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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…

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

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
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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.
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 :(
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"!
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!
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...-_-
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)… - and they made films/mini series with the same titles :)
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
Irlandka Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
:D can't wait! :)
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