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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… - 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

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).  :)
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
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Thank you sir! I'm glad you like my works on women warriors :)
Hippokonstai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Been love this series. Ever thought of doing one for the precolumbian american civilizations?
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 :)
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.
DreamsSurroundsUs Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Love the armor, looks shiny :D
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thanks for that, glad you like the armor (excluding the blood involved) :P
SolidSamurai Featured By Owner Edited Dec 13, 2014
Dump a bucket of pig guts on her.  xD
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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