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Warriors Through Time - "Tullia" the Legionary

The "fist" of the Roman Empire for nearly a thousand years, the legions that served the Republic and later the Emperor were some of the best trained soldiers in history for their ability to work in unison. Vigorously drilled and well outfitted for battle, the typical Roman soldier was also afforded a good diet (by comparison to other armies), well made equipment, and excellent health care. So much so that the average life span of a Roman legionnaire was 5 - 10 longer than a Roman citizen.

Tullia is a high ranking officer in the first to second century A.D. as told by her helmet with a back swept crest. Standard issue was the bread and butter (or wine and olives rather) of the Roman army. The body army (lorica segmenta), sword (gladius), javelin (pilum), dagger (pugio), and shield were all standard to every soldier yet the higher rank's equipment was much more elaborate as seen.

Fun Fact: Despite the location, whether they were in the scorching Nile River Valley to the chilly hills of North England the legions still wore the same clothing - a tunic (usually red), open toe sandals, and no pants (barbarians wore pants! pants bad!). Their barracks were also open air with little insulation.
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nbarbour Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Artist and Historian, that's a fun combination. I think you've achieved good amount of detail in these images and I enjoy the fact that you've set each warrior in a scene. I wonder if it would be beneficial for you to try to be a bit more heavy handed and push the contrast even further. I'm a bit light handed myself and while I've still progressed as an artist--my light handedness is something that makes my pieces less provocative.

I also wonder if you'd entertain using female facial references without make up. Make up tends to affect the way that light passes through the face. And as a result, it strips some of the beautiful shadow shapes apparent in the female face. I'm kind of learning this same lesson the hard way but am really finding that it's been helpful to my more recent art.

In any event, as an budding artist to another--great work. Keep doing what you do.
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner May 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The lightness has a lot to do with my scanner being a piece of junk and bleaching out a lot of the tones in the drawing.  I try to compensate by altering the shadows and contrast but this ends up making some dark spots look really dark and others looking completely white.  The actual drawings look quite different than the scanned image.

Tullia here has a bad case of jacked up shadows because the scanner was completely killing the background due to some of the darker spots in the foreground.  I need to get another copy of Jasc Paintshop, I loved it's editing software for sketches.

Thanks for the input btw
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KOOKNYEO Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
nice work but is she an officer? If so, I am not convinced she is wearing the proper armor..

Whatever, I do love your pic ans wish to see her and her all female legion in action on the battlefield ! 
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is wearing the correct armor for an Optio. Any higher rank and she would have a solid breastplate with a cord or red sash tied around the mid section.
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KOOKNYEO Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018
thanks for the reply. I thought officers of roman legio were all wearing full brestplate and not lorica segmenta.

Do you plan to make more pics abor this character eg in battle action? That would be great!
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The only exceptions to wearing the breastplate were centurions and optios as they were closer to non-commissioned officers in today's military.  Higher ranks were typically nobility so they would buy more lavishly decorated breastplates to show off.

I hadn't planned on doing any more on her but I might revisit it once I get these other ideas off my brain.
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KOOKNYEO Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
many thanks for your reply and explanations.

I do wish you go back to your roman heroine as your art is very appreciated and the theme =women introduced in the male world of the roman army= is quite interesting.

all the best

KN 
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am working on other character works at the moment but if I get the time this summer I might try to get her in a battle scene.
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KOOKNYEO Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018
Would be great. 

Imagine a all women legio engaged in the ranks of Cleopatra's army..... 
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legionaryromantf2 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017
question: there was woman roman legioraries? sorry for my bad english
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There are no records of women joining the ranks of Roman legions and any that tried would have been quickly discovered since they bathed together in large bath houses.  The auxiliary forces however could have easily contained women but again there are no specific records. Almost every army has had women that sneaked into the ranks; while some were secretive, others were welcome to join provided they had the needed skill.
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legionaryromantf2 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017
thanks
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Yukow Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wooow!!! Es preciosa, me encanta la "lorica segmentata" además de la espada , me gustaría que tuviese puesto el casco y que llevase un escudo!!! +favlove 
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gracias. No lo hacemos todos? De hecho, tengo un traje completo de armadura romana en mi comedor.

Lo siento si la traducción es mala, no es culpa de Google Translate.
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Yukow Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OOOOOH!!!!!!¿TIENES UNA LORICA SEGMENTATA? DONDE LA HAS COMPRADO??????? XD
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Yukow Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I going to buy it!!! :happy: ( if my parents allow Cry forever )
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
"and no pants (barbarians wore pants! pants bad!)."

But, centurion, in winter, we wear pants, still. And our auxilliaries from Gaul wear pants.
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True Italian legions didn't wear pants but germanic tribes recruited into the Roman army after 150 AD would still wear them as well as many auxiliaries.  
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
So Roman legionnaires (those born in Italy and Roman citizens) wouldn't wear pants, even in winter ?
That would be unhealthy chilly "down there", then, wouldn't it ? :-p

(Sorry if the questions bother you, but I don't know much about that part of their equipment.)
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope, no pants.  To compensate for cold weather they would wear multiple tunics that could be fur lined or made of thick wool.  Many would also wrap their legs in animal furs before putting on their (open toe) sandals or caligae.  I can imagine being posted on Hadrian's Wall in the winter made life rather dismal and miserable.

No prob with the questions. I am actually a history professor at a college so I love it.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Open toe caligae ? In winter ?? On Hadrian's Wall ???

Oh dear ... :-S
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jefffletcher Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Roma invicta!
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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jefffletcher Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
My pleasure! Awesome pic! Gets me excited for ROME 2 Total War coming out later this year!
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lothar2009 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
So do you possess any kind of historical source which can prove that women could enlist into Roman legions?
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
None at all, nor could they be samurai or enlist in the Confederacy. It's just me having fun by making my warriors female. Rule 63 strikes again!
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lothar2009 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
^^
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Woaddragon Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist
So, is she a centuries or a Tribune?
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm thinking more like a legate or venturian since her helmet crest is swept back
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ConsulofRome Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
This is an amazing drawing! I can say no other words about the high standard of artistic talent and historical accuracy put into it. Amazing!

BTW the Romans did wear pants but only if they were riding a horse or if they were in the most northern provinces of the empire. As John Green once said about pants, "When people choose between civilization and warm genitals, they pick warm genitals."
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Everything I have ever read said they would not wear pants because the Germanic tribes (barbarians) would. Though toward the late Empire period there were more conscripted natives of Europe in the army than Romans, so that would not surprise me if they did.

Your average Roman would not have looked on with approval, but such is life when the Huns are kicking your butt across Europe.

Thanks by the way. I try to research each soldier before the concept work starts.
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oddbutrue Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012   Artist
it is so good !!!!!
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you much
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