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Boadicea by cabepfir Boadicea by cabepfir
I have in mind doing a series of historical characters as exercise... Boadicea was suggested by *stormwing93, *mary-chan and ~TARPAP
Inked with a Leonardt 300 nib and coloured with Photoshop.

This good king shortly without issew dide,
Whereof great trouble in the kingdome grew,
That did her selfe in sundry parts diuide,
And with her powre her owne selfe ouerthrew,
Whilest Romanes dayly did the weake subdew:
Which seeing stout
Bunduca, vp arose,
And taking armes, the Britons to her drew;
With whom she marched streight against her foes,
And them vnwares besides the Seuerne did enclose.

There she with them a cruell battell tride,
Not with so good successe, as she deseru'd;
By reason that the Captaines on her side,
Corrupted by Paulinus, from her sweru'd:
Yet such, as were through former flight preseru'd,
Gathering againe, her Host she did renew,
And with fresh courage on the victour seru'd:
But being all defeated, saue a few,
Rather then fly, or be captiu'd her selfe she slew.

(The Faerie Queene, II, ix)
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Yukimor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, I really love your drawing style. It's just really inspiring-- all those sharp, clear angles that you do with the human face to make it both realistic and cartoonish at the same time, yet not comically cartoonish but rather just starkly firm in existence. I love it. :)
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, thanks so much for this comment! I'm really pleased to hear it. I love sharp angles ;)
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Dr-Mabuse Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
...and I am happy you used the correct spelling of her name.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I do believe it's just the Latin spelling of her name... ;) The most usual English one is Bonduca, I suppose.
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Dr-Mabuse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
There is a recent trend to spell her name "Boudica," which is based on nothing other than a distrust of primary sources.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I didn't know that. Thanks. I have in any case difficulties at imagining how it is actually pronounced in English... I do believe I've never heard it pronounced, only written.
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Dr-Mabuse Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
The English pronunciation -- which is quite different from how it should be in Latin -- goes like "boa-(as in boa constrictor) de-SEE-ya."
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, it's much clearer now, thanks! :)
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Snaphance93 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
She looks absolutely fantastic! Fierce and proud and ready to beat up some Romans :D She's a fascinating person.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :) Well, as an Italian I normally stand with the Romans, but she is interesting indeed.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
So she is an anglo-saxon queen?
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Sigune Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NOOOOOOO she's Celtic!

(*is a fierce Celtophile :P*)
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Oh ok sorry^^ Right the name sounds celtic not germanic.^^ But Germanics and Celtics have anyway the same origin :)
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Sigune Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's just a touchy subject for me because the Arthurian epics are all about Celts dreaming of ousting the Anglo-Saxons :D. Of course they do have a lot in common, but the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons did start the great decline of the Celtic Britons, their culture and their language.

I admit to being ridiculously sentimental and unreasonable about that. And I'm not even British! :XD:
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Yes you´re right!

Well at first all Europeans were one folk (Indogermanics) coming over the Caucasus. That was about 5000-6000 years ago. Then they splitted in many tribes. One of them built the "Jastorf-culture" in North-Germany/ Denmark. And from this culture, the Celtics and Germanics come from. The Celtics started to move southwards and to the British Isles first. Then later on the Germanics began to move and mixed up with the Celtics on the continent.
And then they came to Britain and there happened what you said.

Of course it´s sad, but both have the same origin, that´s why they look actually the same and had the same gods, only with different names. Even the Slavics and their gods are very similar.

I like all european folks and cultures :)
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Sigune Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, me too, make no mistake! :D I just developed a soft spot for the Celts because in history lessons at school our books and our teachers were always going on about the Romans, as if 'culture' was defined by Rome. And I thought to myself, 'there were other people here before the Romans arrived - wasn't their culture just as valuable as the Romans'? Why are they so neglected in our education?' - so I started looking up information about them myself. Seriously, almost everything they told us at school in the, what, ONE class we had about the Celts was pure nonsense and STRAIGHT from Roman sources. *rolls eyes*

I don't know what it's like in Germany, but in Belgium we call the Celts from before the Roman Conquest 'the Old Belgians' :D. You don't learn anything useful about them at school, but there is a kind of affection there ;).
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Oh you´re so right, it´s the same in Germany. We only learn about egyptian, roman and greek gods, maybe a bit of messopotamia, but nothing about ourselves, about our ancestors and gods! And on german territory lived Germanics and Celts! Near my village is an old place of the Celts.

And I also researched on my own to find out everything :)

So are you a belgian patriot? It would be interesting, I love to learn the history of other nations and ethnics. Belgium is interesting, because you´re splitted in a french and a dutch part. I think it was made in 1830 some years after Napoleon, to make a nation including the catholic dutch in that state.
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Sigune Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Patriot'? I don't think such a thing exists in Belgium ;)... I guess I'm pretty happy to live in my country, even if it's a little bit absurd. Yes, it was founded in 1830, at the special instigation of the English, who wanted it as a buffer against France. (If in the past you wanted to attack London, Antwerp was a great asset. Napoleon called Antwerp "a gun pointed at the heart of England".) As far as I know, Catholicism didn't play such an important part in the founding of the country, and our first king was a German Protestant :D. If Belgium split off from the Netherlands, it was partly because the upper classes spoke French and didn't want to be under Dutch (= from the Netherlands) rule. After that, Belgians who spoke Dutch (Flemish) had to fight for their own language, which wasn't recognised, especially in higher education. That is why language is still a touchy subject in Belgium. When Belgium was founded, the rich spoke French and the poor spoke Dutch; but over the years, the Flemish have become more affluent than the (French-speaking) Walloons. So now they quarrel about money...

Celtic studies are actually used to fight language disputes in Belgium :(. The so-called border between Germanic and Celtic peoples is used to explain the Belgian language border. It's completely silly. The mania to divide people in different sorts is carried over to history, whereas for Celtic and Germanic peoples at that time it probably meant very little. Much of the discussion is caused by Julius Caesar who wanted (and imposed) neat divisions where actually there weren't any.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
She was the queen of the Iceni, a British tribe set in East Anglia, around 60 AD.
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Bodach Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
And also and angry mother ^_^. It's a pity her tactic skills did not fit their eloquence and leadership. Very Nice.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Well, few people could foil the Romans back then.
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
She looks appropriately fierce! An interesting an often overlooked queen! :w00t:
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Actually I believe she is now quite well known among warrior queens... but surely not one of the most famous historical characters as a whole. :)
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hrothila Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Good balance between realism and idealization!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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