Image Portfolio 1.27 Romans and Robots is an art resource pdf containing 8 pieces of art of robots and Roman soldiers. This product is the 27th product in the Image Portfolio series of products from LPJ Design, and each product in the series provides several images and a license governing their usage in publishing and product use. Romans and Robots features five color images of Roman soldiers, commanders and the like, as well as three black and white image of robots (or mecha for those that use d20 Future).
The product comes as a single pdf file that contains the eight images, and includes a one page license that governs the use of the images for various uses (profit or non-profit, for example). Each piece of art takes up its own page, and although the resolution of the images is never specified, it looks very good on a A4 size page when printed. The black and white images, however, look like they've been drawn on a piece of paper and then scanned in, but the scan has left tell-tale signs on the actual image, like, for example, black lines, or in some cases what looks to be the remnants of some sort of inverted text. A little more work could've been put into touching up these images nicely, although unless you plan to use them at their full size, it's unlikely that you'll noticed it in a smaller image.
The five color images are all of Roman soldiers and commanders of various stations in Roman civilisation. I generally liked these - they had very good attention to detail in most cases, with good use of color, and the drawings look accurate with good posture and proportions. Here and there the images look slightly odd, like the one Roman soldier's shield that lacks the detail the rest of the image does, or other areas where heavy shadowing was used. Other than that, these are high quality images that would enhance the product they were used in.
The images of the robots or mecha are much better than those of the Roman soldiers, despite the errors mentioned earlier. The attention to detail and the fine drawing is excellent, and the robots really come to life on the page. Again, though, areas of the image where heavy shadowing would exist (for example, the back leg of a robot that's behind the robot itself), lack the detail that the rest of the image contains, making it look slightly odd. Nevertheless, these are great images as well, with vivid details and imaginative creations.
Image Portfolio 1.27 Romans and Robots is a very good and high quality selection of images from LPJ Design. Apart from the one problem with the tidying up of the scanning of the images, this is a top notch product that many publishers will find use in for their products. For as little as slightly more than a dollar for a single image, it seems like good value, although in some instances there may be a licence fee attached to the use of the product. Nevertheless, I was impressed by the quality and detail of the images, which makes for a good art resource.