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Polynikes by Devitch Polynikes by Devitch
For who knows how many times, I have again read Steven Pressfield's "Gates of Fire" book, and again inspired by it, I decided to draw something or someone...
Polynikes. He is a Spartan Peer, a champion of his generation. Flawless in looks and peerless in valor, he is the nephew of King Leonidas and a member of the King's Three Hundred Spartans in addition to being an Olympic champion. He's the youngest winner of not one, but two Prizes of Valour at the age of 23.

I wanted to stay true to that age and I did a little research, so, everything on him is from that time. Taking in count that he is one of the Noble Knight's and a champion, his equipment is better looking.

"MOLON LABE!"
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ralyki Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is awesome. polynikes is one of my favorite characters in Gates (my all time favorite book). so glad to see him brought to life, and you did him justice for sure!
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Devitch Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
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GILR8 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I really like Pressfield's book because it examines the psychology behind the spartans, especially the real reasons why their shields were thier most important piece of gear.
Polynikes' character reminded me of a lot of gifted athletes I met over the years, who because of their superior physical attributes, suffered superior egos. Polynikes for
all of his gifts still fell far short of Diomedes, & He and everyone else knew it.
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Devitch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, they are two different worlds :)
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drswiss Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Very nice, I really like how you captured a "slice" of Polynikes where he is at his best
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Devitch Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Tnx! :) 
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Andared Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Great book! And, if it inspires work like this, its even better. Very dynamic and a great visual arrangement.
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:icondevitch:
Devitch Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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ARCraphael Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I love this pic and the book! Polynikes might have been a bit of a dick but he did generally care, he just showed it by breaking noses ;) My fav part in the book though was before the last battle Polynikes starts a trend of trading armor and shield with their Thespian brothers at the end. Great job on capturing Polynikes greatness in battle
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Devitch Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
I generally like Polynikes, because he is raw, there are no midways with him, only straight! :D
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killa02 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice job ^^
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:icondevitch:
Devitch Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tnx :)
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Eidolon1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks like he's on the winning side.
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:icondevitch:
Devitch Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Until the very end :)
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SkaldicProductions Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy fuck! My ancestors would be proud of this
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PHN104 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice, I think I might have that book as well somewhere (or it might be the Persian Fire book, not sure). Though I dont think they used forearm protection at that time.
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Devitch Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well yeah, it was not included in their equipment, but some other cultures had vambraces or bracers. So it is not excluded that some Spartan or Greek warriors had it :)
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Crazyhornet25 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
That is amazing! i love how you made it look realistically dusty and sandy!
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:icondevitch:
Devitch Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As they would say, God is in the details... Tnx :)
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic job! :clap:

The pose is phenomenal and I really like the highlighting and shadow work on the armor. Especially the chest piece.
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Devitch Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Why thank you. :)
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SonOfPerun Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Izgleda strava!
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:icondevitch:
Devitch Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hvala :)
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tnj-zln Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Sjajno! Obozavam Ognjenu kapiju ♥ Polinik je sjajan lik. Surov, ali sjajan.
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Devitch Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hvala! :)
Neko vreme sam se razmišljao koga zapravo da nacrtam... Odlučio sam se za Polinika jer je on pravo oličenje onoga šta ljudi zamisle kada misle na spartance.
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BadOnion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
great work! :D
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:icondevitch:
Devitch Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tnx :)
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:iconbadonion:
BadOnion Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
you are welcome ;)
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Mastador Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Great job, really good pose and action.
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:icondevitch:
Devitch Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Tnx :)
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3ntin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!! awesome scene!! I love the realism of his equipment!!! Great work!! :)
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:icondevitch:
Devitch Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
I tried to stay as true to history facts as possible...
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3ntin Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always try to do so in my works...!! but I refer to medieval period ;) I think this is the only way to make characters appear realistic and credible...
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Devitch Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I agree :)
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