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Lalla Tanaszart of Al-Mamlakati Al-Murnakus by Gambargin Lalla Tanaszart of Al-Mamlakati Al-Murnakus by Gambargin
A concept drawing for the Maghreb Woman Warrior from the Project: Blood and Steel, a part of Historically Wrong Sketch Series based on the 17th Century Era Warfare. She is loosely based on the historical Berber and Tuareg people, and she can be said to represents the Berber Dynasty that ruled North West Africa in the 17th century (Morocco?). Anyway, This is made as a gift for my dearest friend, who is leaving back to Morocco for good in the next few days :)

Inspired by the Music: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nY3KN… - Nedunya by Bustan Abraham

Historically speaking, North West Africa is home to some of the most powerful empires and kingdoms that ever sat their foot on. The earliest historical record of its inhabitants were the ancient semitic people called the phonecians who set up their trade networks along the north-west african coast. The area then became part of the Carthaginian Empire, before being subdued and integrated into the Roman Empire's territories. The Byzantine had their share as well, however, for most of the time throughout the ages, the Berber and the Tuareg people who inhabited the high mountain were left untouched.

With the arrival of Islam, the Berber people adopted its islamic principle, governance as well as the langauge used (arabic). Although, conversion to Islam was slow and was still ongoing even after the Arabs left, the Berber people were forever changed by the impact their neighbors. Under the Ummayads, the berber people invaded the iberian peninsula and established their rule of Al-Andalus, one of the most richest, advance and prosperous period recorded in the history of the Iberian peninsula. They also established a powerful and influential power base, first done by the Idrisid dynasty, which marked the start of Moroccan Sovereignty. With the fall of the Umayyads Caliphate, the turbulent period of the Abbasids, the rise of the Iberian Kingdoms as well as the Disunity between muslim rulers in Al-andalus, their influence over the Iberian peninsula slowly diminished over time. Although the berbers managed to held their foot as regional power in north-west africa, the expulsion of any Moorish influence in Iberia by the Reconquista as well as the growing expansionism of the Ottomans, meant that their rule and independence would be challenges by the other growing regional powers. Nevertheless, their legacy still stands today, as a testimony of what was once a powerful and influential people that changed the course of history.

Interestingly enough, while doing research on the history of Morocco, the Sultanate of Morocco under the Alaouite Dynasty (the current surviving dynasty), was the first nation to recognize United States of America as an Independent Nation, in 1777. It was on this period that the sultan declared it's full protection for any American merchant ships going through the Mediterranean from the Barbary pirates, as such, the first Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship was signed in 1786, the longest non-broken friendship treaty in the History of United States of America. It was the first nation in the whole world, and the first Muslim nation to do so, something that really surprises me. Maybe perhaps we can learn something from this?


In anycase, Lalla Tanaszart bint Zayar mn Itberin, is depicted here in a stylized, typical Berber clothing and armed with the oriental turkish style musket, as well as malinese dagger and generic scimitar. Much to my surprise when looking at what many artist draw for middle-eastern women warriors, the amount of clothing (if any, at all) and armors that looks more like a belly dancer, would really make this drawing looked very boring. Nevertheless, as a Noble lady and a princess, she would certainly have her modesty from the high upbringing, and her clothing would suit the arid and unforgiving climate of her homeland, while providing adequate protection from her enemies and the weathers.

Her ancestry can be traced back the berber dynasty of Lalla Taljat from the previous series Women Warriors of the Kingdom of Iberia by Gambargin, which, technically speaking, would make her a loosely related to another character, a Woman Barbary Pirate from another historically wrong sketch project HWS Women Pirates - Canavar of Mediterranean Sea by Gambargin. Given the precarious position and the turbulent time period of the series, The Sultanate of Murnakus would face some serious threat from the grpwing european power like the Iberian Marquesa Elvira Lopez de Ibarra of Imperio Iberia by Gambargin, and the Orhans Ikhal Effendi Apek of Devleti Aliyyei Orhaniyye by Gambargin




The name Al-Marnakus, is derrived from the Berber word of Mar'Nakus, which to my understanding, "means Land of God". The Flag symbol is a stylized mosaic, with pentagram star as well as the name of the dynasty, written in Tifinagh....mixed and match of anachronism stew.

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With this, i think i can start to work on the request. comissions, and any corrspondences that i must reply that has been long overdue....my deep apologies guys :(




Compare to another Oriental Woman Warrior of the previous series.: FFW Stock Challenge - Ahu Durquba of Dayr Al-Zawr by Gambargin


 




More on the Factions of historically wrong Sketch Series set in 17th century, Project Blood and Steel HWS Project Blood and Steel - Faction Map v.1.0 by Gambargin
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist
for once I can't think of anything to say.
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horoharo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
really cool. pernah bikin semacam speedpaintnya ga?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
klo speedpaint sih belum, paling speed sketch aja :P
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horoharo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
waiii mau liat dong :happybounce: 
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always loved Magrebi outfits and you've done a great job on her clothes, especially the ornamentation and jewelry. 
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Yes, i definitely agree with you! Maghrebi clothings are very exotic and beautiful. It's very interesting to know, that even in some of the most inhospitable region in the world, there are those that lived there with their rich and beautiful customs and traditions :)

This is one of the things that i like and kept me going with the series, maybe too much study would make me a nerd, but learning about other people cultures and customs really opens my eye :D
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Beautiful work as always. :) Her outfit is very interesting and detailed, and the ornamentation on her weapons is amazing. I especially like the jeweled crown (tiara?) that has been integrated into her turban.
Now I have a question! The strange letters beneath the star on the banner, is that the old Berber alphabet? If it is, how have the Berbers retained it in this alternate world?
Also, for your medieval HWS series, is there any chance we can see a woman warrior Egyptian Mamlukes? And for the Blood and Steel Series, could there be Swiss Pikemen? :3
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Hahaha, you are always the man with some nice suggestion :) By the way, EU4 is on half price on Steam!!!!

The letter is Tifinagh, or Neo-Tifinagh in modern terms. Arabic would be more common in those times, but I included the letter just to distinguish the Maghreb culture from Middle-eastern culture in the series :D

The Egyptian Mamlukes? I think i made one, it's one of the earliest drawing i've made. Check out Ahu Durquba from Sarravid Empire, fav.me/d6e945n, she's more of turko-tatar warriro that served in the Egyptian based Sarravid Empire. As for the Swiss Pikeman, i haven't really thought about it, but perhaps i could include it with the Otalian characters in the series, or the french character, which are yet to be made.
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
That's a pretty good price, but I may have to think about it a bit more since I'm a bit short on money and I have already bought two other games (Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition and Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, specifically :D). Still, importing my various historically wrong kingdoms to the modern age is very tempting. ^^
I just want to quickly say that I think Lalla Tanaszart is very pretty, and its nice that you can make her attractive without taking her clothes off. Also, I like the little symbol on her cheek. It reminds me of Khanum Sevilay Begotoglu's little cheek symbol. :)
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PrinceBat Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she's so beautiful omg the detail
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