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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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ViridovixAeduus Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
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:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Thank you.
Wish I had known about the decoration while I was painting it.
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Gael9 Featured By Owner 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:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
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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:icongael9:
Gael9 Featured By Owner 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:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
My pleasure!
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:iconoenghuslok47:
OenghusLok47 Featured By Owner 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:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
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 Featured By Owner 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:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
They are completely deserved, your work is stunning.
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:iconphantastes:
phantastes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
Such drama! Such details/textures ^^
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Thank you.
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:iconredshine01:
Redshine01 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I'm not really into the gladiator sort of stuff but the perspective is awesome ... as are all the details on helmets, clothing and even in the background. The pic really gives you a feeling of being right in there! :w00t:
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Thank you very much! :-)
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:iconanitalee:
anitalee Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Awesome work
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
:love: thank you!
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anitalee Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
You are welcome
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quickreaver Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very cool, Tiziano!! :w00t:
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Thank you, Cris! Happy to see you here :-)
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melime6 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, awesome! I love the way you made the background. so many people there.
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Thank you very much! It was an interesting challenge, I'm glad it works for you. :-)
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:iconmelime6:
melime6 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very interesting conversation about History...
I study Law, and I'm having roman law as a subject, it's one of my favs. And we do have to know not only how things worked, but WHEN, in what period. it's pretty interesting, though =P
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Definitely! Quite often we tend to see ancient or distant cultures as still in time as...a fly in amber, it is indeed fascinating to discover how they too changed and developed in the course of time. :-)
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melime6 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah... and the romans extisted for a very very long time. ours countries are small kids compared to them.
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Nasnat Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
very beautiful! :O
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Thank you very much!
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:iconz3h:
Z3H Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
insane!

great work
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Thanks! :D
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:iconz3h:
Z3H Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha

u'r welcome
:D
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Myaskill Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work (although it ain't completely historically correct)!
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Now I'm curious! What's off? :-)
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Myaskill Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
the helmets, the weapons and the clothing on the standing guy. I just read about this yesterday, and, well, there was 13 different types of gladiators fighting, and each type fought against its opposite.
For example; one of the most popular types wore only a light helmet, just barely enough to cover his most, ahem, intimate parts (kinda like a diaper) and fought with a weapon that, directly translated from my tongue, was called a threefork (not sure what the correct is in english, but you get the point). Sometimes they would also wear a pauldron.
These guys mostly fought more heavily armored gladiators, who would wear a closed helmet (like the one who's lying in your pic) would carry a sword and, if my memory serves me, a shield.
All weapons and armors that were worn by each type of gladiator was designed to be as efficient as possible against their rivals in order to make each match as long as possible.

(NB: Hope you didn't take my comment the wrong way, I think it's a great work of art, I just thought you ought to know that it ain'tcompletely HISTORICALLY correct (But what the hell, your pic makes for a more dramatic scene I think :P))
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Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
What you are referring to (correctly) are the gladiators of the Imperial age, this illustration is set earlier, during the Republic.

At the times of the Republic there where just three main kinds of gladiators and all of them were, or portrayed the traditional enemies of the Republic (the first gladiators, historically, were prisoners of war) they were the Gaul (the standing guy) the Samnite (the fallen guy)and the Thrax (similar to the Samnite bur fighting with the sica, a short, angled sword).
The earlier gladiators wore the traditional weapons and armors of their peoples, so the Gaul fought with an helmet, a big oval shield (similar to the one legionaries of the same age wore)and the long spatha, while the Samnite had a loincloth, a gladium a single leg-protection on the shield-side, leather wraps on the sword-arm and a big, protective belt (the balteus) he also had a shield (that I didn't paint in this illo, supposedly he lost it earlier in the fight).
The Gaul's weapons and armor are all referenced from museum pieces from the age, and we know from ancient historians that they wore trousers (in fact they invented them) and that their clothes were 'checkered or striped in many colors' (quoted from Polybius).

In the Republican era the helmet were open-faced, the visors came into use later as did the more elaborate protections like the pauldrons.

During the Empire the only kind of gladiator to fight with his face bare (and so immediately recognizable) was the retiarius, the one who fought with the trident (the treefork)and the net and was usually paired with the mirmillo, he was considered the lowest of gladiators but was very popular with the public for the fact of being individually recognizable, the first retiarii appeared in the arena about two hundred years after the time this illustration is set in.

Hope you don't take this the wrong way, we are simply referring to two totally different ages in Roman history.
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Myaskill Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah,my bad :P
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
No problem. :-)
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Myaskill Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgot to mention that there was one standard type of helmet for each type of gladiator (making for 13 different helmets) and each one symbolled something, and had some kind of pattern on it.
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Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Not quite, there were a lot of variations on the basic models, as can be seen in mosaics, stelae and surviving pieces in museums
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2tall4yall Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
great job on the textures! :thumbsup::)
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:iconthaldir:
Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Thank you. :-)
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KingLude Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Well done!
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Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Thanks!
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MythArcana Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Well, this looks historically accurate to me...not that I was actually there mind you, but yeah...I think you did a great job with the realism! Very nice details and action, this is very well done! Excellent work!
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Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Lol! Thanks. I learned a lot with this piece.
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Thaldir Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Thank you! :-)
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N3rDy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
:o awesome :eager:
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