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Women Warriors - Fantasy vs. Historical by Gambargin Women Warriors - Fantasy vs. Historical by Gambargin
This Drawing is Outdated - Please see the Updated version in the Gallery Folder of Women Warriors of Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited

Just as the title describes, this sketch was born from the the discussions with my friend over attires, armor and clothing worn by Women Warriors, comparing their portrayal in both Media and Historical. I decided to draw both the stereotypical female heroines in fantasy setting and the women warriors i have been drawing so far….

In fantasy setting, it is generally acceptable that women's clothing have to show their secondary sexual characteristics such as breast, hair, cleavage, hips, thighs etc. This is mainly done for the audiences, which statistically made up of men by majority. No doubt, with few imagination, this has led to the birth of fancy, curve-fitting costumes, or even bare clothing at all (Battle Bikini?). Such attires, do give advantages in terms of movement, flexibility and light-weight...although they are impractical when in comes to protection.

Breast Plate that are shaped like "Breasts" (as shown) to fit around the cleavage, while *ahem*, aesthetically cool, would actually be very dangerous to use in real life. The shape of the curvature creates a wedge around the sternum and ribs, which if struck with a blow, would direct the force to the bone (instead of distributing it), potentially breaking the ribs and killing the users. The curves could also deflect any incoming attack to the chin, neck or even stomach which could lead to user's fatality.

Women Warriors in Fantasy setting, are indeed a work of art ranging from Beautiful Extravagance to Fancily Suggestive as compare to their historical counterpart.

Historically speaking, armors were made to deflect blows and arrows and lessen the impact caused by blunt weapon. Chainmail, Helmet, Partial to full Plate Armor, Gauntlet and Boots were made and worn for those reasons. These were heavy, bulky, uncomfortable, takes a lot of time to put on, and very expensive. Visually, historical armors had little aesthetics quality.

On the other hand, they protected the users and were a life-saving investment. These quality were proven historically for centuries, up until the invention and mass usage of gunpowder weapons.

In my opinion, it's much challenging to draw the Women Warriors in true-Historical Setting.
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Concepto99 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  New member
That's a good analysis about the woman in war and how was shown in the modern days.
The armour was made to protect and not a regalia.
However we cannot deny in some cultures they was dressed like the fantasy, but their roles were not frontline soldiers, but assassins or spies, when the speed and mobility are more important than the protection of heavy armor.
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
 For some reason my Inner Child makes me wonder if one of the Warrior Women on the right might be thinking - "Well on the one hand wearing that sort of thing in a fight will see you ventilated in two twangs of a bowstring, but on the other hand it must be a heck of a lot less stuffy in there … ":D (Big Grin) 
ICEALPHA Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
Historical x1000000000000000000
Lemniskate Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
See, this is why I like your art so much - depicting women from diverse ethnical and cultural backgrounds in a non-sexualized manner. Your down-to-earth and realistic (though maybe not historically accurate, but I don't mind that so much) designs are just so much more interesting than mad-up fantasy designs, because they could be of this world.
wraithsith Featured By Owner Edited Jun 16, 2014
He could change the entire world through these drawings that way.
ladyshadowphyre Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Would it be alright if I posted this image and your commentary to tumblr along with source links to your dA page? This is something several of my followers would be very interested in, and your art is gorgeous.
Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Thank you very much for the compliment, you are free to post this as long as you give the proper credit :)

And I'm really glad that you like my works, hopefully my drawings of warrior women would catch your interest :D
BrandVarg Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
I LOVE it!! Great work =D
Gambargin Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
I'm glad you like it! :D
Hepatizon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
That expression on the Indian lady's (rani's?) face just says "are you kidding me" without any further explanation needed. This is very amusing and very well done. I have always wondered myself just how a breast plate low cut/forged to show off your breasts is supposed to protect you anyway, and that "armour" that leaves the abdomen defenseless... 

Seriously, what? And these historical outfits you draw are sp detailed and magnificent that who needs boobs to be breathless anyway?
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