A Concept re-Drawing of the original Valois-Burgundian (Late medieval Burgundy) French Woman Warrior in the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited, which is roughly based on the Middle ages covering 800s AD to 1400s AD. She represents the powerful Duchy of Burgundy under the rule of Valois-Burgundy Dukes in the late middle ages who contested the french royal throne, hence the use of historical name (I couldn't think of any other)
Inspired by the music: 100 Years War by Audiomachine
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The history of Medieval France is one that's been romanticized greatly, where feudal knights swore their oath of loyalty to the king and chivalry dictated the way of living. In reality however, medieval France was a volatile ground where the king tries to maintain a precarious balance between his throne and his subjects, while its dukes and counts were plotting against each other in a contest for power. Although the royal french crown gradually gain more authority towards the end of middle ages, in the late 15th century, it's throne was challenged by ambitious Valois Dukes of Burgundy which cultivated into the famous Burgundian wars. While the conflict itself was short, what was remarkable about this era is that, the Duchy of Burgundy developed into a highly militaristic state, whose professional and well organized army became the model for almost all european armies for another century after the death of it's last duke in 1477, Charles the Bold.
This drawing is another attempt at including more representation of plate armor in the medieval series. In all honesty, drawing plate armor is my least favourite, mainly due to the fact that the shading of the metal is more difficult than say, lamellar or mail habuerk. Nevertheless, I got inspired to draw this "woman warrior" in plate armor after reading about the burgundian wars. Technically speaking, medieval plate armor would render the user's gender irrelevant...unless and until "boob-plates" aka mammary-shaped breast plate is depicted, which is both inaccurate and highly impractical for combat purpose.
In this drawing, I decided to draw baroness Almodis in the famed late 15th century Milanese plate armor, complete with its feathered armet and all the (poorly drawn) details, based on the contemporary depictions and re-enactment. As for her heavily armored horse, or in a technical term, the barding for the knights destries, it is based on the surviving example made by Pier Innocenzo da Faerno's workshop, currently in the Vienna's Historical Museum. Technically speaking, the addition of shield is more of artistic license here, given that both her armor and her horse armor would have offered state-of-the art protection in its time, unless faced with gunpowder weapon at close range.
As for the rest of her household troops, they are depicted in full-plate armor of another fashion, such as the gothic plate armor for the men-at-arms on the left. The flag bearer on the right is depicted in a more humble fashion which includes sallet and brigandine armor. The flags are based on the contemporary depiction of the Valois-Burgundian flag, though with a little bith of my stylistic touch.
Overall, I wasn't too pleased with the result, given that there's a lot of room for improvement and some areas that I need to address. Nevertheless, I find drawing this to be rewarding as it gives me more experience in drawing plate armor now! With that being said, hope you enjoy my new drawing for this 2017
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May be related to the other HWS Women warrior in the series
A Part of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited - You can find more on the various faction on the map here:
As always an amazing drawing for one of the most glorious dynasty of medieval France. The armor is impressive, and I love how you mix Burgundian & Flemish coats of arms
I would've love to see them survive, they would've probably succeed to create their own Burgundian kingdom and, ironically, they would've inherit the throne of France instead of the Bourbons, the whole world could've been very different