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Freiin Ilda Engeltraud von Harzberg of Kaiserreich by Gambargin Freiin Ilda Engeltraud von Harzberg of Kaiserreich by Gambargin
A concept drawing or a re-sketch of one of my most favorite characterization of Woman Warrior of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series. She represents the Medieval Germanic (Central) Woman Warrior in the series, which is developed from the original sketch of the von Harzberg Sword Sisters Ilsa and Ilda von Harzberg - Sword Sisters Concept by Gambargin

Inspired by the music www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw51Nq… - Marilyn Manson "If I Was Your Vampire"

To be fairly honest, plate armor isn't my greatest strength and in comparison to many other artist here who can draw the armors much better, mine would be pale. Nevertheless, i tried my best in portraying this Woman Warrior in a very stylized gothic plate armor (with many errors), in contrast to metal corset or other fantastic and less protective garment. If one were to point out that she lacked a defensive shield, the reason being is probably more practical than aesthetic. German Gothic Plate Armor (or any plate armor) in reality would protect it's user from any sword blow or an arrow shot from a bow.  The rivets also contribute to the strengthening the overall structure, without hacing to add more weight, as well as many joints and articulation which aids in movements and flexibility. Contrary to the popular belief, the weight is equally distributed which aids in mobility and combat, this would contrast with the modern 21st century Soldier who carry more weight than the armor when equipped in full gear.

As for the portrayal of her, I've always wanted to portray Woman Warrior differently than the usual romanticized depiction. War is a brutal business and Middle ages was the perfect fertile ground for this scourge to spread. From petty feud to 100 years war, there would always be enough justification to butcher each other, considering that warfare was considered norm. It is always beautiful to portray any short of war or battle, as long as one is not on the receiving end of the sword =P. As such, rather than a knight in shining metal armor that rode her stallions to battle with the assurance that the almighty would determine the results of battle, Ilda however, was a different one...

Victory, would be her only concern, regardless of the method. She had to learn this very hard, especially after experiencing few defeats on her campaign. In order to subdue a province, she would readily butcher and execute an entire town, terrorizing its populace into submission. Ransoming Nobles would be the least of her concern, as she'd prefer to put them on top of spike as an example to her enemies. She took no prisoners, and chivalry for her was a foolish idea. Ilda known how to capitalize weaknesses and pportunities, and she would use it effectively to command her men, and defeat her enemy. For she lived in a land plagued by seemingly eternal war, where only the strongest and the smartest wins.

So it's not about what she wears that would win the day, or prevent her from getting killed, but her brutal instinct to survive, which would make this Woman Warrior less of a battle-maiden and more of a monster....something, that for those who never experience the bitterness of war, would never understand.

This of course, would be much much different from her sister, Ilsa, Freiin Ilsa Ermengard von Harzberg of Kaiserreich by Gambargin who prefer gallant display of bravery and pride in battle, preferring to settle everything with a good old fashion steel to steel combat. Ilsa will be drawn next to give contrasting character image from Ilda.




I think i need to take some leisure time, my drawing is getting darker again..:o
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Her Descendant:

HWS Blood and Steel: Kaiserin Ilda von Harzberg by GambarginErzherzogin Ilda Luitgard of Harzbergerreich by Gambargin

A Part of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited - You can find more on the various faction on the map here:

HWS Medieval Revisited - Faction Map v.1.1 (Updt.) by Gambargin
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2014
As Voltaire would say, "The Holy Roman Empire, is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire."  Is that just a reflection of the times (18th century), or was that really the entire history of the HRE?  I kind of doubt the latter.  It was more united in certain times than others (other times, I guess it would've been called an empire, just to keep up the idea of christian unity or whatever).  I don't doubt that it wasn't holy or roman. 

Because, 'roman' is just a theme or title by this point (since the roman empire is gone), and 'holy' is an intangible theological concept.

Also, this picture is slightly anachronistic, because gothic fullplate only existed after 1400 AD (was popular during the 15th century and a bit into the 16th though).  :)
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Dwarfish-beer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its really nice to see someone draw women in actual working armors :D very nice work
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Thank you sir! I'm glad you like my works on women warriors :)
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Hippokonstai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Been love this series. Ever thought of doing one for the precolumbian american civilizations?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Thank you, i;m glad you liked it :)

I have drawn the aztec and native american indian previously, but i will be expanding them in this series for sure :)
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
" the modern 21st century Soldier who carry more weight than the armor when equipped in full gear."

Well, if you include the complete back pack in full equipment, that could be true.
I mean, French paratroopers and Legionnaires carry a 80 pounds back pack on training and in commando missions.

But if you just take the light pack, or just the combat gear + survival rations, a standard rifleman should be lighter than a full armored dude, right ?
Now, if you take machinegunners, mortars team, AT team, etc., the pack weight would be much different, of course.
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DreamsSurroundsUs Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Love the armor, looks shiny :D
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thanks for that, glad you like the armor (excluding the blood involved) :P
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SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2014
Dump a bucket of pig guts on her.  xD
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akitku Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, she looks great! I love the grim quality of this picture. And I think you did great on the plate armour - I love how metallic it looks and how much detail you managed to get  in. Wonderful job as usual! :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thanks Akitku! I'm still trying to improve on the metal shading, but i'm glad you like how it turned out.
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phicek Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
nah, gooore!  :D
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Oh yeah!!! Gore for the win!
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:| one shouldn't mess with her! the lady ain't very nice.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Oh yeah, with the looks that can kill a man with a single swipe, i think it's better not to touch her nerve :P
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Contravoice Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Excellent one! :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thank you :)
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Contravoice Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
You are welcome. :)
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Schweinebeine Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
great chaos-like scene :D, i agree with joe, thats a whole lot of blood! plus the armour is really well done
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Well, blood makes it darker i guess, but thanks for the compliment bro :D
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RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
As the gallant knights of Camelot would cry their battle-cry upon meeting a frightful foe: "RUN AWAY! RUN AWAAAY!"
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcxKIJ…

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Very beautiful indeed. Both the armour and the woman.
To me plate armour is the most difficult to draw and you did splendidly!
Most likely because plate armour needs segments frequently to look convincing. So I tend to leave those out or make something really basic.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Oh my god, i nearly cried myself with that monty phyton reference :D

Thanks for the praise though Ryan, i have to admit plate armor isn't the easiest to draw. Perhaps i lack the basic form, something which you'd be really good at, seing many of your sketches :)

Come to think of....a knight vs a rabbit can be fun....maybe i can make something out of this =P
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KaiKainat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
That head... :-D
And wow for the stare... It's killing me through my laptop screen!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
The eye that kills?

Hey, maybe you should try making on of those :D
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Brandor-cat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, hell YEAH! War is always brutal, no matter what age.  This right here is the best kind of art, one that truly opens the door for concepts people take for granted.

War is not pretty.  It's not about having the coolest gear or the best slogan.  War is not sport.

It's UGLY, FILTHY, AND VILE but so VERY NECESSARY.  People will hear about it, maybe see it from the safety of their livings rooms, but they can't know a thing without stepping onto that battlefield, and assaulted by the stench of burning flesh, the screams of the dying, and the terror of the fight.

But, the method is also as important as the result.  It's what separates Lawful Good from Lawful Evil.  Gallantry has a place, and when, not if you must make war, doing so will represent your own beliefs, and the winner decides who was right.

Good work, Gam. >:3
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thank you Mr Cat! I can imagine that war is not something pleasant to experience at, but then, it also brings out the best in men and remove all that is base (I think it's General Patton's quote)

I've always wondered since i started the Women Warrior series. It's probably more acceptable for people to go war during the medieval times, but as warr becomes more systematic and destructive, wouldn't these women suffer the horror as well? But maybe it's just me with too much empathy =P
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Brandor-cat Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They would suffer the horror regardless.  Can you imagine severing someone's head and carrying it around with you?  Could you yourself slash someone's throat and watch them bleed out?  Would you be comfortable with that at all?

Your Warrior Women (and mine too) would face these moments on a daily basis, and some would even perform these acts casually.  In the time period they came from , it was not only common, but expected of them.  By today's standards, doing anything remotely close is grounds to be tried and executed (humanely) as a heinous war criminal.

War does bring out the best in people, especially when you omit the truth and try not to think about the people getting torn apart by your artillery shells.  That, or if you can accept the grim reality of the business.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
There's no mistaken about your comment regarding war and its horror. Back then, things like that were expected, and knowing that your skills would win the battle is something that every proud warrior can have when facing their opponents one by one. The horror probably comes from the development of warfare. There was a time where one can rely on his/her armor, skills and weapon to fight his/her foe in a duel...but now, a single bullet can kill anyone, and weapons can reduce turn what was our best friend 10 seconds ago into a bloody pulp :(

I have always thought of the same with the Warrior Women, but for the sake of art, it can be said that they represent something of a beauty in a terrible reality of war. :)
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Brandor-cat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A good point.  Carry on, then. >:3
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   Photographer
Great! I will just note that in Central Europe and Southern Germany, there was a lot of Italian influence. Just an FYI!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thanks for the info! I had a look on the Italian armor, they were actually quite good looking as well.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014   Photographer
I think so!
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Both the armor and the woman inside it are beautiful! Bonus points for the plume!

That is much blood BTW. O_o
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thanks man! Blood makes everything better :D
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
And the stare.
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Wow that's gruesome! Its cool, but I hope the rest of your women warrior drawings don't get this violent. Personally, I prefer a more lighthearted HWS series, but that's just me.

I like how you did the cinders floating in the background, that's a great touch. Also, its interesting to see the gothic plate armor sized for female proportions. The difference isn't radical, but its there. Lastly, great work on her face. She's so cold and intense... she definitely is the ancestor of the Kaiserin. :)


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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Hehehehe, sometimes darker and edgier can have its own statement i guess. It's a time war that they are living in after all =P
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist
I think your description matches how I wrote her but I don't remember anymore
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Indeed, there should be similarities in them, although this one is rather dark and grim compare to the ones portrayed in Lucrezia's story.
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