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Bryce & Poser.
No postwork at all.
Background sky is a photo of mine, not a Bryce sky.


Hi all,

In about 2 months a new Hollywood film named "300" is about to be released...Some of you may have seen the trailers in the net...It's actually based in Frank Miller's comic novell "300" which is about the ancient battle of Thermopylae at 480 BC bettween Greeks and Persians...In command of Greeks was king Leonidas of Sparta and his personal guard of 300 warriors.

According to the trailers i have seen the movie will be at list impressive...But both the movie and comic is not historically accurate...The true story Herodotus (the father of History) wrote some years after this battle is better by far and of course true.

The actual word Leonidas said to the Greeks troops (300 Spartans & 700 Thespiis) the last day was "Eat well because this night we 're gonna dine in Hades"(the place where Greeks beleived the dead go), meaning that nobody will survive or retreat from the battlefield, according to the Spartan law & ethic.

Here it has to be honoroubly mentioned that the 700 Thespiis stayed, fought & die not because of their law or any obligation but only for duty & honour.


Sorry for this lesson people but i thought, just because of the movie release, i had to mention all this.

Of course my Bryce picture can not compare with all this fantastic Hollywood CGI, but i really hope you all like it...

Kind regards

Kostas Nikellis.
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spartiates67 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
greatest image of 300 spartans I have ever seen!
lasaucisse Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016
good !
kosv01 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
falsedelic Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Nice work... as always.
Lion-O-VS-He-Man Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Onincio Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Hey brother can I use this photo of yours on my design, I will just credit it to you. Thank you bro.
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longrunIV Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
wow this piece is pretty sick

Marz2013 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
"How do you like my armoured wall?"
PyrrhaTitana21 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist
I love how you acknowledged the Thespians many people forget that during the last day of battle 1,000 Thespians stayed behind and died with the Spartans, good work though :)
kosv01 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thx a lot, glad you like it.
PyrrhaTitana21 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist
my pleasure :)
CiLiNDr0 Featured By Owner Mar 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 ;)
icu8124me Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Very nice!
C05M0NAUT Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
all 300 used to be adventurers like you....
Trotsky17 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
This is Thespiae!!!!!
Sev808 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Akaloula Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is were we fight/die !!! good...
theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
One thing I am wonderign about the movie and comic... I heard that Sparta had another odd tradition - they had not one, but TWO kings. Where was the second one? I heard he remained in the city, in case Leonidas felt, but.. is he shown in the movie, or comic?
skin2279 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Greeks invented the concept of checks and balances on Government. Other nations, once they had a king, were pretty much at the mercy of whatever the king decided. But not the Greeks.

So Sparta had two kings, to keep an eye on each other. Athens had “democracy” (though not in the sense that we understand the term). Another city-state had a form of Communism, where all the land was redistributed every 20 years, to keep anyone from getting too rich. And so it went.
theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
But things were a bit idealised, like the Athenian 'democracy' - more like republique...

and Sparta, well... Proto-eugenism, a distant root of fascism maybe...

And looked back in the past, you have the persian, a kingdom of order, law - a constitution I am told, and a refined culture... Granted, Orientalism show at times, but also Eurocentrism, in the views.

Things are less black and white, and the east gave as much as the west - the greeks admitted at times themselves, like the respect given to distant southern Egypt.
kosv01 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That is true, Sparta had two kings.
They were not the actual rulers of the city-state, because they had to inform and listen the Ephors, 5 men elected by the people who's rensponsibility were to supervise the two kings.

The one king was the king of war issues. Leonidas was that guy.
The other king - Leotichidas in our case - had the rensonsibility of the usual city issues - something like the modern politicians doing in our days. The real politicians in Sparta were the Ephors though... The two kings had great power, but the ephors had to confirm their decisions.

Leonidas decide to go and fight at Thermopylae only with his personal guard of 300 Spartans, because he had the right to move only them without the Ephors agreement, and not the whole Spartan army.

Hope that helps man.

theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Thank you, fascinating read
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Estudyantenglipunan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Great work! a more accurate portrayal of the 300 Spartans,and yes Herodotus' was the one who wrote about the Battle of Thermophylae, though of course he did not see it himself.
Estudyantenglipunan Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Great work! a more accurate portrayal of the 300 Spartans,and yes Herodotus' was the one who wrote about the Battle of Thermophylae, though of course he did not see it himself.
MrNoxx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolute balls brother!!!!!!!!!!!!!:wow:
artmanax Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Very nice work!
Indeficienter Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
amazing! l
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Ton-K300 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010
Excellent! Very well done ;)
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jemms2012 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Sympa, mais le casque du roi de Spart n'est pas fameux !
ZeeMelonas Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010
I love this very much. I am Greek and this is a good representation of what they looked like. Thank you :)
BearerofLight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009
This wonderful piece has been feaured here:


TY! :heart: I hope this is okay! :heart:
Uki021 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
soo cool idea that for the sky...
and great work!!!!!
KingGameDEsign Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
piotrasss Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
nice blood!
dmavromatis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Exw varethei na krazw tous 300...den kserw an mporeis na deis kapoia proigoumena journal mou...
ki epeisis mpravo gia tis plirofories, tis parathetw kai egw se kapoia sxetika deviations
cantas78 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
great worx....most people says i look like leonidas...check my webcam on deviantart ;)
Orion1SO Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
brilliant again!
Nina-13draco Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
Wow your the first one I have seen do the mohawk right
Thank you
sircle Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2007
fucking. awesome.
fucking awesome.
Nordic-Blaze Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
You were right, I love it! I am also glad you shared a bit of the true story for those who, unlike us :D, haven't read into the reality if what happened at the Hot Gates. This is an awesome picture! You have lots of talent!
Madkristi Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
kaneis fantastiki douleia!!bravo kai gia to extra info
mavsfan4life Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
nice as hell
3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2007
Wonderful work, truly superb :D
Dace-Armada Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
Wicked picture man thats awsome:D
CatapultedCarcass Featured By Owner May 8, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic i love it!
Baddog2k7 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2007   Digital Artist
great !
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