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Roman warship by RadoJavor Roman warship by RadoJavor
Concept art painting for the game Total War:Rome II. The ship is a roman commanding ship from the late period, joining the battle of Actium.

The design is based on various historical books, reliefs and a bit of my imagination, because we really don't know how the roman ships looked exactly. There aren't many visualizations or paintings of this big ships, which were about 60 meters long with a crew of 600 men. I was really glad to paint such rare thing.


all done in photoshop with wacom intuos. About 2 weeks of work.


P.S:this version is slightly tweaked from the one used on game articles, only recently I got some time to play with the finishing touches and it looks better I think.



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I am not an artist myself, so this is written purely from the point of view of a fan of good stuff. I think this is really well done. The attention to detail is amazing, from the soldiers to the fire to the waves of water as the boat sails. It all looks very realistic thanks to those details. Distance is well done with the ships in the background, the sky and water are very realistic, and it is all very well done. I could honestly believe that you saw this scene in person and just recreated it. Amazing work.
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It's a Roman vessel when you look closer, but it's hard to tell at a glance. The sails are blown by the wind but the ramming nose of the ship should leave a bigger trail of foam in the water.

On a technical note, I'm not sure how many ornaments and oars they had in these ships. It seems too big, since they were made for Mediterranean duty, not the bigger and harder to navigate Atlantic ocean.

These are the only bad things I can identify about the painting. Maybe the ship shouldn't be as massive or the angle of viewing should be from higher up, but that's up to you. It WILL look good on a naval battle's loading screen.
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Dgarauz Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing.
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Neteasegames Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  New member
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Lord-Andros Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  New member
I love this. Very simply put, it was the only piece that captured my attention whenever i was browsing the subcategory page. the colors and style give the image the feeling of power and conquest. Nice work.
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IMTFX Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible work :o
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:icondgarauz:
Dgarauz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing ilustration.
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EternalUniverse1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
I LOVE THIS GAME, AND I LOVE THIS PIECE!!!
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williamengbjerg Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Amazing! :)
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:iconthexdarkxdragoness:
TheXDarkXDragoness Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!
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Gutex Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
nice 3reme
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gorgurtzdawarlord Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
awesome but this is in the game HOW?hmm 
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deviantbry Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Dang... would love to see the layered version of this, AWESOME SKILLS RIGHT HERE!
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:iconzeitschiff:
zeitschiff Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
Superb work.
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NoctisUmbra Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured your amazing work here: noctisumbra.deviantart.com/jou…
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Stealthdesigns Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Insta fav, that looks amazing! 
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Rochaluarts Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic job!!<img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/j/j..." width="15" height="32" alt=":jawdrop:" title="Jawdrop">
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:iconjazmine--s22:
jazmine--s22 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
could you pleaaaseee make a tutorial ???
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:iconsupermetroid2:
SuperMetroid2 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing Work really a cool work
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:iconironsides11:
ironsides11 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Amazing work :D
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:iconlothrian:
Lothrian Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful piece of work :)
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:iconzak05:
Zak05 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic job!!:jawdrop:
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ClymberPaddler Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
History teaches us about ourselves. But, we have to take the time to read history. You have read your history. Then with your interpretation, your portrayal - you bring it alive. Thank you. The immense detail along with the colors, let us imagine that we are there. So now, we can understand our history.
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profutur1971 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image! Good job ![link]
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Daniel-Storm Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Wow! Beautiful piece of work!
I think you did a great job of bringing this rare ship back to life! :clap:
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reversingtime Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
dude yr good at this
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:iconecoban07:
ecoban07 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That 's very very cool, amazing work :)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work! :aww:
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:iconmilanpad:
MilanPad Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012   Digital Artist
this is great....
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:iconjimmuu:
Jimmuu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome picture!
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Lorn6 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
:bulletblack::bulletyellow::bulletred:..:iconfavplz:...:thumbsup:...:handshake: ...
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cinemajack Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Amazing!
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bilbobbo Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Very cool!
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krstovukoje Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
This is truly good painting.
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:iconmferraton:
mferraton Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing work!
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:iconvidano:
Vidano Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Love this. Well done.
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Silent-Steve Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
That's a very good imagining of a Roman Trireme (to say nothing of the usual amazing art skills); one can easily think of it as an actual depiction, rather than a reconstruction. Fine work!
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PunkPirate-art Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY DIVINE COW OF HEEEEEEEEELLL D8 I am simply in ADMIRATION in front of this WONDERFULNESS..... OMG! that is so freaking beautiful D8 AWESOME work! :D
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Yivae Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist
when I heard that this game would be released I hoped with all my heart that you did the drawings T-T!!!
I'm so happy :heart: :heart:
they could not choose a better artist :hug:
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Gerald156 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
correct me if I'm wrong but you have quite a few battle ship style paintings right? if yes is it something you are interested in or do you just like painting them?

this is one I really enjoy.
[link]
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Kataklysm147 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
beautiful, and epic.
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iVereor Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Hello there, you have been featured here: [link] :-) Awesome artwork.
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MindTuber Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Uzasna prace, opravdu... vsechny prace k Total War vypadaji bajecne
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PriceCreation Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! Her art featured here: [link]
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:iconaedifico:
aedifico Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ooohh, super cool. The ships and water look very realistic and that is some pretty excellent lighting as well. :)
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MSCajax Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Great detail and color work
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Ave Roma!
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Meredyth Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just great!
It reminds me of the great sea-battle paintings of the 18th and 19th Century, great perspective and use of lighting. Especially appreciate the historical approach to detail!
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LADYJIN Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been featured here on :

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RadoJavor Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you
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LADYJIN Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :hug:
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ginabina Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Gorgeous!! The lighting is absolutely fantastic (as it is with all your works.) I also love the way you fade images into the background, yet the parts in the foreground are very detailed. You're talent is amazing and very inspiring :)
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