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Contact in steel

An actual step to creating more for my "First Contact War" MLP universe.…
Initially started out as just doing armour designs to be used as reference in a larger artwork project. Then I decided to just work these out... kinda rough. From there it went into putting them together, etc. and to here.

First Contact War is my interpretation of a conflict between the first meeting of Equines and Griffins. Two large power house civilizations. Given their difference in species, culture and traits they might not always see eye to eye with these foreign intelligence.

Although this particular scene didn't have anything significant of a story in mind as it was meant to be just a design piece for armour.
Hopefully this'll help me try to eventually recreate a similar scene as to where this universe idea started for me back in 2012:

Probably not how they met in the show, but I'd definitely want to see how they did.

Total approx time: 15-20 hours (?)
Each character was made separately then put together with an environment. Kinda lost track of time along the way.
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StreaksPsyche's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I think I may be seen as being too generous.

But seriously loving the execution of the idea.

For creatures with exposed elegant necks, they really should have armor there. Hence, though it may look constricting to them, that's probably how Equestrian and Griffin armor would be. A simple neck wound could make you bleed to death, what more in battle?

This kind of painting should really be seen from a distance. If you look at it close, you'd think it be...unrefined. But viewed from a decent distance, everything blends well.

The mane and tails of the Regal Sisters should show their magical flow shimmer though.

Wishing I could do this kind of piece.
ItinerantDjuradhan's avatar
Those armoured collars seem both protective and debilitating. I'll bet they make backing out of the driveway...

...a real pain in the neck. Sans Chat Icon 2  *wheeze*

But seriously, the detail work here is astounding. Well drawn, and well done.
Wirlog's avatar
You can't also move your neck, don't you?
uh hu...
Discordantnoise's avatar
the bad-assery of this is quite clear.Natsu and Happy (Thumbs Up) [V1] 
JamarBHSamurai's avatar
Amazing and such lovely details.
StreaksPsyche's avatar

Plain and simple. Wow.
Flamster's avatar
That armour <3
ThreewonToo's avatar
I don't see why they'd be so aggressive, but the designs and artistry here are exquisite.  Those are some badass princesses!
oron61's avatar
I am probably missing out on the whole mutual hostility vibe on this.

Looks like the meeting of two ancient allies in another time of need. They meet upon an appointed time every century to discuss the course of events regarding the Dragons in the South, and the various changeling hives popping in and out of the lands.
I love how the details make them look ancient.
CarolineSunset's avatar
ok calm calm... phew.. OMG!!!!!!!!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG I LOVE IT!!!!!! I LOOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!
madkrayzypony's avatar
Oh i love this work, so detailed.
1 The faces kind of make them look old.

2 You thought to cover the wing shoulder joints :) So few people think to do that. (The canon armours might as well put their wings on a chopping block - any blade that slides off the armour has no choice but to strike the shoulder)

3S Shouldn't the armour on the hind legs be turned around? The hind legs are more likely to be struck from behind than from below the belly.
mrjwongy's avatar
i give up on making that critique i was doing /)_o your improving when ever i think of something XD like i was gonna say you didn't use colours well on skin and stuff but you just did it! XD^ *jelly*
ParastarSarasva's avatar
Welp it looks like they are grounded. Can't fly very well in heavy armor. Maybe that explains the looks on their faces.
Mokey1980s's avatar
Lovely piece, and I love how the griffon looks.
MoppyPuppy's avatar
Discord's defeat freed Equestria, but it also made it ripe for the taking.
Seeing as how the griffon can see eye to eye with Celestia, that's a pretty big griffon. Is he s/he supposed to be some sort of griffon demigod/divinity/whatever the hell Celestia and Luna's equivalent is?
Finikku's avatar
ferry nice picture
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