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 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
Credit to and (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
Maybe related to the Magyars Women Warrior from same series
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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.
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 )
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
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"!
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!
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...-_-
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
There will be more of her, as i will be drawing another Lithuanian character as well
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
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)
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.
I'd imagine her grilling kielbasa sticking from her lance, it'll be epic indeed.
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
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
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.
Actually, the Polish Kiebalsa sure looks nice, but i always wanted to try Goulash , maybe it'll inspire my next drawing as well
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!)
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!
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
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!!
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