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
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
(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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