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Shahdokht Parvaneh of Shahramiyan Eranshahr by Gambargin Shahdokht Parvaneh of Shahramiyan Eranshahr by Gambargin
A concept drawing for the Persian Woman Warrior from the Project: Blood and Steel, a part of Historically Wrong Sketch Series based on the 17th Century Era Warfare. The faction she represents, is loosely based on the Persian Safavid Dynasty that ruled the Persia in the 17th century, after the decline of Timurid Dynasty centuries earlier. Many people associated Persia with their ancient image, or at least, before the arrival of Islam, so perhaps this this maybe an unusual depiction in the series. However, i believe, Persia has equally rich history after the arrival of islam, just like it's pre-islamic predecessor, so maybe this drawing will serve as a tribute.

Inspired by the Song:… - Azam Ali and Niyaz Essemble (Sounded more like Arabic though)

Persia, the land of majesty and the land of the kings, has always been known for the great legacy set by ambitious and powerful emperors or the Shahanshahs (King of Kings). Dating back to the ancient time, Persia was one of the greatest empire that ruled the known world, bridging Asia and Europe, and surprisingly, were quite advanced in their social and scientific progress, such as labor rights, which was seen by the ancient Greeks as "strange". In time, Persia exchanged rulers many times, but managed to reach another height during the Sassanid dynasty, before eventually being conquered by the Muslim Arabs under the Ummayad Caliphate. With the fall of the caliphate, the persian rose again to rule their lands, but the arrival of Mongols, and later Timurid, changed the way Persia would be rule.

In the 17th century, Persia under the Safavids was a dynamic and vibrant empire. They made many progress in many fields, and perhaps, more known for their beautiful arts and literature, which would be later carried out further by their successor, the Qajars. It was also on this period that Persia extensively modernized their army, hiring advisers from Europe, and establishing many diplomatic contact with overseas global powers. Although, it was in this period as well that they clashed with the Ottomans on the west, who grew and felt threatened by growing power of the Persian. The conflict was long, and drained many of the two countries resources, which would later contribute to the decline in the Ottoman Empire.

This drawing depicts Shahdokht Parvaneh Ardeshirdokht of Shahram Royal House, the princess of the ruling shahanshah in the series, whose ancestry can be traced back to Shahdokth Roshanora of the previous series Shahdokht Roshanara, Astabadh of Eranshah Empire by Gambargin. She is dressed in a very stylized Indo-Persian Mail armor, equipped with a highly decorated shield and mace, as well as Persian composite bow. May not be the most accurate form, but given the timeline of the series, Persia adopted much of the Islamic influence to their craftsmanship (debatable). Frankly speaking, this armor was more commonly worn by the mounted warriors. On the other hand, this is still a conceptual stage, so i may refine the design as I go along.

While the rest of Europe is busy with their conflicts and the Orhans is occupied with invading Eastern Europe, the Persian would find that it's the best time to strike and carve their own legacy. It would not be long before they would come in conflict with the IndianMaharani Sridevi of Jaganavanshi Rajputana by Gambargin down the East, and the Orhans on the west Ikhal Effendi Apek of Devleti Aliyyei Orhaniyye by Gambargin.

Dedicated to my Persian friend, and credit goes to :iconhashashin619: for the inspiration he gave.


Her Character is inspired by my previous work: Persian Court Musician (Tar) of Safavid Dynasty by Gambargin and the Shield Secret Rose Garden of Rumi by Gambargin

More on the factions of Historically Wrong Sketch Series Project: Blood and Steel HWS Project Blood and Steel - Faction Map v.1.0 by Gambargin
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NadiaDibaj Featured By Owner 16 hours ago  Student General Artist
Beautiful...I love those details...  ^w^
Hepatizon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
She is maybe the most beautiful woman in battle gear you have depicted, but, uh... In terms of being able to fight, how does she fight with that covering her eyes? I guess she could see a little through the links, but it can't be much.
DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The artist has answered this question in the comments below.
I hope you don't mind me directing you to them.
johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
Interesting. Nothing wrong with an infantryman wearing this kind of 'cavalry' armor if he's supposed to be involved in heavy combat/assaults. Just look at the Osmanli Zihrli Nefer Janissaries. Maybe make the two feather decorations more impressive, try peacock feathers. As ostentatious as possible, she is Shah, yes?
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Yes, oriental armors are certainly much more decorated than their western counterpart in my opinion, especially the Indians, Ottomans and the Persians. As for the character, she is the daughter of the shah, or in Persian title, Shahdokht :)
jeandulin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Hello! Very nice piece, like all the other!
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thank you, i'm glad you like it!
jeandulin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Normal, a good piece is a good piece; are you ok to rethink the amarian flag i Will post soon? It can becomes group's symbol
Hanoko Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing level of details!
cerealnovels Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
The detail in her armor is exquisite. 
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