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Race Against Armageddon [COMMISSION] by FacelessJr Race Against Armageddon [COMMISSION] by FacelessJr
It's always good to be able to bring you fine folks some fresh new pones, especially when we've got all this delicious widescreen action. There's a ton of shit going on here!

Today's picture is brought to you by :iconj-dude: Just a little while ago, I did up a commission for one of the earlier chapters in his series, Black Equinox. In this scene, our heroes are desperately racing against an automaton invasion force that's heading straight for Canterlot. These brave little ponies have just recently escaped from the clutches of Adrian Mandeville, a maniacal arms developer with malign intentions for Equestria. Though they have been branded with his campaign's logo, Twilight and her friends struggle to pull ahead of the mechanical army and warn the townsponies of the oncoming invaders.

There was a lot to consider while designing this scene. One of the biggest concerns I had was communicating a dynamic range of emotions with our main heroes. From determination to anger to sorrow, I wanted to make sure that the audience could feel their confusion and worry as they wrestle with certain doubt over the outlook of their imminent future. Beyond that, designing the pathmaking robot and the tank while placing them in a heavily forested scene was a bit of a challenge. I wanted to make sure that the viewer could see that this army isn't just making a path because they can, but rather because they must. Those are the biggest points; I put in some other subtle ones, like positioning Twilight slightly ahead of the pathmaker in the background (leads you to believe that they have a chance of beating the army and makes the picture feel slightly more hopeful). There are other subtle cues, but I don't want to bore you with a lengthy explanation.

All in all, everything really came together nicely. This is probably one of the best/most successful backgrounds I've ever done in the FiM style. I'm really happy with how this forest scene turned out. From the safety of the ridge in the foreground to the dense trees in the back, I feel like every aspect compliments another in some way. It looks pretty darned good in my opinion.

More to come. Stay classy, ponefriends.
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why do i see my self with a modified .50BMG explosive browning m2 shooting at the damn enemy?
HoneyHeart1190 Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wheres dash?
Will you be making comic of this?
ecmajor Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You do some of the best show-style mimicry there is... and you back it up with awesome substance, regardless of the subject. Awesome as always!
Oh man, AJ lost her hat, the situation must be dire :S
KristenPonyFangirl Dec 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Poor Fluttershy..she looks so misrable....
Wow, epic. But why did this guy brand his logo on their cutie marks?
GiromCalica Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I first though this is a Red Alert reference.
I also wonder where RD is. Was she shot down or something since she likes to fly high and the army spotted her as she tried to race ahead? My other question is, what is with the rings around everypony's cutie mark? Please explain.
If you want to see what RD is doing while this is going on, follow that link there to the first commission.
Is this a sort of Avatar-esque story?
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