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Winterkoenig (invasion of the Palatinate) 1619-20 by FritzVicari Winterkoenig (invasion of the Palatinate) 1619-20 by FritzVicari
ENGLISH (based on G.Parker, The Thirty Years' War and S.Valzania, Wallenstein):

On August the 26th, 1619, the states of Bohemia confederacy finally named their new king, being Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor and king dead and deposed: the crown was appointed to the young Elector of the Palatine, Frederick V. He wasn't a man of war and surely he wasn't as rich as others pretenders, but he had strong familiar ties with European nobilty, being related, among others, with the dutch Nassaus and the english Stuarts. With him as king, the bohemians hoped to gain help against the Holy Roman Emperor, which was recovering from the first blows dealt by the revolt. Frederick remained long uncertain, until he accepted the crown on the 28th of Semptember. Their hopes were disappointed, as both England and the Dutch refused to intervene in Bohemia. Meanwhile, Bethlen Gabor of Transylvania (of whom we will talk later) interrupted his triumphant campaing in Hungary, forcing the protestants to lift the second siege of Vienna. A year after, on August 1620, while the Holy Roman Emperor, with the help of Maximilian, archduke of Bavaria, was about to launch his invasion of Bohemia, Philip III of Spain intervened in the conflict as well, bringing the war into the earth of enemy territory: Ambrogio Spinola, a genoese generaleutnant, veteran of the Flanders, marched his tercieros into the earth of Palatinate, starting its conquest and opening the second chapter of our long story, known as the Palatine Phase of the Thirty Years' War.

In the drawing you can see both Frederick V, adorned with the bohemian crown and some men from Spinola's tercio. The composition, made with ink and watercolours, was inspired by the art of Sergio Toppi, one of the greatest italian illustrators and comics' author (and one of my personal favourites), who sadly died this summer. Check him out!

ITALIANO (basato su G.Parker, La Guerra dei Trent'anni e S.Valzania, Wallenstein):

Il 26 agosto, 1619, gli stati della conderazione Boema elessero finalmente il loro nuovo re, avendo deposto Ferdinando II del Sacro Romano Impero (che morì poco prima): la corona venne offerta al giovane elettore Palatino, Federico V. Egli non era un uomo di guerra e sicuramente non era ricco come altri pretendenti, ma aveva forti legami familiari con la nobiltà europea, in particolare, tra gli altri, con i Nassau olandesi e gli Stuart inglesi. Con lui come re, i boemi speravano di ottenere aiuto contro il Sacro Romano Impero, che si stava riprendendo dai primi colpi trattati dalla rivolta. Federico rimase a lungo incerto, fino a quando non accettò la corona il 28 settembre. Ma le speranze dei boemi e del loro re rimasero deluse, dal momento che sia i protestanti olandesi sia gli inglesi decisero di tenersi fuori dal conflitto Boemo. Nel frattempo, Bethlen Gabor di Transilvania (di cui parleremo in seguito) aveva interrotto, in Novembre, la sua campagna trionfale in Ungheria, costringendo i protestanti ad abbandonare il secondo assedio di Vienna. Un anno dopo, il primo agosto 1620, mentre il Sacro Romano Impero, con l'aiuto di Massimiliano, arciduca di Baviera, era in procinto di lanciare la sua invasione della Boemia, Filippo III di Spagna intervenne nel conflitto, portando la guerra nel cuore del territorio nemico: Ambrogio Spinola, un esperto generale genovese, veterano delle Fiandre, venne inviato a invadere il Palatinato alla testa dei suoi tercieros, aprendo così il secondo capitolo della nostra lunga storia, conosciuto come Fase Palatina della Guerra dei Trent'anni.

Nel disegno è rappresentato sia Federico V, adornato con la corona boema, sia alcuni uomini di tercio di Spinola. La composizione, realizzata con inchiostro e matite acquarellabili, è ispirata all'arte di Sergio Toppi, uno dei più grandi fumettisti e illustratori italiani (uno dei miei preferiti in assoluto), che purtroppo è venuto a mancare questa estate. Se ancora non lo conoscete, scopritelo il prima possibile!
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Vandalicus Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Awesome piece!
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist
Hey, thank you very much!
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farcelet Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the composition right here, got little to say other than working the contrast a bit might help - I'm not so sure about the grey background.

Oh also, you might want to convert your pictures to .jpg format (or any high compression format), 5.6mb is a bit heavy - my internet is doing decently right now, but for about a month I couldn't see a single one of your pictures for this reason! :D

Looking forward to more!

Bjorn
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FritzVicari Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist
The grey background is due to the fact I worked on some kind of luxurious cotton paper, which is not white but parchment brown. As it seems, I'm not really able to scan coloured stuff right, it does always get too blurry and the colours are never right. So I used the greys and that's the result. :D

I'll remember about this .jpg tip you gave me for the next uploads. Again, thank you very much!
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farcelet Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ahhh well that makes sense! :D

No problem! You needn't worry about quality loss either, if compressed correctly it shouldn't be noticeable at all.
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farcelet Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ahhh well that makes sense! :D

No problem! You needn't worry about quality loss either, if compressed correctly it shouldn't be noticeable at all.
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