I've been wanting to do a drawing of an amazon and a shield maiden and their different attitudes towards men for a few weeks now.
Amazons were said to be quite cruel to men, and would attack other nations just to steal their men and make them slaves whom they could reproduce with once a year.
Also about amazons http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qow7RCAqHdc
Shield maidens are the Nordics' version of amazons, though they showed no hated towards men and fought by their side. Though if a man was beat in battle he was made a work slave.
They are sometimes confused with valkyries, but differs from them because they are human, while valkyries are demi goddesses.
For the amazon I tried to mix some of the old and new ideas about them, as well as add some of my own. Her clothes is inspired by old Greek paintings of them, and while it isn't visible here, her right breast is cut off (To use bow and arrow, and spear without it getting in the way). Her being tall is part of newer amazon traditions, and I gave her short hair because if she is willing to cut her right breast off to be a better fighter, she'd surely cut her hair so it wouldn't get in the way.
The shield maiden's clothes and hair are inspired by Viking women's fashion.
EDIT: Of course the cutting off breasts part is a myth. Amazons weren't real, so everything about them is a myth. Watch the video I linked to.
Texture used http://firesign24-7.deviantart.com/art/Aged-paper-texture-159950888