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Arminius by Culpeo-Fox Arminius by Culpeo-Fox
"Quintili Vare, legiones redde!“ ('Quintilius Varus, give me back my legions!')
- Emperor Augustus


They stepped into the grim place which was burdened with such painful memories. One could still recognise the first camp of Varus, huge in size, a site that could clearly testify the capacity of three legions. Not far from there, an only half finished abatis as well as a flat trench could tell that one last body of men tried to grab itself into the ground. Between these two sites, they saw bleached bones of fallen comrades scattered about, piled up to little heaps, depending on how they died: Fleeing or fighting. In between all of this, shattered weapons, skeletons of horses. From tangled branches above, there were skulls which had been nailed to trees, staring down. In the forest glades they found altars in which the most noble captives were sacrifised to the gods.
Those legionnaires who escaped the inferno back then turned around and told: 'Yes, there, this is where the generals fell!' - 'And here, here it was where the barbarians wrenched the eagles away from us!' - Then, they showed the place where Varus was wounded and the other unholy one, where he took his life with his own hand and also the hill, from which Arminius would speak to his warriors, and they told of the many gallowses he let made, of the many sacrifical pits he let dig.
Thus, six years after the catastrophe, they buried the skeletons of three legions. But since no one could recognise whether it were the mortal remains of their enemies or their comrades they covered with earth, they buried the bones with believing them all to be their relatives, their blood brothers, their friends. All of that happening with a growing bitterness towards such an opponent, and they became sad and angry the same.

- Tacitus on Roman legionnaires revisiting the place of the Teutoburg forest battle in which the legions of Varus were annihilated by Arminius and his Germanic tribes
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:iconneonkalixy:
NeonKalixy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018   Digital Artist
The shading is so nice, I'm in love with how it brings out the character's solemn feelings. Keep it up!!
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconneonkalixy:
NeonKalixy Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018   Digital Artist
No problem! :'D
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Chepseh Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018
Ohoo, neue Obsession? :)
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Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2018  Professional General Artist
Nicht wirklich "neu", die Obsession für Altertum und Co. war schon 2016 mal vorhanden.
War dann neulich allerdings in Detmold beim Hermannsdenkmal und zack - Obsession neu entfacht. Und joa, mittlerweile stecke ich metertief in zig Büchern über das alte Rom, Germanen, Hannibal, Karthago, Attila, Hethiter, Alexander dem Großen, das alte Ägypten und weiß der Geier was nicht noch alles drin. :P
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Student General Artist
he looks bit like Aragorn and love the Gothic feel the light and the dark is giving
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DestructiveEntity Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018
Great texture work
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wpjohn420 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous. 
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H1Gh-V0LtAg3 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018
Cool!
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merdicano Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018
It's so magnificent
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RavenHeart1984 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
good job
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Tacimur Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you haven't already, watch The Eagle. Set in Britain and much later but has a similar scene that's pulled off pretty well.
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Hardwing Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2018
A great tribute!
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