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
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
Credit to and (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
More on the Historically Wrong Sketch Series Project: Blood and Steel
-Character design sketch done as an exercise for fun for myself. Wanted to take the iconic DC characters and redesign them to fit in a more medieval antiquity world. Thinking what type of characters they would grow to be if they had to deal with the morals and ways of living of that era-
I was a bit more ambitious with this one. Maybe its because 2 awesome movies of this character were made or that i played 2 kick ass batman games. Either way, i had a pretty clear idea how i wanted to represent this character.
Now, this shot isn't really great way to present the design. I mean, The pose obscures most of it and the lighting i chose doesn't really help either. But i wanted that feeling of the Dark Knight to come across clearly. That was the plan anyway.
When thinking of the Dark Knight in a medieval era, i really imagine him being an assassin/thief type of character. The anti hero with an incredibly strong sense of justice who fights in the shadows with stealth agility and fear rather than with a giant ass sword or axe.
Although i imagined him in a more european setting, i wanted his costume to express a certain exotic quality. Since i would imagine he learned his skill from other countries and was probably influenced by other cultures