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Seljuq Ghulam by Imperius-Rex Seljuq Ghulam by Imperius-Rex
A drawing of a 13th Century Ghulam from the Seljuq Dynasty.

The Ghilman trace their origins back to the Abbasid Caliphate and were introduced during the reign of al-Mu'tasim, who favored them as his personal guard. The Ghilman were slave-soldiers comprised mainly of Turks, who were usually taken from conquered lands or frontier regions. A Ghulam would be trained and educated at his master's expense, sometimes earning his freedom through years of devoted service. These soldiers were required to marry Turkish slave-women chosen by their masters, but many seem to have also lived a life of celibacy.

Although the Ghilman initially served as caliph's personal guard, they were quickly promoted to high military command. These soldiers would eventually go on to hold great political power and influence. By the end of Abbasid reign the Ghilman had been grouped into whole armies and often served as elite cavalrymen, demanding high pay for their services.

These Turkic soldiers would later go on to serve the Fatimids, Seljuqs, Persians, Mughals, and Ottomans as well as starting a dynasty of their own, the Ghaznavid's of Afghanistan.


So I guess this is the first time I've attempted to draw chain-mail, I hope you guys like the job I did. Btw, the thing with the shoulders was done on purpose and doesn't need to be pointed out.
Enjoy! :heart:

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Ghilman/Ghulam (Nobody owns History!)
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Woaddragon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Love the chain-mail design. It's had to color armor.
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, but I feel that the line-art was the most challenging aspect to get down. :)
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matmohair1 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
:) awesome
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
makes me want to play Medieval Toatal War and get Ghulam cavalry! Neat history!
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I haven't played the game personally, but I have seen a lot of material on it in historical forums.
When I was younger, I used to play games like Age of Empires and Age of Mythology. :)
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just don't get into games that much anymore! I hear you!
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, but eventually something will come along to reignite that passion.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It would seem, historical precedents and all
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:iconimperius-rex:
Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really liked the Age of Empires series, but I never got to play the third one.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I only played 1 and the expansion...Actually I thought the AI was better in the original. I used to love setting ambushes with either my longbows or elephants depending on the faction.
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I would love to see a serious remake of the series! :)
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Tadpole7 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Chainmail came out pretty good, it's definetly not one of the easir things to depict well. :)
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It took time to get right, but it's not something you'd easily forget.
I'd say that most of the work comes in the repetition and matching of patterns.
Thank you for your feedback! :D
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Ikaramel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thnx for refreshing my mind i was about to forget their existance completely xD
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:iconimperius-rex:
Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I'd love to see them featured on Deadliest Warrior or something like it! :)
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Ikaramel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yeh why not ! ^^
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I bet their popularity would surge from then on. :)
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opal-tea Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I loooooooooove ittttttttttttt. OuO I'm really glad you decided to go with the one without the background. Sometimes, backgrounds can be distracting, I think. c:
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I think I'll do more like this. :)
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opal-tea Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DO IT DO IT DO IT. :eager:
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What should I draw next then?
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Artistic-Amira Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2011
A Ghulam? Wow I never expected to see this on dA! :rose:
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Imperius-Rex Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You can literally count the relevant search results on your fingers!
But hey, that doesn't mean there aren't any good results. :)
Just look at this reenactment photo;
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