A conceptual sketch drawing for the Hungarian Women Warriors of Project: Blood and Steel, a part Historically Wrong Sketch Series based in the 17th century era of warfare. Although her background is Magyar, she combines a (little) mix of various balkan elements such as the Croatian, Serbian, and Wallachian (Romanian), representing a unity and independence of each respective culture from the major powers surrounding them.
Inspired by the Music - www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzLTmY…
(A very catchy Lute Melody, befitting the Carphatian)
Historically speaking, the Magyars had succeeded establishing a powerful independent Kingdom of Hungary in the middle ages, after their successful invasion of Carphatian Basin in late 800s. The Hungarians played a major and ver important role in holding back the Ottomans from conquering the Balkans for almost 2 centuries, either directly or indirectly, something that i find it very admirable, given that they received little or no support from their larger European neighbors . Eventually, the Ottomans won their victory at the battle of Mohacs in 1526, partitioning the great kingdom, half of which were absorbed by the Austrian Hapsburg and the other half (mainly Transylvania) became the tributary state to the Ottomans. The period that followed afterwards were filled with constant wars, and by the early 18th century, the growing hardship and the poor treatment of the Hungarian people by the Hapsburg ruler precipitated in to Hungarian War of Independence (Rákóczi-szabadságharc) to topple their 'foreign' master. Although the rebellion ended unsuccessfully, it sowed the seed of nationalism and desire of freedom for the Hungarians. The Magyars were free-people and proud warrior, and regardless of the course of time, they are always remembered in the annals of history for creating one of the powerful and influential European Kingdom that lasted for centuries.
In this drawing, Margit of the House of Haraszti, the ruling family of the Kingdom of Carpathia, is depicted with the stylized attires that were worn by the Hungarian and Romanian, with decorated musket, sabre as well as fur cloak which was worn by the nobility of those time. She is the descendant of the Magyar Woman Warrior from the previous series, Orsolya of the same dynasty
. While the Magyars of the middle ages were renowned for their horsemanship and mounted archery, Margit would have easily adopted both firearms and bows to her martial skill, using either that suits her killing needs in the battlefield.
The name Karpatok Kiralysag is a badly translated Hungarian(at least from my end) name for the Kingdom of Carpathia, an independent faction that ruled the majority of the Balkans peninsula in the Project: Blood and Steel. As such, it holds the key importance of bridging the Europeans and the Turkish Orhan while maintaining order, stability and prosperity of the region. However, the Orhan has grown very powerful and the Sultan's ambition is no longer a matter of political joke, but a military threat. It won't be long before the armies of Orhans descent over the peninsula, starting a conflict that will drag into an all out war between the east and the west.
Maybe related to her Wendish neighbor
More on the Historically Wrong Sketch Series Project: Blood and Steel
I would like to thank
for the inspiration. And oh, i think in the heraldry, i drew a cooking pot symbolizing goulash soup