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
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