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Prepare To Engage The Enemy by Baron-Engel Prepare To Engage The Enemy by Baron-Engel
This is the big boy I have been developing off and on for awhile.  Skyshark 01 by Baron-Engel  Bridge design 01 by Baron-Engel  Twilight's armor 01 by Baron-Engel Roseclaw's armor 01 by Baron-Engel  The Crystal Empire by Baron-Engel   Composition thumbnails 01 by Baron-Engel Well here's the final piece. It is a commission piece for :iconchakat-goldfur: Princess Twilight and her forces from Equestria prepare to break the changeling siege of Crystal Empire. They've got their work cut out for them.

One facet of the piece that was a challenge was how I would handle the literally thousands of changelings flying around the force bubble. Then realized that starling murmurations were a perfect source of inspiration YouTube. However I just didn't want it to look like a million starlings were trying to poop on the Crystal Empire.

Then looking at still photos of the flocks I realized that sometimes the flocks looked like objects. A horse's head, a flying angel, a dragon. Then I thought what if Chrysalis was actually guiding and controlling her followers to deliberately form some huge monster flying outside the city. 

The image is 13.5"x 26" and is done in colored pencil, marker pen, technical pen, and gouache on vellum finish Bristol board.

Edit update. If you want to read the story that this piece is based on FimFiction

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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I could've sworn that was a T. Rex!
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kallenin Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017
Oh!  I remember the pic with just twilight...nice to see who she's finally getting cross at. :)

"No!  I'm more purple than you are!"
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
"You're not purple, you're violet."
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ThatHappyGhoul Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I adore this style...it's so warm looking! Reminds me of illustrations you'd find in old books...bravo!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Well many of my heroes in art are illustrators from decades ago.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This..... is..... amazing!

Really fantastic job, Baron. Id say this was worth every moment putting together.
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:iconvercinacox:
Vercinacox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoah.. That is absolutely beautiful.. I'm too stunned to even elaborate. *Tries to pick up jaw from floor*
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like.
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Tiger-Hawk Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017
That so so cool
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Eskerata Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
The changing hive-form remnds me of the movie "Star Trek: Beyond" with the bee-like hive-mind of Krall's swarm when it brought down the Enterprise.
Great work on this!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2017
Epic image!
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cajobif Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Awesome work
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WidowPeak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist
Ah, we finally see the picture that has taken so much preparation. And man, it feels LARGE!

I wish there were more pegasi in the air, but the literal cloud of changelings compensates for it.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah the piece was already getting rather cluttered so I deliberately kept the number of pegasi and griffins down to allow some visibility.
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WidowPeak Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist
Good point
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Lvnnkartistries Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I think they need more airships
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
There are more forces behind them.
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:iconpahnazd:
pahnazd Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Holy guacamole that looks amazing!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
It was a challenging piece to do.
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pahnazd Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017
Well, it definitely was no small feat, it's clearly visible that a LOT of effort was put into it. Tens of ours, if not hundreds. And it came out gloriously :)
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MorcegoCinzento Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love how there is all hell breaking lose outside and Twilight's and the general's(i assume them to be general) facial expressions are like "eh it's another tuesday afternoon, how wants to hit the bar afterwards?" 
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
A commander and their officers must give the air of being in control of the situation at all times. Even if the fecal matter is about to hit the rotating oscillator.
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MorcegoCinzento Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD 
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templar127 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
FIRE DA DEATH RAY!!!!
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Monkeythechimp Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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TheOtterPony Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Awesome!
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Iven-Furrpaw Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"Attack the changelings from he front! Strike quickly! Don't let them see your fear!!!"

Great and amazing work bro! The details on this are fantastic!
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WeasleFire Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
This always pleases me.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it.
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chakat-goldfur Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well worth the wait to see the final piece. 

Check out the story behind it at www.fimfiction.net/story/24641… 
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I just put the FimFiction link into the post description. 
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Letrune Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Part amazing, part "pokes-up-fears" and part "wow, this is like a full fledged alternate reality". Amazing wins out I think. :3

Curious: bunches and waves of swarms would have worked, like at with locusts, if it would have not be for Chrysalis? I am kind of interested as well on how they are going to fight - midair collisions and duels?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Don't know they may disperse before contacting the enemy, or they maybe able to maneuver they way large flocks seem to be able to fly as if they're one mind.
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Letrune Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Okay, that sounds pretty awesome. I kind of would enjoy such in a game or so. :3
I noticed that you used a mix of armour designs, it gives some rather interesting fantasy feeling to the entire picture, while the airship seems a bit more like a more developed/scientifically advanced design. I wonder if that was intentional? :3
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes. Even the armor is starting to show a more "modern" feel to it. In this story the author created an Equestria that still has one hoof in the Old World and one in the new, industrial world we inhabit. Just with awesome magic and talking, candy colored, magical ponies.
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Letrune Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Wait, you mean that the huge airship with the horses was not my insomnia? Pardon, I got to close myself in a panic room now. :D

I noticed that you probably checked on how a fully armoured horse may looked like, but I don't see a lot of chainmail, so I guessed it is machine-pressured plate mail. That and the airship given me this vaguely Great War feeling, and I am still not sure if it is awesome or kind of creepy. I think I am a bit biased, but it still makes me see you do an amazing work. :3
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I did study Gothic period Medieval horse barding in the early stages of this piece. Especially when developing Twilight's armor. However eventually I decided to use late Gothic human armor; especially armor from the regions of Northern Italy where they used larger, curved plates instead of the rather spiky German school of design. 
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Letrune Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
That is a good way, and I feel good I noticed such. :3 Interesting designs, aren't they? Plenty would seem off for any fantasy, yet they existed in reality and was used.
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
            Chibi Twilight Sparkle Icon 
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HunterGiantesses Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Chrysalis will defeat these stupid creatures!
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HisPurpleness Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017
Simply magnificent! That's all I can say! :D
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Spring-Sp1rit Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Student Interface Designer
Impressive, just, wow really, the amount of detail in this is staggering! A job well done sir!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2017
This is a great balance between the usual fanon "serious business" pony stories and the show's whimsical nature. There's a great juxtaposition in Twilight as a serious-about-war-and-death military commander against an all out Changeling invasion... shaped like a kaiju. =)
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought that would be a great psyche warfare tactic to pull on the inhabitants of the Crystal Empire. This giant monster, howling and waiting just outside the force bubble waiting for it fail.
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Lunar-White-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome! *o* It's just beautiful!
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