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HMS Royal George by RadoJavor HMS Royal George by RadoJavor
Again my favourite theme. Artwork for the game Total war:Empire. This one was my biggest and most complicated painting, so I hope It was worth the time spend I have finished this piece some year ago, but cant post it because the marketing policy.
It shows the Battle of Quiberon Bay near coast of France. The ship on the right is HMS Royal George, pride of the british navy with almost 900 souls on the board.The battle fas fought in late november so the weather was very bad. Ship on the left is french La Superbe, and this ship ended very bad at the end.
I painted the ships as they were, based on many historical resourcess: paintings, engravings and models. And of course a bit of my imagination. No other references were used.
As I said this was my biggest work till now. Original res is 3000x1500, it takes me about one month to finish. Done in Photoshop CS3 from the start. I'll be happy to see your commnets and critics.

Please dont use the picture, because its property of creative
assembly. If its something really serious just write me note.
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HMS Royal George by *Radojavor is an intricate piece of beauty, which captures the bigness of a canon fight. The attention to detail is absolutely breathtakingly amazing. ( Suggested by Annachuu and Featured by cosmosue )
evewq Mar 11, 2014  New member
awesome 超赞!
pantheratigris10 Feb 28, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Yukosake Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rob-Satanta-K Feb 25, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
1 month to complete? Wow, that is a serious commitment. I guess that explains how phenomenal this painting is.

I'd be proud to hang that on my wall.
Rob-Satanta-K Feb 26, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
This REALLY needs to be made available as a print!!
artyharry Feb 12, 2014  New member
Oh my word!  My nine year old daughter is doing a project on her great, great, great, great, great, great Grandfather and came across this astonishing picture.  We are very proud of our ancestor Admiral Lord Hawke and have many pictures, books and memorabilia about the great man.  I have never seen a picture like this however, which brings the spirit of the battle right into the modern digital age.  You can almost hear the cannon fire, the splintering of wood and the cries of the many souls who lost their lives that night.  

For those on the site who don't know the story, in 1759 the French navy were amassing a huge fleet with the intention of destroying the British naval bases, from which the British fleets were heading to fight in North America, the Caribbean, the Med and India.  Britain had been left virtually undefended.  Hawke was sent to blockade the French fleet in Brest.  He did so, but had to withdraw in severe winter gales, to Torbay. The French Admiral Conflans seized the opportunity to escape Brest and sailed south with the intention of rendezvousing with the invasion army.  The gales were severe and he was little expecting Hawke to make chase.  However, on hearing the news of the French escape, Hawke immediately set full sail and pushed the French fleet into Quiberon Bay, in the dark, in a huge gale, without any prior knowledge of the treacherous coast, and without accurate maps.  He refused to obey Admiralty convention (much like Nelson) and didn't wait until his ships had reached linear formation before engaging the French.  Every French ship was either damaged beyond repair, or was sunk that night.  2,500 French sailors lost their lives, whilst only 2 British ships were sunk and 50 British sailors were killed.  

As a result of Hawke's epic battle, the French ceased construction on their intended invasion fleet, and their army were disbanded.  Britain was left alone and the consequences in other parts of the world, where the French fleet were expected to engage after the planned invasion, were huge, resulting in tremendous victories for the British around the globe.  

Many naval historians believe that Edward Hawke deserves his rightful place alongside Admiral Lord Nelson, in the annals of British History and that his demolition of a French fleet that night, had rewards and consequences for Britain that outshone all that Nelson achieved in the seas off Cadiz.  However, the man was no sycophant, and right royally annoyed both the Admiralty and the politicians of the day.  Thus he had to wait 17 years for his peerage and never achieved the infamy that Nelson did.  He has slipped away from the history books and is not remembered in the way he should be, today.

However, in 2009 our family celebrated the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Quiberon Bay and over 300 direct descendants gathered together to pay homage to the great man.  It's a large family and there will be much excitement when I tell them of this fantastic work of art that you have created here.  How exciting to see this great Battle being brought to life.  Many congratulations to all who had a part in making this picture.  

I would love to purchase a copy, if possible, to put into our hall, which contains prints and copies of the more historical paintings and etchings of Hawke and the Battle.  Please let me know if that would be possible.  Thank you so much.

Kind regards
Stunning! Anyway to get the Original Res. would like it for my desktop wallpaper..... :)
Excellent job :)
Unstable-Imagination Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
An excellent picture! I love the detail you put into this! It must've taken a long while to make this.
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