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Barbarian: Part I by Knoire Barbarian: Part I by Knoire
    At the height of the Roman empire, Gladiator games are used as a way to win over the mob of Rome; people come from all parts of the continent to witness these gruesome tournaments. With the capture of a Barbarian ruler whose kingdom was once allied with Rome, the Emperor shows his childish cruelty by sending his old friend to the edges of the Sahara to likely die in smaller Gladiator rings. This man's strength keeps him alive long enough to be sent to the magnificent Colosseum, the last place where the Emperor would expect his ex-ally. In a turn of events the Barbarian is loved by the crowd, and the Emperor has no choice but to keep him alive if he wishes to keep the mob on his side. But the Emperor will not settle for this result, and plans, on the last day of the Gladiator games, a specatcular display of swordsmanship and grandeur. That is, of the Barbarian will be able to survive the trials ahead.



My project these past few days! Hoping to start up a Hetalia/Gladiator series in order to practice semi-realism and coloring. Hope you guys enjoy :)

I'll be trying to get out a part at least once a month, so please watch me if you like the series so far!

Haha, their faces change like every panel... OTL

WARNING: This comic will turn into slight BL/Yaoi/slash whatever you call it. It's more implied than explicit, but just a fair warning

Update: Changed the name of the comic to "Barbarian".

Part 2:        Part 3:       Part 4:      Part 5-1: 
Barbarian: Part II by knoire                  Barbarian: Part III by knoire              Barbarian: Part IV by knoire            Barbarian Part V-1 by knoire   
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The build-up of this scene throughout the evocative imagery in the panels is striking. The intense heat of battle between beast and gladiator are captured with an effective yet streamlined scope.

It is equally impressive how you employed the close-ups of facial expressions and the singular focus of the eyes of both Emperor and Gladiator.

You clearly reveal, through the details of expressions. The stunned shock of one turning into a outraged fear and the other of a stoic, hardened stare of determination of a man summoning his very will and strength to extract justice and vengeance against one man, the emperor, the one who has committed the ultimate betrayal against him.

Ludwig's- or is it Ludovicus?- ferocity in the first panel mirrors the bestial rage of the lion he has just slain as shown in the second panel. My interpretation of this: Ludovicus now has slain a trial(test) before him and has subdued the baser instincts of allowing his humanity to be robbed by the abhorrent cruelty of being enslaved as a gladiator. He does NOT allow this.

The third and fourth panels depicting the initial suspicion and subsequent shock that draws on Commodus(Italy/Feliciano/Veneziano)'s visage. Here, we see a tyrant accustomed to his own brand of certainty-that routine of predictability that all results to his pleasure and favor- in essence, everything goes for him just the way he likes it.

The widened eyes, the flared nostrils, the clenched jaw- all betray fear slowly percolating in him. His betrayal has returned to haunt him. In the stoic, bloodied but formidably unyielding form of Ludovicus.

The next four panels, Ludovicus removing his helmet and kneeling impacts such an effect and reveals the higher aspects of his already stalwart character. He does not defy Commodus by standing brazenly.
Genuflecting before the man who committed the ultimate wrong against him shows his acquiescence with the land's rule- he submits to authority but confronts said authority by being the mirror of which the authority's despotism is exposed.

In the interval panels where we observe the further permeation of Commodus's suspicions and fears confirmed, the look of shock dissolves into a silent terror resonating within him as his gaze reaches the piercing stare of Ludovicus.

The coup de grace lies within the final panel. Ludovicus eyes challenge Commodus with the very fact he(Ludovicus) remains alive. He has become the mob's favorite. In essence, Ludovicus has reached a similar level of power as he previously held prior to Commodus's bereaving him of said power.

It is within this stare that Ludovicus confronts Commodus as an equal- nobly remaining in proper respect but asserting power, dignity and revealing the long-buried hate and revenge against his wrong-doer.

Now regarding the technicalities:
The style in which you form the emotions in the facial expressions and the intensity or subtlety in the eyes is stunning to appreciate.

The color coordination is spot on with the film's own design- even down to the embossed metalwork of Commodus's lorica armor and the graduation of highlighting Ludovicus' gritty stubble.

Lastly, the summary you provided as the plot/background of this re-imagined crossover is deftly told. You evoked the same range of emotions that the original film had inspired in those of us this movie holds a special place in our hearts.

Thank you immensely for such an incredibly sublime work.
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GambitMojo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
yeah this is like the end of the game Ryse
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Knoire Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I really kinda want to play that game but alas I don't have an XBox one Q^Q
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Blackenednights Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is such an amazing comic. The way you drew this is amazing! >w<
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!! :)
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Akiyata Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Forgive me for the language, but you are fucking amazing<3
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhh thank you!! QuQ
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Akiyata Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome  ;w;
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TheAwesomeDemonMe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I get the feeling that this is going to be interesting :D I liked very much
and...Germanys eyes in the last panel/pic *.* just something so awesome
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it caught your attention :)
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TheAwesomeDemonMe Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :D 
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heart-of-oyster Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Student General Artist
OH THIS LOOKS COOL!

Latin nerd mode has been activated!!!!
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAHA YES LETS FLAIL AROUND TOGETHER *EXCITED*
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heart-of-oyster Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student General Artist
GREAT IDEA!!!
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patty110692 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They both look like their 2p! >.<
So damn badass!!! And Germany in the last pannel gave me chills!!!!
You did a great job dear :D
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you so much! :)
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KunoichiH29 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student General Artist
<3! i loved the coloring :) want to see more!
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and more you shall have!! :D
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Sylfil Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Aaaaamazing job!
I love Germany and (badass) Italy *q* 
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! :D
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waaaa thank you!! I can't wait for the critique as well! Any piece of advice you can give is appreciated! And you're in luck; the next part will hopefully be out December 15th :)
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Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
But it is I who must thank YOU for this extraordinary artwork.

Your artistic style, particularly in the facial expression and most profoundly experienced through the eyes, has deeply moved me. It evoked the same depth and intensity of emotions I experienced when I had watched Gladiator for the first time!

Certainly! You are welcome! Today- or rather tonight, I shall be posting a critique of your work here.

Thank you! When you told me of the newest work's date, I was and am anticipating it with great fervor and excitement! Really, this is so moving, so intense- it is perhaps some of the best Hetalia/crossover artwork I have seen here or anywhere else!
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then I'm looking forward to it! I'm so happy you like it so much! :3
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Classically-DePunk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your work has enraptured and moved to no end!:wow:
I hope my critique was satisfactory to you. :aww:
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Lapulta Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU. :iconloveloveplz: YOU THERE. YOU ARE AMAZING. THIS IS FAVORITED MATERIAL. :D :D :D :D
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PFFFTTT THANK YOU!! QuQ :iconohohoplz:
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Lapulta Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU'RE WELCOME! THEE DESERVES IT!! :D :D :D
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thepagansun Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
This is great and your art is practically flawless! But...is this an AU? Who are these guys supposed to be and why is it in Hetalia? 
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, I understand the confusion. It's actually Italy and Germany in the roles from the movie Gladiator with Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. I admit my Italy is terribly OOC, but I suppose he's more of a dark!Italy here. And Germany with stubble.... dang, they really are hard to recognize! xD
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thepagansun Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Ah...I see! Very cool! But I guess their unrecognizablity means that you're a great artist to adapt them to your style! ;)
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Knoire Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! There's going to be somewhat of a twist at the end of the series that explains why some of the characters (because there will be more than just Italy and Germany) are OOC, so hopefully it'll all make sense in the end! ;)
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thepagansun Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Oh ok awesome! Yeah as long as it's explained. Not that I didn't think you weren't going to, I was just curious. ^^;

But I can't wait to read it.
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CatItalian92 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
'MASSIMO, MASSIMO, MASSIMO!' 'ISPANICO, ISPANICO, ISPANICO!'
AHHAHHAHA, sorry. Anyway, GREAT JOB! I LOVE IT! 
Saluti da CatItalian92
Perfect color and drawing!
Ps: It's seem last part of the film "The gladiator". I love this film. 
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Knoire Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! >u< 
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Sweety-Apple Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Dat face at the end... *Q*
Amazing skills. Can't wait for more!! :)
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Knoire Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ubububu thank you :D
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obsessionoftheweek Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I absolutely love this idea. I'll be excited to see what you post in the future. 
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Knoire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad you like it! I've already begun sketching the next part! If you're interested you can try catching my livestreams; I do them almost every day and always on weekends so you can catch a glimpse at the next part :3
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OliveIrises Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
........................................................................................................................................................................................................................do youeven know whatkind of mental state this is putting me in. I am literally about to die from how beautifully done and how amazing and then the plot and gladiators and sadistic italy is sexy sadistic italy and strong MANLY germany is again STRONG MANLY GERMANY ASKSDLASDLADLAKSDALSD I cant words right now too busy dying of hapiness
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Knoire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha omg thanks bby!! QuQ It's a lot of work but it's so much fun!
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3zumii Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMFG so beautiful, I love this picture so much
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Knoire Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! :3
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3zumii Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome ^^
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12bfeygirl42 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I am definitely watching and awaiting more~ This is amazing, and I am very glad that I've come across your artwork. You have amazing talent, dear, and I can't wait to check out more.
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Knoire Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, I really appreciate that! :D That's too much for my art, I have a long way to go :)
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12bfeygirl42 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bull. Poop. This is some of the best artwork I've seen for Hetalia, no... At all really. Especially for someone online. It's my pleasure to follow you, and trust me... I don't waste my words. You deserve the praise.
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Knoire Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, thank you!! I doubt it's some of the best Hetalia work, not to mention compared to so many other phenomenal artists. But thank you so much. I really appreciate the words :)
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LeLuIreClaAnna Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This. This. Is too amazing. For words.
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Knoire Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! QuQ
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LeLuIreClaAnna Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem!! :iconbrohugplz:
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