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Might of Rome by PenUser Might of Rome by PenUser
"Such was the strenght of the roman war engines, that they could take the head off a person in an instant and throw it many stadiums downrange. They would not leave a clean wound such as an arrow from a bow, but they would rip a person completely apart."

During the height of the Roman Empire, the roman legions had unsurpassed engineering skill compared to their contemporary counterparts. Their achievements can still be seen in forms of roads and aqueducts all over Europe and the Mediterranean.

But they are most well known for their achievements in warfare, and military engineering. In their time, no other army had the skill in siege warfare such as the Roman legions did. Most notable of their achievements are their warmachines, such as the siege ballista shown in the picture. They could throw large stone boulders(usually limestone) into distances over hundreds of meters, and do so accurately. They were indeed so complex, that they are considered one of the most complex machines created before the industrial revolution.


So, that's the brief history of behind what's in the picture... and this was again one of my practices on how to do lighting with the techinque I've chosen to use in Photoshop. This time I tried to get a sort of warmth to the tones and colours, I hope that worked.

Enjoy!

P.S.- The topic isn't really a coincidence, since I've been very fascinated with the function and technology of the ballista for a long time. So much so, that I've actually constructed two myself! A picture of the two:

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I'm working on an improved version with a metallic frame, which should be ready next spring, maybe. So yeah... I do woodworking, too if anyone didn't know it. :D
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brandon-bowling Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Wow! Very nice. I really like the style and the sheer amount of detail packed into the image. The perspective also helps to emphasize the size and potential power of the machine.
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TotCzechowicz Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
that's amazing! you have secceeded to show the hard life in the Roman leagon. I envy you! great job
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :) I really should make a more finished, new version of this pic, since people seem to like this kind of topic. :D
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Dgarauz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!! Good job.
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PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
The Battle of Jerusalem in 70 A.D, forty years after the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth. Romans ended up sacking the city and destroying the Second Temple, thus driving most of the Jewish people into the Diaspora, which ended with the 1947 creation of the modern state of Israel, with Jerusalem again as its capital, after the leading Jews of the time pleaded with the UN to provide them with a homeland in order to prevent another massive genocide like the Holocaust.
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PenUser Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's basically where the current situation in that part of the world is derived from- actions of the Roman empire on the Jewish rebellion in Judea and Palestine. The region has a very long and interesting history, all in all.

Thanks! :)
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Joshmoe93 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You're welcome!

Also, the Romans, and later the Byzantines, had a tendency to overlook the Arabian Peninsula as nothing more than a full of sand, camel herders, and a few trading cities of barely any import. This later bit the ruling powers in Europe in the ass hard, as a certain warlord named Muhammad inspired the Arabs to conquer the entirety of the Middle East, the Levant, North Africa, and the Iberian Peninsula, under the banner of a new Abrahamic religion, Islam.
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JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Professional Artist
How much would you charge for work like this? How long would it take to complete?
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PenUser Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Around $25-40, it'd take maybe 5-6 hours most probably. Depends on complexity.
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Agawaer Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Freaking AWESOME.
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CiLiNDr0 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing work! Love it!

I was wandering if you could let me us this image for an Android game called "Kingdoms of Myth", it's turn based strategy game based on a fantasy World. You can find a little bit more info in this rough website made by my colleges lifeisinfinity.eu5.org/infinit… (Sorry for the bad English). Of course you will have full credits of your work and link to your webpage if you want :) (Smile)

Lot of thanks for your time ;) (Wink)
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jelk1 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great pic. Love the use of light.
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Redinkengineer Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Great colors.
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Historically correct representation and apart from this I love the color tone and deatails like signs written on catapult balls.
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JDCinNYC Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Was this done by pen initially, or done completely digitally?
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It was a sketch made with HB mechanical pens, nothing that special. The colours were added in CS3 later.

Thanks! :)
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JDCinNYC Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! I love your work so much! :D
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a great work. It just has everything needed. Bravo.
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Any time.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great one!!! the details are really good, and the composition is just purr-fect!
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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medievallass Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Very cool, look at those busy busy Romans.

Hayley :floating:
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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medievallass Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome :)

Hayley :floating:
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Medjugore Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic!
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :D
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
:onfire: ... great work!
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :)
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PsykoHilly Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
My pleasure, you're most welcome! :salute:
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avaruus-apina Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Millainen kantama sillä sinun katapultillasi on?
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pienemmällä oli jotain 150 metriä, mikä on aika säälittävä sinänsä- isompaa ei ole oikein voinut testata tilanpuutteen takia. Todennäköisesti 200 metrin paikkeilla, luulisin. Mahdollisesti enemmän, mutta ei usko että ikinä laitan siihen niin paljon tehoa ihan käytännöllisyyden takia.
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avaruus-apina Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
Mitä ammuksia olet sitten käyttänyt?
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PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ensimmäisessä käytin 60-grammaista nuolta, mikä on aika standardi tavalliselle jouselle. Se ei siis ollut kovin voimakas, niinkuin noitten köysinippujen paksuudesta voi päätellä, melkein sama teho kuin modernilla urheilujousella. Isommassa on 160-250 grammaa painava koivusta sorvattu "nuoli" taotulla teräskärjellä. Pystyy läpäisemään 2mm teräslevyn 50 metrin päästä, eli suht tehokas.
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