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BRP Rome : the Life and... by Thaldir BRP Rome : the Life and... by Thaldir
...Death of the Republic (the title was too long for the field), is the first of my covers to come out of non-disclosure.
It is published by Alephtar Games an indipendent publisher of historical RPGs for the D100 system.

This was quite different from my usual fare, in that the cover had to be historically accurate for the times of the late Roman republic, definitely not a 'fantasy' illustration.
I've also been more involved than usual in choosing the topic for the cover they had a few ideas, I submitted a few sketches and then the AD, author and Marketing director chose to go with the 'gladiators' option.

So here we have a Gaul and a Samnite fighting in an early wooden arena sometime in the 1st century B.C.

'Rome' will be officially released later this year at Tentacles Omega.
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:iconviridovixaeduus:
The Gaul's Shield decoration is not historically accurate for the portrayal however. Look up La Tene III or La Tene C, D for designs that would be more appropriate. What you have depicted is from the 500 AD-800 AD eras. Other than that, this is brilliantly done. More artwork is needed that correctly portrays the Continental Celts of the 600 BC 100 AD time frames.
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:iconthaldir:
Thank you.
Wish I had known about the decoration while I was painting it.
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Gael9 Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic work!! Love it so much I added it to my favs, thanks.
How long did it take you to do and what program did you use to do it. Just curious to the technical stuff thanks.
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:iconthaldir:
Thank you, and sorry for the belated answer.
Once the author and the AD set on one of the sketches I had proposed, it took about one week to finish the piece (I'm not a full-time illustrator, though, I paint during evenings and week-ends).

The color base was made in Painter, I then did the detailing in Photoshop.
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Gael9 Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the reply.

As I have taken 4 years of latin in high school, I have long been interested in ancient civilisations, especially Rome and Egypt.
So, this piece stood out and your work is exceptional and deserves high praise.
You certainly have the talent and patience to put that piece together.
Thanks again for the reply.
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:iconthaldir:
My pleasure!
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OenghusLok47 Dec 30, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I made a patten welded spatha much like the Gaul is using. Very nice work BTW.
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:iconthaldir:
Is it in your (very impressive) gallery? I got lost there looking at all your pieces, keep up the great work!
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OenghusLok47 Jan 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, its in there. A slightly thinner blade, than in the print, but the basic same type. Thank you for your kind words.
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:iconthaldir:
They are completely deserved, your work is stunning.
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