A very conceptual sketch of Siamese Woman Warrior from the Historically Wrong Sketch Series, in particular Project: Blood and Steel which is based on the 17th Century Era of Warfare. She represents the Siamese faction, and in generalization, the mainland South-east asian in the series, taking note the references of many of the Buddhist kingdoms, in particular, the Kingdom of Ayutthaya that ruled the majority of the mainland south-east Asian well into the 17th century.
I find it very sad, that many of the depictions of women warriors here in DA and in many media I have come across, rarely portrays the south-eastern asian culture, such as the Thai, Khmer, Laotian, as well as the Indochinese such as the Vietnamese. Even if some of them existed, they were not given that many attention, (perhaps that can fall to this drawing as well
). Nevertheless, the aim for this drawing is to increase the awareness of people, that great cultures deserves some attention as well, as such, women warriors should not be confined to the general knight in shining armor, exotic arabesque or eastern Asian style.
Inspired by the Theme: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwlHwZ…
Getting to the historical part, the mainland South-East Asia, including Indo-china, have been ruled by various kingdoms and cultures, sandwiched by 3 major culture, the Indo-Aryan to the West, Malay to the south, as well as the Chinese to the north-east. Thus, the surrounding neighbors allowed a rich interaction between the cultures, and for the major part, Buddhism flourished and shaped many of the kingdoms and powers that existed in this beautiful part of Asia. When speaking of the 17th Century, one of the major power (although waning), was the Ayutthaya kindgom, that ruled with great wealth, and span their territorial influence to areas like Sukhotai and Cambodia. Referred as Tai by its people, with it's historic name Krung Tai, its history and culture would forever be remembered in the history of Thailand.
On a very good note, Thailand, or Siam, is one of the few nation that has never been colonized by European powers, unlike its neighbors (althought they maintained friendly contact with Europe and others for most part of the history). So, perhaps Thai people can boast their proud legacy of maintaining their independence from colonial powers throughout the history of Asia until now.
As for the character itself, her full title as a princess of the King and her Kingdom in the series, would be Somdech Phra Choa Baromwongse Ther Chao Fa Sri Suriya
, meaning Her Royal Highness Princess Sri Suriya...or at least to the best of my knowledge, which can be corrected for any errors that may present. For her battle attires, she would be wearing the typical although stylized, conical headdress and uses (stylized) scale armor adorned with decorations for protection. Historically speaking, the Thai people imported many armors from their neighbors, such as mail from Indian Subcontinent, as well as scale armor from china. This can be seen in the influence at which the armor is designed...which is rather very very expensive, and can only be worn by the kings, generals, and Royal bodyguards.
If any of you are versed in the history of Mainland South-East Asia and Indochina, please do correct me for my errors. As an Indonesian, I try my best to depict my neighbors culture
May come in contact with the Indonesian-Malay (not yet made), the Chinese
and the Europeans like the Iberians
Please refer to the Historical Faction Map for more information on the cultural group and related faction (May not be accurate and up-to-date) -