"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:[link]
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.