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Ilsa and Ilda von Harzberg - Sword Sisters Concept by Gambargin Ilsa and Ilda von Harzberg - Sword Sisters Concept by Gambargin
A concept drawing for the Women Warriors of the Holy Karlingian Empire in the Historically Wrong Series, based on the Germanic Medieval Holy Roman Empire. Now, i have to point out that this is just a conceptual drawing at the moment, as i'm still trying to study and pick out numerous armor and attires throughout the middle ages that would be unique and contrast to the Germanic faction in the series.

In my opinion, central Europe in the middle ages is the bread and butter of all medieval inspired art, both in either historical and fantasy settings. As such, many artist will often depicts warriors, soldiers, knights in some form of chain mail, various type of helmet, plate armor and any other attires often associated with knight in shining armor. The challenge for me is to create something that is unique to the central European, which can be contrasted to other women warriors that I have drawn so far. After having much thought and discussions with my colleague, i managed to come up with 2 distinct attires/armor that may solve the problem.

Take Ilsa Freiin Ilsa Ermengard von Harzberg of Kaiserreich by Gambargin for example, the lady which I have drawn on the left. She is depicted in stylized puff-slash elaborate style of clothing, with mail and steel cuirass, which were worn by the Landsknecht. The Landsknecht appears in the late 15th century as a mercenary soldiers raised by Maximilian 1 of Holy Roman Empire to imitate the famous Swiss mercenaries whose reputation for warfare and capabilities were renowned by many. The Landsknecht had a reputation for wearing flashy and elaborate style of clothing as well as their fierce discipline in the battle.

As for Ilda Freiin Ilda Engeltraud von Harzberg of Kaiserreich by Gambargin, she is depicted as (wo)men at arm dressed in (a very simple) gothic style plate armor, unique to the Germans in the late 15th centuries. The armor was the best protection available for the given period, heavily articulated and made to the exact fir for its user. Contrary to the popular belief, even if the average armor can weight somewhere between 17 - 22kg, the way it is worn actually distributes the weight evenly and therefore not as cumbersome as many would think. Those knights who have trained fighting with the armor would have had no problem in his movement in the battlefield (although the weight may tire him/her faster). If you want a comparison, a modern day infantry has to carry his/her full-kit equipments, backpack and weapons that weights 25kg on average.

I must admit though, that the drawings for these two are very anachronistic at best. Given the medieval setting in the series, their attires and armor would be the most modern out of all the ones that I have drawn so far. But then again, I am using my artistic license here, after all, they are still part of the "Historically wrong series" :D

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Historically speaking, you will find a lot of chronicles in the Medieval era about women fighting in warfare. The famous example would be Joan of Arc, a french peasant girl who lead the french army that defeated the English in many battles during the 100 years War. Even folk stories from various cultures from all corners of Europe have tales of maidens/women/queen who fought against something. However, given the social stigma of the nobility back in the middle ages, women were considered as political assets to secure alliance with political marriage, so they were highly discouraged to participate in battle, unless to defend herself. Nevertheless, the Germans back then had no problem in having their women participate in battle, owing to their proud militaristic tradition since the days of Roman empire (but this is yet to be confirmed).
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Denis-V Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Look at that! What a stare they have! Man, that is power! And clothing is awesome! :D I really like how you got the volume of the shapes! Perfect! :D
Considering women in army, you are right, they were really discouraged to fight and to join the army in the first place. But when they produce act of heroism fighting for their life (without day of weapon practice) they become national and society heroines. For example, in history of Croatia, there were no officially known women in army (of course, sometimes that official army was privilege only for those people in coastal and inland cities) but there were women who fought in clashes of guerrilla type and were themes of epic songs. There are old epic songs which told of girl who waited her lover to return from the army fighting against Turks. She couldn`t bear to wait for him so she came with the rest of the army camouflaged in armor and helmet following her lover without him knowing. When the two armies met on the battlefield, leaders decided it would be good to take volunteers to fight in a duel which will decided who is victorious one. One Turk entered the battlefield as volunteer and from Croat army volunteered lover of a girl. Then she run in front of them all and took lover`s place still camouflaged. They fought and she won using wits and speed. Croats celebrated and she removed helmet in front of the two armies. Everyone were stunned and later that day, lovers married. :D There are several songs that describe that theme. Sometimes girls fought in a village defending family. Some became legendary, some fell to a rape but later die in a suicidal mission of burning all the gunpowder of enemy. Turbulent times needed strange actions... The name of that girl was Mila Gojsalić ( hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mila_Goj…. Other were victims of cruel acts like Diva Grabovčeva ( hr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diva_Gra… ) Sorry, I don`t have those sites translated...
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Omnimon1996 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Wow thats cool :D
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Red-Lamia Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so cool you are such an inspiration!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Thank you, i'm glad that this drawing has inspired you! ;)
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Red-Lamia Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hee hee, I'll prolly end up drawing female landsknechts dedicated to each god in the Warhammer pantheon lol. 
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bebesdupoire Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just brilliant. have you considered drawing Joan of Arc?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
I initially wanted to draw Joan of Arc first, as that's what most poeple know and familiar with. But maybe i will do soon in my next project, the historically accurate drawing :D
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bebesdupoire Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hahaha :)
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AuriV1 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work! I like it a lot!

What style of helmet were you going for? I see the bevor on the breastplate, but the visor is throwing me off a bit.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
Thank you Auri :)

I feel the helmet is off proportionally, as the visor weas intended to enclose the helmet like is Gothic Plate Armor. I'm gonna get it right next time :D
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