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Drawing a battle between 2 different and somewhat historically unrelated people is, in my opinion, quite fun! This drawing is inspired by the Poll Results for the Women Warriors in the historically wrong sketch, whereby Knyaginya Olga Novgor of the Grand Principality of Kaviarov (Slavic Rus) and Rani Indira Kshyatriyapti of the Jaganavanshi Rajputs (India) were voted and placed in...the bottom 2 . You can find more about the poll and maybe cast your vote at >> gambargin.deviantart.com/journ…
As usual, before i start, this is just a dramatic depiction of a battle between the Women Warriors in the historically wrong sketch, as such, anatomy, perspective, scene may not bet the best as I'm still learning to improve them. Any feedback is certainly much appreciated.
The battle theme that inspired me with the music:
If you like some powerful Indian chanting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzDzZs…
Or for something different: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWFEVb…
Historically speaking, formal diplomatic contact and relationship between Russia and India began from the diplomatic visit by the Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and USSR premier Kruschev in mid 1950s. There's some possible speculation that the Rus may have been in contact with the Indian during the Timurids era, as Slavic levies and mercenaries may have been employed and served along the borders in Baluchistan, overlooking the sub-continent. Trades contact along the silk route may also be another possibilities, but has not been confirmed yet.
The Rus depicted holding a bardiche on the left is Knyaginya Olga Novgor , is drawn with stylized lamellar armor common to the ones used by the Slavic people of the middle ages. The helmet and style of armor has some similarities with the eurasian steppe people, such as the cumans, and may have originated from Persia.
As for Rani Indira Kshyatriyapati (the one in mid air) , she is pictured with Mughal style partial mirror-plate and mail armor, and is using a type of sabre called Talwar and stylized Mughal Shield. Elephants were commonly used by powerful nobles or Kings in Indian warfare, often decorated with intricate body paintings and expensive armor. It was said that, If one were to face the army of Mughals, he/she would be terrified by the sheer size of their strenght, but at the same time filled with envy on how richly decorated their weapons, armors and equipments were.
If both of them were to face each other in battle, to be fairly honest, i would have very little opinion as to who would win. The might of Indian mounted and elephant warriors would do a quick work to the Rus, but judging by the cold climate of their homeland, the Indians would suffer heavy attrition before even going to battle. Elephants may have been huge and terrifying, but these beasts can be scared and subdued easily , the Rus would have simply just adopted loose formation and release a mass volley of arrows and javelins to kill the elephants. As for their infantry and mounted warriors, the victorious outcome of the battle lies on the side that applies a much better strategy and understanding of warfare.
With this, I would like to thank all of you for contributing your opinions and votes in the poll
More on the Women Warriors of the Historically Wrong sketch:
In one word: AWESOME
wow, so epic. Love the poses and armor. o3o
This is so dynamic! I love it.
Thanks joolita! I'm still learning more on action scene, so hopefully turn them into drawings soon!
wow this drawing is pretty amazing!! I'm getting pretty envious of your skill in drawing armour and weaponry. It's like you pull it off without effort. Also awesome is to see the fighting chicks getting into some action. The whole battlescene is drawn with alot of conviction, you can literally feel the tension in the air
Thank you very much for that! I've been trying to draw some of the characters in action based on the poll, so it's a refreshing experience from the ordinary portraits
Rani jumping through the air in over 100 pounds of armor is beyond awesome It almost looks like something out of 300 (except in 300 there is no armor).
Also, I'm glad to see so much chainmail. It seems to me that most fantasy settings don't do chainmail much justice, opting to the heavy plate armor with disproportionately massive pouldrons. I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's refreshing to see some more realistic armor.
I agree with the Plate armor, perhaps that's what most people are familiar with, and wearing one is considered as a display of strength and power. But i prefer the oriental armor over the European plate armor, they have some of the most elaborate designs that i have ever come across
This is a totally awesome drawing. I like your action work.
Thank you ! I wish i can draw them more badass, gives it a lot of conviction that these were warrior women!
Awesome poll fight! I think you should make more!
This would be an interesting battle indeed. Flying Mughal warrior women with huge elephants against Medieval Rus... wait, what did I just say?!?
OMG she can fly! Where are the WW2 female Yak-squadrons when you need them?
Thanks man! Im surw it would be! You seemed to have a liking with the russians in general, maybe i'll draw one soon about the glory of imperial russia!
Amazing, but there's a mistake though its an African elephant
I can't believe anyone picked this up, I mean isn't it obvious
Anyway I vouch for the Indians and their Elephants, because never underestimate an "War Elephant" especially an Indian one because its the most hyper aggressive one in the whole elephant family.
As always, the details are amazing. Excellent job with the perspective as well.
That looks fantastic. What a cool scene. You never seem to be overly confident about anatomy and perspective, but you always seem to do a good job. What would be the parts of the picture you're not totally happy with? I'm just curious.
Rani jumping off the elephant to launch an attack says a lot about her. Haha.
Well, there are bits of pieces of error that i have made (like elephants proportion), but the main purpose of the statement is just a disclaimer just incase if there's a commentator who spits venom
Now there's 2 more x vs Y left, cant wait to work on those 2
Now there's 2 more x vs Y left, cant wait to work on those 2
I love it. Quite fun, as you say!
Glad you drew it anyway, I voted for Indians.
Yeap, thanks for the vote man! The Indian was my second concept and one of my favorites as well! Originally, it was for a friend of mine who wanted me to draw rani lakshmibai, a famous heroine, but i took it further