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HWS Project Casus Belli - Ambition and Conquest by Gambargin HWS Project Casus Belli - Ambition and Conquest by Gambargin
"Si vis Pacem, Para Bellum"

Inspired by the theme: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q6skx… - Globus Preliator

This is a conceptual preview sketch for the future project in the Historically Wrong Sketch Series, Casus Belli: Ambition & Conquest, set in the peak of Napoleonic Warfare in the early 19th century of Europe. Historically Wrong Sketch Series aims to create and portrays Women Warriors in war attires befitting each of their respective cultural representation...with a lot of anachronism and stylization :D

The previous 2 series that I have worked for mostly portrays women in battle gears, heavy.light armors and armed with either musket or close-combat weapons, depending on the series. In my opinion, Project Casus Belli would instead focus more on Women Warriors in Uniforms as compare to Women Warriors in Armors....which is something that i'm not very familiar with. But alas, when i decide to continue this project, I'm sure i will have the confidence to do so in my time :)

One thing for sure, Napoleonic Warfare is one of the bloodiest and destructive warfare recorded in the history of Europe, whose scale could not be matched until the event of World War in the 20th Century. By this time, Armies were more organized and Military Organization were strictly enforced, owing to the more centralized command structure and management, as compare to the previous era where levies lead by nobles dominated most of the warfare. The business of Killing had also became more systematic, with application of various types of weapons from muskets, cannons, cavalry to light skirmishes, ensuring that casualties to be very high on both side.

Given the bloody and often destructive settings, I wanted to portray the women warriors in different roles, ranging from commanding officer, cavalry, light skirmishes, support or even siege engineers, as it would probably more justifiable than having one to march in a line infantry formation and get shot to death in a matter or seconds =P

As for the drawing itself, I took the liberty of portraying women warriors in French Dragoon attires, Prussian Jagers (light skirmishers?) as well as Austrian Infantry Officer, with quite a lot of stylization which can be anachronistic at best, or inaccurate at worst. As i mentioned before, it's a topic I'm not very familiar with, so any feedback or suggestion is highly appreciated!


I would like to credit :iconcapturedjoe: for his idea in contributing to the creation of this series. Be sure to check out his galleries as well, he has plenty of drawing on this era too!

Also, these fellow deviants deserves their mention as well for inspiring me with the project: :iconbrossuno:, :iconbrowncoatmando:, :iconfritzvicari:, :iconironsides11:, :iconarminius1871:, and many others! Thank you very much guys! :D

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Previous Series of Historically Wrong Sketch Series of conceptual Women Warriors

18th Century Project - Revolutionary War in America (On Hold)

Historically Wrong Sketch Project: Casus Belli 1 by Gambargin


17th Century Project: Blood and Steel (Work in Progess)

Historically Wrong Sketch Project: Blood and Steel by Gambargin

Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Middle Ages (Completed)

Gunhildr Freysdottir vs Batuyisu Mangedei by Gambargin

Classical Ancient Period Project: Antiquity (On Hold)

Historically Wrong Sketch Project - The Antiquity by Gambargin
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:iconhannahalmare:
HannahAlmare Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Really good! :D

BTW, have you read "The Monstrous Regiment" by Terry Pratchett? Reminds me of it... ;)
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
certainly not, but i will definetely look into it!

Creating women warriors in 19th century Napoleonic uniform will be quite a challenge for me, so any resources would definitely help :D
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:iconhannahalmare:
HannahAlmare Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Actually it's a humour fantasy book - but you do get a girl or two in Napoleonic times uniforms (it's a fantasy world, but they seem to be wearing the British red coats...)
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice. You've really captured the look and feel of Napoleonic soldiers. :)
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thanks buddy! Napoleonic era would probably be something rather new for me, as uniforms have replaced armors, but we'll see how it goes :)
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome. You can find books on Napoleonic uniforms at your local library as well as Angus and Robinson and other bookstores. Although if you want more precise info I highly recommend checking out military bookstores. If you're Melbourne, there is a military bookstore in Chinatown. (Unfortunately I can't remember the name.)

Good luck! :)
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
I think i know the one in chinatown, i remember passing on it the other day..

There's plenty of those small bookshops here that sells "hidden treasures"
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:iconakiyama24:
Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For sure. A few years back there was a good military bookstore on Bourke Street called Napoleon's.

P.s. I'm guessing you live in Melbourne?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Yeap, and it was a very very hot week -_-......

I think i might have seen napoleon before, but i'm not sure. CBD is much more dense compare to what it was before =P
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
For sure. As much as I love extremely hot weather the evenings were horrible.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
bah, tell me about it, its baked us pretty well. But i guess things are milder now, so hopefully it'll be good :D
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Thanks for mentioning me XD

Lovely series I can´t wait to see more!!!

The napoleonic wars were really cool and of course bloody, but it woke up the german patriotism and wish for unity,
so at the end it was good. If there´s an enemy from outside, the people always come closer together. Maybe u can even
use the Eisernes Kreuz (Iron Cross), it was invented 1813 in OTL, so it would be the right time to use it here.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Indeed, i agree with your point there.

There's iron cross, and i think the skull (i'm not sure what the name is), which will be included as well. As for your favorite Pickelhaube, it will be included in the 3rd part, concerning the industrial and imperial era of 19th century, as well as German war of unification (under Otto von Bismark i think).   :)
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:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
We call skull "Totenkopf" (dead-head)^^

Aww cool thanks for adding all that symbols, you do such a great project, can´t wait to see more!

Btw. will there also be a 20th century and world war series, or only until 19th century?
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thanks man!

I'm still thinking about the 20th century era, probably it's something until the 2nd world war or cold war. I'm sure there are many other artists here in DA who draws the artwork in that era much better than me.

Of course, it'd be interesting to see Ilda Erzherzogin Ilda Luitgard of Harzbergerreich by Gambargin in the (in)famous German SS uniform :P. Maybe she'll be a führerin =P
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Thanks for the mention. :) I doubt I've been that much help, I just like seeing your drawings. I can't wait for this series to get going, it'll be great (and somewhat bizarres) to see female equivalents of the famous personalities of the time and their soldiers. XD

Also, I just remembered, Sweden had a great rise to power in 17th century. Will we be seeing an Imperial Swedish woman warrior any time soon? (I apologize for asking you to do so many drawings, I just REALLY like your art and the HWS series XD )
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
I can see the enthusiasm there buddy, and thanks again for the compliment!

Of course, Swedes are not to be forgotten! Gustav was too important in that era, and If i remember, i did draw the Swedish (and Finns), but as a united Scandinavian forces called the Skandinaviskunionen. The drawings were done at the early stages of the project, so may not be the best in comparison to my recent works =P
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KingBatty Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hats :'D
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
hats makes everything better :D
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KingBatty Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i agree 100% :D
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:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you for the mention and for the Jaeger.  I'm definitely going to write something for her.  
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
You're welcome, i still remember your Jager. Casus belli in american revolution will have one, although, its more of the hessian i think.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist

that fits. With the American Revolution it

really should be a Hessian.

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:iconpaweldaruk:
paweldaruk Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Loving it already, mate!! :D
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Thanks pawel! there'll be more to come :D
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paweldaruk Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Awesome!! :D
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Thanks for the mention; The women here are looking good; but in that period most solders had standing collars (the obsoletely uniformed Saxons had fallen collars in 18th century style as well as bicornes), except the Hussarss with their pelisses. Also large bearskin hats like the Austrian here usually were limited to the Grenadier (and, for light infantry regiments, Carabineer) companies/regiments (and elite squadrons in line cavalry regiments, or horse grenadiers regiments). 'Line' infantry wore usually shakos and/or bicornes (or in some cases helmets, or top hats).

The Dragoon is spot on, as is the matchbox for the Grenadier (yes only Grenadiers -and in some cases NCOs- still had those matchboxes, although they didn't use Grenades anymore; so I presume it's a grenadier indeed).

Prussian Jagers/Jäger were indeed skirmishers (thus light infantry).

Also I suggest you could also portray Urban Militia from that era (a nice example is the famous Argentinian regiment of Patricios www.faggella.com.ar/isla/image…, which played an important role in defeating a British invasion of Buenos Aires in 1806/07). Relatively wealthy people who weren't Officer for once :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
WOah! Damn Joe, that's some information you've got there. It seems you really are versed into this subject eh? Thanks buddy!

Ah, the bearskins for grenadiers? I think female grenadiers may be out of place, any other suggestion perhaps? like artillery officers of the Austrian army? I have to look all the uniforms in details, and i have ordered, i think, about 6 books on military uniforms and history concerning the Napoleonic warfare.

I could probably see urban militia as a possibilty, after all, there were few nations that fought for independence during this era. Also, concerning Russia, i'm not sure if i shuld stick with the cossack images from the previous series, or opt for a more professional uniformed soldiers, like the pavlovsky regiments..
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Now that you mention it, female Grenadiers may indeed be a bit out of place (Grenadiers were supposed to grow mustaches).
Austrian artillery: www.keithrocco.com/inventory/d… (Often they wore long brown overcoats - same brown as the uniform coats - over their uniform coats: www.plasticsoldierreview.com/B… )
(Engineers and earlier uniform versions had military top hats with those plumes on them.)

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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Erzherzogin Ilda Luitgard of Harzbergerreich by Gambargin her with mustache? i wonder how that would turn out to be if Ilda were to be drawn as grenadiers :D

I might go with the Engineer or Artillery officers, given that they'd probably had more educational background and expertise, Napoleon himself was artillery officer before he rose to the ranks no?
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Indeed, he started in the Royal Artillery.
The Austrian had a great artillery commander too, Josef Smola (seen in that painting I linked you before, and aslo here www.histoire-empire.org/persos…); You can turn Ilda's descendant into an artillery commander like him (common artillery gunner seems a bit below her family's status IMHO). With Austrian Bicorne SWAG :D
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Findsen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Photographer
Nice :D :D that is very very Cool :D

I Like and Love your thing :D La la la la 
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Thank you! i'm glad you like the drawing :)
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