Second Crimean War # 200

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The Doodler
10th Jan 2012, 11:41 PM

Yay exposition! Also, the last panel was drawn with a dip pen.

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Agent0Gecko
11th Jan 2012, 8:36 AM

The last panel looks cool!

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The Doodler
11th Jan 2012, 4:41 PM

Good dip pens are *magic.*

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Tantz Aerine
11th Jan 2012, 4:56 PM

great stuff as always :)

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The Doodler
11th Jan 2012, 5:26 PM

I figured you'd have a high tolerance for history lessons. :P

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SketchingArt
13th Jan 2012, 9:41 AM

Funny how "hetman" sounds an awful lot like "hitman"...

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The Doodler
13th Jan 2012, 3:46 PM

You can't make this stuff up. :P
(If you're feeling really nerdy, check out the "About Ukraine" tab. It'll give you a little extra info.)

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SketchingArt
13th Jan 2012, 5:22 PM

That's interesting! You really research things. So, are they kind of like "good-guy" versions of the old American outlaws? And is "hetman" somewhere between a town mayor and a drill sergeant?

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The Doodler
13th Jan 2012, 9:31 PM

Good-guy American outlaws is a perfect way of describing them. They have that same legendary wild, free frontier horsemen image -- they're a major symbol of Ukrainian-ness, and definately not just for those really rare crazies like Bohdan -- they're like cowboys in the US. Some even raised herds of cattle. :P (Disclaimer: some of them weren't really that good -- anything that goes on for hundreds of years is going to wind up with some seriously bad apples sooner or later.) But yeah, they lived in settlements out on the plains, and their war leaders/mayors/drill sargeants were elected by the men, at least in theory. (Maybe it wasn't some kind of perfect pure democracy, though -- one historian called it "autocracy tempered by mob rule." >_>; ) But yeah, the idea of a hetman was actually sort of resurected in the 1920s (I think that's the date) as kind of a wimpy puppet governement. That didn't last long, but it shows that the title of "hetman" could be used to harken back to a Ukrainian past that was the stuff of legend. And that's what Bohdan's doing here -- "follow me and we can become free Ukrainian warriors again, and drive out these foriegners."

Sorry for the long reply -- it sort of got away from me. :P

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SketchingArt
16th Jan 2012, 4:06 PM

Sounds like a fun group to be in - at least in theory. Thanks for clearing it up! They sound like the kind of group all the little boys in the area would want to join - and whose mothers would not necessarily want them to ;)

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The Doodler
16th Jan 2012, 4:44 PM

Ha, yeah, pretty much. :P I'm sure there were lots of kids riding around on their dad's old clunky plough horses and hitting each other with sticks. To make it even better (worse?) the cossacks did trick riding, both for actual utility in battle, and to scare the tar out of their enemies. (I mean, I wouldn't want to fight a guy who would casually hang headfirst off his horse.) Here's a pretty good video -- I can't guarantee it's all authentic cossack stuff, but it's along the same lines.

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SketchingArt
17th Jan 2012, 2:27 PM

WOAH! That is crazily intense. And yeah, in battle, I would think before attacking them. FYI I watched an embarrassing number of the suggested videos from that one;)

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