A work in progress for the Historically Wrong Sketch: Migration Era series, depicting a Scandinavian Shieldmaiden with a different twist from those depicted from Viking age and beyond
Historically Speaking, during the migration era, the region of what is now Denmark and southern sweden was called "Scandza" and were inhabitted by varios north germanic tribes, each a community of their own with their chieftains and petty kings interlocked in warfare and conflict. Some of the well known tribes were the Jutes (Modern day Jutland), Angles (Modern day Schleswig), Dani/Danes (Modern day Sjælland) and the Geats (Modern day Götaland), all of which, were the forefathers of the Norse Vikings and other germanic tribes that migrated to England contributing the formation of the Anglo-Saxons.
When it comes to drawing a shieldmaiden of this era, it's somewhat more tricky than that of the Viking Sheldmaidens. Equipments and warfare of these north-germanic tribes were still a subject of research, though the grave findings from of the Vendel era (6th-8th CE) from Sweden such as the famed Valsgärde Helmet, swords and various textilles found in bogs could give an idea of what these people wore at that time. On another account, Germanic society were pretty much a militarized society and the Romans account of them going to warfare wearing heavy armor and equipments was attested by a 4th century roman officer, Ammianus Marcellinus. Another source of inspiration would be the "Beowulf Epic" that described Geats warriors wearing mail armor, while "Poetic Edda" described a shieldmaiden by the name or Hervor in Servarar Saga as well as Valkyries wearing mail byrnie and helmet (Helgakviða Hundingsbana I poem). The raven feather on the helmet is an artistic addition as a representation of the Raven, an important bird in Norse mythology.Although this depiction is anachronistic and may well be historically wrong sketch, I do hope that this will give me more familiarity with depicting the migration era in my women warrior series
Compare this with the Medieval Shieldmaiden of the HWS series