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Panna Eufrozyna of Rzeczpospolita Wendowie by Gambargin Panna Eufrozyna of Rzeczpospolita Wendowie by Gambargin
A quick concept drawing for the Wendish (This one is Polish) Women Warriors of Project Blood & Steel, part of Historically Wrong Sketch Series based on the 17th Century timeline. Her character is inspired from the famous Polish winged Hussars that were employed by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, especially during Khmelnytsky Uprising. This is still a concept drawing though, i might refined later in the future, so any feedback is most welcomed :)

Inspired by the Music - Ogniem I Miezczem Original OST www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg34lh…

When depicting warriors in Europe during the 17th century, one can never miss the Polish Winged Hussars, an extravagantly dressed an heavily armed cavalry force that represented the might of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The hussars would have originally come from the carpathian region, such as the Serbians or the Hungarians, and then found employment under the Polish crown as mercenary or light cavalry troops. It was not until the reform brought by Stephen Bathory in 1570s and also under the leadership of Jan III Sobieski that the winged hussar come into its popular figure.

From what I have read, Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth was a unique and powerful union and was characterized by its diversity, religious tolerance and prosperous economy in eastern Europe (compare to the catholic-portestant conflict). However, their decline came with the end of Jagiellon dynasty, where the leadership of the commonwealth severely weakened with internal strife as well as external influences. The rise of the neighboring states such as the Swedes, Prussians, Austrians and the Russians, eventually led to the commonwealth demise after series of foreign incursion, wars and territorial expansion. As such, the once great commonwealth ceased to exist in the late 18th century, after being absorbed by neighboring powers, a period known as the partition of Poland under Prussia, Austria and Russia.

In this drawing, Eufrozyna Jerzyowska Jej Milosc Panna Eufrozyna Jerzywoska of Mazovia by Gambargin from the Noble House of Czyrzniech, is depicted in the stylized Polish Hussar's plate armor, complete with the ornate wings and leopard motif cloak. I can say the most feminine nature of her would be the eye, the rest of the attires are indistinguishable from both genders. As a member of the Wendish Commonwealth Magnat, she commands the highest respect and influence amongst the nobility, driving the course of the rich and complex politics of the Wendish Union. It is anachronistic to say depict female hussars, as membership was exclusively open for male (often amongst the nobles), but folk stories and heroines of the Wendish people were often told to be both brave and bold, equal to that of men and fearsome to their opponents. However, given this character background, and the volatile nature of the world setting, it would not be strange if she was proficient in the art of warfare.

Well, the Polish is there, but what about the Lithuanians? well, i guess both will be included in another drawing :D


Credit to :iconjoolita: and :iconakitku: (sorry for the inaccuracy of polish history -_-)


and uh...the symbol for the shield is actually inspired by Polish Kielbasa...i was hungry when i drew this =P
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Her Ancestor:

Panna Kazimiera Jerzywoska of Krolestwo Polonie by Gambargin and Kunigas Svajone of Baltai Didzioji Kunigaikstyste by Gambargin


Maybe related to the Magyars Women Warrior from same series Haraszti-hazi Margit of Karpatok Kiralysag by Gambargin



More on the Historically Wrong Sketch Series Project: Blood and Steel HWS Project Blood and Steel - Faction Map v.1.0 by Gambargin
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Karinta Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Terrifying.
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Lemniskate Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
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HannahAlmare Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
It's great!!!

I'm half Polish and I really enjoy reading and learning about the bright spots of our history - like the Hussars.
Actually, some time ago I saw a picture of a woman in Hussar reenactment. But I can't find it now... -.-

Oh, and actually, if Eufrozyna's surname is derived from "Jerzy", for some reason (don't ask - crazy Polish phonetics) the "y" would be dropped - so she would be Jerzowska.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Thank you hannah! I'm glad you like the drawing.

Polish history is certainly a very interesting period, i remember spending a day reading through it before creating the character Eufrozyna to represent polish-lithuanian in the historically wrong sketch. Its actually quit interesting to see that during its peak, its a vibrant multicultural society, something which i find it very rare in other great powers of the late 16th-17th century. (And not to mention great tasting golabki =P)

As for the naming itself, i may get a little bit confused. I read that Polish name have middle patronyms, like Jerzyowska for "daughter of Jerzy", or something similar to that...but i'm not expert in polish names :(
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HannahAlmare Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
With the patronyms, it's not so simple - they never really were an official part of one's name. But Jerzowska is possible as a form of surname.
But the name Eufrozyna is great! Sounds exactly what a noble Polish lady would be called in those days. It's so...puffed up! ;)

Generally, Poland was a very interesting country in the 16-17 century, but it began failing when the next elected king (from the Waza dynasty) was son to the Swedish king and he and his descendants got us involved in a war for the Swedish throne... And then Sweden invaded us! Yeah, so... That was generally the begining of the end.

Oh, yes, gołąbki - I really like them. I remember my younger sister once asking years ago (when my aunt was going to cook them for dinner, and we never had them before), if we had to go and catch some in the town square - gołąbki is the plural dimunitive of "gołąb", which is Polish for "pidgeon"!
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akitku Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is amazing! I love the armour - it's exquisite! Plus there is so much power and speed captured. My characters are always static, and I find it really impressive when someone can depict movement like this! Also I love that one visible eye - so focused! :D Really wonderful job!
Oh and I noticed in the comments that you plan to draw a Lithuanian gunner type character, that sounds great! Can't wait to see her!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you very much! I've wanted the eye intially to create a much more imposing and intimidating figure, but probably i'll do a full face in the next drawing :)

I'm still studying about the Lithuanians at the moment, and by god's grace, they have some of the most 'unique' names i've come across..

Svajone i Vizgirdas  doesn't really sound feminine to me...-_-
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Irlandka Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
something Polish :) thank you very much!

in PC game Civilization V Brave New World you can choose to be Polish, and winged hussar is a really powerfull military unit (just as it was in the history).

you should watch some polish movies if you like this ethos. Ogniem i Mieczem, Potop, Pan Wołodyjowski is a famous book trilogy (called The Trilogy in Poland, so you can imagine how important it is for our culture) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tril… - and they made films/mini series with the same titles :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you Irlandka! I have just bough tthe trilogy book and reading them at the moment, the story so far has been interesting :D

There will be more of her, as i will be drawing another Lithuanian character as well :D
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Irlandka Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
:D can't wait! :)
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
This is impressive; also, she seems rather muscled there (must be that heavy long lance), so points for, uh, historical accuracy? Logic? I dunno.
Also, I think they didn't use any shields anymore by the time they got dressed and armored like this (17th century I believe); the older (winged or not) Hussars of the Balkans and Hungary did use shields like that though.

Also kudos for coming up with new names for every single warrior!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
I think by the 17th century, the hussars no longer uses the shield, but i was hungry so i wanted to draw shield with kielbasa symbols :P

With every new character, comes new names! So far i have got the list of all the names each of the characters i want to draw in the series, 22 of them i think. But some of them would be ahistorical, like the dutch, Chinese etc.. or just recycled from the previous series (as in the family name) like the Russian :P
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really like the shading and highlights on the chainmail and plate armour. Also, you have a good eye for detail. :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Thanks for the compliment mate! :)
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
The Polish Hussars are definitely some of the most recognizable soldiers of the era, so its great to see them depicted in your series :D
The eye is definitely feminine, but it looks to me like her breastplate is somewhat shaped for a more feminine figure, although it is obviously still very protective. Maybe I'm just imagining things. :P
Excellent work as always :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Well, hahaha, i have to agree with you, i did create the armor to be a bit more curvy than the actual real life, like in Gothic plate. There's more to her though, so hopefully i can draw her in more detail in the next work :)
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BrossUno Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
I had to look up the winged Hussars. It certainly a striking design with the wings there. And that name, wow. How do you normally come up with the names to your characters? Especially ones like Eufrozyna here. Really curious about that.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Yeah, i had to look up for them as well. As for the names, thank good for the encyclopedia of babies names around the world! :D

Actually, I learned a lot from the traditional naming system which i have applied to each of the characters. Some of them are more stylized and inaccurate, but still follows the same pattern. Eufrozyna Jerzyowska can be translated as Eufrozyna the daughter of Jerzy (George), as in traditional polish (at least from what i have read) -owska is a patronym for female daughters and -owski is for male. The same like Haroldsson (son) or Haroldsdottir (daughter) (common traditional patronym name in Scandinavia) 
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist

You never disappoint  Gambargin. Very dynamic pose, looks like  she's about to use that lance on someone or something to get in her way. 

Would not  want to face her in  battle or otherwise.

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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Thanks josiah, You also have contribute inspiring opinions and suggestion as well with the series.

I'd imagine her grilling kielbasa sticking from her lance, it'll be epic indeed. :D
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist
awesome idea
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AuriV1 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow! This is awesome!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Thanks Auri :D
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joolita Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013

That's a very neat design! In my opinion, since you're not just redrawing the gear of actual forces, but playing with history, you don't have to worry too much about details such as helmet nasals and crowns (Sorry, guys!) I see you chose the 'romantitised' version of the armour, with the wings attached to the back - i guess it does look more imposing this way :-) I read somewhere that attaching the wings to the sides of the saddle behind the rider was more common and more practical - it acted as additional protection against sabre slashes or suchlike and made it more difficult to drag the hussar from his (her?) horse using a lasso. Some of my friends argue that the winged armour was only for ceremonial purposes, but i don't have a source to refer you to, so i'm not sure if it's believable. In any case, if you ever decide to draw Eufrozyna in a combat situation, maybe it would be wiser to move the wings to the saddle, she'll have the advantage :-)



I'm very fond of the OST you chose for your inspiration music this time. The music is very powerful and draws on traditional folk instruments and popular tunes. The movie itself is not bad either - it's not super historically accurate, but it tells a neat story.


Also, kiełbasa ... OTL 

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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Yeap! Love the Kielbasa! Initially I wanted to name her noble house "Krakowska" based on the sausage, and most likely her origin as Szlachta. But then again, i opted for something more serious =P

Indeed, you are correct about the romanticized depiction of the hussars. The Hussars "wing" would have been impractical in combat, but it did terrifies their enemies though. Still, it's she's still in the early concept, so all elements of her armor will be redesigned in the next drawing, possibly including another new character, a Lithuanian musketeer. 

I like the OST as well, it helped me in imagining her character. I personally haven't finished watching the movie yet, as the file i downloaded is corrupted. so i just ordered the book trilogy from Amazon. Hopefully i'll get them three by next week :)
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013   Photographer
Hi,
I agree with paweldaruk. Prince Báthory took with him Hungarian hussars, who formed the nucleus of this later great Polish force. The armour comes directly from Báthory's hussars. Do remember that Hungary and Poland were always friends, surrounded by the West -- always ready to sell you out -- and the East (Mongols, Russians). As Báthory and his Transylvanian Protestants would say, "két pogány közt egy hazáért". (Between two pagans for one Homeland.) The two "pagans" were the Catholics of Hapsburg and the Ottomans. The pictures I sent you of the 16th C Hungarian soldiers would also do for this hussar helmet, especially the nasal, which was adjustable.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
Woah, that's something i have never heard of! I really like that phrase, between 2 pagans and one homeland, looks like the people under the Carpathian mountains has very close connections to each other. :)

Actually, the Polish Kiebalsa sure looks nice, but i always wanted to try Goulash :D, maybe it'll inspire my next drawing as well =P
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013   Photographer
:)
Goulash (gulyás) is actually a person. So please not to eat! It comes from "gulya" (a herd of cows) and the man in charge of the herd (gulyás). So actually it's "gulyás leves" or goulash soup. You don't pronounce the "l". It came from back in the Middle Ages when Hungary provided northern Italy with meat. They had these massive cattle drives from the Hungarian Plain to the Po Valley. There they sold them in places like Milan etc.
So that's the story. (I think it's really good stuff, but I'm biased!)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Nice! Well, i never knew that. It's hard enough to find Hungarian Restaurant here down in Melbourne, but my colleague cooked a very very very niceeeee Goulash soup! (I had it over the weekend)!

But uh, the canned beef goulash from Podravka tasted a bit weird....www.podravka.com/brands/produc…
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013   Photographer
Great, glad you liked it. There is rather a large Hungarian community in Australia, so you should find something.
As for canned beef goulash, I'd rather leave it, to be honest! :)
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Exquisite work, mate. Hahahaaa, the kielbasa symbol is a brilliant idea!!! :D

I'm Polish, so have a special affinity for the Hussar armour aesthetics. That being said, may I suggest that maybe you could amend the face place and make it a nose protection only, as here for example: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…
And there's also another very characteristic trait of a hussar helmet - the front crown (not unlike what every baseball cap has, nowadays) to protect the cavalryman's eyes/face from rain and firearm smoke/fumes.

Another historical fact (perhaps not important for a "Historically Wrong" series, but I thought maybe you'd be interested), is a hussar sabre's handguard, pretty much always like here: www.pancerni.com/Szabla%20i%20… often including a separate guard for the thumb.

Looking forward to more artworks in the series, mate! I love what you're doing here! Keep up the great work!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Thanks Pawel! Yeah, sorry about the Kielbasa, but they just looked so good...

I noticed about the helmet for the Polish Hussar, there's a few variations for it, but i think the ones depicted in the link is what was commonly worn at that time. Given that she's still at a conceptual stage, i will refine the drawings, and perhaps include a Lithuanian character as well. I'm still watching the movie for "With fire and sword", hopefully i can get something out of it as well :)

Thank you as always for the suggestion, really appreciate it :D
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
To be honest, knowing how much 'szlachta' (Polish equivalent of nobles) loved their food, I wouldn't be surprised at all if there existed a Kielbasa coat-of-arms!! Hahaha!!

Ah yes, there's a beautiful scene in "With Fire and Sword" where Khmelnitsky actually manages to defeat Polish Hussars. Children in Polish schools are often taught that 'husaria' were nearly invincible and only lost a handful of battles ever - the one depicted in the movie is one of their best known, saddest beatings.

In any case, just wanted to say that I absolutely adore your artworks and drawing style - as well as the themes you're pursuing. Your gallery is absolutely fascinating. Keep up the amazing work, mate!!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Ah, well, the history itself is a spoiler to the series, but I'm sure i will find out the dramatic scene of the Polish hussars :D

Come to think of, maybe perhaps i should include food in the coat of arm or each of the characters, a joke to make things less serious :P
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nucularman Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice job :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
Thank you :)
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