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    Eow 96 Winner's choice:The Mauryan Dynasty 321-185 b.c

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    Eow 96 Winner's choice:The Mauryan Dynasty 321-185 b.c


    The winner of the Potempkin Villages round was Dark_Eyes,was asked to choose a topic for this round, this is what he or she chose... Go for it

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    The Mauryan Dynasty 321-185 b.c.: Alexander the Great marched with his army into the Indus Valley in 327b.c. and despite great resistance from the hill tribes, he reduced most of their fortresses and defeated King Poros, as well as other local rulers, with 2000 war elephants.
    This is an ancient indian civilization so think along those lines for reference... showing the elephant battle would be cool, but not necessary. The main focus should be on the look and feel of ancient indian culture (mainly temples because they have survived) This is a great opportunity to research a rare culture and push your limits so NO COMPLAINING! Have FUN ok?
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    Excellent topic!
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    I was waiting for a good topic to sink my teeth into.

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    Thank you DarkEyes, I really love Indian buddhist and induist architecture.
    A doubt: some of those temples (like Konarak in the last picture) were built centuries after Alexander's times. Can we use them as reference anyway or should we stay true to the time period?

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    Lest we forget Ashoka. He's generally regarded as one of the greater rulers of India...

    Wouldn't elephants just walk through? They are indiginous...
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    "battle Elephants"

    quite honstly I know zip about ancient indian culture, and that isn't even all that ancient. india is a big place, what part?
    jungle? dry hills? the indus valley is rather long I believe how far did alexander get. guess Im gonna have to do some research too
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    woot, hope to find some time, this sounds like fun. But then again, don't they all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by revenebo View Post
    A doubt: some of those temples (like Konarak in the last picture) were built centuries after Alexander's times. Can we use them as reference anyway or should we stay true to the time period?
    Yeah, I'm a little confused by this too. Having done a little research, Alexander seemed to have died before the Mauryan Dynasty began. Is this just a question of artistic licence? Do we have to include the Macedonian armies?

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    Hmmm..interesting topic. I'm rounding off some other work this week so i wont get started just yet...deffo be giving this a go though.

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    So...I have this picture in my head but I need to know before following through, can we bring this ancient scene into a more styilized and fantastic world like, say, 300 was done?

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    It seems like the mention of Alexander has thrown people off. Honestly it seemed strange to me too first off, focusing on a Macedonian king in an Indian empire topic. If the topic is Mauryan, focus on that. Include Alexander if he's relevant (it's a stretch though... Alexander - 356 to 323 BC, Mauryan - 320-ish to 185 BC).

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    Cool topic and I woke up and had work off so time to have fun . This is really early idea but i love posting wip . I will be pushing it more and more. Wat you guys think

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    Hey guys, some clarification... Disregard the last image of the sun temple if you want, that was a mispost on my part, however, a lot of these temples as they remain today have been modified throughout the centuries by other cultures, and are a mixture of other styles (buddhist stupas, hindu temples ect...) so i guess we don't have to stick to EXACTLY this time period. I really thought that showing this battle would be cool, but I guess it isn't necessary, focus on portraying an ancient indian civilization, the macedonian stuff would just be icing on the cake. As far as the issue of Alexander the great, I've read several accounts of this battle occurring in 327 bc, so maybe i'm wrong, but we'll just proceed as if... There are some good references for mauryan art and architecture on wikipedia, so try to stick to it if you can, but remember we are creating a concept here, so you can take some liberties... Solid?... Have fun!!! here are some more images from that time period.
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    yay elephants! personally im looking for a vitality, and life in a culture I don't know much about. i mean we have an era and a region an deven a pretty concrete time.

    (I mean what's 200 years between friends)
    i always am amazed when folks can fire up their imaginations to make an historical place , alive and real.
    this is just me talking
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    My rough WIP so far. I kind of new to doing environments so any crits will be welcome.

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