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Begzadi Aydin Tahir of Devleti Aliyyei Orhaniyye by Gambargin Begzadi Aydin Tahir of Devleti Aliyyei Orhaniyye by Gambargin
Another concept sketch of the Turkish Woman Warrior in the Historically Wrong Sketch Series, from the Project: Blood and Steel which is based on the Historical 17th Century Warfare. She is part of the Orhan Trio that served the Turkish Orhan Empire in the series, all of which are powerful women, both martially and politically.

Looking back at my earliest sketch in the series, especially Ikhal Effendi Apek. Initially i wanted to create the Turkish Woman Warrior as one of the most powerful and intimidating character in the series. However, many of the Woman warriors drawn after that are more heavily armed and better represented. So, given that the series setting is based on the Zenith of Ottoman Empire (although, 17th century is an anachronism, ottoman powers by this time was already waning), I wanted to create and recreate the characters to give them equal footing with the rest of the characters.

I tried to create a dynamic pose, but not sure if anatomy is accurate, and what effect would the exclusion of some facial parts would do to the overall drawing.

Begzadi Aydin, or in a badly translated Turkish "Duaghter of Bey, Aydin", is drawn in a stylized Ottoman Sipahi armor, which may or may not be that accurate. Sipahi was the equivalent of European feudal knights, whose status was given along with land to govern by the sultan, in exchange for military support. For the most part in history of the Ottoman Empire, its army consisted mainly of mounted troops, including Sipahi, Deli, and auxiliaries, whereas Janissary and Infantry retained less percentage, but of equally important position like the Sipahi. Unlike the Jannisaries, whose recruit were drawn from the christian non-turkish population, the Sipahis were ethnically Turkish. As such, both parties relationship were cordial, or not worst, due to the rivalries that existed between them. This was an advantage to the High Porte, because the hatred between the Jannisaries and the Sipahis prevented them from working together in deposing the ruling sultan, eliminating the chance of full-scale rebellion.

I can say, she is probably half Turkish (Father Side) and half Circassian (Mother Side), owing to her origins in Anatolia. Unlike Ikhal Effendi Apek whose home lies inside the harem section of the Orhan's Porte and more concerned of Palace Politics Ikhal Effendi Apek of Devleti Aliyyei Orhaniyye by Gambargin, Aydin is a Turkish Noble, with a strong tradition of horsemanship and martial prowess. As such, her approach in battle would differ, therefore the Sultan has asked her to helped the Orhan to set up defense against the growing threat of the Persian, and if she succeeds, she would have the honor of being part in the Orhan Invasion force of Eastern Europe.


Potential Enemies: Shahdokht Parvaneh of Shahramiyan Eranshahr by GambarginLalla Tanaszart of Al-Mamlakati Al-Murnakus by GambarginNigiste Negest Bekele of Mangisa Abissinia by GambarginEufrozyna Jerzyowska 2 of Rzeczpospolita Wendowie by Gambargin

Please refer to the Historical Faction Map for more information on the cultural group and related faction (May not be accurate and up-to-date) - HWS Project Blood and Steel - Faction Map v.1.0 by Gambargin
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joolita Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
I really love the atmosphere of this piece - Aydin looks so fierce and focused, and sad too. Like she's lost a trusted companion and has no time to grieve yet.
johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Yep! That's a Zihrli Nefer!
supergeek17 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The detail on that armor is just... wow. :faint: Amazing! 
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Thanks for that, i'm glad you like the details (and hopefully, the overall art) :)
WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I like all of these sketches, but this one might be tops in my opinion. Great movement. I love the crest and feathers on the helm. I love that we can't see her eyes... it makes it seem that she's just flowing through the battle, her enemies in slow motion. I shared a link to your gallery on FB.
Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thank you very much for the kind words, and my apology if i didn't paid attention for the watch! I certainly have the thing for oriental armor, and their representation as woman warriors, it's nice to see refreshing artworks outside the common portrayal of European knights in shining armors. :D

You have my gratitude sir! Having to receive such compliment and also the promoting for my simple sketches from a professional artist like you it's very uplifting :)!! I'll work even harder next time
WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I agree. Your perspective is unique, both due to the Asian/global focus and also for showing women warriors in actual armor, rather than skimpy bits of metal.

On FB, my link to your art received nine likes, seven from women. My friend Marites commented "I think this is love at first sight! So much beautiful detail <3 *squeee*", and she shared the link on her page too. Another friend, Robert, commented "Thanks for sharing. Cool art. Inspiring."

And thank you also for the watch. I hope you enjoy whatever I come up with next!
Schweinebeine Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
this one is one of the best imo, the movement youve put into it make it unique, and specially that badass pose! :D
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Badass warrior? Oh yeah! There'll be more to come, i remember a friend of mine suggested a Turkish vs Conquistador fighting scene...wonder how that would turn out to be :P
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist

that could work- Lalla Tajat calls in a favor, gets some help from the Orhan army

the Dahlia does the same thing- part of an ongoing hunter/hunted thing in which the roles of hunter and hunted keep switching.

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