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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.


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:


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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JoryRFerrell Featured By Owner May 3, 2014
How much would you charge for work like this? How long would it take to complete?
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.
Agawaer Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Freaking AWESOME.
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… (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)
jelk1 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great pic. Love the use of light.
Redinkengineer Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Great colors.
PenUser Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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.
JDCinNYC Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! Was this done by pen initially, or done completely digitally?
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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