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Casus Belli

“Act of War” » [link]

The Dacians attacks this little roman fort, still in construction by dawn. They benefit from this extraordinary situation: the river is frozen! So, they decided, in a rush, to attack the Romans, this is an unique opportunity, and they crossed the frozen river. This legendary battle could be seen in the Trajan Column nowadays, in Rome.

The small vexilliatione (roman detachment of a legion) was coming back from their night patrol, when they saw this happening. It is time to fight. But before, we have to organize our troops, no roman would fight a battle without preparation.

Why is Marine so undressed, despite of the frozen morning? Who knows… (well, she was sleeping in her tent when she was surprised by the noise outside).

Describing the picture: to the left, we can see a Cheiroballistra, a special roman catapult, first used in the Dacians wars. To the right, another roman catapult, an Onager. Look at the roman cranes: they used to be manpowered, with some guys walking inside of it to provide the lift energy needed.

More details of Casus Belli in my journal, were you can find an almost step by step of it: [link] , special attention for the lineart: [link]

As always, I’ll answer to everyone, if you want to know something about this. If you ask me about the time to do this, 2 months, and done with Painter IX (and some Photoshop). I've submitted this image a bit bigger than usual, but event like that, there is now way you can see all the details (try to find the cat and the vulture...). The print of Casus Belli is way more appropriated to look at this ;)

An important link: [link] here you can really look at Marine at (almost) full detail, and have a slight idea of what you can hope with the print of Casus Belli \o/

Thanks for watching.
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Dgarauz Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome.
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CiLiNDr0 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing work! Love it!

I was wandering if you could let me us this image for an Android game called "Kingdoms of Myth", it's turn based strategy game based on a fantasy World. You can find a little bit more info in this rough website made by my colleges [link] (Sorry for the bad English). Of course you will have full credits of your work and link to your webpage if you want :)

Lot of thanks for your time ;)
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's absolutely gorgeous!!! love all the details and the beautiful colors!
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:iconjoriavlis:
joriavlis Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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luvidicus Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009
erm, plated arms were never invented by the romans.

But the blade's armor in Oblivion TM features it.
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SpleeSpree Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
erm, yeah they were. They were called manica. And they were used in the Dacian conflict due to the enemy's use of the falx. 
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luvidicus Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
I posted that years ago lol

Though from what I recall, the Roman army adapted the designs of most of their armor and weapons from those of their enemies, such as their swords, which were based off of spanish designs
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SpleeSpree Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
I have a habit of responding to comments that are so old that the original posters aren't even around anymore. It's compulsive I guess.

All cultures draw from the previous knowledge of mankind. The smarter they are, the more willing they are to build upon others' knowledge to advance it further. What really makes it original is if it is modify significantly to fit the new user's needs. In the Roman republic, many foreign things were adopted with no real modifying at all (shout out to the trireme). The Late republic and empire, however, made lots of innovation that were thoroughly Roman in design. The scutum, pilum, and lorica segmentata were of Roman origin and were outstanding effective against their enemies' older designs. Certainly at first, anyway. 

That said, many things, such as the lorica segmentata and manica were relatively simple. Just because one culture had an invention first doesn't mean that a separate culture didn't come up with a similar design on its own. The basic principle behind the manica had been around since at least the first Persian empire. But the manica as used by the Romans (at least during the early to mid empire) was actually developed specifically to address the falx. Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. They also redesigned the scutum to be more resistant to the falx.  Most of their enemies to the north at that time wore little armor at all, and when they did, it was mostly chain mail. Basically, the manica was a response to the enemy, not taken from them. 

In regards to the gladius, it changed over the course of the Roman republic and empire. The first designs were not really any different than the greek's. Later on, they did have Spanish influence. Later on still, they switched to the Spatha, which could have had many possible origins. 
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Rod-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Woah c'est exactement le type de dessin médiéval que j'adore: un décors chiadé truffé de détail, des personnage en armes et armures avec beaucoup de mouvements et une lumière vraiment très réussie!

Chapeau bas, c'est vraiment superbe !
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joriavlis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merci beaucoup! Enfin c'est pas très moyen age, c'est plutot antiquité, là :)
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Rod-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
Enfin quand ça ce fritte la tronche a coup d'é;pée j'entends bien 8D
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centuryslayer Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
love the scalemail on the girl and the scene is very well done. the description made me hunger for more Europa Universalis:Rome :drool:
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joriavlis Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, good play then :)
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:iconcenturyslayer:
centuryslayer Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome & thanks :D
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:iconpiotrasss:
piotrasss Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
Nice! and so historically accurate and detailed!
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:iconjoriavlis:
joriavlis Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Lady-Of-The-Pen Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008   General Artist
Wow that is impressive ^^ It must have been some job it's huge!
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sasukeshindo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
il est absolument splendide tant au niveaux des personnages qu'au niveaux de leurs habits tant au niveaux des décors, un seul mots peu résumer tous ça il est absolument magnifique
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redferne Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
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Linay Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007
Wow so many details! looks really awesome! wish i could make something like this c: :heart: :heart:
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:iconjoriavlis:
joriavlis Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, just hard work, nothing more :)
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SOULSSHINE Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Vale mesmo apena ver ....
.. quando e como te esforças ... ao maximo ....

Realmente não canso de ver isto ......
Por onde quer que uma pessoa olhe vê uma nova coisa .........

Parece uma imagem bidimensional ...
Varias em uma ..
há promenores por todo lado ...
Parabens
...

Gostava é de ver coisas .. com o mesmo nivel mais recentes ... o que se passa ... já não tens vida para passar semanas em uma imagem ..........................

pois desculpa .. se não tens .. fases mal ...

Jovem lembra-te do teu curso de arte classica na nossa paris em frança ...
.. humm.. quanto é que demorava para fazer "um deses" quadros de verdadeira arte? .....
Pois duas semanas que demores ... a fazer um trabalho em condições do teu melhor de 2 em 2 meses ....
Não seria nada por ai demais ...

è o que eu penso ...
mas bem ....
tenho de o fazer eu primeiro ....

( uma pessoa precisa de organizar muuiiito a vida para isso né ) .... para o que se quer ...
Mas eu estou quase lá ...

Espero que tambem o estejas irmão .

Grande abraço

vemonos por ai tá.

Ruben Ismael
RPGSI Studio / LDVEditions Prod Admin
COimbra Portugal :: [link]"http://luz-da-vida.com.pt
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nigellus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007  Student
Nice take on the Dacian War, I really liked the details on the characters! Nice job with the scene too.
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joriavlis Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, it's a pleasure to see someone who can see the background research for the details of this pic :)
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nigellus Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2007  Student
Aye welcome. im an avid Roman researcher, plus it was really nice so i cant just miss it.
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yjoh Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Why is the chick a roman soldier?
Is she celtic ? (trousers where used by celtics and germans at this time i think.)
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joriavlis Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she is part of a greater story, you'll have to read it somewhere between 2038 and 2067, I hope, available on sale at a bookstore if the planet earth didn't explode by then n___n

About trousers : romans used to wear them too, specially in the first century ac : they used to learn the best technic from their enemies and people that they conquered.
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Archaia Featured By Owner May 31, 2007   General Artist
Oh wow, didnt see the colored version, its remarkable. really nice.
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kargath64 Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
One thing irks me ... the way the romans are moving, it looks like they're just on a casual stroll O_o
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Brandonangle Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2007   Filmographer
Hmm, what would be somthing appropriate and worthy of such a picture...?

...oh yes...

FOR RRRROOOOOOMMMMMEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!
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joriavlis Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah >< ! let's kick some barbarians (in fact they were very civilized u_u ...).
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Brandonangle Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2007   Filmographer
Dispite lacking the aquaduct, medicene, law, and, lets not forget, the wine.
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stariander Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Student Photographer
Keep up the historical art!!! I LOVE IT
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:iconjoriavlis:
joriavlis Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'll try to do that :)
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Fjodin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006
AVE ROMA!
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:iconjoriavlis:
joriavlis Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, yeah salvete n_n
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Fjodin Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006
AVE ROMA!
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Samand Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
coucou Jori ^_^ j'espere que tu va bien.
J'aime beaucoup ce dessin. Je sais pas comment t'as pu travailler sur toutes ces details! c'est incroyable *_*
et puis j'adore le chien. :love:
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joriavlis Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vi, je vais bien. Pour les details, c 'est simple, ça m'a pris deux mois, pour les faire v_v
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Rhym Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2006
Pinaiz ! Trop fort :clap:

Bravo, un travail de titan :D
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joriavlis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Merci :w00t: dommage que je ne sois pas gaulé comme un titan pour survivre à ce travail, je suis encore mort là xD;
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Lord-Sirius Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tu as dû t'arracher les cheveux Jori ^^ Rien à dire a part que c'est nickel trop beau... :yawnstretch:
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:iconjoriavlis:
joriavlis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Je ne suis pas encore chauve \o/
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Lord-Sirius Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tu as passé beaucoup de temps dessus à mon avis, vu le nombre de détails :w00t:
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:iconjoriavlis:
joriavlis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
deux mois à plein temps ouais xD;
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Lord-Sirius Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quelque chose que je n'aurai jamais le courage de faire -_-'
J'ai rarement vu quelque chose d'aussi détaillé, surtout sur des dimensions pareilles...
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RPGSI-ORG Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006
AI está o menino mais talentoso entre portugal ... e frança em acção ..
sempre com a sua obra ....

que fix..
ena caracas ..

tu evoluiste rapás ...

o mesmo estilo ..
mas muito bom mesmo

vamos ver onde chegas então jory ..

ãbração rapás .. saudadinha !
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TwiddleTramp-Girl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006
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J'ai chopé le link vers ce dessin via un forum et je reste abasourdie de ce travail ! C'est vraiment absolument et tout simplement énorme et en plus magnifique ! Sacré boulot qui se voit et qui se respecte complètement ! Les expressions, le décor, les cheveux, les couleurs ! Je trouve le tout absolument magnifique !!!

Vraiment , vraiment magnifique :D !!!
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joriavlis Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah ben merci beaucoup dis donc *_* ça me fiche la patate
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TwiddleTramp-Girl Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2006
[Girl]
C'est qu'il doit en falloir de la patate pour réaliser une fresque pareille (en plus du courage et du temps ;) ) !
Vraiment sacré gros et bon boulot ^^
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