set in ancient greece




the project


Hello, my name is Martin and I’ve always been a fan of three things - Ancient Greece, epic storytelling and learning CG graphics.


In this project, I decided to merge all three. Creating my own CG short film project from the Ancient Greek era... and helping YOU by documenting my workflow and giving you tools that will help you create your own CG projects.

My vision for Heroes of Bronze has several layers:

I want to create a short film showcasing the most famous moments of the Ancient Greek History. Learn more here.

I plan to document each step of this project’s creation and release tutorials, showing you my workflow. learn more here.

Also, I plan to educate the viewers in a fun form about the world of Ancient Greece.

Hope you’ll love the project and that it will help you realize your own short films! You can learn more about my work at: www.martinklekner.com

the film



Heroes of Bronze is an upcoming “proof-of-concept” short film set in Ancient Greece, showcasing the magnificence, beauty and horror of the time between two famous battles of ancient history – Marathon (490 BC) and Platea (479 BC).

It serves as an intro to - hopefully - a bigger animated project.


The year is 487 BC, three years after the glorious Greek victory at Marathon. The united armies of Athens and Platea met the Persians and against all odds, drove the invaders back. The victory was complete, thousands of Persians left dead on the field of battle. Only 192 Athenian citizens lost their lives to the enemy. Among them, Nikephoros, a noble warrior, who sacrificed himself to help hold the center line of the battle. His courage allowed his brothers to reach the long-desired victory. 

Nikephoros’ son Alkaios never saw his father return from the battle. Only stories cameback. Only memories of the man.  

Now, each Metageitnion he keeps coming back, watching the magnificent armor of his fallen father. He remembers the heroes of Marathon. He longs to become one of them. The armor is still too big for him, the kopis and aspis still too heavy. Yet he keeps training. Each year, he is getting taller and stronger. It is just a matter of time before he dons his father’s cuirass – and like him, becomes a hero of bronze...  


Heroes of Bronze is a 3 minute CG animated short film, using Blender 2.8 and variety of other software, including Substance Painter and Marvelous Designer.

Status: pre-production

Release: Q2 2020