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Battle of the Frigidus River by AMELIANVS Battle of the Frigidus River by AMELIANVS
Two important things should be known about this older piece
-composition is borrowed from the great and unfortunately already deceased illustrator Angus McBride.You may see his original painting here:
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-and secondly-Angus original is one of my favorite Roman battle scenes and I always wondered how would it look like if the battle was placed in another time.This is kinda my humble tribute to him

So I used this image for my personal training and set it almost two hundred years ahead to 394 in which Western Roman Empire fought a bloody battle with Eastern Roman Empire.It is known that Western army fought under old pagan symbols and Eastern under new Christian ones and that question of religion played very important role there.It was last great hurrah for pagans in roman state but Eastern empire won and just a few months after,Christianity was declared the only allowed religion in all of Roman Empire.
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enrico-ors-91 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah! I live by the Frigidus river!! :thumbsup::XD:
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well, you can recreate the battle there =) (Smile) !
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enrico-ors-91 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah, that would be fun! :XD:
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vytai Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014

I love the vibrant colors and the care you've put in rendering the details of the armor, the helmets, the sword handles and the shields. This piece is a treat to look at. Good work.

 

 

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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.Myself Im rather struggling with those vibrant colors-I think too much vibrant but perhaps my newer things are better in this and also more "mine"as this piece have its composition entirely borrowed from old master Angus Mcbride :-)
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johan77 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Excellent!
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TheGamemaster7771 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Fantastic illustration!
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wolfmoon25 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Such a tragedy, despite their winnings at the Frigidus River, the pagans and their way of life were swept away by the corrupting force and hypocrisy of Christianity and the other Abrahamic religions. Strength, loyalty, spiritual embrace - all gone to support an already crumbling state by that time. I am an atheist, but - LONG LIVE PAGANISM!!!
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MadaiTalmai Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Oh yes paganism taught SOOOOO much moral value then Christianity. Like let's not forget the pagan Ammonites how they killed off own babies in the name of Moloch, a piece of stone that didn't do anything.

Yeah paganism is right in the same hypocritical boat as with the other faiths in murdering and doing harm! So before you go say "LONG LIVE PAGANISM!!!" do a little history check.
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jelk1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic. Its great to see more and more paintings featuring the army of ancient Rome - a subject I've only just delved into in the last two years but have loved for around 25!
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stanislao11 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
BELLISSIMA COMPOSIZIONE, COMPLIMENTI ! LA BATTAGLIA DEL FRIGIDO FU IMPORTANTISSIMA PERCHE' VIDE SCHIERARSI DI FRONTE DUE IDEOLOGIE LA PAGANA E LA NASCENTE CRISTIANA. ARBOGASTE FU COMUNQUE UN GRANDE E PERSE GRAZIE A L'ORO ORIENTALE CON CUI SI COMPRO' ALCUNI REPARTI DEL SUO ESERCITO SU CUI IL GENERALE CONTAVA PER MUOVERE ALLA VITTORIA DELLA BATTAGLIA. SE QUESTO TRADIMENTO NON FOSSE AVVENUTO LA STORIA DI AVREBBE AVUTO UN CORSI DIVERSO.


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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Well thanks,but this composition is taken from Angus Mcbride.
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This turned out great! You've definitely succeeded in capturing the feel of Angus McBride's work. :nod:
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Lanciari Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Hi, are you planing to make some third century crisis picture in future ?
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes,definitely-I love 3rd century roman soldiers appearance!
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Gyreleaf Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
really cool artwork:D Only think what I miss the blood... A fight without blood is really strange like in Narnia. However you are great
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
When doing this I was thinking about how much blood I should shown.When I was much younger I've used to make fountains of blood but later realize that less is sometimes more.You could see some blood at the middle figures in the foreground but otherwise there's little room to show it coz no hit is so hard here to show river of blood:-)...but maybe Ive should put more of it at their shields at least.
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist
Good ol' Angus, how can one NOT love him? :D Very nice work on a kinda forgotten page of history (the period just before the end of the Roman era and the beginning of the Middle Ages)! And gorgeous colours - handmade, not digital!
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nothing is more amusing than a piece of great work describing a battlefield. such works keep history alive!
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Pimsleurable Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
True Christianity cannot be forced (as the Romans did). It should be embraced.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
As the Romans and far too many others did.
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BadMillennial Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
 Like the Apostle Paul, Rome was the greatest persecutor of Christians - only to become the biggest giver. 
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Pimsleurable Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
Yes
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SultanOfAwesomeness Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
for byzantium!

Honestly, I think you are just as good as Angus McBride.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much:-)nice to hear such an exaggeration but I'm definitely not yet just as good as Angus McBride,if Ive ever get close to his mastership at all,Still far too many things to improve,but Im working on it.
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
I think the more pro-Pagan side winning would make little difference in reversing Christianity (it was spreading amongst "barbarian" peoples as well) and the Roman Empire(s) were going to go through a very rough next couple of centuries (with the Western Empire proving to be fragile and on the brink of relatively rapid collapse by AD 394).

In the original Angus McBride (RIP; great artist) illustration why is there a mid to late 3rd century Roman soldier wielding an cage with an eagle inside? The rest of the McBride drawing is great
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes,about ultimate victory of Christianity even if it lose this battle I have same opinion.
And about caged eagle in original painting-Author of this book(one of my favorite)had Mr Mcbride paint it like this becouse of contemporary grave stone carving where an aquilifer is clearly holding an eagle in some sort of cage.The more controversial thing about this is that eagle is shown as a living bird!Which is interesting idea but most probably mistaken as Author later discovered out that in this period a classical golden artifical eagles were offten bearing in iron protective cages, so this was not to keep a living animal at place.But otherwise battle Angus draw take place in 218AD so this is still quite relevant time for having aquila in the field as it would still be at the begginig of the 4th century.Actually eagle standarts were never completely ceded from service in the roman army,it was still in use long into medieval byzantine era as one of less important secondary standarts.
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Oznerol-1516 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impresive artwork! I think it is one of your best artworks, and you used trully well the Mcbride's composition, it is brillaint. The gradation of colours, the faces... But the best of the whole painting are the little details, the decronarios, the Hercules painting on the Herculanii's shield, the eagle in the Iovanii, the proud chi-ro opossed to the ancient and powerful eagle... Everything is perfect, and inspired. Behind this artworks lies a well done research and a great amount of love for Late Antiquity. It diserved nor a fav, but a hundred of them!

I will wait eagerly to see which other marvellous artworks you have to show us here.

Thanks for sharing.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Really work inspiring words,thank you:-).I got plans for many new scenes but unfortunately too little time for painting it(for example I have to learn Greek and Latin in at the same time,Latin is still passable but Greek is a real nightmare!)
historical note:In this painting Eagle and Hercules images on the shields of pagan side are just general representation used for identification of Western soldiers,as we know from scarce historical records they fight under the symbols of Jupiter(thunderbolt,the eagle I used here on shields and of course they have old Aquila standart)and Hercules(His whole figure,just club or a lion).So in this case it doesn't represents units of Ioviani and Herculani(They would probabli use by this time what we know for them from notitia dignitatum shield designs)although I took as a model for this symbols carved on Arch of Galerius which might actually showing us original patterns of these two units at the beginning of 4th century.
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Oznerol-1516 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the historical tip, a magnificent artwork noneless. I also saw the figures at the Galerius' triumphal arch, and I though they could be the forementioned Herculanii and Iovanii but you're probably right this time.
Thanks for sharing so wonderful artworks lately.
Genious!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You have my permission-Im honored.Im not even able to call this my work in the real sense, too much of Mr.McBride in it.
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Fall3NAiRBoRnE Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I hope you don't mind me posting this at twcenter.net under the invasio barbarorum mod section. Your work is great.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You have my permission-Im honored.Im not even able to call this my work in the real sense, too much of Mr.McBride in it.
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dkr1031 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Wow!!! You've made another fantastic piece of art!! I wonder what would have happened if Eugenius(the Western Roman Emperor) had won the battle? Would Roman Paganism have survived? Oh speculations....
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:-)well thank you,personally I dont think that its so fantastic,its just old rare training work.
And my speculative opinion is that I dont believe in an option of survival of paganism in Roman state.Not even purposeful and systematic Ruler like Julian wasn't able to stop it so I guess puppet emperor like Euginius would not succeed in this as well,even if his army won...but maybe estern part would become officialy Christian and Western would stay for little bit longer politeistic and more tolerant state .
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foojer Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
haha i recognise the Angus McBride piece! anyway this piece is badass mate, and the fading at the background works great!
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RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Spectacular!
The soldier with the green tunic and squamata is awesome!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
He is centurion(centenarius/os)in my imagination.
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