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Late Roman Soldier by hardbodies Late Roman Soldier by hardbodies
Roman soldier of the end of the Roman Empire.

Acrylic paints.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work!
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ElrondKane Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Awesome attention to detail on his chainmail.
 High Five !
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phantomdotexe Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is fabulous and accurate. Was it done for a particular piece, or did you just want to share an awesome illustration with the world? :)
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emeraldcrusade Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
comitatenses is it? :')
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Metallurg1000 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013

Мощный воин!

powerful warrior!

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FlavivsAetivs Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
A perfectly accurate depicition of a Late Roman Legio Palatina Infantrymen. There ore one or two minor things though, like his spear blade is funny-shaped and the metal ridge on his helmet is way too thick. The Baldricis rather tick as well, but besides that it's perfectly accurate. What these people said about the Sword being on the right and the long shields they're just trolls. Clearly you have put exceptional time and thought into this piece.
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Super6-4 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As I understand it the change in Roman force composition and tactics meant that the Spatha could be worn and drawn safely from the left side whereas the Gladius could pose problems if drawn from the left, in formation. 
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FlavivsAetivs Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
More or less. Wearing the Gladius on the right ensured the only person you'd accidentally cut was yourself. A spatha is too long to do that.
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Leonius-Sidus Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Ur absolutely right there's no point in wearing spata on the right side because it's not a short sword! Btw, the spear should be a bit longer
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hardbodies Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just drawn it in accordance with what was asked to me. Maybe there are some mistakes, but some are rather caused by my techniques (like the thickness of the helmet).
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FlavivsAetivs Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Yes that's true, style of an artist can interfere with accuraccy, but no matter, as i like it and i think it's a wonderful piece
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Crazyhornet25 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
That's amazing!
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
fascinating piece
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Caldlow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
The only historically inaccurate thing on this painting is the fact that his sword is on his left hip. It should be on his right hip, as the Romans didn't draw their swords to hold them with the blade upwards, but with the blade pointing down, so they could stab the enemy over their shields.

As for the painting, I think it's marvelous! Beatiful detail, nice anatomy, and the soldier really looks as though he's about to fight yet another battle :la:

I love it!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
His sword IS where it should be.What you are refering to( sword should be on his right hip, as the Romans...) is right, but it is valid for earlier period than this soldier belongs to.
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Tahuzilla Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
they had armor over the chain mail, and they still had the long shield. idk about the helmet.

KUTGW
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Czaendermajer Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Hungrydead = comment section + troll
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Czaendermajer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
rome [usa of the time] fell to barbarians [terrorists of the time] and also were desputing with persia [iran at the time] but now europe was conquered in a more dishonorable & rapefull way! the ▒banks▒▐▐▐
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Hungrydead Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Don't try to wedge modern politics into ancient history. Your analogy is so shockingly clumsy it seems as though you are the Barbarian.
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Czaendermajer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
better to be a savage barbarian, than a wallstreet banker!

anyways humans have not changed, only technology and that is in question when you read the indian vedas

anyways if you want to see real modern barbarians, go to a USMC bootcamp, full metal jacket is their bible, and they'll burn you alive if you say that movie is bullshit!


if you want to argue with me its alright, but im a sessiopoid, i have all time in the [modern globalised corporate] world to argue, you dont!!!

and even if you do win, its like the special olympics, if you win that just means your the fastest retard, but not the least retarded!!! ^________^
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Hungrydead Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
I'm sure if to laugh or cry at that post. you know nothing of Rome or the Barbarians.
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Czaendermajer Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
why do you waste your time competing with me? you know you are not going to win, only if you are similar to me, since birth we have followed different paths, even if we kill each other, thats not the end of the war, only a battle, why waste your time on me? your views and mind is pre-determined by your enviroment and experiences, therefore you have no free will, and what you think is not a result of your "reason" but what has been programmed in your head equaly as a computer and a machine can be set to a specific job, im not sure bout your job, but part of it is opposing people without viewing all sides! [and opposing is bad anyways]

ill be more exact, you will answer this post with even more "loop hole" answers but your answers also have loop holes, but i do not waste time on looking for them, for the world you live in is set, and it differs from the functions of the universe, and by default nothing realistic or completely true [if i say something realistic] that i say will persuade you, for your psychological language is set, but that i speak in your language does not mean you will ever understand me, you will continue to argue with me untill the end of days, for that is your progamming, to the end of days. and i know you will answer, you have no choice, you have no free will, you have to fight, you have been programmed to do it, for you are a machine made to do someone elses bidding!
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pascalkrafft Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
you are funny
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:iconhungrydead:
Hungrydead Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
I'm not competing with you: I'm laughing at you.
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Hungrydead Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
*Not sure
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PhilK5 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
For a second I thought you meant "acrylic PANTS"
About 500ad, a British Roman general scored a spectacular victory with the few soldiers he had left over the invading Anglo-Saxons despite being heavily outnumbered. It's thought this was the original "King Arthur" as he took the title "Imperator" offered by the people.
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Wyndworm Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is excellent!! historically accurate too
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DragonStrider Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Pure awesomeness:clap:
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Travor-Vadar Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009   Writer
weren't germanic aide troopers ever looking that way? but it is a fantastic, detailes painting
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black-cross-royal Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Hi harbodies i have a very big favour to ask is it alright for me to use this picture and your viking raider picture in a school magazine publication as i am writing an article on acient empires. I really hope that you would agree to let me feature your great work. if you need any details on what country and what school that requires your picture feel free to ask. thank you very much and hope you would reply soon
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hardbodies Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello ^^
No problem, you can use them, if possible, you just have to mention the author. I have few other Ancient stuff if you are interested, another Viking with a different armor, helmet and shield, an earlier Roman soldier, a Macedonian Hoplite, Macedonian warrior with sword, a Persian warrior ... :)
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EmaCamU Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
you can tell me how to make a good and convincent chainmail?
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hardbodies Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just don't forget chainmails are made of small rings. Dark color inside, a shage of grey for the rings, and the light comes from above or the side. On this side, make the ring lighter (a lighter grey), with a point of white due the to reflection of the light on the metal. The best is to look at a real chainmail to understand how the light works on it :)
Observation of the things and people, and to understand how the things are made is the key :)
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EmaCamU Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
lot of tanks !
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bluessaurus Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely well-made artwork. Awesome. :)

Ave, Caesar, those that go to run away salute you! :D :salute: :sprint:
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erkkimormelo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
Nice work with the chain armor.
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MuscleGoddessHaven Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Terrific detail!
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Indeficienter Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2009
love it so much!
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