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Red Sonya
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Published: August 13, 2008
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Red Sonya, from Robert E. Howard's story, "The Shadow of the Vulture", not Red Sonja the comic book character loosely based on REH's Sonya.

REH's tale, instead of taking place in the Hyborian Age of Conan, takes place during the siege of Vienna, in the 1500's.

This was the cover for a 2008 issue of REH: Two-Gun Raconteur.
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mlpeters|Professional General Artist
It's, "Sonya" - - "Sonja" was used in the comics adaptation, which moved "Sonya" from the siege of Vienna, to the Hyborian age.  Red Sonya appeared in the Robert E. Howard story, "The Shadow of the Vulture"... I forget in which pulp magazine it saw print...
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wytherwing's avatar
great to see someone finally do a piece featuring the true Red Sonya... good job! :thumbsup:
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mlpeters|Professional General Artist
Thanks! It was a cover for REH: Two-Gun Raconteur, so... had to stay true to Robert E. Howard's story, which is a fave of mine, anyway, so... :)
Back issues are available on the REH: Two-Gun Raconteur website and the image, as an art print is available from my website: mlpeters.com
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stillarebel's avatar
Very nice piece,from a Howard story that i am going to have to find and reread.It's been so long since i have read any Howard that i had forgotten this one until i saw this pic.
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mlpeters|Professional General Artist
Thanks!

It's a great story, as good as any of Howard's Conan, Solomon Kane, or Bran Mac Morn tales.
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stillarebel's avatar
Yeah i grew up on Howard and Burroughs stories.Most of the kids i know today never heard of them.
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ForTheLoveofSatire's avatar
This is the first Red Sonja I've seen that I actually can take somewhat seriously. Epic interpretation of her!
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mlpeters|Professional General Artist
Thanks! I turned to Robert E. Howard's original story "The Shadow of the Vulture" for inspiration.
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SkyJaguar's avatar
Holy crap, and she's actually wearing proper clothing!!!
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ForTheLoveofSatire's avatar
That was my first thought as well!
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mlpeters|Professional General Artist
And has the proper weapons (or as close as my research could get...). Yeah, this is "Red Sonya, of Rogatino", from the Robert E. Howard tale, The Shadow of the Vulture, not "Red Sonja", who first appeared in the comic book adaptation of that story, where it was altered into a Conan (who replaces von Kalmbach ) story and moved from 1529 Vienna, back to the Hyborian Age.
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taranaich's avatar
This is one of the best depictions of Sonya I've seen: tough, strong and determined, but still feminine enough to be attractive. Gottfried looks great too.
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mlpeters|Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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RoanRu's avatar
I like it;
I dont have read the original story of Howard, I'm just a fan of the She-devil-with-a-sword of Marvel comics ( and now Dynamite), but your Sonja looks really great !
I like her hairs , and gaze, and chainmail
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mlpeters|Professional General Artist
I like the comics Red "Sonja" well enough, but Robert E. Howard's "Sonya" is waaay cooler. The story to look for is "The Shadow of the Vulture" -- it's in a recent edition of REH short stories called "Lord of the Samarcand and other Adventure Tales of the Old Orient", or if you can find an old copy in a used bookstore, it's in the cleection "Sowers of the Thunder". All the other stories in these books are great Robert E. Howard stories too.
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