for the suggestion and inspiration.
Before i start, this is just a dramatic depiction of a battle between the Women Warriors in the historically wrong sketch, as such, anatomy, perspective, scene may not bet the best as I'm still learning to improve them. Any feedback is certainly much appreciated.
This sketch is dedicated to the two characters who (were) voted the most in the pool that i have just created, to see which of the women warriors from different culture people prefer the most. you can contribute to the voting here as well. gambargin.deviantart.com/journ…
Historically speaking, it's actually quite absurd having Mongolians fighting battle against the Vikings, as both neither existed in their respective era. The closest depiction tat can be considered similar would be the Byzantine Varangians Elite Troops (recruited mostly from the vikings freemen) fighting against the Pechenegs, during their assault at Eski Zagra in 1122AD.
Still, in art anything is possible, hence the reason why this drawing is made in the first place. Princess (Gonji) Batuyisu
is depicted as a horse archer that follows the style of typical Mongolian horse arcer, and is equipped with nomadic composite bow and stylized lamellar armor. Her stylized headgear is made with fur and decorated embroideries for aesthetic purpose. Her bow is actually quite strong and deadly. To give an idea, pulling the string is the same as lifting an 18kg object.
As for the Viking/Norse
, Gunhilder Freysdottir is drawn with norse mail hauberk, stylized norse helmet, a large decorated shield as well as a viking throwing spear. In historical perspective, the throwing spear would be a much potent weapon to use against the closing horse archer which can be thrown to kill the horse, de-horse the rider and finish him in 1 on 1 off combat.
Who would win will be subjected to many debates and there's a few good reason to this. The Vikings did not employ cavalry in their fighting ranks, and technically speaking, being only composed of Infantry (and some archers), the Mongols could pick them off easily with their horse archers and cavalry charge. On the other hand, these battle-hardened Norsemen (and women) could employ their shield wall tactic, allowing their throwing spears and archers to pick off any incoming horse archer in a mass volley. The shield/spearwall could in theory, fend off any incoming cavalry charge and in close combat, their heavy equipment and weapons would turn any unfortunate mongols into soup.
Still, whatever the tactics and reasons maybe, it is always better for art to be enjoyed rather than debated. And to be fairly honest, i've enjoyed drawing this, and will likely to draw more from the pool results.
I would like to thank all of you who voted and inspired me with this drawing
Music to go with the drawing: Globus - Preriator www.youtube.com/watch?v=b11-37…