And here she is painted by me:
The only thing I think I could really improve on is the bases. I sculpted the cobblestones with milliput, and my sculpting skill really are not the best. I am thinking of getting more bases from Slave to Painting to use instead. See here.
Apparently, she was a real person. Born on the 17th of September 1783, she would have been 105 in 1888 when Empire of the Dead was set. She has, then, aged rather well. The daughter of a Russian Major she disguised herself as a man and went and fought Napoleon in 1812. Aside from being 105 in 1888, it appears she wasn't born that much of a looker anyway:
|Apparently had a husband and child before running away to fight|
And this time as a fella:
|Struggled to grow the required moustache expected of officers|
So there you have it, Nadezhda Durova. Learn something every day, don't you.