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In Defense of Equestria by SilFoe In Defense of Equestria by SilFoe
DETAILS. SO MANY DETAILS. Please, validate the effort put into this and zoom in. Things like the clasps and links that hold the armor together. The details on the helmet, both Celestia and Twilight's peytrals (the chest plate thingies). ALL THE THINGS.

So, a really freakin' long time ago, I was asked if I could do a picture with Celestia in armor. I went "Heck yeah! That'd be fun!" Since it wasn't a commission, I took my sweet, sweet time on it. I'd work on it for an hour and then leave it for a week or three and then pick it up again for another couple of hours. Stylistically, this is such a crazy departure from the usual sketch vomit I submit (I say that lovingly, the sketches are me learning and experimenting with digital medium. This was an actual test of my skill). There are still some errors, but I need to call this done and it get it out there.

About halfway through, I realized this would be the perfect picture to record to make a timelapse of. By then, it felt too late. Whoops... Instead, I'm going to offer up the huge Photoshop file. I approached this like an oil painting (that's my undergrad degree. This was an experiment in process. NEVER AGAIN. That was a stupid decision.) so there are a lot of superfluous layers. Every layer is numbered in order of creation (mostly) and named. Layers with a "-" in front is a hidden layer, like a reference picture or something that became useless later.

Here, have all 207 layers of it: [link]

Screw it up, make it stupid, dissect it to learn my process, I don't really care so long as you don't try to pass it up as your own . Have fun with it.

On Tumblr: [link]

quick edit: disabled layer 206. Decided that extra lighting effect was weird.
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mirtar34 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, what are they fighting? 
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Flammifleure Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist Writer
I remember  writing a comment on this before, but apparently it fell through the cracks and wasn't posted. Well! This is as amazing then as it was now. The picture is magnificent, the detailed work is almost staggering. It's incredible that you did all those individual links of mail!

And I do love Celestia, and it's great to see her like this. For some reason I especially like that her crest is emblazoned on the axe blades -- which is an interesting choice of weapon for her.

Also, I do have to think you for teaching me a new word -- peytrel. ^^
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TheAnimeChannelxX Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student Digital Artist
This cannot be described with words ohoooo
But I did zoom waaaaay in and I think it's so cool how you made the edges of Twilight's and Celestia's mane shiny!!! The shading is very perfect, too.
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IamtheRealmJumper Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Words can not describe how incredible this picture is.
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LucasKussowski Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is totally badass - YEAH!!! /)
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Warriors77495 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  New member Hobbyist Artist
Oh my god. You are so amazing.
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abbyb808 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clapping Pony Icon - The Dazzlings this is magnificent I love it Chiyo Fangirling Icon Fabulous Pewdiepie Emoticon <<< my actual face when i saw this
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rakdarian Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Quick question, Why owuld she be using an Axe? I mean Magic seems so much simpler and at a range, and more power, and more, well everything
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Magic, simpler? The basic of sword/axe/spear/etc. fighting can be mastered in a few weeks. But for fighting magic? Hmm ... I somehow doubt it would be the same.

Besides, it's better not to rely your entire defence/offence on only one type of weapon.
It's like a cocktail: several ingredients, but in different doses.
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014   Digital Artist
I suppose for the same reason the unicorn guards all have spears. It's a tool to be manipulated. Perhaps it uses less power and/or focus to swing an axe than to form a magic blade or whatever other spell she could use. That would allow her to maybe use it AND offensive magic or to keep her magic focused on defensive spells (for her and those around her) or just simply to prevent exhaustion during the battle.
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