Hopefully with this latest drawing, my drawing routine is back up an running!
Inspired by the Music: De Bello Civili Romanum
INTRODUCTION TO HWS: DONKEY'S LEGION OF SPQR
The equipments of Itallic Army from the 8th century till the 3rd century are somewhat less studied that those of the imperial era in later centuries. Indeed, by this time, Rome was still just a backwater province surrounded by rival Itallic tribes and it's role in the ancient world was highly insignificant in comparison to, say, the Greeks, the Egyptians or the Eastern Civilizations (Mesopotamia, Persia). But nevertheless, this era proves a rather dynamic image of roman military as it rose, fought and subjugate its neighboring italic tribes to form the Republic that would later became one of the contender of Mediterranean Power.
In this drawing, the women warrior were depicted in typical but heavily stylized Samnites equipments. The lady in the front, is depicted with equipments from the legio linteata, which comes with decorated Bardo Cuirass, a decorated helmet as decribed by Livy, as well as the decorated feathers. The Spear would have been common among the Samnites, but the Shield is a rather elongated version that matches more with Roman Scutum, than say, the shorter version as depicted with the warrior on the right. As for the short sword 'Cuma' hung on her right waist, this is purely a stylization from my end, though the short sword itself was based on the findings from Ancient Esquiline Tomb (site 94). Lastly, her dress is way longer than what the Samnites would have worn (above knee, enough to cover genitals); this is to give a much more feminine image as well as to hide my lack of anatomical skills in depicting bare thighs .
The equipment on the other two warrior are more or less similar, though the one on the left is depicted with a much simpler cuirass, while the one on the right is depicted with a simpler square metal cuirass. I'm not quite sure what Samnites signifier would look like, nor do I know what the standard was, so I just stylized it with a simpler standard and a donkey head on the top end, signifying that these women is part of the Donkey's Legion. The Building on the background is based on the early roman/etruscan architecture.
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Developed based on the concept sketch of Roman Women Warrior:
Credit goes to Pelycosaur24 who has greatly contributed her advise and suggestions in the series.
Its so refreshing to see a swastika used in a historical context!! Its the most ancient symbol of the European and we shouldn't be afraid to use or show it just because some bad apples did
Socii, name given to the italian peoples allies and subjects to Rome, offered their best warriors as soldiers for the Republic as part of the élite corps known as Extraordinarii.
In one consular army of two légions, the Socii infantry was equal in number with the roman maniples and their cavalry three Times more numerous. 1/5 of the Socii infantry and 1/3 of their cavalry was selected amongst the best to serve directly under the Consul's command as Extraordinarii. They served as personal guards to his tent in camps.
In the battle they were established on the flanks, their infantry divided in two units. And during mouvement of the army, the Extraordinarii formes the vanguard and/or rearguard.
The most known members of the Extraordinarii were the Samnites heavy infantrymen, often serving as Pedites Extraordinarii. Their efficient fighting style was very similar to that of the Roman and served as model for them, before and after the Marianic Reform of the I century BC which saw the Extraordinarii's disappearance.
Now you know why she wears Samnite equipment.