Equestria owns the world economy so the nations of the world fight in Equestria place.

Man, who said that "utopia" was a good thing? 
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:iconeboy4190:
Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Looks like WW1 to me
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:iconstanmarsh2478:
Stanmarsh2478 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah. Probably against the ottomans.
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:iconeboy4190:
Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Aye
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:iconaebus:
Aebus Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Yes, the Ottomans surely used arrows and spears.
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:iconeboy4190:
Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015
Yeah, WWI was in that kind of era where the technologies of the world weren't exactly matched up very well.
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:iconmccoda:
McCoda Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
"We have got the maxim gun and they have not." Good depiction of 19th century colonial warfare in a nutshell.
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:iconstargatepony:
Stargatepony Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*Gatling
Know your weaponry son, x3
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:iconmccoda:
McCoda Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, you are right about the type of gun. However, for the purpose of what this piece represents, the saying is a fit to the situation.
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:iconzebalien:
Zebalien Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So... have you seen Zulu before? 'Cause I think you'd like Zulu.
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NGPegasus Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I like this piece. I'm not one to look up art that puts ponies and war together but this is pretty nice.
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Princess Twilight Sparkle, "I DON'T BUCKING UNDERSTAND! WHY AREN'T THE TWO SIDES LETTING US BROKER A PEACE TREATY!? WHY?!" 
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Corrupted36 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because violence is the first refuge of incompetence, war uses our best to do our worst.
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Princess Luna: "Not all conflicts can be solved with a clean and happy agreement, Twilight Sparkle..."
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:icontoon-resurrection92:
Toon-Resurrection92 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the facts of life sweetheart.
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ArticWarfareCanadian Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic Work! I love this piece!
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:iconmigwier:
migwier Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Its the Brass Beast from tf2.
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:iconeboy4190:
Eboy4190 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
What do you think it's based off of?
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:icong-weegee:
g-weegee Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Its just a normal gatling gun.
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celticknight221 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
The gunner wipes her eyes. "Why aren't they retreating. Mother Mare, they know they're going to die! WHY WON'T THEY RETREAT!?"
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Ink-Dash Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the addition of the flower cutie mark. This wasn't her destiny.
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:iconmrzeromaster95:
Mrzeromaster95 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Student Artist
Damn didn't see that i'm a bit depressed now. :c
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:iconnlrrebel:
NLRrebel Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Their tears make it beautiful.
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:iconkironstrife:
KironStrife Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ironically Richard Gatling invented the gun to show the futility of war, and to show people the kind of destruction we can wreak on ourselves.  And this weapon was, and still is, devastating.  
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:icondrow3323:
Drow3323 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
the road to hell is paved with good intentions (not that he'd go to hell)
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Same story with mustard gas. 
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:icondrow3323:
Drow3323 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
So sad
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:iconalden-the-fox:
Alden-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Meaning badass as F**K
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:iconkironstrife:
KironStrife Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Only thing more badass would be a gatling gun chambered in 12ga. And firing 1oz. deer slugs.
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:iconalden-the-fox:
Alden-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what about the 30mm gun on the A-10? XD that thing is badass. 
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xXRainbowDashXx20 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
That thing is awesome with 1FT. Bullets, those things obliterate anything in their way
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