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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.

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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.
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johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Yep! That's a Zihrli Nefer!
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supergeek17 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The detail on that armor is just... wow. :faint: Amazing! 
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Thanks for that, i'm glad you like the details (and hopefully, the overall art) :)
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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.
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
looks great as always!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Thank you for the compliment! I was reading once, this kind of oriental mail armor originated from the sassanid persia. Really fascinating indeed!
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh cool, that reminded me of sassanid cataphracts, but i didn't know where is it originated from!
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akitku Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great action pose - looks really dynamic! Interesting what you mentioned about the rivalry between the Sipahi and the Jannisaries. As for potential enemies - perhaps you could include a Venetian?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Indeed, the Sipahi and Janissary were rivals, but they worked together perfectly fine in most cases, due to the effective organization and strict discipline within the ottoman army. I will be including the Italian, a venetian most likely, but are more concerned with the Austrian Harzbergs. Still, we have the barbary pirates to harass the Italian merchants =P
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akitku Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's certainly true! The Habzbergs are the obvious candidates. But the role of Venice also shouldn't be underestimated I think. It was one of the main political rivals of the Ottomans in the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. Just as an example, think of the battle of Lepanto! The Holy League itself was a response to the invasion of Venetian Cyprus some time before. Anyway, looking forward to seeing more of your Blood and Steel characters! :)
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013   Photographer
Very good. She sure looks Turkish!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Thanks for that! Took me sometime to think of a proper stylized turkish armor on women character :P
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013   Photographer
I'll bet!
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist

No doubts about  them for enemies

others in potential - Violante di Firenze  I would imagine Italy would be concerned about their expansion

and Apek- based on the rivalry and hatred between their branches of service- maybe boils over at least once and each one blames the other for it.


In any case, liking the armor as always for some reason, the freckles(I'm assuming they're freckles) seems like she takes after her mother's side more.  Also looks really young, at the start of a promising career.

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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
The two works just fine fighting together in a disciplined and professional manner, afterall, they have the same goal and ideals in the Orhan conquest in the series. Though methods maybe different, in the end, what matters the most to the two is victory, regardless of their political agenda :D

As for the italians, they are more threatened with the Harzbergs who is aiming to control the Mediterranean, while the Orhans are busy fightinf in eastern front and their Asian defensive campaign.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist

 I should really just stick to finishing Historically Wrong shouldn't I? I seem to really be stepping on your toes with all my thoughts and imaginings.

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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
No no, not at all, I'm sorry of you take it that way. You've given plenty of inputs with your thoughts already, which are already shaping a few of the characters in the series. On the other hand, I have my own thoughts for Project Blood and Steel and I'm very content to make it the way it is while making changes along the way when needed :)
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the defensive action of the pose, really brings the character to life. As always the detail is brilliant, especially the gilding on the shield. :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Thanks Aki! There'll be more of her coming soon, i intend to draw here in 1on1 vs combat with the other characters :D

by the way, Hope the weather would be nice all around us this December till new years eve!
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Akiyama24 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome. Looking forward to seeing more artwork. :)

Weather-wise, same. :)
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KaiKainat Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Nice pose :-D
and no eyes... again XD
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
No eyes, no problem XD
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
I love her helmet, with all the plumes and feathers and gilding, but I wish we could see her face!!!
Is there any chance that we'll get to see mounted cavalry characters like Aydin Tahir or Eurfraznya Jerzyowska riding their horses? :P
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Ah yes, the eyes :P

Wait till i can draw horse better, and there'll be some mounted combat :D
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anatomy is great! Very dynamic pose~
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Thanks man! I'm really excited to draw her and other character in one-on one combat :D
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CapturedJoe Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
This is an amazing picture! There is absolutely nothing wrong with the anatomy.

In fact, your pictures do the female anatomy more justice than most other pictures of 'warrior' women I know.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Thanks Joe! Well, i've seen a few of your works on warrior women and they are much better and realistically portrayed than most i've seen here in DA :)
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