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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

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Fufulet Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015
She look like a younger Lin Beifong from Legend of Korra.
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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
:iconaintnobodygottimeplz:
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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 Digital 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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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! She looks awesome :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thank you there! Glad you like it!
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow she seems  very serious, but also beautiful and like a smart leader, great picture!!
And I like her name, these are real old german names.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thank you, i'm glad you like it!

I like the name as well, befitting the era and her position :)
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Schweinebeine Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
my favorite char in your series atm :D i enjoyed reading the description, also, nice coat of arms! ;)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thank you kind sir! Spain will come along soon, no one can forget that the Spanish used to rule the world :D
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Schweinebeine Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
youve already fufilled part of that! habsburgs were also kings of spain :D 1516–1700)
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Plate armor was still very useful for pikemen and Cuirassiers, as it ofter stopped pistol bullets and sword slashes (and sometimes even musket bullets) dead in their tracks.
Imperial cuirassiers weren't the most feared cavalry in central Europe for nothing ;)

Also:
"as such, they could boast of their power and military legacy that no other European nation could at that time."
Except Spain, maybe.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Ah yes! I'm glad you've mentioned that! Spain will have a mention as well, but i guess by this time their powers are on early decline i guess...Perhaps i will make something which relates to the Dutch wars of Independence (80 years war?) and the overall conflict in western europe in the series!
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Yurisc Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dat armor.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
That comment made my day :D
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Yurisc Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent.
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013

This is awesome, mate!! I also gotta say, I always enjoy the character theme songs that you link!

And you're much better at drawing plate than you think!

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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I'm glad you like the drawings and the musics! Actually, i've been browsing some polish folk or traditional songs for Eufrozyna, and the other lithuanian character.

Would you be able to help with some recommendations :)?
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Oooo, that's a tough one. Sadly, there's little interest in pre-WW2 history in Poland. So also, traditional music is in big decline.

I mostly know film music, hehehe. This one used to be one of the most famous: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsVjDI…
And here's some more film music compilation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nW3it…

But traditional music... Hmm... I spent some time looking for stuff on Youtube, but I haven't found anything proper! Anything at all. Shocking. Will spend some more time on this!
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Definitely my favorite of the Blood and Steel series so far. She looks like the sort of person who could rule a continent spanning empire with an iron grip.
The coat of arms is hilarious, especially the little hamburger sash (I don't know the proper heraldric terminolody :P). I don't know about you, but I'd like to see the double-headed eagle and the Korean rice dragon fight. XD
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
I definitely agree with you! Ah, it'll be interesting to see the Koreans and the Austrians fight, which is possible, given that this series is historically wrong anyway :P
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013  Hobbyist
you took my suggestion she had kids with Von  Niedestatt eventually producing her?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Yes, it will be for her sister, ilsa, the founder of the "prussians' in the series :)
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BrossUno Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Ha ha. I guess scowls run in the family. But her outfit is really, really cool. I especially like her cape and general stance there.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Oh yeah, definitely the scowls runs in her blood! Hopefully i can create something different for her sister's descendant,
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Carol-Kay Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Nice work.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Thank you!
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