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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.
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:iconsumdumkidproductions:
God I love this kinda stuff. I really just want to see a video of Celestia and Luna just tearing through enemy ranks on a battlefield R-rated 300 style.

Sure it defeats the point of the show, BUT SCREW IT!
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Pony-boutique Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  New Deviant Professional Interface Designer
And sweet Celestia, that chain maille! 
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Pony-boutique Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  New Deviant Professional Interface Designer
Why dear, this is simply divine! You are an amazing artiste! 
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Yingtheeevee Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Student General Artist
Oh my god this is just... *heavy breathing*
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PioneeringAuthor Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... just wow... I did zoom in, and I'm amazed at all the details in the armor---and more than one layer of armor... wow. I truly do appreciate it, and give it my stamp of honor. :clap:

:clap: :clap: :clap:
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morion87 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016
love this, but i really cant see Celestia as a warrior. her stupidity at the wedding and the collasal f*** up with Discord and Tirek show she is WAY to trusting. Luna comes across the warrior-princess, aka Zena. just me though.
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BluBerryBunnie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Whoa so amazing!!!
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:iconthebrothersfim:
The time and commitment to detail shows. 
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Sweetbriar42 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THAT IS INTENSE AND INSANELY AWESOME!!!! YOU SHOULD TOTALLY DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS WITH LUNA!!! (I love Luna :))
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crystalcat23 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hoLY FUCCCK
I CAN'T EVEN FATHOM HOW MUCH HELL YOU WENT THROUGH TO MAKE THIS AMAZING PICTUREE
PRAISE THE GODS FOR THIS PERSON'S TALEEENNTT
AAAH
*FANGIRLING OVER LOAD*
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JJ-Snake Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
GOOD LORD THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
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Valmar33 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student Artist
This is total badass! :D
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partybug98 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wow........ i have no words that's just too good omg Extreme OMG OMG SHOCK. OMG - Watch that -reverse- :omg-whut: OMG SHOCK. OMG OMG ANOTHER SHOCK. Shock Emote OMG WUT? OMG :omg: rvmp-rvmp :omgkawaii: 
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SoupNaziMark2 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2015
And Twilight as her Ensign!  Perfect!
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SnapCentino Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Professional Writer
"You would have me take up arms? Very well."
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ForestStarStudios Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMFG THIS IS SO F*CKING AWESOME!!!!!!!1!!!!1!1!!ONE!
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Dakamy Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Student Artist
SO MANY DETAILS, now you're my DA godness.
I JUST CAN'T STOP LOOKING FOR ALL THOSE DETAILS, so much perfection!!!
Awesome job!
Continue like this!
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WildpawShecat Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg totally worth zooming in good job!
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XxArrowFyre Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
La la la la I am a dummy! :happybounce:  SO MUCH FANGIRLING!!!!!
GIF Gravity Falls - Celestabellebethabelle Caddy Wtf Intensifies 


GONNA LAG ALL UR COMPUTERS!!! HAHAHA!!!!Foxy the Pirate Fox Icon - Free to Use 
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ThaPokeMuffin Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015
Ok, who took her cake?
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Valmar33 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Student Artist
XD
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ElsaTinuviel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Student Writer
*cautiously raises hand*
*runs away fast as possible*
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
cool
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Fujin777 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Nice.
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AshesAndWings Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015  Student General Artist
wow
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Mellomoni Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
phenomenal work!!
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han169315 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Sun Scindo Prime :))
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Malkey-GrohiikVokun Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Es increible! 
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queendagi Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my god. Spectacular! I just love the detail you put in this! It is amazing! :happybounce: :squee: :clap:
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lShadowBeaml Featured By Owner Edited Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely breathtaking. I'm so friggin awed and jelly right now :l

EDIT:

Whoa whoa whoa. Downloaded the photoshop file and hid each and every single one layer to see what was what. I'm shocked. The work, every single, and almost imperceptible shade and highlight, the odd coloring, everything so meticulous and perfectly pulled off.

Simply amazing.
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SilFoe Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015   Digital Artist
Thank you!

That was before I got better with layer management and learned the importance of merging down when reasonable for the comp's sake.
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lShadowBeaml Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Still an amazing work of art. 

Like, I even got tempted to follow arts in college in the future for things like this.

P.D: The Royal Sketchbook is great! Cadance scheme made my day.
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NaokoElric2250 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So badass! So awesome! Let's hope Celestia is not reduced to a damsel/defeated for a fifth time and actually does something badass on her own.
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Frosttailka Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
this is my favourite and the best Picture that I´ve ever seen and the first time that I saw this is mybe a year ago...?
i love this sooooo much :333
only few thnigs are perfect and this picture is one of them
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dannykid799 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Badass level: TO THE MOON WITH YOU!!
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Night-Twinkle Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
had nothing to do with haters.
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Bonnie-Bunnyears Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Freddy embarrased chat icon 
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Anybronym0ti0n Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I finally found the origin of this awesomeness!
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Kittamaru Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
This... is incredibly badass!!!!
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Silentscreamsfromwit Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a good look 4 her!
nice  job!😍
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BenRG Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
"In the name of peace, we pleaded with them, we bargained with them and we offered them anything and everything a sane creature could want. They would not listen. So be it. If they will not embrace the light of Harmony, let them burn in its eternal, unforgiving fire."

"In the name of Equestria and all we hold dear... let none survive!"
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TheSilverDawn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAYUM.

Could you do Nightmare Moon like this?
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Silentscreamsfromwit Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be awesome!
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ardashir Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Utterly gorgeous! I love the work on Celestia's armor in particular. Fine picture of Celestia Solaria Invicta -- Celestia the Unconquered Sun.
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mirtar34 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So, what are they fighting? 
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Flammifleure Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  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 Dec 13, 2014  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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geartech Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
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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