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Wagon Fight by wraithdt Wagon Fight by wraithdt
This is my first Ancient Warfare Magazine illustration.

This scene is attached to an article about Trajan's campaign against the Dacian's and depicts a group of Roman soldiers attacking a wagon convoy made up of woman and children and protected by a handful of Bastarnae warriors wielding the fearsome falx. As protection against these weapons Roman legionaries wear additional right arm armor called a 'manica' and reinforced helmets, which became a signature look for Trajan's legions in Dacia. The Roman auxiliaries, as depicted on the side, were more lightly armored.

More info about the Dacian Wars >> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trajan%2…
Info about Bastarnae >> en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastarna…

For those interested you can check out the magazine here. >> www.karwansaraypublishers.com/…
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:iconwolfwithglasses:
WolfwithGlasses Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Attacking civilians, this is what roman legionairs were good at too >.>
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Daniel-Gleebits Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
No army prior to the 20th century could claim innocence from attacking civilians. Indeed, at times, attacking civilians was the main object of certain military campaigns.

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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Well, not even armies of today could claim total innocence from attacking civilians.
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Daniel-Gleebits Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh no, by no means. Whether by accident or design, civilian casualties are a reality of war where civilians are present.
But only in the modern day has there been consistent wide-spread condemnation of civilian casualties, and an attempt by international bodies to halt it

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Gwarh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
Excellent Facial expressions
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:iconlordofthememes:
Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Grozav( Awesome in Romanian) the home of Dacians
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Dudeguy048 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
Hi! do you do drawings for people? Cuase I have some really awesome ideas!
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Janas-Aurora Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
Go Dacians!~
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Legionnaires!! In the name of the Emperor, LET THE NO FIGHTERS LIVE !!!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Fighters?They were actually killing also armless women and children.And by the way not all those Roman soldiers are Legionaries.
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
True, true. In those times, distinction between who fought, and who was an unarmed civilian was pretty much inexistant, most of the time. In the eyes of the attackers, at least.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Now we speak more the same language .-)
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AikiYun Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg I read that issue with this illustration in it!
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Cherrybros Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
really well done
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ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!
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:iconhaloband:
haloband Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work. Love the expressions, and emotion of this scene.
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Raubritter Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
.... I own many books with your work... Actually I learned drawing with a lot of them...

I LOOOVE YOU
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist

Love me some Dacians... 

Rome- seriously overrated- good yes but far from infallible.

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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow! You rarely see Late Romans portrayed, very nice.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
But this are not Late Romans...at least if you dont consider Roman army of Trajan from the height of the empire to be late Romans .-)
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, my bad, for some reason my brain interpreted that scale mail as chain XD.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sorry for souding little pedantic .-)...but-It doesn't matter even in the case if it was all chain mail armour.Mail armour says nothing about if something is late Roman or not as this type of protection was always the main,most commonly used in the imperial army and very likely also preffered type of armour by the soldiers themselves.Even duringTrajanic times.
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RelativeEquinox Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Isn't it most associated with the Late though? Like with the Limatanei and the Comitatense? Constantintian stuff?
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well chain mail was indeed the most common type in late period but that is simply because famous(and in popular culture very much ovehyped)plate armour was not used for infanty anymore.But if you look more into past it was Republican army which mainly created the Empire and these republican soldiers also done it very much in mail armour only,with no plate armour around.And- mainly-as I already said,even at the height of the empire it was chain male what was the most whidespered and common type  despite modern imagination so focused on image of the Roman soldiers in plate armour almost like a clone army.Also always in comletely every period of roman military history more types of armor were in use never only one.
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manwith0name Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very realistic- you did not neglect to five the people dynamic facial expressions!
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Artist
Wow! :iconbravoplz:
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bikemerc Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Very good! I've read that roman training was to absorb overhead blow with shield and counter with a low thrust. Gut the barbarians!

Also, Ive read that they have never found a roman eagle.
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AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
... and split shields.
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bikemerc Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
I was skeptical, but did some reading, from Wikipedia;  

"The Scutum is light enough to be held in one hand and its large height and width covered the entire wielder, making him very unlikely to get hit by missile fire and in hand-to-hand combat. The metal boss, or umbo, in the center of the scutum also made it an auxiliary punching weapon as well. Its composite construction meant that early versions of the scutum could fail from a heavy cutting or piercing blow which was experienced in the Roman Campaigns against Carthage and Dacia where the Falx and Falcata could easily penetrate and rip through the scutum. The effects of these weapons prompted design changes that made the scutum more resilient such as thicker planks and metal edges."

Falx wasnt a person, but a heavy curved blade, right?

SO, Ill give you that, but it doesnt negate my statement about roman training. Are there any good books on the Dacian campaign? Im a big ancient war buff. A recent good read was on scipio africanus, what an amazing general, zama was a battle for the ages.


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AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
It's the weapon the guy in the foreground is weilding, upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… , and here's what it does to the shield 0-media-cdn.foolz.us/ffuuka/bo… .

Of course it doesn't. Just at this point the shield is woefully inadequate for the technique to work. The falx would chop through the shield, and the tip would penetrate the helmet, lodging in the legionary's brain (all while staying out of range of their gladius). 

I generally get my information from tv, and my books on the subject tend to have a broader range. That said, if you don't have it, try Terry Jones' Barbarians, it covers all the peoples Rome came in contact with.

By the way, I might be interested in expanding my library, any suggestions would nice.
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bikemerc Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Yep, I checked it out . The romans weren't infallable. They were also very small compared to gauls and probably dacians too. There discipline was the key. 

I like any history books by victor davis hanson, especially the one about tyhe western way of war. It connects the us military all the way back to hoplites. I also read a very good bio of Gen Patton, by carlos something or other. My library had one book available on scipio africanus and it was very good, ill probably reread. Ceasar's commentarys are excellent, but very long and it can be a tough read.

Ive heard of the barbarians book, ill check it out.

Ive read that roman spears had a thin breakaway tip, so they couldnt be thrown back. The shield was often used in offense as well, with that big tip in the center ( forgot the name).
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AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Yes it was. The Boudica Revolt was a clear example of discipline over numbers.

Thanks. I'll look into those.

Hope you enjoy it.

It was their Pilum javelin, and it didn't so much break as bend. Besides killing people the tip would sometimes lodge in the wood of the enemy shield, bend, and be stuck there, removable only in the time not allowed by a battle. Either he hefted it around with him, or discarded the shield. And they did use their Scutum in a sort of punching attack with the metal boss in the center, but it was more of a stunning blow, as they would be unable to produce the force to kill, considering how they gripped the shield.
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AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Maybe with other weapons, but that Falx the dacian has, was known to punch right through the helmet.
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urrrrrrrrr Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
nice work
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toyotomiinfinity Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Roma Victrix, heheheh. Dacians were great warriors, but Traianus was too good general and then legions were stillon the top of their power. Great art.
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AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Loving their irregular look. One has chain, one has lorica Squamata.
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Gwaylar Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So much win in this.
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
:#1:
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Zaigwast Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Waahaaaaaaaaaa...... great piece of art man ! :la: ...

greatings from România !!!!! :la:
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Blue-Jedi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Very reminiscent of the late Angus McBride. 
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CarlitosMoff Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
My money is on the roman dude, sadly.
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Lord-Fingolfin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
aside from the obvious artistic qualitie, one can only love the historical effort you seam to put into the works. Bravo.
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SPQR-FR Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Great depiction of the Trajan wars, with all its historical détails ;)
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