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HERCULIANI IUNIORES legio palatina 4th century by AMELIANVS HERCULIANI IUNIORES legio palatina 4th century by AMELIANVS
Member of elit late roman army unit armed with throwing combat darts.
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Paullian Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Amelianus, I love this one...for many reasons:

1- The choice of the colors!

2- The inner part of the shield is simply a masterpiece!

3- Perfect the position for trowing the dart! I was astonished when I read that in this way the range was greater!!!!

Misteries of the Romans!
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Pimsleurable Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Anyone up for a game of lawn darts?
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Nice..but darts?!
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes combat darts.
this was very popular side weapon in the late roman army and early Middle ages.Also relatively many archeological finds are preserved for us.

Some Roman units were especially distinguished for using them.Soldiers usually have five of them installed on the inner side of the shield or in a quiver at the belt.Romans called it Plumbatae(lead-weighted darts) or martiobarbuli(little barbs of Mars).
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Lunatic38 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Interesting, they looked kind of puny. Something for the pub maybe. But I am sure they were effective, I was just surprised. Great looking art by the way! :)
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks:-).Im sure they were effective enough for soldiers who use them while risking their life in combat.
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FlavivsAetivs Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Man I want a Crest like that! The back of the shield looks awesome, I always thought that's how they would customize their shields, with unit emblems on the front and custom patterns on the back.

Btw what finds do you base boots off of? I can't find any boots post 3rd century.
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AMELIANVS Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Boots:there are many reenactment groups dealing with this period whose photos I often use as base for many of my ilustrations like in this case.But I also use books about roman army and its equipment,really lot of books is devoted to this.The best acessible are those from osprey publishing especially three books series about roman military cloathing by Graham Sumner and Raffaele D'Amato and Graham Sumners expansion of these books in Roman military dress book.
Apart from these you could also see 4th cent.boots depicted on numerous contemporary pictures although,of course,you must be carefull by using this source.
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FlavivsAetivs Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Awesome, I will try to find some good depictions. Thanks!
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MANLIVS Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done! The religious iconography is a good touch. ...The Late Antique period is endlessly interesting.
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