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Erzherzogin Ilda Luitgard of Harzbergerreich by Gambargin Erzherzogin Ilda Luitgard of Harzbergerreich by Gambargin
A concept drawing for the Austrian Woman Warrior of Project: Blood and Steel, a part of Historically Wrong Sketch Series based on the 17th Century Era. She was inspired by the Historical Austrian Habsburg Monarchy in the 17th century, one of the most influential and powerful sovereignty that pretty much played an important part in driving the history of Europe for centuries till the modern age. My history of Germany and drawing metal plate armor is still lacking, so any help and feedback is much appreciated :)

Her (supposed) theme song, inspired by: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbT6bL… (Europa Universalis III Main theme)

Europe in 17th century was filled with numerous brutal and destructive wars, from the conflict of ideologies, war of independence and conquests, it could be considered as one of the most bloodiest century in the history of the world. Out of the nation that took part in the bloody conflict, the Austrians under the Habsburg Family, who held a strong feudalistic ideals, with royal ties to pretty much every major royal family in Europe rose to their supremacy. They held sole authority over their subjects, ruled with absolute power and their ambition shadowed over other smaller European nations. It was them who held back the Ottomans from ever setting their feet on the heartland of Europe, as such, they could boast of their power and military legacy that no other European nation could at that time.

In this Series, the Harzbergerreich is the descendant of Ilda von Harzberg from the previous series, while her sister Ilsa, started her own dynasty and gave birth to another ambitious and militaristic German power called the Königreich Pomern (based on the historical Branderburg-Prussia). The Harzbergs ruled wiht iron fist, its ambition and thirst for military conquest could only be matched by that of the Turkish Orhans. While eastern Europe was occupied in preparing themselves against the inevitable Orhan Invasion, the Harzbergs gazed upon the Italian peninsula to aim for a total control of Mediterranean while at the same time, arming themselves against any possible incursion from their northern and western neighbors .

The ruler of the Harzbergerreich is no other than the direct descendant of Ilsa von Harzberg, the powerful and ambitious Archduchess Ilsa III Luitgard von Harzberg, who took the throne after the death of her father and the king (i'm a bit lazy to create a new character :(). As the sole ruler of her subjects, she ruled with an iron fist, demanded no less than total servitude from her people. She is dressed in a lavish and highly decorated full-plate armor, which is both highly inaccurate (I suck at drawing plate armor) and very stylized (with few errors, if not many). By the 17th century, Heavy plate armors was still expensive and too outdated against the power of musket shot, although they were really cool to wear and displayed the wealth and status of their wearers.


And oh, Her emblem consists of Pretzels and Bratwurst =P
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Her character can be compared to the Rhomanion (Byzantine) Empress from the previous series

More on the Factions of historically wrong Sketch Series set in 17th century, Project Blood and Steel
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Astro-Creep166 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I might have asked this already, but about how long would you say these drawings take you? Cause I could spend hours on something like this and never come close to this good
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Thank you, but with practice, you'll soon draw better than me! :D

Drawing liek this would take about an hour for the line art, and more or less 1-2 hours for the details and shading (with a lot of corrections) :D
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Astro-Creep166 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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joolita Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
The detail on the armour is superb. :heart:
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Thanks Joolita!
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013   Photographer
Very good rendition of plate armour!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thank you! I've seen them in many paintings for the nobles, kings and dukes fo the 16th and 17th century. Must have been very popular and fashionable back then :D
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013   Photographer
And expensive!
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AuriV1 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The armor is definitely ceremonial, though it does look protective as well. The only issue I see with it is the bottom curve of the breastplate going outward, and the size of the hand in relation to her forearm.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thanks Auri! The input is certainly appreciated. i realized about the curve and the hands, and hopefully will fix them in my next drawings :)
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