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Gongzhu Wu Shang Xiang of Yang Chao (Yang Empire) by Gambargin Gongzhu Wu Shang Xiang of Yang Chao (Yang Empire) by Gambargin
A concept drawing for the Chinese (Han) Woman Warrior from the Project: Blood and Steel, a part of Historically Wrong Sketch Series based on the 17th Century Era Warfare. Her faction, Yang Empire or "Great Yang", is based on Ming Dynasty in the 17th century, one of the largest but fragile empire that dominated Asia and the last of the Chinese Han Empire. My Chinese writing skill is abysimmal, and i'm still reading through 900 pages book worth of Chinese history, so please pardon any errors made :)

We all know the Persian who fought with the Greeks, Alexander who sat his foot to India, the Romans who subjugated most of the known world, the Spanish who went on conquering the new world and so forth. Hence, it can be fairly said that their great legacy shall forever be remembered in the annals of history. But amongst all those great legacy of the west and the oriental, we cannot simply ignore the fact that, in many of the cases, the Chinese, for over many centuries, have made themselves equal to the rest of the world powers, in their technology, mathematics, philosophy, military, navy as well as sheer brutality. While Rome was still young in its republican days, China was already an Empire. While europe was busy with their petty conflicts and conservative feudalism, China had established a brutal and efficient administrative system, with many neighboring kingdoms paying tribute to the great empire. These were just some of the examples that the Chinese had achieved with their brilliance and ambition in the history.

Historically speaking, China under the Ming Dynasty was considered one of their greatest period in the History. At one time, while Europeans were busy with their petty conflicts, Ming Empire was the largest, had the most numerous standing army, as well as the largest fleet, commanded under Zeng He, whose voyage have reached as far as East Africa (and perhaps America, depending on whom you talk to). Their administrative system was considered much complex and advanced to their time, enabling the increasingly autocratic government to easily control the populace. Many of the ambitious building projects, such as the reparation of Great Wall, forbidden city, and Grand Canal, were built during this timeline by the Ming, further establishing their prestige and influence to the rest of the world. However, 17th century was different, Ming Dynasty was plagued by natural disasters, internal instability, rebellions and increasingly disillusioned population. Further on, the Manchurian were already on the move to conquer China and eventually emerged victorious. This marked the end of the Chinese Han ruling Dynasty, and paved a way for the Manchurian to establish one of the world's greatest Empire, the Qing.

In this drawing, Princess Wu Shang Xiang is drawn in the stylized Chinese Ming Lamellar/scale armor of the latter period, showing the increasingly artistic and ornate design while still being practical in combat. The armor was commonly worn by generals or powerful officials, holding titles similar to that of counts or dukes. Given the nature of the political and military situation of the Empire, Princess Shang Xiang was put in precarious positions between competing factions in the imperial court. She was educated in the ways of a proper court lady, as well as all the dark intrigues beneath it. Women warriors or women fighting in the Chinese histories is not uncommon, judging by the meritocratic and bureaucratic nature of the imperial rule, powerful women could simply overpower their foe through any means necessary (and most often succeeded), whether the act could be justified or not.

Her noble family branch descended from the Chinese Woman Warriors in the previous series, the Wu twins The Wu Twins of Hua Empire by Gambargin, whose legacy political ambitions and ruthlessness, still held high by her. As the period she is in is rather turbulent, and the increasingly ambitious Japanese and Manchus may spell the inevitable death or exile.


Potential Rivals: Aerye Hwang-Shi of Jima Seon-Guk by Gambargin

Credit and Many thanks to :iconirenerei: for the inspiration, her artistic works are simply beautiful!

More on the Factions of historically wrong Sketch Series set in 17th century, Project Blood and Steel HWS Project Blood and Steel - Faction Map v.1.0 by Gambargin
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ChaircarMao Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Thank you, but I'm sorry, I don't speak mandarin. Would you be able to translate your question in English?
ChaircarMao Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
What I want to say is :"Do you have the Chinese translation of this Alternate Time Line Story?About those names,those dynasty and any other proper noun."
Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Ah I see, well, unfortunately I do not have the chinese translation as it's part of a fictional but historical parallel world where I want to portray warrior women from various culture. This one specifically is for the late 16th - 17th century, where you can find the overall faction map here. If you are interested for the medieval version which is from 9th to 15th century,you can check this one out Wu Xuan Gongzhu of Yang Chao (Han Chinese) by Gambargin

Hope this helps :)
RaymondEternal Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome , Fearless Lady :D
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Thank you:)
1tututu3 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
great! in deviantart,,there is only a little pictures about ancient chinese warrior!
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Exactly, and i aim to draw more of the ancient and historical Chinese warriors, at least parallel to the time of Han/Qin, Ming and Qin :)
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist

for some reason I have in my head the image of her and her staff sitting around a campfire with her playing an Erhu- no idea where it came from but I like it. We both show your characters to have softer sides as well- maybe that part of my imagination was still working.

Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
A Chinese Lady playing erhu surrounded by her retainers? sounds very melancholic. Lady Wu can be portrayed like that, but i'd imagine her of something different. She's a ruthless character that are more often seen beheading her men for insubordination than playing erhu :D
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