I'm interested in learning more about how you decided to armor the Dacian, and in approximately what century you'd place this. From what little research I've been able to do so far, the use of scale as an armor was very rare, with the exception of the Byzantines (where it was just somewhat rare ). Its use died out by the 4th or 5th century, from what I can tell.
Don't get me wrong, scale is dead-sexy, and I ask not to criticize in the least - but rather to find more sources of information which I hope you'll have.
I'm working on a set of scale armor for the SCA to wear initially as garb (but I'm making it sturdy enough to fight, should I decide to), and want to figure out what Period it would be, and then try to keep as close to that period as possible.
Thanks for sharing your awesome work, and for whatever information you can provide on your inspiration for this excellent picture!
Thanks Autonin - to be honest, it's been so long, I can't remember, I didn't save my research - but I have the Osprey book 'Rome's Enemies 1', which has a pretty similiar figure on the cover and lists it as a chieftain from the 2nd century AD. I probably used that book as my main reference. It helped pick me up work for Medieval Warfare magazine, so I hope they would have pointed out any errors in it.
It is absolutely obvious from depicted Roman gear this is around 100 AD and given to the fact he fightin a Dacian it is surely during one of two Trajanic campaigns against Kingdom of Dacia during very statr of the 2nd century.Use of scale was normal and very common in the Roman army.Also Trajanic legionaries(and auxiliaries)used it in great numbers as well as Roman cavalry although it was never so common like for example chain male-Roman amy historicaly the most traditional armour type.Scale was definitely used by Barbarian tribes as well.Dacians were not an exception although conditions in barbarian armies were of course quite different than in Roman army so in general most barbarian combatatants could not simply afford having metallic armour.Personally I dont use term "Byzantines"(because of its total artificial and biassed reasons for which it was fabricated 100 years after fall of the eastern part of the Roman Empire and used for the first time to reffer survived part of the very same Roman state in England only in 1857).Scale armour definitely continued to be used both at East as well as at the West until very end of the medieval times although during high middleages in the west on still more smaller parts of equipment.
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It was very hard to decide how to do this - in my original image the dacian had his back to the viewer, which is realistic, but makes a pointless illustration (to show what the Dacian looks like). I'll approach this sort of picture differently in future. Of course, the Dacian could just be a rubbish fighter
Although they were not rubbish fighters at all xD . They are one of the few opponents of Rome that made the romans supervise and change their tactics and equipment. Also, a dacian falx is told to be able to eviscerate a man in two halves.
Anyway, awesome drawing you made. Their equipment is pretty historically accurate. I also like that you curved the dacian's weapon outwards.
The weaponry seems pretty accurate from a historical point of view, perhaps except the Dacian's ecossais-themed mantle. Also, for a more dramatic scene, I would have gone for the bad-ass two-handed falx (aka the warrior fought without the protection of the shield) instead of the one-handed falx called a sica.
All in all, great work! I might contact you for an image to use as a cover of my next historical novel
Excellent drawing ! You even add the up-armoured arm used to protect against dacian falx as can be seen on the Adamklissi column. But against the colder weather, shouldn't the legionnaire wears "trousers" ?
Thank you! I wasn't sure about the trousers; there is so much to learn about when doing a historical piece. My first version of the Dacian had a falx and a shield, then I learned the falx was two-handed so I replaced it with a Sica. Perhaps they could be fighting in summer?