After working on all the medical fluff nonsense that I've been doing for some time, I realised that I hadn't actually created a symbol for the medical personnel of the 41st millennium. Whilst working on a nicer looking verison of Captain Nero's Post-Trauma report with Colonel Scipio, I was prompted into action.
It's something I've tinkered with in the past when considering a mini-medical diorama/objective marker - exactly what would Imperial medics and medical vehicles have to denote them? I was wary of using the red cross, whilst instantly recognisable as being medical, has too many real world connotations for it to be dropped in seamlessly. Sure, you could probably come up with fluffy reasons and meanings for it, but for me it seemed more trouble than it's worth.
In steps that other universal medical symbol: the Caduceus, or Rod of Asclepius. Technically not the same thing, they have however become interchangeable. Painted on the side of ambulances in certain countries, and dotted about everywhere medical, it seemed like a natural choice. It also helped that the Space Marine Apothecary symbol already mirrored it (obviously meant to represent the DNA double-helix however).
A rather nifty mock up by Scipio prompted me to get the digital pens out (okay, hand and mouse) and sketch something out. I prefer working free hand as I find I get more consistent results. Without futher ado, here's the results (with my patent pending paper texturisation...):
|Modified based on feedback of Mordian7th and Dai. Left or right? Answers on a postcard|
As ever feedback is always welcome. Should there be a skull on a medical symbol? If not what should fill that space? Should the skull be bigger, do all the elements work together? Anything at all, let me know.
Apologies for the slightly lifeless text, just managed to lose the original post and had to rewrite it all...
That's all for now folks, there's a Mawdryn fluff post on the way for tomorrow.
Update 09/08/12: Here's a more "grimdark" version, metallic texture courtesy of Night Fate Stock