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HWS Blood and Steel: Kaiserin Ilda von Harzberg by Gambargin HWS Blood and Steel: Kaiserin Ilda von Harzberg by Gambargin
The upgraded concept sketch of the Austrian Women Warrior, Ilda III Luitgard von Harzberg, from the Historically Wrong Sketch Project set in the 17th Century Era of Warfare. Based on the previous poll, Archduchess Ilda has won major victory as the best candidate to hold the title of Kaiserin the series, and hence, the drawing to display her victory and newly acquired title. Thank you guys for casting your votes :) . The clothes maybe anachronistic and stylized, but please pardon me as I'm not really that versed in the 17th century fashion (and there's error here and there in the drawings :( ).

Behold, the theme fitting for the Kaiserin! : www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DD_NR…



With the carefully crafted political execution and masterful intrigue, Archduchess Ilda III Luitgard of Harzbergerreich Erzherzogin Ilda Luitgard of Harzbergerreich by Gambargin has finally won the support to hold the highest and the most prestigious position within the Imperium Germania Sanctum, the successor of the Holy Karlingian Empire from the previous series. With the absolute power and authority that comes with it, nothing shall stop the ambition of the Harzbergs to rule and exert their dominance in Europe. Alas, the Kaiserin must also deal with the jealous kin, Electress Ilsa von Niedestatt Kurfurstin Ilsa Amalia of Kurfurstentum Pomern by Gambargin (based on historical Prussia) who is eager to carve their own legacy at the Harzberg expenses. Whatever their bitter rivalry will result in, the whole of Europe watches carefully what the Kaiserin will do to establish their authority and bolster their military power, for the onslaught of the Turkish Orhan Empire is inevitable HWS Blood and Steel: The Orhans War Drums by Gambargin. As Carpathia is being laid waste and Eastern Europe struggles to hold the advances of the Orhans, it won't be long before the two empire face each other to determine their supremacy over Europe in a bloody and brutal war...


Historically Speaking, the Title Kaiserin is held only by the spouse or consorts of the ruling Holy Roman Emperor, along with some empire authorities and power over her subjects. The Holy Roman Empire themselves serves as the successive empire from the previous Carolingian Empire that united half of Europe under their Authority. Throughout history, the HRE encompass mostly the Germanic states, countries and principalities as well as other land such as Italy. As the centuries go, the power of the emperor diminish as independent German states grew even more powerful, such as the Prussians and the Austrians. The title and the Empire was finally abolished in the early 19th century, seen as being anachronistic, for it was "neither Holy, Roman, nor Empire" by the time Europe enters it's early modern age.

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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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Food for Thought:

Just imagine if Ilda was to exist in real life, to be able to occupy such position requires a person of extraordinary intelligent and ambition with strong heart. With such power, even with a lift of a finger she can command thousands of men to their death and raze a whole country to the ground. She is not the empress that fairy tale describes, whose beauty draws out men from many lands, whose power admired by many, and whose wisdom/wickedness are second to none....This is an Empress of an Empire with millions of souls underneath her, and many enemies ready to overthrow her crown, both from outside and from within. She commands respect and fear from her subjects, and those that opposes her will be crushed utterly.

Have a thought.., think of a nice simple farm girl, who tours around the beauty of her surroundings, playing with her friends and family, and finding love before eventually settling down with her husband in a lovely family. Now think of Ilda, whose time are spent dealing with the needs of her people, devising political and military strategy with her trusted advisers, while keeping check on her potential enemies. Love is not necessary for her, as marriage is meant to produce suitable heir for the future emperor and the inheritor of the Harzberg Legacy. She may have all the wealth and power as an empress, but there is little to enjoy in her life, as compare to that of the simple farm girl.

Now, the next time you see the image of a powerful woman in any art, think of the sacrifice she had to made to be in that position...After that, what part of her would you admire the most?
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:icongryffgirl:
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I absolutely love the details!  Also, thanks for including the notes--I really enjoy reading them!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
It's always a pleasure, i'm glad you enjoy the drawing and reading the notes included as well :)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Just brilliant, the details and just wow **  She is so cool with the eagle.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Thank you! I took the inspiration of the eagle from the Symbols of the holy roman empire, but the original one is way too complex with all the coat of arms of every German state :o
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kyujinn Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

Awesome!!!

 

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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Indeed! Thanks :D
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artseeker007 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
why so serious lol :)
greatjob btw!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
HAhahaha! That's a funny comment there =P

By the way, Salaam Mostafa, hope things have been well with you :)
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artseeker007 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
saalm aleik :) they kind of been thanks :)
i always enjoy watching your works the problem is i can't comment on all of them :( they're all nice!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Hahaha, not to worry mustafa, i'm happy that you've been enjoying my drawings. I've shown some of your pictures to my Iranian friend from Mashad, he said i should go there if i want to get the finest caviar (my favorite food) :)
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artseeker007 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
i do enjoy them :)
your friend is right about the caviar ;) i hope he's told you about the cookies,tea,rice,and ashpal also :)
it'll be an honor to have you as a dear guest around here :)
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Shimizu--chan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
As usual- AWESOME DETAILS! XD
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Hahahaha, thanks! But i wish i could color her like the way you do with your drawings :)
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:iconshimizu--chan:
Shimizu--chan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Ah thank you! >///<
But I wish I could draw as detailed as you can! :D
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Guess her family recovered from the pounding Lucrezia gave them.
Anyway...
Long Live the Kaiserin!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Long live the Kaiserin with all her glory!
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SchmutyBuncis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Phwor! Just the amount of detail here! You're amazing, you really are!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Thank you :), that comment really made my day :D
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akitku Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think you really outdid yourself with the detail this time! It's really astounding. I love the decoration on her clothing. Also, I think it's a great touch that you've added the characters behind her - it makes for a very good coronation scene!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Thank you Akitku! I love details, and i like drawing details, especially the European attires back then! They were so much different than the oriental styles i've been drawing so far, but it's a good practice :)
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Her imperial highness looks magnificent! Just an idea, maybe your characters can earn those popular titles at the end of their name. Stuff like 'the just', 'the butcher', 'the magnificent', and so on, based on what they do in your series!

The ornamentation she has is beautiful, and befitting one of such high status. I also like your little Food for Thought writing. Perhaps when she was younger, Ilda caught herself wishing she could be a peasant with a simple and happy life, and not have to take on the burdens of being a noble. But I think that if she ever had such dreams, they are gone now.

Anyway, impressive work Gambargin. I can't wait to see what's next in the series.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Indeed, thanks to the support of electors like you =P

Well, i will be making titles for the Women Pirates which i will draw quite soon, and it's actually a good suggestion to include the title for the women warriors as well. Sometime you come up with interesting feedback, thank for that :)

They say, with great power comes great responsibility. Maybe somewhere deep down inside her she wants to retire peacefully like the other people, but that thought would have been long subdued. It's kinda pity though...
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sehr cool.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Thank you :)
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julius1880 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure.
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BrossUno Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Jeez, man. The level of detail on her outfit there is crazy. The little flower design and beads and textures. That looks exhausting, haha.

But Ilda is an interesting character. The Harzberg Family as a whole is easily my favorite bunch of characters you've made for HWS. She definitely has a presence and that expression is still great for a woman of her status. People with that kind of social circle don't concern themselves with fun or the typical idea of family. They're more about accomplishment and survival, and like you put, with plenty of axes to grind at home and abroad. I don't even know how to imagine a life like that.

It'll be fun to see what the Harzberg's will be up to in the future (the highs and lows) if you stick with them.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist
You've read what I did with them in my series about Lucrezia right? I not I'll send you the link to the part that features them.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Thanks for that bro!

Well, i agree with you about Ilda and the harzbergs (and their kin in general), i have to say she's one of my favorite characters in the series.

I've wanted to draw the beginning as to how the sisters of the Harzbegs in the previous series, became mercenaries and eventually gaining their own land up until this series.

Not to worry, their family will last till the next project, set in early 19th century, set in a setting similar to the Prussian-Austrian war.
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