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Amazon and Shield Maiden by humon Amazon and Shield Maiden by humon
I've been wanting to do a drawing of an amazon and a shield maiden and their different attitudes towards men for a few weeks now.

Amazons were said to be quite cruel to men, and would attack other nations just to steal their men and make them slaves whom they could reproduce with once a year.
Also about amazons [link]

Shield maidens are the Nordics' version of amazons, though they showed no hated towards men and fought by their side. Though if a man was beat in battle he was made a work slave.
They are sometimes confused with valkyries, but differs from them because they are human, while valkyries are demi goddesses.

For the amazon I tried to mix some of the old and new ideas about them, as well as add some of my own. Her clothes is inspired by old Greek paintings of them, and while it isn't visible here, her right breast is cut off (To use bow and arrow, and spear without it getting in the way). Her being tall is part of newer amazon traditions, and I gave her short hair because if she is willing to cut her right breast off to be a better fighter, she'd surely cut her hair so it wouldn't get in the way.

The shield maiden's clothes and hair are inspired by Viking women's fashion.

EDIT: Of course the cutting off breasts part is a myth. Amazons weren't real, so everything about them is a myth. Watch the video I linked to.

Texture used [link]
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josezero12 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
hehe interesting is the other side of the coin (so to speak)
I like it but I've been reading comics and books of fantasy if there was mazonas trying evil loa hobres but there were others that were cool no ls left participate in battle and what were very precious resource and even men wizards if they were captured were only for the leading riders as they were appreciated for their magic

depended on the tribe if men were treated well or badly

greetings and good luck
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2wingo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I never really understood the whole "cutting off the right breast" part of the Amazon myth. It would have been much more of a hindrance than a help.
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pansexual13 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Loving it. Were did they get him from?
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Thunder-Kite Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
I don't get how guys are always such pushovers, I mean yeah you have to be polite to a lady but that doesn't mean allowing her to take you hostage/kidnap you, and I certainly wouldn't let anyone barter over my life!
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JackieReaper Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pwned...
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stephmala Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student Writer
Hello! I'm gathering pictures of women in powerfull positions/situations for the group #ActionLadies. I would love to have some of your work over there if you'd like. :)
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NamelessManic Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Is she the kind of amazon that cuts off their tit or no?
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Sarkananight Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Skjoldm°!!
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atamari101 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Amazon women were not pretty feminine or gorgeous. They act manly but envious of the opposite sex. Not to mention they wish they had opposite sex reproductive organ instead of capturing a guy. :nod:
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Jakegothicsnake Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I think I'd rather have a shield maiden for a wife rather than an amazon. The shield maiden seems nicer.
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Renee-Niels Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, same here. XD She's at least sticking up for the poor guy!
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patrecher Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I met a girl like this once... lets just say it did not end well, well actually it did, but one story at a time children. man could she hit hard though, and to this day, she's the reason i believe in Amazons.
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TheSilliestSod Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Humon and Lindybeige on the same page. [link]
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FreakoftheAngels Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Seriously, you gotta turn this into an anime thingy or a weekly comic or something.:squee:
ITS SOO GOOD!:iconlachoirplz:
I love mustachy man!:D
Overall,
Me::iconnosebleedingplz:
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darkavengence Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
So I guess you probably support this, since you think it's sooo good---> [link] It's a video from youtube based off real men who put up with abusive wives and/or girlfriends like in this picture. And yet people, like you, support femdom and thinks it's fun.
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FreakoftheAngels Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
If it had been a real photo of a lady beating her husband, I would have been disgusted.
This is a drawing, not something real.
It's like calling someone a devil worshipper for drawing monsters, or calling someone evil for liking a villian-character.
:iconnothappyplz:
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:iconfreakoftheangels:
FreakoftheAngels Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Ouch.:tears:
you do realize I only like it because it's fiction, right?
:upset:
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darkavengence Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Yeah, I know it's fiction, but what's so entertaining in seeing a guy being looked at and examined like he's an item? And tell me how would you react if it was the other way around? Let's say the man in this picture is a was a girl and the giant women were giant men examining her like an object. How would you react?

I'll tell you how others will react, they'll think it's wrong and get tick about it and wouldn't appreciate the person's artwork and mostly I think feminists, feminazis, and sensitive girls will react.
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FreakoftheAngels Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student General Artist
fair enough. :upset:
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FeralTao Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Soo, according to person above "feminazis" would react if it were the other way around and now he throws a shitfit over this. Does that make him a man-nazi?

I wouldn't throw in the towel just yet in this discussion, your opponent is not speaking as a defender of justice, he's just a guy throwing a fit because it's the other way around for once. I strongly disbelieve that he would peep a single syllable if it actually were men examining women like an object because then it's just fiction and fantasy, amirite? He is however welcome to prove me wrong by searching out women-objectifying drawings and attack them. Shouldn't take him long.
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darkavengence Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
First of all I am a female you bitch and second of all had I known you said this about me I would of replied to this earlier than expected. And yeah, you're right I would not say a damn thing if a woman was being dominated by a man in a picture because you know fucking why? Because it's in a man's nature to be dominant and they even make dominance look good. When a female does it's just awkward and it confuses me why a some men are turned on by it.

Now, yes, men AND women should not be objectifying one another like in this picture as if they were a baseball card to be traded off. It's just simply I don't find a female being on top and dominating normal and this is coming from an actual girl. A man being dominant is a more better sight for me because like I said it's in a guys nature to be dominant. And I don't mean dominant in a bad way, even though that looks good too, I mean dominant in a good way. Say there's a man with full dominant power, but he was able to let it down for his girl then that's good dominance.

Now that I made my point I want you to think long and hard before you reply. Because, yeah, I'm a girl and I love a man to be my king, but as long as he let's me have a say and hear me out it's fine with me. But trust me I'm all for equality at the same time other than male dominance in a relationship. Now suck on that.
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Josh123313 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Wow, not 10 minutes since reading your message to femdom lovers and I find you complaining about a fictional drawing. That's pretty sad if you have nothing better to do than look up things you hate than to look up things you like. Sorry, but it seems to me you're a person who just wants something to complain about and it's objectifying males.
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FreakoftheAngels Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Good point,friend,but I don't really think of him as a "man-nazi"
cause, if this was real, I would have been like, "This is wrong! Dont support it!"
BUT since it is just fiction, this person is clearly just a guy or possibly girl who is over-reacting to a simple work of art.
I personally would prefer to stop fighting and continue enjoying art.

ps. And I DO actually enjoy it when female characters act tougher than males. :D
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FeralTao Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
That was exactly my point, this person is puncturing the lung of his own logic by stating that "feminazis" (and by the use of that word, implying that it's overreacting) would react to a drawing of men objectifying a woman and then goes ahead and reacts to a drawing of women objectifying a man = man-nazi. Because if women reacting to a drawing are feminazis then men reacting to a drawing must by that same logic be men-nazis. :)

PS. I also like these comics.
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Winterpur Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think this is a very cool image, I couldn't help but thinking about the things I've heard spoken of amazons and now viewing this. Damn, Amazons can be pretty scary, that much is certain. The image is one I definitely want to return to when thinking of inspiration for some stories in my head now.

You've got a lot of good art.
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my-name-is-totoro Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why am I so much like the amazon? I even look like her! Welp.
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Aldershades Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Soo... um...
I know Wiki has a reputation for being wrong, and there is no factual evidence for Greek Amazons, but I've heard mention of these guys in at least two other sources so...

[link]
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QUEENBRIEZZ Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
preetae~
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THX1085 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i say we give the man death!
Death by SNU SNU!
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MrMarket87 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
:horny: :cynic: :horny: :cynic: :horny: :cynic:
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Taffra Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
:rofl:
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THX1085 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconicamehappyplz:
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Taffra Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
:nod:
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Josh123313 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
:please:
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THX1085 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
whut?

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Josh123313 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Death by SNU SNU.
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THX1085 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconherpderpplz:
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SirFerrick Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Niiiice.
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ZEB31 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
WHERE'S ROSE WHEN YOU NEED HER!
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JARM13 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The tall one's a hotty , she wouldn't have to tie me up .

Good disclaimer about the Amazon's .What the guy in the video could have said was that thCeltsts would let some women fight and they lived north of thGreeksks . But it was just something they could do mostly they had the very important job of baring anraisingng children . I also liked him pointing out that it was ancient porn . I think the whole cutting a breast off thing was to keep thGreekek women from thinking about it . After all I know some pretty darn busty women that shoot traditional archery that haven't cut anything off and they shoot very well .
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YyanaOni Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I like the amazon, she's pretty! And scary...so I guess she's pretty scary, zing!
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QuantumBranching Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Your art is always a source of amusement to me - here's to your presence on Deviantart for many a year more! :)

Although as both are warrior women, I expect there is a certain minimal degree of respect between Amazons and Shield-maidens, I suspect they don't hang out much together: the Shield-Maidens probably consider the Amazons obsessive freaks (self-mutilation??) and the Amazons think of the Shield Maidens as softies when not simply, er, rooster-pecked? :lol:
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WormandaDuck Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Student Writer
Hey, isn't that the witchhunter guy?
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Ookami-Papillon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist
That shield maiden is totally cool. I want to be her when I grow up! :XD:
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DeviantArtist000 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer

This is pretty sweet!
But, I was just thinking...if her right breast is cut off, she cant be very appealing.
I thought Amazons were supposed to be taller, more beautiful versions of mortal women?
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Emarel-fae Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
*giggles*
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red-angel07 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
"...while it isn't visible here, her right breast is cut off..."

>.< Just reading that makes me want hold on to my own boobs and do this [link]
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Onlynameleft2pick Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thanks for the myth link. It helped explain the cutting of the breat thing!
"*twang* Ow! OH!" XDDDD

That poor fellow doesn't know what he's gotten himself into. XD
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Aurora-Silverwood Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I always took it that the Amazon were just so physically intense that the size of their breast on their dominate muscular side (their sword arm ;) )shrunk to the point that under their clothes it appeared that the breast had been cut off. It happens a lot with women of this era too (breasts shrinking unevenly due to uneven muscle building) but women are more careful to tone both sides of the body so this doesn't happen. The claim that the Amazons cut off their breast only makes me think there really were some form of Amazons. Brest shrinkage is one of those muscle details that most people wouldn't think about on the spot in the midst of battle. Sounds a lot more exciting to claim the group of women you lost to cut off their breast, huh? Those barbarians. xD That's just my theory. :3

I like the design of the shield maiden! ♥
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AriaAsacura Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Are you sure it is the right breast that is removed? I do archery and I pull the string to my left side, being right handed. Unless they have a different style of archery?
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