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
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