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Here, We Lie by Halcylon Here, We Lie by Halcylon
Ὦ ξεῖν', ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε
κείμεθα, τοῖς κείνων ῥήμασι πειθόμενοι.

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This was an emotional piece. I know it seems silly, but after getting further into it, I started to remember the story of brave Leonidas and the glorious 300.

I knew I had to do this after watching 300 again for the umpteenth time, and just wanted to make it for the Halo fan in me :)

This took a lot more time - due to the fact that I had to find images that I could work with and all.

Actually Photoshopping time was about 2 1/2 hours.
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:iconblackmaurader62:
Blackmaurader62 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
"Remember us." As simple an order as a king can give. "Remember why we died." For he did not wish tribute or song. No monuments, no poems of war and valour. His wish was simple: "Remember us," he said to me. That was his hope. Should any free soul come across that place, in all the countless centuries yet to be, may all our voices whisper to you from the ageless stones: Go tell the Spartans, passer-by, that here, by Spartan law, we lie
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hungergameslove01 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Do you know what the Greek says?
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:iconearthpatriot117:
Earthpatriot117 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I think it actually says 'tell the stranger passing by, that here, by spartan law, we lie'
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:iconearthpatriot117:
Earthpatriot117 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
totally love it! ^_^
but would have been more awesome to see a LOT more bullet casings.
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:iconhellscorpionsting:
hellscorpionsting Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
they weren't brave they were pussies
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:iconl0rd-pride:
L0RD-PRIDE Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
a reminder of the price of freedom. nice work its amazing I would of love to have had this has an ending in halo reah
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:iconsev808:
Sev808 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy shit! What's the text supposed to say?
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:iconarbiter10123:
Arbiter10123 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011  Student General Artist
I actually kinda thought the sme thing with Leonidas and 300 Spartans
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:iconichbastele:
ichbastele Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very good :)
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:icongenandrew:
genandrew Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
to the valley of death marched the 300...
I think this art portrays this verse
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:icondamarix:
DaMarix Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome
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SoupyAssassin Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ὦ ξεῖν', ἀγγέλλειν Λακεδαιμονίοις ὅτι τῇδε
κείμεθα, τοῖς κείνων ῥήμασι πειθόμενοι.

"Stranger, tell the Spartans that here we lie, obedient to their laws."
Epigram , a single elegiac couplet by Simonides on the dead of Thermopylae.

Thanks Wikipedia. And thank you Halcylon.
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rocklobster369 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Brilliant, but what does the writing say? is it Russian? (if not pardon my ignorance)
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:iconkachintheabyss:
kachintheabyss Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is truly an amazing piece...I myself an am avid Haloverse fanatic. It would be cool if you redid this piece after Reach came out and used Spartan III's. Because the Spartan II's you used here...well as I see many have said before me...Spartan's never die. That applies to the Spartan II's, so to make it with Spartan III's (who do have a track record of going KIA) would bring it home.
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EliteMasterChief Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
Nice work i like this,i ame Greek and i even understand what it says well most of it.
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:icona-rascal-cat:
a-rascal-cat Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Wow. I don't even know what to say. I mean...WOW! It's brilliant! :)
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:iconrusifph:
RUSIFPH Featured By Owner May 23, 2010   Filmographer
amazing work captures the moment exactly outstanding
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:icondetman:
detman Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
saaaaaaaad faaaaaaaaaace:(
but it r kool
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LordVurtax Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job of photoshop
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010
Thanks. Wanted it to work out.
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:icondanieljc2008:
danieljc2008 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
fave.
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:iconkilerden:
Kilerden Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Student General Artist
Nice work, but spartans never die :o
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:iconkachintheabyss:
kachintheabyss Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
They are just missing in action.
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:iconnocte-vagus:
Nocte-Vagus Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, this is amazing!
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:iconguyver89:
Guyver89 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student Digital Artist
In some ways it resembles Pegasi Delta although these guys are SPARTAN IIs. Maybe when Reach comes out you could remake this with the SPARTAN IIIs.
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:iconmalinion:
Malinion Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh words cannot describe how great this is! Please, carry on drawing Halo!
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:iconspartanjedi:
spartanjedi Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this looks just like a map in matchmaking
when i'm done with it
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SephiX22 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
I don't know what the Greek says, but in all honestly this is great.
I especially must say that the Spartans with out the helmets add so much to this picture. Even though the standard, green Spartan lies in the middle, the two with no helmet is a reminder that the characters are still humans, and are quite vulnerable. It's a cruel reminder as to how horrible war is, fictional or real.
And how awesome Halo is.
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Thank you. I really wanted to capture some measure of emotion in this one, but found that creating it was more emotional than I thought. I spent so much time creating "awesome battle" scenes that I forgot what it was like to create something sad.
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:iconsephix22:
SephiX22 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Well it worked!
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
That's all I can hope for!
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:iconsephix22:
SephiX22 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
:iconohjoyplz:
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:iconarppis:
Arppis Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
It's a cool picture. Would have loved to see a bit more variation in armor's thou. But still a nice one. :)
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
I thought about it, but I didn't want to over do it with too much variation.
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:iconarppis:
Arppis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Fair enough, mate. Still it is a cool picture. :)
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Thanks!
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:iconpshbling:
pshbling Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
My friend, this is beautiful. Spartans never die, they just go missing.
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
:) Thank you.
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:iconkonatsajin:
Konatsajin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010
Awesome job, but Spartans don't die, they're just missing in action. =P
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Truth. :)

Thank you!
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GR-De-Profundis Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
At first, when I read that ancient spartan quote, I thought you were greek. Anyway, i'd like to congratulate you, for getting further on that, and that you put the original ancient greek languange and not the english translation (+1) ;-)
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
I couldn't weaken the phrase by making it English. Its too strong of a statement in its original text.
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:iconangeliclionheart:
AngelicLionheart Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good work, dude. Keep on rockin'!
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Thank you!
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:iconforgedreclaimer:
ForgedReclaimer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly incredible piece of work.
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
I really appreciate it!
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:icontoateku:
ToaTeku Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Ō xein’, angellein Lakedaimoniois hoti tēde
keimetha tois keinōn rhēmasi peithomenoi.


- for those who wants to know the reading. ([link])

Awesome picture! (still can't shake how similiar top-right-guy's armor choice is to my OC [link] though...)

/-/ToaTeku
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:iconmendicantbias00:
mendicantbias00 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...fantastic piece Hal!

I didn't know you were a twilight fan o_O. ;)
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:iconhalcylon:
Halcylon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
:P Team JACOB!!!

Thanks for the nod.
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:iconelziler:
Elziler Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
this is beautiful, and actualy touching.great job!
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