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
. 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 Indian
down the East, and the Orhans on the west
Dedicated to my Persian friend, and credit goes to
for the inspiration he gave.
Her Character is inspired by my previous work:
and the Shield
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