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Egyptian warrior by Hashashin619 Egyptian warrior by Hashashin619
The Qaysariyya was a millitary unit consisting of 10,000 heavy infantry during Fatimid dynasty of Egypt, which was established by al-Aziz when he built a palace for his daughter and successor, Sitt al-Mulk(sixth Caliph of Fatimid Caliphat) as her bodyguard in 996. The unit was engaged during Seljuk-Fatimid-wars, first Crusade and Siege of Jerusalem(1099).

about my drawing : This is portrayal of a Bedouin foot soldier from Al-Qaysariyya unit equipped with Arabian straight sword with north african influenced features, turkish composite bow, common islamic/Arabian spear, dagger and wicked shield.

Sources:
Nasir-i Khusrau, Relation, p. 138.
MaqrizT, Khitat (Bulaq), vol. II, p. 332.
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broosnof Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist
oh wow! your drawings are awesome!
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thx man, i'm glad you liked it!
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BadMillennial Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
The outfit reminds me of the Easterling designs in "The Lord of the Rings" illustrations. I think that's where they got their inspiration from.
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i don't know lord of the rings very good, do you mean outfit of orcs?
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BadMillennial Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
No, their allies were these guys called the Easterlings; but like you, I'm not inclined to the LotR series. Whenever I was in the book stores back in the early 2000s when the films were released, I skimmed through the pages of the "The Art of..." books to look at conceptual designs. They based the villains attire on Middle Eastern, Gothic, and Ancient Greek garbs as opposed to the Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, and Oriental wardrobe of the Humans and Elves.
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes that is what i meant, i remember there was a scene, in the third film i think, the humans were fighting monstrous huge war elephants, the orcs were wearing turbans and their armour looked almost like those of persians in 300: | and some of orcs looked really like africans to me! i'm not oversensitive, but i wouldn't use features of real cultures in a fictional work like this.
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BadMillennial Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
I think on the second film, at the Black Gate, a group of humans were marching, wearing these funny helmets and fabric that covered their faces. Their mail did look a bit like on the drawing you illustrated.
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Yurisc Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also, what is written in the shield? I guess is a Muslim prayer?
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes, it's written, '' and in Allah we trust' :)
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Yurisc Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't this heart shield a Moroccan shield? Did they used it in Egypt and beyond?
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