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Underground Resistance

By Evil-DeC0Y
:icontrixieangryplz::iconsaysplz: "We've got to find a way to destroy Tirek as soon as possible!" 
:icondaringdoplz::iconsaysplz: "Agreed. I've faced similar villains before, but he keeps getting stronger."
:iconzecoramadplz::iconsaysplz: "I shall gladly shoulder any cost, to defeat him before all is lost."
:icondaringdowhatplz::iconsaysplz: "What are your thoughts Cheese, any plans? You've been quiet all night."
:iconmlpcheesesandwichplz::iconsaysplz: "I'm not sure how, but I think my old rubber chicken is going to be the key to his downfall."
:icontrixieohohplz::iconsaysplz: "..."
:iconzecoraannoyedplz::iconsaysplz: "..."
:icondaringdowhatplz::iconsaysplz: "..."

I've finally finished this picture, I've been working on it almost every night since the finale.

While I was making this there were several times I had funny scenarios based on these characters trying to work together against a nearly unstoppable villain come to mind, I was heavily tempted to make a comic series or a tumblr blog out of this idea.
But then I realized I just spent over two weeks on just this one picture, and I don't really have the time to run two tumblr blogs, and make any comics and pictures that come to mind, at the same time(not to mention I'm likely going to start doing commissions soon).

In case you were unsure what was happening in this picture, it's based on the French underground resistance against the Nazis in World War II.

Also Trixie's cutie mark is missing on purpose, it's to signify that Tirek has already stolen her magic. I'd love to one day have a comic on Trixie having her magic stolen, just imagine the fit she'd throw XD.


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QwixLochflow's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

I'd say that the most striking aspect of this piece to begin with is the characters involved. Not exactly a band of characters I would speak of in the same breath, which is why this is so interesting.

The immediate draw here, I think, is that each of these characters has a rebellious feel to each of them that works in a way that couldn't if other characters were chosen. If this same picture existed, but used characters like, say, Big Mac, Octavia, Maud, and Flitter.

Then the story is relayed in a passive, yet effective manner. Even without the description, I can easily tell that there is something quietly forbidden about this scene. Then the wanted poster confirms this; the 'Big Loser' (which is a funny thought unto itself; who knew Tirek dieted?) also sets the idea of a tyranny in place.

Those two posters tell all we need to know about what's going on. Certainly, it's scenes like this that make one stop and think 'What if...?' What if the Mane 6 failed? Who would stand up against Tirek afterward? In that respect, there's some poetic justice that Trixie would be involved; even better regrading the loss of the Cutie Mark. That alone is a shining example of how such a small visual detail can carry more story weight than one might expect.

Overall, excepting mention of the technical proficiency surrounding this image, the way it tells it's (alternate) story is easily the strongest aspect of this piece. Not only is the story idea fresh and ripe to be the subject of a fan-fic, but it is matched in originality only by it's potential.

Somepony reading this get to writing this, please!
Trixie-J-Lulamoon's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Impact

I've never seen a an image like this before, so I can easily give you points for originality. You have paid very close attention to your details, and it has paid off well. What I really like is your detail on fur and hair. I like how you made your brush strokes in the direction that fur would be going, keeping a consistent pattern with normal animal coats. Not everyone would think about how a pony's fur grows. I also like the little details on Trixie's mane, the strands sticking up at the edges. It gives a more life-like quality that I believe you were going for. However you only have that level of detail on Trixie for some reason, she is best pony but I think that Cheese's mane and tail would have a lot more hairs of fur sticking up. I also noticed your detail on the walls and the posters. I thought that the lack of a Cutie-Mark on Trixie's posterior was a dreadful mistake at first, but your comment on it has made me realize it is a rewarding chance. I would be interested to see how Trixie would react to having her powers striped from her.

I placed my impact at wear it is because if you look at this image without reading your comments about it you have to draw your own conclusions about what is going on here. I like that. There is no words that force you to think the way you intended, you instead left clues like the posters, and left the reader to regard how he or she would. Now something I did notice was that there is dirt on their hooves. I presume that the underground is a dirty place. But when I thought of that I noticed that there is only dirt on their hooves. This left me confused because I only see dirt in a very certain spot. I realized after looking at it for a period of time that the dirt on their hooves was just day-to-day grim, but that made me think you left a good opportunity to really make these characters look like they have been oppressed.

That got me to think that they really don't look that oppressed by their new evil ruler(Other then Trixie's lack of Cutie-Mark), and that poster makes me think they have been doing this for long enough that they are recognized as trouble makers. Maybe you could have splashed on some more grim, and made their hair a little more disheveled, but I am glade you didn't go with the cliche idea of putting them in ridiculous clothing. But that sadly means I have to cut a little from your impact and vision.

That wraps up my opinions on this piece. I believe I have rated them fairly based on you minimal mistakes. However if you could make these charters look like they have been in the underground, add some depth without words, then I could see giving you more points.

~With love,
Trixie-J-Lulamoon
Passin's avatar
Funny. Nice work
Mega-PoNEO's avatar
:icondrlightplz: Trixie, enter this capsule. It contains a suit of powered armor originally made for my ultimate creation, Mega Man X. He is more than strong enough to literally obliterate every Equestrian villain ever made without having to rely on the magic of friendship, let alone artifacts associated with it. His suit comes with every ounce of his greatness and power.
:icontrixieconfident: *steps into the capsule and puts on X's armor*
Trixie Megapony by GManGamer25
redcomet519's avatar
youknow its funny this oculd still work for the season 5 finale too as part of the alternate future where tirek reigns supreme lol
JNinelives's avatar
I really like these characters together! It's great to see a background ponies not just in hero roles but working as a team.

I didn't like Cheese much in canon, but his serious face seems so much funnier to me here than he did trying to be funny :).

I didn't get the French resistance thing until I read it, but your image does have another layer of depth to it now that I know!
SameSayK's avatar
The description really completes this work xD
Me like.
CJCroen's avatar
This is awesome!
DarthWill3's avatar
Trixie looks cute.
BerryPAWNCH's avatar
I'm all for Cheese Sandwich's idea.  It clearly makes the most tactical sense.
Mushies12's avatar
I said I'd do it XD

I just had to, inspiration isn't just ignored like that!
lightyearpig's avatar
Who is else is in this freedom force?
Evil-DeC0Y's avatar
Whoever your imagination wants :iconimaginationplz:, except for Cherry Jubilee... she still owes me like five bucks.
Rebron-y's avatar
Evil-DeC0Y's avatar
Looks like she is just going around lifting money off of everyone.
lightyearpig's avatar
How 'bout......
  • Coco Pommel
  • Spitifire
  • Seabreeze
  • Silver Shill
  • DERPY!!!!!
  • The CMC
  • Flash Sentry
  • Dr. Whooves
  • Shining Armor
  • Mrs. Harshwhinny
  • Mrs. Peachbottom
nightengale1028's avatar
you for got about changelings  your gonna need some
Sweet-karem's avatar
:icontrixieangryplz::iconsaysplz: "We've got to find a way to destroy Tirek as soon as possible!" 
:icondaringdoplz::iconsaysplz: "Agreed. I've faced similar villains before, but he keeps getting stronger."
:iconzecoramadplz::iconsaysplz: "I shall gladly shoulder any cost, to defeat him before all is lost."
:icondaringdowhatplz::iconsaysplz: "What are your thoughts Cheese, any plans? You've been quiet all night."
:iconmlpcheesesandwichplz::iconsaysplz: "I'm not sure how, but I think my old rubber chicken is going to be the key to his downfall."
:icontrixieohohplz::iconsaysplz: "..."
:iconzecoraannoyedplz::iconsaysplz: "..."
:icondaringdowhatplz::iconsaysplz: "..."
DrX-Raven's avatar
Raven: .... Thanks for copying the description...
Wolfram-And-Hart's avatar
I LOVE this! It really does have a very WW2 vibe. I can almost hear an air-raid siren, planes flying past and bombs dropping overhead while they plan.

Also, to all you fanfic writers out there: STORIES! WRITE 'EM! NOW!
Mushies12's avatar
I'll start working immediately. *write write*
Evil-DeC0Y's avatar
That is what I was going for, thank you:D!

indeed!
Meto30's avatar
That description is my favourite part of this picture XD

Favved!
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