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Great Northern war by SilvesterVitale Great Northern war by SilvesterVitale
I actually find it kinda funny that Sweden once were a great empire ruled by kings hungering for power lol. Todays Sweden is nothing what it once was, we have not been in war for.. I donno how long and we are always stupidly nice :iconpapcryplz:

but ok, now to some history taken right out from Wikipedia because I'm too lazy write myself :iconmingplz:

    To compensate for the lack of manpower and resources Sweden strove for innovative ways to make an effective army. The successful path of innovative military ideas was in fact the only way Sweden managed to achieve a great power status. However, having to rely on this to maintain power status was uncertain. The Carolean soldiers were effective soldiers, as shown by the their efforts in the Great Northern War (1700-1721), with the battles of Narva, Jēkabpils, Malatitze, Fraustadt and Holowczyn. Thanks to their achievements during this war, they are regarded to have been perhaps the most effective military troops of that day. The Carolean army was small and because of the sparse number of soldiers it needed a continuance of victories, as a heavy defeat could be irreparable. It was defeated after a long and fateful march into the Russian interior, where they were exposed to scorched earth tactics, small frequent raids and the cold Russian climate. The Swedish soldiers who reached the battle of Poltava were exhausted and hungry. During this long march an estimated 35,000 Swedish soldiers - 70 percent of the army - died of famine, disease and exhaustion. The battle ended in a decisive Russian victory which resulted in the decline of the Swedish Empire.


Njal and art (c) me

Astrid (c) *MakiLoomis
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:iconmrzeromaster95:
Mrzeromaster95 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student Artist
What do you mean with Power hungry? It was Russia that declared war on us. :|
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
vem skall bruden föreställa?
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NiccoloMachiavel Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o_o I'm speechless. First, your STYLE!! Second, the horses are stunning and you've captured their movement so well. Third, the uniforms and Sweden and history and gaahh!! You've definitely inspired me to look closer at this era.
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
kfjdhgkfjdbh it's you who I resently followed on tumblr! *_* your style and movements in the poses are awesome aswell and your horsies <3
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AntonSWE Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
We are still bigger then Germany, also Sweden is alot more then you think Tourism,museums, schools,universities, bigger then Denmark (very fucking important) But yeah our army turned into shit nowadays but you can't say its nothing yet!
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student General Artist
lol ofcourse =D As I said, it's nothing what it once was, meaning we're not a war nation anymore.
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Psychoticmuffin Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Men karolinerna är skittuffa! ;) Och roliga att rita!
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Tobbs90 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Jag tycker det är sorgligt hur Sverige har förfallit ända sedan vi bröt vår union med Norge. Vi har gått från ett mäktigt monarkistiskt imperium till en liten obetydlig, maktlös stat med en maktlös kung och en sjukt dysfunktionell demokrati. Önskar att vi åtminstone fick tillbaka våra karoliner...
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Student General Artist
det ligger någonting i det du säger. Det första folk tänker på nu förtiden när de hör Sverige är porr och blonda kvinnor med stora bröst ^^;
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Tobbs90 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Exakt. Jag vill inte riktigt dra den här klichén, men det var bättre förr.
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Lo-chan07 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Magnifique.. *___* :heart:
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Zorrentos Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Verkligen snyggt! Måste berömma dig särskilt för den grymma linearten! Riktigt bra jobbat! :)
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
tack så hemskt mycket! :iconhappytearplz:
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NatAsplund Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
OMIGOSH!!!!! this is amazing!!!!!!!! and hurrah for Swedish history!!!!!!
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
awyeah! xD thank you OuO
talking about sweden, at first when I saw your name I thought you were swedish, you have a very swedish name xD
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NatAsplund Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
hahahaha!!! yes i remember that! :D hahhahaha!
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ByMoMo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Jag tror inte vi har varit ute i krig sedan mitten/slutet av 1800-talet .-. eller så är det ända bak till 1600-talet O_O Det är något utav de århundraden... Men väldigt fin bild, representerar Svea Rikes forna glans dagar :la:
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Gabbanoche Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1814 var det "sista", det så kallade "Fälttåget mot Norge" vilket slutar med att Sverige tvingar in Norge i unionen. och sedan dess har vi deltagit i Afghanistan och Kongo krisen Bla.
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
ja jag tror det var i mitten av 1800-talet XD för det stora nordiska kriget slutade 1721, och sedan kom lite småkrig, så det borde vara där någonstans xD
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ByMoMo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Haha, Jag och Svensk historia <3 Men det var en väldigt fin bild OwO
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
tack så mkt OuO
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saylem Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Beautiful work! I love the history too!
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you so much :iconbummiesplz:
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AnimeDumbass Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it bad that I keep swooning over Njal? <<'''
He looks awesome in his carolean uniform~~ <333 Love Astrid's dress as well. And dem horses be awesome, ja~~ <3
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
lol O7O you can keep on swooning, I don't mind~
hnng thank you! QuQ
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AnimeDumbass Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol ok, good XD
Hurr, you're welcome, mai luv~ :heart:
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RagazzaLupa Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
..How ironic is it I was JUST listening to Lion from the North when I clicked on this?
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
lol XD love that song Q7Q
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RagazzaLupa Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Indeed, it's just so amazing :love: Anyway, nicely done
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xMoonax Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! this came out so amazing :heart:
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you so much! QuQ <3
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DarlBrightspell Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow!!! It turned out to be amazing! Love it! You did a fantastic work! Also, Njal face expression.... Me gusta!
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconasdfghplz: thank you! <3
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Undercurrent-32 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ahh the magnus opus of the last couple days finally finished <3

looks very nice! sweden is pretty badass i guess O.o
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
thank you! OuO
lol you mean sweden WAS badass xD now we are just a bunch of wannabees xD ... in my oppinion xD
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Undercurrent-32 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
sexy wannabees
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Atobe333 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I marvel at how Astrid's DD boobs were squashed so flat XD
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student General Artist
in the world of art, everything is possible XD
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Atobe333 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD hahah even breast reductions, shame.
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TheStrayLiger Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Njal looks so sexy with his hair like that :iconmegustaplz:
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
lol I'm glad you think so :iconpapmingplz:
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Lanokir Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, verkligen awesome :> Älskar bilden, och älskar historian. xD
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
hnnng yeah tackar XD
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drajk Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
OMG! thai sos both beautiful and kickass AWESOME! you did a fantastic job^^
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
lol thank you! :dummy:
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drajk Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
yw^^
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schl4fmuetze Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconhappytearplz: So Beautiful!~:heart:
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SilvesterVitale Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
hnnng thank you ;u; <3
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schl4fmuetze Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are most welcome :3
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scherwood Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy schmokes! OwO

DEN ÄR FANTASTISK!! :heart:
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