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Shahdokht Roshanara of Bahramiyan Eranshahr by Gambargin Shahdokht Roshanara of Bahramiyan Eranshahr by Gambargin
A concept drawing of the Persian Woman Warrior of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited, which is a recreation of the original HWS series based on the  AD 800 - AD 1400 era of warfare. One thing to note that, although the series is based on the medieval history, the Persian in this particular series is represented in an anachronistic Sassanid Empire that ruled before the Arab Invasion of Persia, to give that Persian flavor instead of Turko-Persian or Arabized Persian that was common in the middle ages.

Inspired by the Music: Morghe Sahar by Mr. Shajarian (A Very touching and Beautiful Persian Music)

I  haven't really touched Persia and it's culture in the original historically wrong sketch series, except with the original portrayal of her in rather anachronistic court dress based on mix parthian/sassanid era Shahdokht Roshanara, Astabadh of Eranshah Empire by Gambargin. I realized that If i were to stick with the medieval timeline, Persia would have been already under the influence of Islam, and not the classical romanticized depiction of pre-islamic persia. So my aim in this series, is to anachronistically  portray them in their glory days that still rivalled that of the eastern Roman Empire, more commonly known as the Byzantine. If there is any errors, i would like to apologize in advance :)

In terms of Shahdokht Roshanara's attires,  it's mostly derived from the heavily armored Clibanarii of the Sassanid Army, similar to the cataphract. I took the design in a much more stylization than the actual historical attires, to represent a much more feminine portrayal of the women warrior, while still being armored for protection. The mail armor or scale armor were commons to the high-ranking, rich or the nobiliy in the Sassanian warrior class. This, combined with their own tactic as well as expertise in mounted archery, made them a potent force to be recognized in the battlefield.

To be fairly honest, i haven't done my own research deeply in the subject of Sassanid's arms and armaments, but from what i have seen, their designs would later influence the equipment of the arabs & turks (Mail and Scale armor, veiled mail armor), steppe people like cumans (face mask, mail), and many of the eastern Slavic culture (face mask, mail).  I might be wrong, but it's just something i have noticed.

Now, how about we go back and see what Persia was like?
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There is no denying that Persia is one of world's greatest and oldest civilization. When Rome was still small settlement warring their petty feuds, Persia was already a world spanning empire. When the Greeks were busy with their fellow neighbors, the Persians were conquering kingdoms and empires. If the Egyptian had built the pyramids, the Persian had constructed one of the longest road network from Asia minor to heartland of Persia, the length of which, would more or less can be compared to that of the length of Nile River. It was vibrant, ambitious, rich, advance and multicultural empire, whose subjects were treated with equal, and king of kings ruled with justice. Of course, some of the points I've mentioned may well be just an exaggeration, but the persian pretty much had some of the values that we hold dearly today, that may seem alien to the rest of the world at that time, like paid labor for example.

When it comes to the Sassanids or Eranshahr, they too still carried the legacy of what their forefathers and ancestors were doing, building a great empire. They succeeded the parthian and began developing the Persian legacy further, reaching the peak of their achievements, before being consumed by internal instability, the costly war against the byzantine, as well as the final blow, that was the Arab Invasion of Persia.

The Sassanids ruled Persia in a rather different fashion than their Parthian predecessor. The Parthian celebrated their success with their heterogeneous achievement of Persian, Hellenistic Greek as well as other religious culture. It's court adopted much of the greek art and poetry, with many indo-persian influence, creating a richly endowed multicultural empire. On the other hand, the Sassanid preferred to established a much more homogeneous society, adopting and enforcing one single religion over it's subjects (Zoroastrian), and focused more on developing much of the Persian art, cultural and scientific  legacy. They were also much more militaristic compared to their predecessors, contributed by their long feuds and war with their neighbors.

By this time, its people would have developed a strong sense of national identity, as persian, one of world's unique and rich culture. This sense of pride would still be carried out by many Iranians today, as a statement to the world that "The Persian carried on their legacy, where others had fallen since ancient time". I'd say, in my opinion, they are probably one of the oldest surviving great civilization. :)

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If you prefer the History of Persia after its islamization and during Turkish as well as Mongol occupation, see the Timurids version Khatun Turma Ghorkhanid of Temuriyan Eranshahr by Gambargin

Maybe related to:

The Arabs Sultana Ahu Durquba of Sultanat Misr Al-Sarraviyah by Gambargin
The Turks Beylerbayan Ilkay of Orhanli Beylerbeylik by Gambargin


A Part of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series: Medieval Revisited - You can find more on the various faction on the map here:

HWS Medieval Revisited - Faction Map v.1.21 by Gambargin
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DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The detail on the chainmail is good and the shadowing are good.
Anatomy and perspective seem the same to me :)

I'm only sorry that Shahdokht's left forearm is not as well defined as the rest of her body.
I quite like this image otherwise!
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joolita Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
I'm glad that in your alternative world the old Persia prevails. It invites all kind of "what if" speculation. How would it have developed had it not been influenced by Islam. This is a fascinating train of thought.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
Thanks Joolita! There were some discussions on the what if scenario if Persia had not been invaded by the Arabs, and much of their cultures did not become arabized.

few interesting points to note, The greeks conquered persia centuries earlier, and it incorporated some hellenistic culture, until it was forbade by the Sassanids which promoted persian culture. The Safavids tried to set up their own unique identity by adopting the Shi'a Islam in contrast to the Sunni majority (Ottomans), which is why Iran now is a little different than the rest of the Muslim world. What I came across is that, the current language of Iran, Farsi, has some arabic influence in its wording. Whereas Pashtun and Urdu, spoken in Afghanistan and Pakistan, are closest to the original persian language before the arab came.
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Tronix02 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Professional Photographer
Such #charspo . I would very much like to share this with my blog readers Gambargin at murkypool.blogspot.com. May I interview you?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thank you for the message! I'm really happy that you took interest on my humble art. By all means, feel free to share it :) As for the interview, it would be an honor, please note me the details and i will happily obliged.
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phicek Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
gila itu detil chainmail nya ahahha
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
hehehee, makasiih bang :D

Ga detail-detail amat kok
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Yay more Persians! Strangely enough, when I looked at her armor my thoughts immediately went to Norse armor. I guess the Indo European peoples aren't too different after all, at least when it comes to chainmail. :P

Anyway, its great to see some Zoroastrians. They're some of my favorites in CKII, even if its nearly impossible to keep them alive to the end of the game. XD
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Thats certainly interesting. If you look at the Cuman Face Mask and the Rus Helmet, they somewhat resemble the sassanian armor. Maybe the whole fashion spread further beyond iran i guess.

Ah, really? Zoroastrian are fun to play, well, the challenge is to wrestle power against the neighboring muslims in the game. I think the new sons of abraham DLC balances things out.
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Oh, yeah, I agree that Zoroastrians have an enjoyable challenge from their neighbors, but when the Mongols and Timurids show up in Persia I think it becomes a little unfair. XD
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