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    Default Diocle's Gallery, drawings, pics, screens. (Post 3# updated 23 November '16)

    I open this Gallery to share some screenshots I've taken form various games I'm playing, you'll find Warhammer40k screens and WW2 screens from Company of Heroes 1&2, and TW games screens.
    Probably I'll post here also some of my drawings actually on Deviantart, and maybe some other stuff I've made for fun, in the hope you'll like them maybe adding some comment or even your thoughts about my works.

    So, I've decided to open this Gallery with some screen I've taken playing CoH, the game is very good and I've noticed that the models sometime can look like old photos taken on some real battlefield of WW2. You'll notice that great part of the screens are from Axis' perspective, this is due just to the fact that I like very much the German war machines of that age, and I prefer the Axis' gameplay in CoH Mods, any political matter is misplaced. So ..







    1944, somewhere in France:
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    North Africa, 1942:
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    Italian trench:




    Ukraine, late war:
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    'King Tiger' in action, with mechanical issues, of course!









    Just few Russians (more to come):



    CoH2, Eastern Front, new pics:
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    AVATARS by Diocle

    I feel that Christmas can be considered the right occasion to post here some of the avatars I made for fun, you can use them if you like, you can modify them, you can do whatever you like with them, I ask you just to leave a comment or to add some rep under my Avatar if you like. Great part of these Avatars is already hosted at Deviant Art, I used a large amount of sources: paintings, pics and images from everywhere to make them, being just fragments of larger pics, there should not be any issue about the use of them; To make them I used mainly GIMP and they are just PNG or Jpg files, the dimensions are already suited for TWC but some of them are oversized. Probably I'll add some new stuff in the course of the time: there will be Napoleonic stuff, Warhammer 40k, Pike and Shot, WW1, WW2, Steampunk and much more; I've thought to divide them into thematic groups, so, with the hope you'll enjoy them here they are:


    Roman and Late Roman World:

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    Napoleonic and XIX century

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    Drawings & Sketches



    Here you'll find my sketches, or drawings, or artworks as you like, concerning ancient military subjects, especially Romans, Late Romans and Dark Age Germanic Tribes and/or Nations.
    The works have been alredy published on DeviantArt, few of them are/were on RAT (but I've removed great part of my contents when I left that place slamming the door),
    I've just discovered that many of them are on a Russian site collecting pics about Roman Army and few of them have been already posted on TWC in The Tavern (RIP) in IBFD Forums,
    so I've said to myself: "Come on Charlie, they're in many places now, why don't you add them also in the place for which they have been originally designed?"

    I've divided the drawings in three groups: Romans, Late Romans, Dark Age Germans.
    I hope that in future I'll be able to add new works, actually they are in the make a Langobard archer, a new Langobard knight, a III cent. Roman legionary,
    I plan to add also a whole new range: early medieval Italians, the first should be a Genoese xbowman and then nothing less than a Genoese War Galley!
    Sadly, as always, time is short, I'm a lazy man, and frequently when I've some free time to spend at desk I play games.
    In any case, here they are my drawings and sketches:


    REPUBBLICAN & MIDDLE IMPERIAL ROMANS:
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    Sulla, a work on commision (I deeply hate Sulla), it was intended to be coloured as you can see in the second sketch. The man is depicted in the act to send to death other Italians! All in all, it was the job he knew best!


    Princeps, Republican Army.


    Pharsalus (I love Pharsalus!)


    Caesarian Centurio


    Early III century AD Roman Legionary.


    Legionary, III cent. AD. Helmet, weapon and defensive equipment make it also suited to be a Centurio or an Eques.


    An officer, one of those powerful characters who contended the power inside their restricted elite, actually he's a scumbag but .. he hasn't yet realized the concept!


    A legionary belonging to the Garrison of Dura Europos .. before the fall of the town, of course. Yes, OK, I was reading Sidebottom!


    Legionary of one of the new Italian legions recruited by Marcus Aurelius in the dramatic days of the Marcomannic wars,
    as you know for sure, the Emperor has been forced to recruit Galdiators and being short in money and equipment so,
    it's possible that few of those guys brought with them their gladiatorial equipment ..



    Auxiliary, III cent AD.


    Late II/Early III cent. Roman Legionary. The point here is the armour, it's a legendary armour known as Alba Julia, it's sculpted
    on a bas relief found at Alba Julia, it was a mix between Lorica Segmentata and Lorica Squamata, but ..


    LATE ROMANS:
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    One of those unfortunate Pretorians who fought under Maxentius at Milvian Bridge,
    he wears the classic Lorica Squamata and a late version of the classic Attic helmet
    (a largely mysterious item, depicted in hundreds versions on Roman art but never found on the field)
    in the second version I added some computer graphic on the background
    coming from the depiction of the scene sculpted on the so called Arch of Constantine.


    The armour this man is wearing is a padded leather subarmalis worn over a padded linen subarmalis with neck protection.


    A legionary belonging to the Martenses Seniores, a Comitatensis Legion in the IV century.
    He wears a Leather Lorica Musculata over a padded linen subarmalis. Yes I do believe Late Romans used leather armours.
    The other image is the study for a colorized verison of the same subject.


    Catalaunian Fields, Magister Militum Falvius Aetius, holding the hill on the left of the battlefield,
    it's the last battle of the Last of the Romans, where history turns into legend and legend meets the roots of Western Civilization.


    Here I've tried to depict the Magister Militum Falvius Aetius with his Hunnic Bucellarii
    just before entering the room to talk with the emperor and where he was barbarously and treacherously murdered by the emperor himself,
    whose name I don't write because I think the assassins' name is negligible.


    Gaul, V century AD: Legio Pseudo Comitatensis Romanenses. Strictly speaking this man is still fighting for Rome,
    actually he is fighting for his home, his family and his land, I don't know if technically he is still a Roman soldier, what counts for me it's that he's still fighting.
    My main interest here it was the helmet, it's built on the Late Roman exemplar known as Intercisa, but it's the local interpretation of the subject,
    Roman History is turning into Medieval History, as Gaul is ready to become France.


    DARK AGES GERMANS:

    Feel free to do whatever you want with these pics, if you think using them for your Mod, do it! if you want to download and upload them elsewhere, do it! If you want make sex watching them, do it!
    Feel free to leave your comments (OK, it's useless repeating this concept for I know that when you say "Please leave your comments" usually people do the exact opposite, but it's a must in this kind of threads, so ..), I would like very much discussing the matter with you guys.
    Consider that I haven't yet added full comments to the pics, there is just one line of text that says nothing, but in the next days I'll try to add more informations to each pic, especially the sources I used and the original exemplars of equipment which inspired my work.


    In the next update I'll add the Germanic warriors to finish the job.

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    Nice screens!

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    Thanks for your words and for having discovered this place, Araval!

    I'm still adding screens and maybe one day I'll be able to put here even some Allies' goodies, I just need to play more games with them, but the Panzers are so cool and they make life easy ...

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    Those are amazing screenshots, Diocle - and I see what you mean about the old photograph quality they all have. They are very immersive. I may have to join you online for a game or two!!
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    Hi Diocle,

    Really good work on these screenshots, really great quality of immersion really.
    I must admit the first time i saw your gallery, i didn't read it was screenshots and i thought that it was old photographes, the way how to say to you that it is an interesting work !

    See you around ! +rep

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    You've always done fantastic screenshots, especially of RTW and M2TW and their mods, and I must say I look forward to more.

    I really like how many of these images appear as if they could have come straight out of WWII itself. Really a fantastic job.
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    Superb pictures and very nice effects B&W !

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    Thank you very, very, very much, my dear friends!
    I'm glad you like my pics, you know, when I was a child I still remember my dad printing photos in a dark room, for me as child it was like an alchemic miracle, a form of magic, I remember the light, touching the paper just for few istants, and then, my dad, immersed the paper into the chemical liquid and, as a miracle, slowly the image was borning under my eyes, I didn't understand why this was happening, but, I understood it was a an artistic and a magic moment. So here I'm trying to replicate that phenomenon turning an electronic image into that old pics, borning on the surface of a chemical emulsion! Thanks really thanks for your comments.


    @naxzul666: every single word by a man and an Artist like you is for me a priceless treasure! Merci beaucoup mon Seigneur!
    You are right: the effects are absolutely fun, I think that the main point is the focus, we need to create the feeling of the natural defocusing of the peripheral subjects of the image due to natural movement and to the limits of the optic of the photo camera, so this is what I'm trying to do using effects. Also we need some texture simulating the chemical process of birth of the old (wonderful) photos on the paper. Then I work on light, as if the pics were taken on the battlefield, without taking too much care about the exposition's times.


    Side note: Added a pic in the Russian deadly frozen snow.

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    Awesome work, they do look real. Complimenti, una meglio dell'altra!

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    Good Saturnalia to you all, my beloved TWC's comrades! I've started to add some of my Avatars to the second post of this thread, I decided to start with Romans, AttilaTW is coming, so, Rome is very fashionable today!

    They are not masterpieces I've made them just for fun, they are not animated and they are simply images I loved very much. When I've begun to make avatars they were intended only for personal use, but then the fun was too great and I continued to add new ones, so why not sharing them? Maybe some of you guys will like them, at least this is the hope.

    Again, Good Saturnalia to you guys!

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    Default Re: Diocle's Gallery, drawings, pics, screens. (Post 2 updated 01/06/'15)

    Today I've added four new screens from Company of Heroes 2, you'll find them under the last spoiler named "CoH2, Eastern Front, new pics" on the opening post of this thread; as you have seen, my main interest it's making the screens so that they look like old pics taken on the battlefield, and I find the CoH2's engine absolutely perfect for this kind of work.
    I hope you'll like them, in the next weeks I'll try to add more pics, I want to remember the work of the community of CoH2 and in particular the mappers, they are doing an astonishing work!

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    Great additions - and I never saw the avatar pics before - wonderful!
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    Thanks praeclarus, they are old but I like them all.

    I noticed that the imperial purple is well suited to the colour of your nick and this is awesome! Great choice!

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    Some very impressive shots, I especially like the last one!

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    Some very impressive shots, I especially like the last one!
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    Great work Diocle! +rep

    If you don't mind I'll use one of your avatars!
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    Thanks guys! Thanks RNV, I'm honoured by your choice.

    You've chosen one of my preferred avatars! Catilina, from the painting by Cesare Maccari (
    9 May 1840 – 7 August 1919) for Palazzo Madama, the Senate of the Kingdom of Italy (and then of the republic) in Rome.
    I love this painting, it gives a deep feeling about the political concept of "isolation", there is something tragic, disturbing and even great, in the tragic political-
    psychological and physical isolation of Catilina, great painting!
    Good choice!

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    It's one of my favourite paintings too

    By the way: I'm a huge fan of your posts here! Long live the Emperah!
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