Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
×




Details

Submitted on
August 29, 2013
Image Size
477 KB
Resolution
1000×708
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
2,381 (4 today)
Favourites
172 (who?)
Comments
22
×
Battle of Sedan - Axis Powers Hetalia Style! by Rheinhard Battle of Sedan - Axis Powers Hetalia Style! by Rheinhard
My first commissioned art!

By the outstanding :iconscarlet-xx:, the piece I have been hoping to get made for years, and have always talked about at my Hetalia History panels!



This is a takeoff of the famous painting of Prussian "Iron Chancellor" Otto von Bismarck, sitting with the defeated French Emperor Napoleon III after the decisive Battle of Sedan, at which the superior organizational skill of Prussian Field Marshal Helmuth von Moltke, and the awesome Krupp artillery, allowed Prussia to come into its own as a true great power in continental Europe with the defeat of France. This victory set the stage of the winning of the Franco-Prussian War, and subsequently the unification of all the German principalities into the unified German Empire (Kaiserreich), under the Prussian King Wilhelm I, who became its first Emperor (Kaiser) in 1871.

I always wanted a version of this painting with a smug Prussia sitting in for Bismarck, and a dejected France sitting in for Napoleon III, because (a) their natural anime personalities are just perfect for it, (b) I'm of German extraction, so seeing a defeated France is always a pick-me-up, (c) Napoleon III's outfit (with the red poof pants and blue overcoat) already looked a lot like the canonical outfit for Hetalia France, and (d) DeviantArt needs more Hetalia Prussia in a Picklhaube!

P.S. -- Although I won't be doing my "Hetalia History" panel again this time, I will be at Anime Weekend Atlanta in 2 weeks, from September 26-29, giving panels on "Anime Blinded me with Science!", and "Yamato 2199: Great Remake or the Greatest Remake?"... if you're at the con, check them out!
Add a Comment:
 
:iconrd-dd1843:
RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
I liked the Hetalia approach you showed.  Try to do one for the moment, in Versailles, where King Wilhelm of Prussia is declared to be German Emperor (based on the painting).
Reply
:iconrheinhard:
Rheinhard Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Glad you like the picture, but regrettably I can't really do another one myself -- since I didn't draw it!  As I noted, this pic was a commission, since I have less drawing ability than Randall Munroe.  

Also it would be a little harder to fit the painting you refer to into this paradigm -- here we have a meeting between 2 representatives of separate nations at war, which can thus be easily replaced by their Hetalia national totems.  In the Hall of Mirrors painting, everybody is German.  Maybe you could modify it by inserting Hetalia Germany and Prussia in the crowd, maybe with Germany looking proudly stoic and Prussia being characteristically loud and boisterous?
Reply
:iconarmygeneral13:
Armygeneral13 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
XDDD Hetalia in real life. That's gold!
Reply
:iconshabazik:
Shabazik Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist
extremly awesome work!
Reply
:iconcharikleia32:
Charikleia32 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow this is AMAZING wow wow wow *hands down* absolutly amazing 
Reply
:iconzwirrlicht:
Zwirrlicht Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an amazing piece! :O
Lovely done! ♥
Reply
:icontarmahartley:
TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
AWESOME PIECE! :)

FANTASTIC WORK! :) Beautifully crafted and coloured! :)

:+fav:
Reply
:iconrheinhard:
Rheinhard Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Thanks, but all the credit for the art goes to :iconscarlet-xx: ... I just came up with the idea, and ordered the commission!  I'm full of ideas, but no artistic ability!
Reply
:icontarmahartley:
TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
D'OH! Sorry about that! Thanks for setting me straight. :)
Reply
:iconsyedsultana:
SyedSultana Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is so .
...how do I say it ....
.....
...
PERFECT , BEAUTIFUL , AWESOME
:D
Reply
:iconmiruchan:
Miruchan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Oh my god... This is gorgeous... ♥
Reply
:iconhakuniuzume:
HakuniUzume Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
So Cool!
You just made me love history more!
Reply
:iconhetalialova:
Hetalialova Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow.. this is so cool! I love pictures that are based on history~ It's so rare to find great drawings+hetalia+history... 
this.is.just.awesome. ^^
Reply
:iconarakis-angel:
Arakis-angel Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome.  <3  I wrote a research paper on this very topic (oh so very long ago.)  I'm such a fan of Bismarck.  I'm so glad this was shared on DevArt.
Reply
:iconrheinhard:
Rheinhard Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
thanks for the comment!  Yes, I wish we had conservatives like Bismarck in America, these days, instead of the ones we have...
Reply
:iconarakis-angel:
Arakis-angel Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the elephant should be replaced with a 'rino'. 
Reply
:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Wow this is brilliant and funny!! Why didnīt more people comment on it?? YOu must submit that to much more groups to get attention!
Reply
:iconrd-dd1843:
RD-DD1843 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
I always felt that Bismarck had a good reason to look smug in that famous photograph. 
Reply
:iconrheinhard:
Rheinhard Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I was thinking about that... not sure what groups would be best
Reply
:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Look to my history groups I have some and go to the most famous hetalia groups^^
Reply
:iconrheinhard:
Rheinhard Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Hey... the message says this picture was accepted for the German-history group but I don't see where it went in there?
Reply
:iconarminius1871:
Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
It is in the Manga folder, because it is Hetalia :)
Reply
Add a Comment: