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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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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
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
Dgarauz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Amazing!! Good job.
PenUser Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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.
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! :)
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.
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.
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