‘Nubian Gladiatrix Kills Roman Gladiatrix Rival'. The full title if the DA title block had enough slots in it.
Here is what happened. After a long struggle in which each Gladiatrix was sliced up badly, The Nubian was able to get close in and slam the Roman on the side of the head with her metal shield, knocking her to the ground. She immediately stepped forward and pinned the Roman's shield (with her strapped in arm) to the ground with one foot. Then she stepped forward with the other foot and with that momentum was able to thrust her sword into the Roman's chest before her rival could swing her free hand holding the sword around. The result was a sudden end to a long struggle.
Anyway, this is the third of three parts of: 'Ave Imperator Morituri Te Salutant’. This from the Latin converted to English: ‘Hail Emperor those who are about to die salute you’. Both Gladiators and Gladiatrix would raise their swords to the Roman Emperor and declare their oath that they would die for the Roman Monarch. Which they promptly did.
Initially there was one picture showing the front of the two Gladiatrix. Then the viewers of this site wanted to see more, so a second picture was presented showing their backside. Well everyone started choosing sides on who they wanted to win when they entered the Roman arena. So I conducted a vote and whoever won 100 votes would be the winner. I was quite surprised that the voting was so close, however, the Nubian won by a whisker. So here is the concluding work.
The artist who did this trilogy of masterworks is Alastair Leslie. For this third work he created a double tired Roman stadium for me. Well sorta. He also has a Renderosity Art Site where he sells his Roman, as well as other software for 3D artists. His software store can be reached at the following link: [link]
The following are the writeups for the other two pictures uploaded previously:
‘Next’: The title of the second picture in the series to be uploaded:
‘In the first segment of this three part epic, the two Gladiatrix were facing the viewer. Well sorta. Their bodies were facing the viewer but their heads were turned sideways. The Negress was looking at the Roman and sizing her up, while the Roman had already sized up the Nubian and was obviously impressed with her, but not when measured with herself. In the comparison of quality of equipment, experience, and expectation of winning, she was woefully inferior. There are no volunteers here because both women are wearing slave collars and as such have been ordered to fight each other. Finally, I have included a visual metaphor, whereby the cute derriere of the Roman is contrasted with the awesome booty of the Nubian. Their fighting styles will reflect that contrast - Swift agility versus unrelenting power. As concerns what is happening in this picture is succinctly summarized in the title: ‘Next’. They see the deadly result of the two just before them and know the same will befall them next. The following is from the previous writeup of the previous picture, and in the main is apropos with this rendering too.
'We Who Are About To Die': The title of the first image to be uploaded is: 'We Who Are About To Die'. Here is the situation, and the inspiration for this image comes from two sources. The first is from the movie ‘Spartacus’ when Spartacus is sitting in the holding cell with a fellow African gladiator (both of whom, although they tried not to, eventually came to like and admire each other) and both are next to enter the arena in a fight to the death. It is a heart wrenching moment and I will never forget it. The second is a rendering by Julian Apostata which he uploaded on his DA Site and titled: ‘Colosseum Of Gladiator Girls’. In his Artist’s Comments he inserted the following: “Two women wait their turn. One is confident – The other is not.” Talk about understatement. Here is what’s going on. One Gladiatrix is watching the action in the arena, while the other can’t bear to look. She is downcast and quite concerned that the woman sitting opposite her is her better, and that will translate in a short time in the ending of her life. When I first saw this powerful, and yet very touching render, I had a severe case of déjà vu. For this picture was reminiscent of a scene from one of the greatest masterworks ever created in the movie industry: ‘Spartacus’. Consequently, I wrote the following in his ‘Comments Section’: “Julian, I am quite sure that you know this is a female version of a scene from one of the greatest films of all time - Stanley Kubrick's epic: 'Spartacus'. In that film Spartacus is waiting in a room very similar to this one, and the African he has to fight to the death is sitting across from him. When the current match is over they are next. And one will not leave the arena alive. I was very moved, almost to the point of tears by this rendering, because one of the women has the confidence to win, while the other knows that sitting across from her is her better. Soon she will be dead. She will do her best, but it will not be enough. Very touching rendering. Congrats. Drew.”
There is the old saying, a sorta cliché, that great art begets great art. And herein is that cliché made visual by an artist who goes by his Deviant Art Site nomenclature of: ‘julianapostata’.
Well, that was then and this is now. And now means a new creation has been created. Here’s how it came about. A month ago I was conversing with Alastair Leslie, an artist who has done a number of stupendous renderings for me, and I mentioned this piece to him. He replied that he had seen it and was very impressed by the depth of feeling. I said I always wanted to recreate it in a detailed painterly manner. But I just don’t see how it can be done. He replied that he couldn’t exceed it, but could create its equal. “Oh really,” I replied. “Prove it!” To which he replied, “I will, but it will cost you – Dearly.” I replied, “This I’ve got to see.” A few days later he sent me a preliminary rendering. To which I replied with a costly two words: “I’ll pay.” And the rest is artistic history. We have both been working on a daily basis on this damn thing for a month now and it finally is ready for the DA viewers. A while ago I sent a Work In Progress (WIP) to Julian Apostata, and said, “That ‘Colosseum Of Gladiator Girls’ of yours is costing me a hell of a lot of money. Alex Leslie is doing the work and the attached is a WIP which is about half done. It's for your eyes only. I think you know which of your pictures inspired it. So what I like to do is have your written e-mail permission to upload your rendering on my site and explain that it was your vision in that piece which caused this masterwork to be created. It served as the model. I will, of course, credit and link the upload back to your site. Drew.” Julian's Link is: [link]
After I asked his permission to upload his rendering which started this whole creative business he replied, “Hi Drew. No matter what you paid, it was money well spent. It is absolutely wonderful! By all means feel free to upload – And also feel free to use any of my other images, directly or indirectly. That's what they're there for! Cheers, Julian.” I then uploaded his image and retitled it: 'Confidence Versus Dread' as a lead-in to this picture, which evoke the same emotions.
Now to the point being made with this epic picture, as well as what all this Gladiatrix business was all about. A Nubian Gladiatrix, a well scarred veteran of many fights, all victorious, is glancing with some interest at her opponent. She sees that she is unscarred, and could assume that this is her first fight. As is obvious, our Nubian has been around the barn a number of times. Or should that be ‘arena’, but in the doing she has acquired some very expensive and formidable fighting attire gained as prizes from her frequent wins. In contrast, her Roman opponent has been assigned only the basic Gladiatrix tools of the arena trade. Sword and shield. However, they share one thing in common. Each is wearing a ‘slave collar’ around their neck. With her many wins, the Nubian still has not been able to buy her way out of slavery. This may be the time. The Roman probably doesn’t know that with her death her opponent may gain her freedom. And that is the horror of the Roman Empire, that with the death of one, freedom could be granted to another.
Now to the artist whom I commissioned to do the rendering. He is Alastair Leslie and he has a ‘DA’ Site at: lanista8. His link is: [link]
Needless to say he does commissions and as you can see, he is the best in the business. The original he is doing for me will measure 3 feet wide x 3 feet high and is on artist canvas, which will be framed in wood, to hang on a wall in my house.
Oh yes, the reason for those harnesses around the girls. They have a loop, and when they are killed the arena staff will insert a hook into that loop, and that hook is attached to a chain that is attached to a pole. Each of the two handlers will be at the opposite end of that pole and will lift, then carry the dead Gladiatrix out of the arena. Only her feet will be dragging on the sand. Efficient those Romans.
'Nuff said. Drew
Except to say that Alastair is located on the Renderosity Site as: Greyson5 and from there you will be directed to his 3D software store. The following is Alastair's (greyson5) link to his store: [link]