Apr 17 2010

V. Watling Street

Part 5 is online now. This is the second part of the Britannia flashback. See 6 new pages about the battle at Watling Street.
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1. Watling Stret

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Making of: This is again the living room floor set. Only some trees changed their positions. Most of the pictures on the first page of the scene were taken in the weekend shooting. So, thanks again to Chris and Peter for their support. Again I did a little F/X make-up work using derma-wax and movie-blood. But this scene turned out not as bloody as the last one.

New Characters/Figures: Suetonius is a Hannibal Lecter custom head. I found it on ebay. The Syrian archer is Saïd Taghmaoui (unknown Brand) The Slinger is Che Guevara (DID)

History: Here is the Wikipedia Link to Battle of Watling Street:

2. Boudicca’s Funeral

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Making of: same set, different light and angle. I closed her eyes by using an image of a real person.

History: There are two different versions about Boudicca’s death. Tacitus wrote she poisoned herself. Cassius Dio said she died on a disease. I followed Tacitus’ version. See the Wikipedia entry about Boudicca

3. The New Legate

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Making of: For the tent I just threw a piece of suede over three Styrofoam blocks. I added the sign of Legio XX in postproduction. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the sign of Legio XIV. So there is only the Legio XX vexillum in the scene.

Figures: For the tribunes I used the Hot Toys Christian Bale/John Conner head and a Brad Pitt head. Turpilianus is Ariel Sharon by Soldier Story. The three soldiers in the camp are from Dragon, DID and Triad Toys. And I couldn’t resist to give my MiniMe a little cameo.

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Apr 10 2010

IV. Boudicca

Part 4 is online now.
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To be true, the whole Britannia scenes are not really necessary for the main story, but hey – you are watching the extended version ;-) I’m sure some of you really love to see Boudicca to show up in the story. And I was eager for shooting some fighting pictures with my Roman Soldiers and some barbarians.
A little warning: This is a hardboiled chapter with sex, violence and a lot of blood in it. NSFW.

Boudicca

1. Landscape.
Making of: This is the living room floor set I’d built for the weekend shooting with Peter and Chris. The scene is a quick improvisation, just two posters in the background, some brown canvas on the floor, some dirt on it and some of the plants from my jungle.

Figures: for Boudicca I used a Hot Toys True-Type Body,. I’m not sure about her head. I cut off her hair and gave her a red wig. Under the extras you will find a lot of familiar faces , like the musicians from my rock band project. I have to thank Chris and Peter for bringing in their barbarians and Roman soldiers.

History: The Boudicca Revolt occurred in 61 AD. The first part of the Boudicca speech (row 1) is from Tacitus the second part was put by Cassius Dio into Boudicca’s mouth.

Camulodunum

2.Camulodunum & Londinium Streets.
Making of: This is again a simple tabletop set with the Roman streets, wallpapers in the background and some additional props. For the wounds I took derma-wax and a lot of movie-blood came into use.

Figures: Rapist – Jack Torrance (Subway Toys), Roman Girl – Hot Toys True Type, Extras – Dragon.