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Marquesa Elvira Lopez de Ibarra of Imperio Iberia by Gambargin Marquesa Elvira Lopez de Ibarra of Imperio Iberia by Gambargin
A (trial) concept drawing for the Iberian Woman Warrior of Project: Blood and Steel, a part of Historically Wrong Sketch Series based on the 17th Century Era Warfare. I feel that the series currently focus too much on characters from Eastern Europe and Central Europe, so, this drawing is dedicated to the Spanish (and Portuguese) who, at one time, pretty much had their flag planted on every corners of the world.

I've been trying to including some background settings as well for the woman warrior, as i noticed it enhances the scene, even just a little bit, nevertheless, any feedback is still much appreciated :)

Inspired by the song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtCTMv… - I just loved the initial calming tune and the increasingly epic melody till the end.

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When speaking about the History of 16th - 17th Century Europe, one cannot miss the sovereign power that ruled the Iberian Peninsula, the Spanish and Portuguese Empire. For much of the early middle ages, the land was ruled majorly by the muslim Maghreb from Africa, but the disunity amongst them paved the way for Reconquista which allowed much of the land controlled by the crown of Castile, Leon, Aragon and the newly independent Portuguese. After expelling much of the African invader, the Spanish and Portuguese began their way of building their legacy that awed much of Europe. Beginning by the discovery of the new world after the end of reconquista, the Spanish and Portuguese pursued to conquer much of the undiscovered world, bringing numerous wealth and prestige, while the majority of Europeans were busy with their petty conflicts and crisis.

The period of late 16th century to the early 17th century saw the Spanish ruled under the Hapsburg of Austria, who themselves a major player in the European Politics and sphere of influence. While the conquest of the new world brought many wealth, this was short lived as the sudden influx of gold brough huge inflation to the Spanish economy. With the coming of Thirty Years War, Spain was powerful, but fragile. Although their success in the early stage of war was enough to send a message of the Spanish legacy of might and power, the ongoing war proved too costly for the Spanish crown, and with their shipping line and colonies being frequent target for privateers and pirates hungry for 'Spanish gold', the Empire clearly could not maintain its glory as it was back in the 16th century. Nevertheless, they still play quite important part in the European Politics, maintaining their status quo throughout much of the centuries.

Historically speaking, women were forbidden to travel to new world, unless accompanied by their husband or male members of the family. One such famous lady by the name of Inés de Suárez, a female conquistadora, did exist in the history book. Although, given the nature of the promises about the new world at that time, it could be speculated that even women could disguised themselves in order to seek better fortune, joining the ranks of migrants, settlers and conquistadors alike.

In this drawing and the series, Marquise Infanta Elvira Mayor Lopez from the House of Ibara, is depicted in the typical (but very stylized) cuirass and morion, often seen worn by the Conquistador, although in this 17th century period, it was commonly worn by the Tercios. As the daughter of the ruling monarch and descendants from the same Dynasty as Urraca Alfonzes de Ibarra Women Warriors of the Kingdom of Iberia by Gambargin of the previous series, she held strong power over the Iberian court, and after being granted her own 'March' by the crown, pretty much seek to expand her influence elsewhere in europe and throughout the world, possibly meeting pretty much every characters from the entire Historically Wrong Sketch Series.

On the other hand, with the wealth of the Iberian Empire and their often draconian rule, attracted many envy of her neighbor. While the Ibarras were busy trying to maintain their dominion, another great power arose from central Europe, and the von Harzberg Erzherzogin Ilda Luitgard of Harzbergerreich by Gambargin, who preyed on the Italian peninsula and much of western Europe, challenging the Authority of the Iberian Crown.

But then, all hell break loose when the Frisian (based on Dutch) decided to seek independence from the Iberian rule, and western Europe was finally thrown into bitter conflict.

And yeah, she is also deals with many of the Women Pirates in the spin-off series, like HWS Women Pirates - Dahlia of Caribbean Sea by Gambargin and HWS Women Pirates - Canavar of Mediterranean Sea by Gambargin


Also, the emblem and the flag is a stylized representation of the faction and no historical accuracy is intended....and also, i included the symbol for White Castle burger (replacing Castille), as a culinary in-joke =P.

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Perhaps i should mention the credit to these people :iconcapturedjoe:, :iconschweinebeine:, :iconryanryzzo:, :iconhashashin619:, :iconroranhawkins: and especially, one of the finest artist who has inspired me with all his detail researched and beautifully drawn works, mrt Fritz Vicari :iconfritzvicari:...if i haven't met them, or any one of you who reads this, i'd probably still be drawing sketches and some 'doodles on the train'. so, Thank you very much to all of you for giving the inspirations and the feedback :)

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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:iconschweinebeine:
Schweinebeine Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
:D very nice! love the background and her pose, also, gorgeous details on the armor!!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Thank you there! I wasn't so sure of the female conquistadora/tercio would turned out to be good, but i'm glad you like it :)
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Thank you very much for the kind mention! 
This one is, as always, top notch, the details are amazing! The background does its job greatly, too! Keep up the good work - and tell me how do you manage to keep such an high rythm-quality ratio! :D
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
My favorite Artist! Thank you so much for dropping by and complimenting my works! Well, i admit most of my drawings lack the accuracy in historical sense, and given that most of the characters are women, i feel that i need to include the details to enhance the overall character design, which of course, would make their attires closer to ornamental than practical =P

But yeah, you works always reminds me of Angus McBride's work, so you have my admiration as always :)
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist
You're very welcome!
Thank you very much again for the kind words, the McBride comparison honors me a lot! :D
Anyway, although they contains little anachronisms (which are already intended by the title "historically wrong"), your drawings are still far more historically accurate than many stuff that can be seen in the popular medias or in other artworks, as most of the "anachronisms" are still historical equipment/clothing! ;)
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Pandaren-Chaplain Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconmegustaplz:
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Me Gusta!
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Hahaha, White Castle logo! You're a genius, mate!!! :D

Say, I have a question to ask. Every artist has his/her preferences and interests, of course, and that's perfectly normal - but just wondering... The faces you draw, the armour, headwear, clothes, are always so intricate, full of detail... but often enough you leave the sidearms - daggers, etc. - at what seems to be a sketch stage. As in, you give them a bit less attention than the rest of the drawing. Or maybe I'm just needlessly imagining things?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Love white Castle Burgers.

You are correct Pawel, I'm not really that good with arms and weapons, as my main focus would probably be more of the character, and by the time i've finished with most of the drawing, i'm left with little patience with the arms :P

But i'll improve more, especially when drawing action scene, the details of the weapon is just as important as the warrior who holds it
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013

To be fair, every artist has every right to love what they love and have little patience left for what they're less passionate about. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. ;) Hehe, I was just curious. :)

Don't force yourself to do anything you don't feel like. Sometimes going out of one's comfort zone helps in improving one's technique, but never try it too hard, because if you're too uncomfortable, you don't enjoy your art - and art should always serve the primal purpose of joy. :D

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RyanRyzzo Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Tremendous! The morion looks great; I've never had the patience with decoration d:
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Ah, the great Ryan the Artist! Thank you for the compliment, the details of my drawing is nothing compared to the accuracy and humor you always include in your works :)
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akitku Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, she looks great. There is so much confidence in her pose. The background characters are getting better and better too. More detailed and so on. Also this is a topic well worth exploring I think.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Indeed, that you Akitku. Drawing background generally is more fun, but does take a bit of extra effort. I'm sure my improvements (or the other) will not dissapoint :)
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist
who says she's not married to a Conquistador?  He gets sick from some strange New World disease she takes over while he recovers. Trust me- Battle Couples
tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…
are a lot of fun. I've written a bunch of them now.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Hahahaha! It would be interesting if she was married to a conquistador, but given her rank of nobility, it's less likely that she would make a matrimonial relationship with person of lesser status.

I agree with you, battle couple are fun to create and read :) It has its good and flaws as well, something interesting to deconstruct and explore.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist
less likely but not impossible- maybe that's why she followed him to the New World- to get away from the consequences of marrying beneath her station and maybe that's why he went- to gain some wealth and prestige so her family will finally approve of him.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Marquesa Elvira has her own story and background which i have planned out for her, but thank you for the interesting suggestion :)
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist

I've written a bunch of them- I just don't know how to write girly girls except for one in "Heroes in the Hills" - her sole purpose is to be weepy and irritating- she get better though.

 

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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Amazing details, especially on her helmet! It will be interesting to see if the Harzbergs manage to gain control of Spain in this alternate history.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
2 great powers fighting against each other? man, the amount of destructions would precede that of the world wars :o
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
She is beautiful!
Excellent choice of outfit too; I like 16th century Spanish fashion a lot already, but you improved it! :D
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Thank you Joe, appreciate the compliment!

16th century fashion is hard, much challenging than the medieval ones. but hopefully it'll get better, because the future project casus belli will have a lot of those flashy uniforms, instead of battle armors (well, except for cuirasser i guess) :P
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Yes, uniforms started to become more simply by the 1800s...
Unfortunately.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
I agree, hopefully by then i should be ready to apply a bit of colors. The Redcoats aren't redcoats without the bright red uniforms they wore back then =P
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RoranHawkins Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nuuuuuh!I was not aware of the history drawing buffoon club enlisting you without involving me! D:

On a sidenote, I think the morion of the lady sits at a wrong angle, or it at least gives that illusion. It seems as if it's tilted forwards too much. 

For the rest: *gasp*
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
That's right! I knew I'm forgetting someone! Thanks for reminding me, you deserve a spot as well :D

I agree, there is an error in the drawing of the morion, and to be fairly honest it's actually my first time drawing morion helmet...boy they are really a challenge!

The next drawing will probably be her mortal enemies in the series, the sea-beggar from Republiek der Frisia (real-life dutch counterpart)
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RoranHawkins Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I share your pain about morions. There's so many different types and they're just one continuous blend:

You have morions that closely resemble kettle helmets, that resemble chapelles du fčres, that resemble the cabasset...
ENDLESS

And with every variation there's a different coverage of the head... Although, after some practice, one can get used to them.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Yeah, i have to agree with you. When i looked for morion, there's just so many of then, it got me confused initially when drawing her :o. But yeah, given the 17th century settings, i think i will be drawing many morions, or lots and lots of them :(
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RoranHawkins Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Although, nothing looks cooler than a line of pikemen with musketeers behidn them as in a Spanish tercio who are fresh from the homeland. Shiny and awesome combined with rainbows and gunpowder.

Thanks to a mod and your drawings I started playing Cossacks again, that century old 17th-18th century RTS game ^^
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MistaSilentKiller Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Conquistadors awesome :D
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Yeap indeed, conquistadors are always awesome!
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MistaSilentKiller Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But I kinda hate them for what they did to my ancestors :L
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