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Artorius Dux Bellorum by dashinvaine Artorius Dux Bellorum by dashinvaine
Arthur Lord of Battles, later known as King Arthur.

This was commissioned as the cover for the forthcoming Apocrypha 1, the first full expansion for Chivalry & Sorcery Essence from Brittannia Game Designs Ltd.
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caterinasiena Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Love this painting!Heart 
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Chickendude Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014   Writer
love the concept of putting a divine figure on the shield. it is meant to be a shield after all :) might make the enemy hesitate to smash his weapon into it for a second, giving the warrior the time to kill him
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MariaMurphyArt Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
AWESOME!!!
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FenixdelCaos Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
As most of your work great. But don't know why i love the grass in this.
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Kellkrull87 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Although this was a violent era, sometimes I wish I had lived back then.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
It would be interesting to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there...
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presterjohn1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Perfectly magnificent.
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MaroonGoon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
A brilliant piece! Well done!
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Kellkrull87 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
There are times when I wished I had lived in those times.
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Eidolon1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good scene
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medievallass Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning work Dashinvaine! This is one of my most favorite periods in history, and has a big impact on my life. From the research I have done the image is quite accurate and the detail is magnificent. The symbolism is great too, makes me really happy.

Hayley :floating:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thanks muchly. Quite accurate is what I was aiming for.
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medievallass Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You definitely got it. It's a great piece! :hug:

Hayley :floating:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Arthurius, Bellum Movens Sub Terra.

He tried to keep the lights on a little longer... Beautiful and stirring.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Equus Arturii Arturium portat.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
I got the Latin from T.S. White. He did do many good things with the legend--and some bad ones. Linguam Latinam non cognosco aut dicere. Ludens sum.
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cio22 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
fantastic!!!!!!
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vassal-of-bahamut Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Now that he has the horse, Arthur seemingly has no need of Patsy and his coconuts...
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh! Awesome job! I love it! Ah! I recognize that particular Theotokos! From the Hagia Sophia, right? The one between the Emperor John and the Empress Irene? I think Alexius Comnenus is off to Irene's left in there too...

Anyway, lovely job. :aww:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Yes, it's based on that one, an allusion to the Byzantine influence on early Christian Britain. The old account mentions Arthur having the Madonna depicted on his shoulder, so there you go.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Huh, interesting! I have to say, I was just reading C.S. Lewis' That Hideous Strength and there was one part where he was describing King Arthur fighting his battles with a flag of the Madonna or something like that, and this was the first thing that leapt to mind. :D
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
The Historia Brittonum mentions Arthur carrying the Virgin's image, and attributes some of his victories over the pagans to her power. (The tone rather prefigures accounts of the crusades, although this was written in the 800s). Apparently the welsh words for 'shield' and 'shoulder' are easily confused ('iscud' and 'iscut'), hence, probably, the curious account of the image being on his shoulder...

Linguistic mix ups appear to account for more significant aspects of Arthurian lore than that, for example the Holy Grial. The word for 'horn' and 'body' is the same ('cors') hence the horn of plenty from Celtic mythology took on aspects of the liturgical vessel that mystically contained the body of Christ (after these myths were introduced to Frankish circles via Breton court storytellers.
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Manveruon Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me a bit of Arthur's description in Bernard Cornwell's "Warlord Chronicles" series.
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IrelElengar Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Writer
Beautiful!
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool!! :)
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