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Women Pirates of Project Blood and Steel (Concept) by Gambargin Women Pirates of Project Blood and Steel (Concept) by Gambargin
Listen to the Anthem of Pirates of the Historically Wrong Sketch Series Project: Blood and Steel, based on the Historical 17th Century Timeline.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y_Hoh…

This is a conceptual sketch which I have been working on the past few days and finally got it together on my day off today! Project Blood and Steel is originally intended as a spin-off historical drawings to depicts women warriors of the 17th century, after finishing with the medieval series previously. In all its glory of wars and prestige of the 17th century world, we cannot deny, that the age of exploration also gave birth to the golden age of Piracy which forever recorded in the annals of our history.

While most of the image of pirates that stuck in our mind would be that of the bearded, one eye Englishman who shouted "Arrrr" akin to the famous "Blackbeard", media portrayal of pirates could either fall into the image of antagonist (The Legend of Peterpan) or heroic (Pirates of carribean perhaps?) . Especially for women pirates, the image of seductive, ruthless, femme-fatale are more than common, more often than not pictured together with "provoking" outfits. I have to admit, when studying about pirates, especially female pirates, there are more fantasy elements than historical facts, you actually discover a lot about "the golden age of piracy" when you actually study them. To be fairly honest, i initially thought there were only 1 type of pirate (the image that is in your mind as well), but after a good read, I've discovered more than what i wanted, hence, the creation of this drawing! :D

Pirates have existed since the dawn of civilization, but their prominence grew when Europe was waging wars on each others in the 16th-17th century. The first major era of golden age, or "buccaneering", was started in early 1600 when Anglo-French privateers were issued letter of marquee to attack rival Spanish ships in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific. The end of the European conflict saw many privateers "jobless" and turned into piracy, capturing and pillaging any ships that they came in contact with. However, this is just one of the many era of piracy in the world, as there will be various other pirates that are explored in this project. On the other hand. Female pirates did exists and there's even a page dedicated for them in Wikipedia!

Still, given my tendency to over-generalize things, there will be A LOT of anachronistic elements, historical inaccuracy or even stylistic touch, so by all means, I'm open to suggestions and feedback :). The characters are briefly mentioned in the section below:

From Right to Left -

1. Lalla Taljat binti Adherbal "The Canavar of Mediterranean Sea"

One of the most feared and ruthless pirate in the Mediterranean Sea, Lady Taliat is a Maghreb Corsair, based on the Barbary pirates that reigned terror of the same sea during the period of 16th - 19th century. At one part, they were the "protectorate"of the Ottomans, and were responsible to the capture of almost 1,25 millions, that were then sold into slavery (their main source of avenue). Not many people draw female pirates in oriental attires, so here she is! =P


2. Gerda Dirksdochter van Zeeland "the Beggar"

Many pirates were recorded and disappeared into obscurity, but only a few changed the course of history. Such is the role of Gerda "the Beggar", a dutch pirate that operated in Europe's northern coast. The reason why i chose the dutch amongst many others to represent European pirate in the series, is actually from the her nickname. "The Beggars" or "Geuzen", were basically a group of protestant Dutch people (low countries) who were opposing the Haspburg Spain rule over the Netherlands in 1566. Some of them operated in the sea and were called "Water Beggars", who not only raided Spanish ships, but also responsible in capturing many coastal settlements from the Spanish hand. Their role as 'pirates' played an important part in seeding the seeds of independence to the Dutch people, contributing to the long Eighty Years War that ended in Dutch Victory and her independence.


3. Isabel Hernandez de Alvaro "The Dahlia of Caribbean"

People often associated pirates with Caribbean, so i included a stereotypical image of Caribbean female buccaneer (minus the revealing clothings) in this series. Although, most pirates who operated in the Caribbean were of anglo-french origins, the spanish did hand out letter of marque to Iberian privateers to disturb english, french, and dutch merchant ship. Isabel Hernandez de Alvaro is probably not your typical lowlife 'pirate' that lived on plunders and cheap grog, she is a noblewoman privateer with her own ship, crews and perhaps with a much more radical taste of adventures than the common court ladies of the time.

4. Yang Rong "The Dragon of Yellow Sea"

The Chinese have their own pirates and problem of piracy, probably since the first kingdom that knows how to navigate along the sea. But nothing strikes more than the story of Ching Shih, who commanded the largest pirate fleet of 300 junks and 40,000 pirates, challenging the Naval power of the time such as the Qing, British and Portugese in the early 19th century. Yang Rong is based on her historical counterpart, as such, her criminal origins would create an image of calculating, deceptive and ruthless women pirate in the series.

5. Onizuma no Kaede "The Dragon Princess"

Onizuma no Kaede would probably be the most anachronistic pirate of the entire series. She is based on the Japanese Wako pirates that operated along the coast of japan, china and korea. Composed of outcasts and rejects of the strict feudalistic japanese society, the Wako sought piracy as a means of life. Anyone who knows japanese can notice that her name is a (very bad) translation of Kaede of Onizuma, denoting her noble background. Perhaps, she has lost everything from the constant war and decided to lead a life of piracy? think of a japanese female yakuza =P


All of the characters are still in their early concept stages and i will explore each of them individually, when i have the time (God knows when). So as always, any feedback or suggestion are most welcomed :)

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I would like to thank these fellow deviants for their contribution in inspiring the drawing:

:iconmistasilentkiller: , :iconbrowncoatmando: and :iconobsidianplague: (I still haven't forgotten about your japanese female pirate :D)


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:iconhk09:
HK09 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student
wow this is just impressive!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Thank you, pirates are certainly quite awesome! :)
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InYuJi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Women pirates are pretty bad@$$
ANd love your drawings
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Thank you! They certainly are pretty badass in my opinion!! :D
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christi0anggraini Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ini keren bgt , hahaha, bisa buat komik . Btw, lu cepet bgt yah kalo gambar , g lama bgt hahahha
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Wah, biasa aja kalee =P, kurang lebih sekitar 2 ato 3 jam untuk gambar gini, tapi kebanyakan gambar di Tram ato Train pas mau berangkat Kerja :)

Klo gambarmu mah detail banget, ame shading nya, pasti lama klo mau buat satu :o
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christi0anggraini Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
itu lama gara2 kecapean abies kuliah sih ehehhe. soalny polusi d jkrt parah bgt. tapi hebat gambar lu bagus2 :D
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Polusi Jakarta mah, gawat. Pas pulang jalanan tambah maceeeet!!!! Terutama motor...:(
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suyuku-san Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional Writer
I loved the history on pirates, even have a few books on them, but it's really hard and rare when you want to find information on female pirates, well known or not. So I thank you so very much for doing this, I know you have your own thing and all but if you ever find more it'd be interesting to see your interpretation of them. :) :pirate:
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Thank you so much, i'm glad that you like the drawing. I agree, finding stories about Women Pirates are hard, and most media portrays them unrealistically (at least in my opinion) and mostly related to the Caribbean.

I'd draw some of them as privateers, and some as pirates, hopefully people will sea the contrasts :D
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this seems awesome! So, how many types of characters are going to star in this series?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thanks!!

Well, the project has about 22 factions, plus 5 pirates. so i'm guessing about 27 - 30, depending on the development of the series :)
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why, that's a lot of characters! Are they going to star in separate stories or they're lumped into one big story?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
No stories so far though, maybe i will decide later on. For the time being, its just drawings and profiles :D
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist
You want stories- lemme know I'll happily write them
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm waiting!
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irenerei Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student General Artist
only one word "wow" 
and this could be a poster / cover for a comic book series, very grand feel ^^
ps : I am drawing armors again ^^ thanks for the inspirations ^^
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
You are more than welcome Irene, glad my work could help :D
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irenerei Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student General Artist
^^
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The-Hip-Death-Goddes Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, ever heard of the Victual Brothers? They were pirates active in Northern Europe in the late 1300's. They didn't have any women pirates that i've heard of, but still interesting:

undertheblackflag.com/?p=2645
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Hmmnn, this is certainly interesting! The Barbary had a similar ones called the Barbarossa Borthers (one of them actually served under the ottomans)
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The-Hip-Death-Goddes Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is friggin awesome!!!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Cheers! Glad you like it :D
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bebesdupoire Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is completely ace!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Ah! It's been while, how have you been?! thanks for the compliment as always :D
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:iconbebesdupoire:
bebesdupoire Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i have been okay, thanks for asking. i've just been a bit de-motivated on the artistic front.

you, i see, have been quite busy!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I see, hope you can get back to art soon! :D

Yeah, i think i have been very very obsessed with drawings, probably to keep me busy after my recent relationship break-up, they certainly helps in reducing the stress :)
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Awesome! Europa Universalis III music! Do you play the game?

I like how all the pirates have their own distinctive hat (or topknot), and how they're all armed to the teeth. I really like the Caribbean woman's turban/headscarf as well, it looks like she's been picking up on local fashions. :)
 A question: what are those little things in Lalla Taljat binti Adherba's bandoleer? I really can't tell what they are :P
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Oh, i love that game. I used to play them before, and at that i was still dreaming about drawings all those historical events. The music are just way too inspiring.

Ah, the things on the corsair's bandoleer? Originally it was meant for a throwing knives, but i suppose i go for throwing darts instead., whatever it may be, it looks cool on her (at least to my opinion) :D
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Pirates seem to enjoy being unique, so perhaps they could be poison throwing darts! That would be why they need those little sheaths :D

I really liked EUIII as well, although recently I moved on to the game Crusader Kings II. And now Europa Universalis 4 is out, I'll have to save up some money to get it too! XD
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Well, who would have guessed, i play Crusader Kings 2 as well (you'd probably notice from some of the soundtracks i used for my drawings).

I agree, i should have bought when it was pre-order for EUIV. much cheaper than the ones now. I'll probably wait till steam sale, while steam-rolling europe as golden horde in CKII =P
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Awesome! My current goal is to turn all of France into one gigantic Normandy with some Norse invasions. XD

Since you know more about history than I do, I would like to ask you a CKII related history question! I've read that the Islamic world in the middles ages was not feudalistic as it is portrayed in CKII. If that's true, then how did they govern? Did they use whatever styles of local governance they took from the Romans and Persians they conquered? Did the Caliph appoint regional governors? If so, did their sons inherit the position?
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Well, the Islamic world in the medieval was probably differs, because the ones portrayed in CKII is Turkish successions. As far as i know, The appointment of Caliphs were taken from the sahabah (companions ) of the prophet Muhammad SAW (the rashidun), over time, the position becomes more and more political rather than spiritual as factions and discontents, which was common when the Abbasid claimed the caliphate. I'm not sure about the appointment of local governors, although they adopted some of the Persian systems. There's some truth in feudalism in the Islamic world, but the appointment of position was more based on merits than hereditary, and it was not uncommon in places such as Egypt that slaves (mamluk) could be appointed to govern an emirate.

As for the successions, it is generally accepted that the most powerful son will inherit, and lands were often equally divided between the male children. It is up to the one who was the most cunning, ambitious and "ruthless" that succeed the throne. There is a saying that "A slave is much preferred than one thousand sons, because the slave stay loyal to his master, while the sons desires their father's death"

But this is as far as i know and they barely scratch the subject. Perhaps maybe there's more expert on the subjects that you can discuss on :)
 
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ironsides11 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
Although you say it barely scratches the surface of the subject, I still appreciate your answer. Thank you! :)
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Forge-Silvershield Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome piece!!
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thankies :D
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akitku Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great idea to include some well-drawn pirate women from different cultures! I especially like the Dutch lady - a very original idea I think! The Barbary pirate is interesting too, she instantly made me think of a Hospitaller opponent - but then, that wouldn't really make much sense...
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I agree with you, it's good to include pirates from many cultures! i find it somewhat saddening that people mostly knows pirates like the one depicted in cartoons or holywood, so tperhaps this drawing will serve as a tribute to the lesse known ones.

It maybe possible for the pirates to face the hospitallers, by the project timeline, there's a knightly order of Malta that exist in the island of malta. Knights vs pirates may sound like something interesting to draw, afterall, it's part of historically wrong sketch :P
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akitku Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes that's exactly what I meant! The Hospitallers, of Knights of Malta as they were later called, played a significant role in the Mediterranean during the 16th and 17th centuries when their headquarters had been moved to Malta. They fought repeatedly against the Barbary corsairs, charged with the protection of merchant ships and the like. That's why I thought it might be a nice topic - but a Hospitaller Knight woman sounds rather strange...
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Well, the concept is strange, but in art, we can always have the liberty.

Besides, I've been thinking about drawing the Normans and "Female Crusaders" in the medieval series so maybe i can relate the two with the pirates:D
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akitku Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see the Normans then! Should be awesome! :D
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taibossigai Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist

Neat group of ladies...they look so relaxed together, & possibly planning out some plundering in the near future? ^^

 

A great read, as always. :)

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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Ahoy, ahoy, Arrrgh!! Well, pirates don't get along with each other normally, but i guess we can say that about these ladies in the drawing :P
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taibossigai Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:D I love it.
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BrowncoatMando Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist
went with a little of everything then. Indecision is sometimes good.
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Agree, its still conceptual sketches though, so the characters may evolve sometime :)
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work, I love seeing realistic, non-sexualized pirate women! :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Thank you, i agree with what you say. When i was looking for women pirates, i found a lot of 'surprising' results, so i thought it'd be better to create something more realistic.
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ArwendeLuhtiene Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, there are too many 'surprising' results when it comes to warrior-women!
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Astro-Creep166 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lady Pirates? I'd let them board my vessel any day xD
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