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El Gran Capitan by P-G-Moran El Gran Capitan by P-G-Moran
Gonzalo Fernández de Córdova, el Gran Capitán (the Great Captain)

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It's been a long time since my last post. I've been involved in some other projects that take me a lot of time, but I think now I'll work harder and spend more time on my portfolio. ;)

This character, el Gran Capitán, was painted for a personal CCG project that now is quite in 'stand by'. He was the greatest general of the Catholic Monarchs, Fernando II (Ferdinand II) of Aragon and Isabel I (Isabella I) of Castilla, the monarchs who united the Spanish Kingdoms. He was remembered for his brilliant leadership and charisma, named by his contemporaries 'el Gran Capitán' (the Great Captain) and "the Father of Trench Warfare" by historians.

As a field commander he had no equal in the modern era until the rise of Napoleon. De Cordoba founded the first modern standing army and the near invincible Spanish infantry that dominated battlefields of Europe during 16th and first decades of 17th centuries.

Comments are welcome as allways.

Done entirelly on Photoshop CS2 with Wacom Ituos 3. A lot of time spent on it (with huge empty time in the middle :P)
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ardashir Featured By Owner 3 days ago
I love the work on the plate armor, barding, and combed morions the Spanish are sporting. It feels odd, though, to see El Gran Capitan shaved -- not a criticism, I just thought that beards and moustaches were the fashion among men of the time.
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CiLiNDr0 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Un trabajo estupendo, felicidades!
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Hillfighter Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
In the book Empire, How Spain became a world power 1492- 1763 by Henry Kamen; The Great Captain is referenced again and again as the driving force behind the Spanish empire's military development.

But, I think he wore a helmet.
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ronin855 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009   Interface Designer
oh my god! the best picture i see!!! SANTIAGO!!!
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nigellus Featured By Owner May 27, 2008  Student
El Gran Capitan indeed!

Gonzalo De Cordoba is one of my favorite military commanders, his defeats of the French in italy and his influences in modern warfare is remarkable. Most of his pupils became great generals of the Holy Roman Emperor. My great great great great grandad served under him as well!

The pose is absolutely magnificent and befitting of him. I specially liked how you placed him among the tercios with the flag of spain behind him, it makes him more in touch of his ragged men and his duty. Armour's awesome too!
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P-G-Moran Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008
Thanks a lot for your coment! I knowed more of Gonzalo Fernandez de Cordoba thanks to a personal project for a card game with historical characters, and I really liked his life and facts. I wanted to show how respected was he and how he commands his troops to the victory battle after battle at any field.

Is amazing that he's still one of the best and more influent generals in the whole modern warfare history... and your grand grand grand grand grandad served with him! Impresive!
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nigellus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008  Student
Oh personal project huh? Excellent! I try to set myself with projects but i cant seem to get focused though :(

Nah, Ancestor was a minor nobleman who served under him, not with him.
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Sussi1 Featured By Owner May 10, 2008   Digital Artist
Great piece, love all the details!
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P-G-Moran Featured By Owner May 11, 2008
Thanks! :)
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FatherStone Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
Hi, mate! Nice to see you again! :)

Wow! This is great! I really love colours and pose of the main character! Beautiful!
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