The first drawing for Project antiquity, representing the Fictional/Anachronistic depiction of Women Warriors of Imperium of Roma, based on the Ancient Romans, spanning their history during republic and imperial era.
The first two on the left, are based on the stylized design in the early republic days, during the Samnites War. For the first one, I took the liberty of stylizing the Samnites bronze armor and their feathered helmet (although the shield may be incorrect), to create something similar to that of elite warriors drawn from the Samnites, called Pedites Extraordinarii. These were the elites of the elites in the early Roman army, and employed as rear guard. For the second one, she is dressed in tunic and equipped with bronze breast-plate, helmet and a shield. If i were to refer to the historical books, she would be referred as the Principes, the 2nd line of infantry in the Manipular formation.
For the other 2 on the right, they are perhaps the most commonly depicted in the media for Roman Heavy Infantry, which were deployed after the Marian Reform and well into the Imperial era of Rome. The first one holding the Legion Standard (Signifier), is wearing typical mailed armor called the Loroica Hamata, which was supposedly originated from the Iberian Celts. As for the shouting *ahem* Centurion, the Lorica Squamata (or possibly Lorica Plumata) is used instead, due to their expensive construction. I haven't included the more famous Lorica Segmentata yet, but will do soon
Historically speaking, the Romans fielded the best military force for centuries, with brutal discipline, well armed, well equipped and organized into efficient and effective fighting force. They had to be, as they were often outnumbered by their enemies. They took the best from the other civilization they came in contact with and applied their military tactics, equipment, and concept with brutal effectiveness. Although, their victories and defeats on the battlefield were more or less the same, the Romans always won the war.
The role of Women in Ancient Rome is actually an interesting study. While the law stated that women must not hold any political title or help office, nor participate in the army, the Roman Female Citizen generally held somewhat similar rights to that of men, in terms of owning properties, financial activity and inheritance. More powerful women from the nobilities could and did held large political influence, sometimes over their husband, from simple governors, to the Emperor himself. Unfortunately, these kind of privileges did not apply to non-roman citizens.
A part of Historically Wrong Sketch Series - Project antiquity