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