Sunday, October 18, 2009

Illustrating a Signal Tower for Ancient Warfare Magazine

This week I am starting work on an illustration of a Roman signal tower. It will be part of Murray Dahm's article, "An Ancient Enigma—Solving the Secrets of Ancient Military Signaling" in Ancient Warfare Magazine Vol III, issue 6. For a reference I am using the above illustration from Guy de la Bédeoyère's The Buildings of Roman Britain. This was a 3rd century tower situated at Scarborough. All examples of such towers appear to have had a walled courtyard and outer ditch.

The appearance of the tower itself isn't ground-breaking, but Dahm's interpretation of its signal fires is a fresh concept.

I will also be illustrating some Roman military tactics for Ross Cowan's article.

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