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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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCDyTu… - 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.

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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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:iconnadiadibaj:
NadiaDibaj Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful...I love those details...  ^w^
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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.
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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.
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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?
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:icongambargin:
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 :)
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:iconjeandulin:
jeandulin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Hello! Very nice piece, like all the other!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thank you, i'm glad you like it!
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:iconjeandulin:
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
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:iconhanoko:
Hanoko Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing level of details!
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:iconcerealnovels:
cerealnovels Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
The detail in her armor is exquisite. 
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Thank you :) I believe the real ones would be much more elaborate than this if you look for it :D
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:iconkaikainat:
KaiKainat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
*Stares at her*
Wow so nice, so many detail and decorations...
*Stares at her again*
Ha! you can't stare me back... !

(Yeah... It's really protect the eyes, and identity of the soldier too...
Reminds me of spy)
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Hahahah! well yeah, veiled armor may limit the wearer's visibility, but i think i'd be dead scared when facing one like that, because an emotionless enemy is much more frightening than ones with emotion (Angry face) :P
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:iconphicek:
phicek Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
itu helm nya apa gak bikin susah liat yak ?
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Yah, mungkin pengelihatannya hampir mirip ama helm eropa (great helm), setidaknya yg ini masih bisa lebih leluasa nafas :P

ini contohnya kok iroon.com/irtn/assets/redwine_…
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:iconbrossuno:
BrossUno Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Wow. It's probably because you can't see her eyes very well, but she looks like a serious character. That mail (or veil) has the same effect as sunglasses.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Serious Persian woman warrior shrouded in mystery underneath her metal chainmail veil....i like that idea :P
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:iconhashashin619:
Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well done my friend^^, great work and description, you are damn right that most people always only speak about pre islamic persian dynasties when it comes to persian civilization, and still worse they mix both periods up, as we've seen in movies such as alexander, prince of persia etc.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
You are more than welcome brother :)!

I agree with you, people tend to associate persia with the pre-islamic dynasties, fashions and beliefs, the ones where some of the greatest arts were produced, like that of Safavid and Qajars were not that well known :(
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:iconakitku:
akitku Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
 I especially like how you handled the chainmail and the helmet. Although...wouldn't that chainmail hanging over her eyes be a bit impractical? I have never seen something like this before. Interesting! Speaking of Persia, it would be great if you could portray a Sassanian warrior - it's such a fascinating, yet often forgotten period.
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Hahaha, thanks for that akitku! Well, the vision would have probably been close to that of European great helm, except that perhaps she could breath much easier.

The actual real-life replice can be found here, iroon.com/irtn/assets/redwine_…

Most of the Persian and Indo-european armor features the mail curtain, even to great length as to cover the full face, like the ones used by the Marathas and Mughals.

As for the sassanid persia, that would definitely be on my list :D besides, having them with the Byzantines in their glory days would be awesome!
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:iconakitku:
akitku Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the link! That's really interesting! I know of course of the numerous types of helmet with chainmail covering the face, such are familiar, for example, from the Avars, the Norse, the Mughals and so on. But this is the first time I have seen chainmail actually going over the eyes. So thank you! :)

Yeah the Byzantine-Persian wars during the reign of the Sassanian dynasty were fascinating. It would be great if at some point you would do some work depicting peoples from that period!
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:iconpaweldaruk:
paweldaruk Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Magnificent, as always. Your attention to detail is legendary, mate!!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Thank you Pawel :D
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013   Photographer
Another great work. Well done!!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Always a pleasure :)
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Omnimon1996 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Whoa awesome! :wow:
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Hahaha, thanks you for the nice compliment :)
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:iconomnimon1996:
Omnimon1996 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
No problem ^^
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:iconbrowncoatmando:
BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist

.chain mail veil and spiked helmet- scary

Looks more than ready to smash somebody's skull with that massive and very scary mace.

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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Hmmn, is she scary? i thought she'd be the intimidating type =P
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
WOW! Look at that armor! I believe Parvaneh is my new favorite woman warrior now! XD
I know that you've made a point that you want to keep away from religion in your series, but I was wondering if Parvaneh is Zoroastrian or Shia Muslim (and by extension, which of those two Persia is)? It would be great to have some Zoroastrians though, more diversity is always fun in historically wrong settings. :P
I know that during the Ottoman conquests Persia and the Holy Roman Empire developed loose alliance. Is there any chance that Germania and Persia can have a stronger alliance in the HWS series? And if that happened, could Parvaneh and Ilda von Harzburg meet in person?
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Hahahah! Glad to hear that, didn't know you're into Persian =P

Well, given the 17th century timeline, it would be the Persian Shia Safavid Dynasty she is representing, as for the zoroastrian, some of their symbols will be incorporated in the artworks but not the actual religion themselves :)

I have plans for the Harzbergs and certainly with the persians in the series, so no problem sir :D
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BeXterr22 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
look at that chain male... wow. haha nice work :)
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Thank you :)
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charcoalfeather Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work on her armour and shield!
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Thank you :D! To be honest, the shield took most of the time in the drawing, hahaha!
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KingBatty Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow she looks great :'D wish I had that hat
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:icongambargin:
Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Thank you! You can actually get a real one though, just like this iroon.com/irtn/assets/redwine_… :)
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KingBatty Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg yes <3
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