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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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ArtbroJohn Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great work!
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haloband Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work. Love the expressions, and emotion of this scene.
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Raubritter 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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:iconbrowncoatmando:

Love me some Dacians... 

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

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RelativeEquinox Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow! You rarely see Late Romans portrayed, very nice.
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AMELIANVS 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 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 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 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 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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