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Vlad the Impaler by JonHodgson Vlad the Impaler by JonHodgson
(C)2006 Games Workshop Ltd t/a Warhammer Historical. All Rights Reserved.

An older cover piece from me, but posted in celebration of the book winning a prestigious Origins award. [link] for historical miniatures game of the year.
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:icontheskaldofnvrwinter:
TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is this Vlad Tepes against the Turks?
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup!
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:icontheskaldofnvrwinter:
TheSkaldofNvrwinter Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm good lol. I see a piece of art depicting a period of history and I'm able to nail it down. :D
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ChristinaVonTess Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Writer
The flag is a bit strange. As far as I remember from my own Romanian history, the Valahia's flag was representing a black bird (I don't know the species - an eagle perhaps), holding the cross. the coat of arms was almost identically, but there was the star you have respresented in your paint.

Still, this is a very good composition. I really like it :) ! Congrats!
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Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Nice X3
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:iconcodeyellow07:
Codeyellow07 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
my only gripe is the flag. didn't he fight for Christendom since the Ottoman Turks were Muslim?
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The symbols for the various religions were not as clear cut then as they are now. That's the flag of Wallacia at the time. Pretty much all the flags in the region featured a crescent in some form.
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:iconcodeyellow07:
Codeyellow07 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
oh.
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:iconragnarok6664:
Ragnarok6664 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Get the poles/ stakes ready
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:iconbracey100:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I just love the fearful looks in the eyes of the Turks!
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Woaddragon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
THIS IS EPPPIIIICCC !!!!!
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yudaofeng Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your paintings have the feeling of classical painting, very beautiful!
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XxXChaoticResolveXxX Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My ex plays Warhammer... and he never told me Vlad had any part in it! Bad ex!

I LOVE this image. Very, very well done! :D
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LJFHutch Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
There's no way I'd mess with old Vlad, legendary. Awesome painting too - one of the best battle compositions I've seen for ages :)
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FuriarossaAndMimma Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Splendid work, very dynamic!
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CocoLoco25 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Vlad Ţepeş - an icon of romanian history. Nice work!
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:iconshadowyzman:
shadowyzman Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous work!
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:iconvangha:
Vangha Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
smashing
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:iconsteelwool:
Steelwool Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
-Turk captain: "Alright, now try not to end up like those guys on the stakes over there..."
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:iconcodeyellow07:
Codeyellow07 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
LOL
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Gemayel-Eternal Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
Cool to see some artwork that isn't portraying Vlad as a ruthless, emotionless depot. (Don't get me wrong, the guy was cruel beyond measure, but not half as evil as pop culture makes him out to be.) Most of the stories about him were propagana spread by the Hungarians to justify their arresting him, when, at the time, he was adored throughout Europe for holding the Ottomans at bay.
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:iconcodeyellow07:
Codeyellow07 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
FINALLY! Someone who sees him the way I do!!
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toht981 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Ahhhh MAGNIFICENT! A true Medieval work of Art! i do drawings like these ones usually. I love that Vlad's original face is captured in this.
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:iconanotherwanderer:
anotherwanderer Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hell yes!
Good to see that not all foreigners think of hollywoodian myths when the name Vlad Tepes is mentioned :ahoy:
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dragonsdale Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
:D
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bashibozuk Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
great job! but I don't understand why Wallachia soldiers have crescent and star flag?
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
It was a long time since I did this one, and I recall the banner designs were detailed by the author of the book - an expert in the period.

However doing a little research into the books I used for reference - especially the excellent Armies of the Middle Ages Vol2 by the redoubtable Ian Heath, that design was used quite widely by the various sides in the Balkans at the time, not just the Ottomans. Wallachia and Moldavia specifically made wide use of the star and crescent. The star and crescent had seen a lot of use by the Byzantines, before the Ottomans ever used it. There's even a few fellows in the Holy Roman Empire using stars and crescents as their heraldic symbols at the time. Saxony in particular.

Fascinating stuff though, eh?
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Interesting reading these comments about the crescent flag in a Christian army. There is a similar star and crescent on the arms of the city of Portsmouth. I used to wonder whether this was derived from the Ottoman order of the Crescent (which had been awarded to Admiral Nelson) but it could be much older. Some crusader coins (including those minted by Bohemond) and Knights Templar seals (including the seal of the Templars used in England) also featured crescents and stars.
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JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
One suspects that often "we" get this stuff back to front. A symbol like the crescent is almost elemental, but becomes co-opted by it's largest user. So the cross, the swatika, the crescent all become attached to the most famous user, but as symbols they have far far older heritages.
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Codeyellow07 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
This conversation is most interesting. Gerayel-Eternal says "Cool to see some artwork that isn't portraying Vlad as a ruthless, emotionless depot. (Don't get me wrong, the guy was cruel beyond measure, but not half as evil as pop culture makes him out to be.) Most of the stories about him were propagana spread by the Hungarians to justify their arresting him, when, at the time, he was adored throughout Europe for holding the Ottomans at bay." And I agree.
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derbz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic piece of historical illustration, love the sweep of the figures as it leads your eye to Vlad.

great stuff
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Draugr Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009   General Artist
Oooh, eye candy! The composition is amazing. :)
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, there's the "fog of war", I see. ;) Epic image. I love the clouds.
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Lexandris Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, it's amazing to actually find a work on devi that portrays Vlad's true value! And what a picture! Incredible job! My enthusiasm is at the maximum! (romanian here ;) )
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M-JulZ Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job! Vlad is a fascinating character. :)
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eowyntje Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Have I told you lately that your work is awesome?
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BrenGun Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Wow really awesome.......It looks like Kingdom of Heaven!!!!! Very great job!!!
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nigellus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2007  Student
The Ottoman commander looks scared!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
He is!
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nigellus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Student
lol, and he also looks like he's telling his men not to run away.
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:iconjeenhoong:
jeenhoong Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great illustration. Like the scared look of the Turk coward at the front. heheeh!
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2007
Nice work. My hero! No chance of a bigger image I don't suppose?
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shawn015 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
absouletly outstanding.
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:iconstariander:
stariander Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007  Student Photographer
great!!!!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers!
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Hungrysparrow Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
I love the guy in the foregrounds expression- looks like he's brickin it.
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
:)Ha ha!

Yup the intention was to get a bit of "oh cr*p its Vlad Tepes!" in there. Glad it works! :)
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NathanRosario Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Great illustration Jon!
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:iconjonhodgson:
JonHodgson Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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