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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 for the Central German Woman Warrior in the Historically Wrong Sketch Series - Medieval Revisited, which is roughly based on the Middle ages covering 800 AD to 1400 AD. She represents the central German faction, of the Kaiserreich which is short of based on the holy roman empire. Ilda is one of the sister from the original drawing:Ilsa and Ilda von Harzberg - Sword Sisters Concept

Inspired by the music: Kyrie for Magdalene by Hanz Zimmer (The Da Vinci Code OST)



Hws Logo by Gambargin



INTRODUCTION

The history of German people is one of the most lengthy and surprisingly, very complicated. In the middle ages, most of the Germans were under the sphere of influence of the Holy Roman Empire, a continuation of the Frankish Carolingian Empire. Despite the term, there was never a single united faction called the "Empire", since the territories are divided between powerful dukes and counts, each vying for power. Besides, the land itself is geographically divided by mountains, rivers and vast forest, which created cultural differences between the Germans, the notable one being the Saxons, Swabians, Bavarians and Franconians. It was in this diverse and often fragile empire that small men could gain power and prestige, either through clever political maneuver or the force of arm.


DRAWING COMMENTARIES

This is my first entry to the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited and for some reason, I decided to draw one of the most memorable character in the series, Ilda von Harzberg. She is depicted in the typical "Gothic Style" Plate armor in contrast to metal corset or other fantastic and less protective garment. Though, I have to admit that my skill in drawing plate armor are still average compared to other artists. But, if i were to point out something, why is plate armor the most common type depicted in fantasy? Despite the fact that there's probably hundreds more of other types of armor that exist in the middle ages.

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 having 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 since the knights who wore them were trained rigorously in them, it provides less hindrance in movement.

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 knew how to capitalize weaknesses and fear, and she would use it effectively to command her men to 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 Ermengard von Harzberg 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.


REFERENCES AND OTHER RELATED MEDIA

Her Hot-headed and Bold Sister Freiin Ilsa Ermengard von Harzberg of Kaiserreich by Gambargin

May relate to the following:

The Italian Lucrezia di Firenze of Compagnia di Ventura by Gambargin, the Austrian Herzogin Agnes von Bamberg of Ostarrichi (Austria) by Gambargin,
the Frankish Comtesse lodie de Meux of Royaume de Franconie 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.1.30 by Gambargin


HISTORICAL COMMENTARIES

Historical commentaries on Holy Roman Empire is under construction.
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:iconand02626:
and02626 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Good handling of perspective here, especially on her left arm.  Kudos also on getting a shine out of that armor!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Thank you buddy! Glad you like it :)
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WheresAJacket Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
this is really cool. :)
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Thank you, glad you think so :)
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Hanoko Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Scary and powerful! Love her expression in her eyes, mixed with cruelty and a bit of repressed sadness too. Love the shading and contrasts too.
The ax needs more perspective though.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Ah yes, the battle axe is a bit off =P. I like your interpretation of her expression, which is the closest as what I intended her to be :)
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pascalkrafft Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Yey mý favourite character i love the look of the people from the Holy roman empire ^^
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
True! The Germans were some of the most aggressive people in the middle ages :)
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Gromf007 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sometimes it's better to keep the background sketchy, so the eyes of the viewer know what to focus on.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
Interesting, I'll keep your suggestion in mind :)
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aristi1982 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist
Now this is what i was talking about!!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
More Blood and More Violence, just like the good old fighting :D
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:iconzombixxx:
Zombixxx Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student Photographer
Cool :)
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:icondc-26:
DC-26 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Very expressive.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Thank you :D
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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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:icongambargin:
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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:icongambargin:
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 Traditional Artist
Love the armor, looks shiny :D
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:icongambargin:
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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:icongambargin:
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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:iconphicek:
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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:icongambargin:
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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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Thank you :)
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:iconcontravoice:
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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:icongambargin:
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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:icongambargin:
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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:icongambargin:
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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:icongambargin:
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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:icongambargin:
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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