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AKA Alexander the Great. Colors by Zoran Cvetkovik
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Members of the resistance assault the fascist troops of Bulgaria
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Here he is, in all his eccentric glory. Who's up for a good poking?
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ON TUMBLR: quillery.tumblr.com/post/75839…

For today's sketch_dailies theme on twitter.
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I hope I have done her justice...

Oil on board, 60x40cm (24''x16'')

Detail: dashinvaine.deviantart.com/art…

Joan, la Pucelle, French national heroine, born 600 years ago- probably to the month, although her exact date of birth is unknown. A valiant maiden, hearer of voices, inspirer and leader of victorious armies. She turned the tide against the English in the 100 years war, and transformed the dynastic struggle that marred her land into a war of national liberation. She raised the siege of Orleans, captured various fortresses and bridges, and facilitated the recovery of Rheims, enabling the coronation of her prince, the Dauphin Charles, in its cathedral.
After her capture in 1430 by Burgundians, then allies of the English, she was sold-out and subjected to a travesty of a heresy trial (which, however, serves as a record of her boldness and astute mind as well as apparently sincere belief in her voices and their divine origin). Ultimately Convicted of nothing more heretical than wearing male clothing, she was burnt at the stake aged only 19. (I hinted at her fate here by the reflection of flame in her armour.) She was subsequently exonerated, and regarded as a saint and martyr. Except, that is, by the likes of Shakespeare (Henry VI Part 1) and Dennis Wheatley (The Devil and All His Works), who perpetuated the enormity that she was a practitioner of the dark arts.

Other Britons had more respect...

"Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years."
Winston Churchill
en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Joan_of_…

A good outline of Joan's history on the Catholic Encyclopedia: www.newadvent.org/cathen/08409…



The trial proceedings:

www.stjoan-center.com/Trials/

From the third public interrogation:

"The Voice from whom you ask counsel, has it a face and eyes?"

"You shall not know yet. There is a saying among children, that 'Sometimes one is hanged for speaking the truth.'"

"Do you know if you are in the grace of God?"

"If I am not, may God place me there; if I am, may God so keep me. I should be the saddest in all the world if I knew that I were not in the grace of God. But if I were in a state of sin, do you think the Voice would come to me? I would that every one could hear the Voice as I hear it. I think I was about thirteen when it came to me for the first time."
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Medieval battle
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This is an illustration done for Medieval Warfare Magazine, a dutch publication. It depicts a battle between the lightly armed but battle-hardened Almogavars of the infamous Catalan Company and the French Knights of the Duchy of Athens. Guess who won.

You can read about the battle here. >> [link]

And if any of you are interested you can check out the magazine here. Its a very interesting magazine if you're in to medieval history. >> [link]
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An older commission.
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This is the last commission I did for Medieval Warfare Magazine before I took a break to welcome my first child.

Also known as the Battle of Deptford Bridge during the Cornish Rebellion which erupted some years after the War of the Roses in England. Here Lord Daubeny leads a division of the Tudor forces in a frontal assault on the bridge held by the Cornish forces.

Since this battle took place at the close of the 15th century I wasn't sure about the style of armor they'd be wearing since around this time the german 'Maximillian' and Renaissance styles where also starting to appear. In the end I settled for a more War of the Roses look figuring they'd still be wearing what was popular during that English civil war and not so up to date with the latest styles yet.

More info on the battle here >> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_o…

For those interested you can check out the magazine here. Its a very interesting magazine if you're in to medieval history. >> [link]
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Done for a historical magazine
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Done for a historical magazine
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Viriato, leader of the Lusitani who was famous for resisting Roman occupation of Western Hispania (Portugal). Here he leads the Lusitani in an ambush attack against a column of a Roman legion in marching order. Such guerrilla tactics are commonly used by the Lusitani and its the preferred style of warfare in the rugged terrains of the Spanish peninsular.

Read more about the man here>> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viriatus

Work done in 2012 for Italian history magazine, Focus Storia Wars.
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"Cuera Soldier"
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This is my first Ancient Warfare Magazine illustration.

This scene is attached to an article about Trajan's campaign against the Dacian's and depicts a group of Roman soldiers attacking a wagon convoy made up of woman and children and protected by a handful of Bastarnae warriors wielding the fearsome falx. As protection against these weapons Roman legionaries wear additional right arm armor called a 'manica' and reinforced helmets, which became a signature look for Trajan's legions in Dacia. The Roman auxiliaries, as depicted on the side, were more lightly armored.

More info about the Dacian Wars >> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trajan%2…
Info about Bastarnae >> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastarna…

For those interested you can check out the magazine here. >> www.karwansaraypublishers.com/…
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This image is part of series: Imperium Romanum Series
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This map depicts the Roman empire in is completeness, i.e. not divided into east and west.

This map depicts the Roman Empire in the 4th Century A.D. and the known world around the empire. The Eastern and Western Empires are illustrated as well. Note: Placenames on this map are not designed to represent actual roman provinces as administrative divisions, but are purely geographical entities.

I used a whole bunch of other maps as reference material, some of them from the early 19th century, and an old book of ancient geography.
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This is my vision of the Great city of Constantinopolis  in the end of 6th century, capitol of the Byzantine empire.  It was biggest and richest city in the world, and its still impressive to visit.  This picture was done for the new game Attila total war, and I spend maybe too much time on it.
Any comments welcomed.
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Photo from gallery 49, photo 21. Festival - Wolin 2013. Poland.
See the gallery: www.wikingowie.bplaced.net/201… 

Clik! right > "Download Image"

Kliknij na prawo od zdjecia na górze > "Download Image"

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If I forget you, O Jerusalem
April 16th 2015
Watercolor
22 x 30 inches


If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
let my right hand wither!
O let my tongue
cleave to my jaws
if I remember you not,
if I prize not Jerusalem
above all my joys!

- Psalm 137

Just a Templar knight overlooking the city of Jerusalem and contemplating the future...

This was done as another project for my Watercolor 1 class. The assignment was a little (intentionally) vague, but basically we were supposed to use a bunch of different pictures and put them together to form some kind of cohesive whole. Some people did more surreal things, and others added objects to a base references and other things like that. I ended up using about eight different references to put together this particular picture. And then I made up a bunch of other things (like color scheme) because I always do that. :XD: It took a good while to finish it; I was probably at work on it for about of month of class time, mostly because it's a lot bigger than my usual pieces. Anyway, enjoy!
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Painted for Medieval Warfare Magazine in February
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Norman warriors attacking in shieldwall formation.
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A screen from the upcoming battle brothers trailer.
Cheers!
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This is something I did for special DA issue of Heavy Metal Magazine as part of a studio-wide collaborative project between IFS and Heavy Metal.

Hope you guys like it. Prints are available for purchase.
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A fan art of Nova from Blizzard's Starcraft II. Did it for a video games convention here in Singapore last year. The convention wasn't very good IMO.

Hope you guys enjoy this piece though. Can't sell it as print unfortunately.
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Here's a rare fan art piece I did of Mrs Skywalker. She's one of the coolest female leads in the Star Wars mythos but its too bad she died in the novels.

Notice she's using Luke's original lightsaber, the one he lost when he fought Vader, which he than retrieved later on and gave it to Mara.

Hope you guys like it.
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This is one of ten pieces I did for the new Star Wars Essential Guide to Warfare. I had a blast working on it and I'm excited that I am able to contribute to the Star Wars universe.

I will be posting them in the order of sequence as it appears in the book. Hope you guys enjoy them!

Of the ten pieces I did for Warfare I think this is my favorite one. This scene takes place at the Battle of Kashyyyk during the Second Galactic Civil War where Galactic Alliance forces clash with Confederate forces made up of Bothans, Wookies, Hapans and the Jedi Order. The battle rages around the Anakin Solo, commanded by Jacen Solo (secretly Darth Cadeus), as she bombards the planet surface of Kashyyyk from orbit with her forward long-range turbolasers.

Other things to note in this piece is the never-before-seen Wookie Owool Interceptors making attack runs on the Anakin Solo and the Stealth X fighters flown by Jaina Solo and the Jedis in the foreground. There are also some XJ3/XJ5 X-wings flying about and for those who are wondering about the Mon Calamari Cruiser, yes, it is an MC90 class.

Copyright of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

You can get the book here >> [link]
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Many aspects of medieval nobility's life were governed by ceremony and had to strictly adhere to protocol. Everything from going through doors to eating meals had to be performed exactly as the proper form instructed. These formal restrictions applied even to childish behaviours, such as pre-combat name calling, known today as fronting.
Depicted left is the Chicken Leg Banner Bearer who, when instructed by the leader wishing to initiate the name calling phase, would rise the banner depicting a chicken leg to show it to the opposing faction's leader. The message of the banner was effectively calling the courage of the offended party into question. This was a signal for the army behind the banner to begin chanting "buck-buck" noises. It was then customary to wait for either a reply or an attack. Remnants of the Chicken Leg Banner protocol remain in Anglo-Saxon culture to this day.
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Again my favourite theme. Artwork for the game Total war:Empire. This one was my biggest and most complicated painting, so I hope It was worth the time spend I have finished this piece some year ago, but cant post it because the marketing policy.
It shows the Battle of Quiberon Bay near coast of France. The ship on the right is HMS Royal George, pride of the british navy with almost 900 souls on the board.The battle fas fought in late november so the weather was very bad. Ship on the left is french La Superbe, and this ship ended very bad at the end.
I painted the ships as they were, based on many historical resourcess: paintings, engravings and models. And of course a bit of my imagination. No other references were used.
As I said this was my biggest work till now. Original res is 3000x1500, it takes me about one month to finish. Done in Photoshop CS3 from the start. I'll be happy to see your commnets and critics.

Please dont use the picture, because its property of creative
assembly. If its something really serious just write me note.
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Painting done some time ago for the Total War:RomeII game. Caesar with the roman fleet is going to land in the mighty port of Alexandria. The next day he will meet Cleopatra and star an affair with her.
Done just in photshop with some help from my colleagues.
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One of the many illustrations I painted for the game Rome II Total War - Greek states DLC. 
copyright Creative Assembly
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Illustration commissioned for Holocubierta. www.holocubierta.com/index.php…
Jerusalem 1119 is a RPG and this illustration is the cover.

Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/AJ-Manz…
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I came second in RDNA's recent monthly challenge so I thought I'd put my prizes to some use...
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Early concept for the game total war: rome II. After the long siege the city was conquered by Rome and later razed to the ground.
It was an inspiration for the actual battle map and the atmosphere. Didn't have much time for this so done in quick style.
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Concept art painting for the game Total War:Rome II. The ship is a roman commanding ship from the late period, joining the battle of Actium.

The design is based on various historical books, reliefs and a bit of my imagination, because we really don't know how the roman ships looked exactly. There aren't many visualizations or paintings of this big ships, which were about 60 meters long with a crew of 600 men. I was really glad to paint such rare thing.


all done in photoshop with wacom intuos. About 2 weeks of work.


P.S:this version is slightly tweaked from the one used on game articles, only recently I got some time to play with the finishing touches and it looks better I think.



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First of the series of concepts done for the game Rome 2: Total War. I was trying to make something quicker so decided to stay with this sepia and sketchy style. It was a bit experiment but I liked it at the end.
The scene is a final phase of the siege of carthage, when the Roman legions broke inside the city and fought against the Punic defenders on elephants.
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Concept art for the Rome II. Siege battle in the Middle East some two thousand years ago, when the Roman legions are trying to take the Persian city. My most complicated work recently, especially the characters were a pain to do.
All done in Ps + wacom
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First set.
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Used some of DA textures:
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WW2 f. set II caricature)
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Set I.
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***upd - the second guy from the left is not Stalin, it's Budenniy.
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***upd2 - em, there's no simbolism in FDR or flag. ...But I like angry patriots, who see some misterious simbolism,hehe >: D

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There's some crappy things happen with V7,so....download for a full size -___-
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This is a one-sheet poster I did for Radical Publishing's Assassins a while back. A highly fictional and fantastical take on the medieval Crusades, its shows Richard the Lionheart and Saladin fighting side by side against hordes of assassins.
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Here's a piece I started about a year ago but never got the chance to finish it until now.

Its my own depiction of the Battle of Cresson which happened just before Saladin's victory at Hattin in 1187 during his campaign against the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.

The knight in focus is the Grandmaster of the Templars, Gerard de Ridefort, who was one of only a few that survived the battle.

If you're interested you can read about the battle here :-
[link]

Cheers!
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A painting of a medieval men-at-arms. Done entirely with Photoshop CS. Comments and criticisms are welcome.
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I love me some Swiss pikemen:)

I did this piece last year for the Medieval Warfare Magazine issue focusing on the Burgundian Wars where Charles the Bold made the mistake of picking a fight with the Swiss and got his ass kicked. Clearly he didn't get the memo from the Germans and the Austrians who learnt never to mess with the Swiss less they finds themselves on the receiving end of a bristling array of sharp pointy things.

Swiss pike tactics inspired birth of the German Landsknecht and Spanish Tercios and would see dominance until the advancement of modern field artillery.

Further info about the battle here>> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_o…
For those interested you can check out the magazine here. Its a very interesting magazine if you're in to medieval history. >> www.karwansaraypublishers.com/…
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© Medieval Warfare Magazine III.5
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variety of Western European helmets in 15'th century
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Long time no post =). Figured I'd post one today. This is a remake of an old painting WIP I had a while back - i lost it a long time ago but i finially got a round to finishing a new version for it. It took about 48 or so hours all in all to complete.

Photoshop cs4

heres the old old version:
[link]
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Batalie
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For the half man!!!!~~~~~~~~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Half man! Half man!~~~!!!
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Recently work for a online game poster.
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edit : 13 june 2014
touched up image again.

I had to do a live demo on Saturday at the SIT Open House at orchard rd. Since I had to paint on the spot, I decided to go with something in my comfort zone.

Took me about 4 hours, plus 1 hr+ of tweaks later at home. Kinda really generic, but eh.. XD

To those who have written me notes and comments, I am so sorry, i will try to reply soon. I am just so busy this month. ^^;;
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Loadscreen for War In The North.

More on WITN VizDev here: [link]
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Landing the screen for a game
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