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Warning, this one might be a bit more gore-ish than usual.
I don't paint things like this often but it felt... nice.

Spent slightly less than 2 hours on this after I finished chapter 39.
Celestia... she gets so flying feathered up...


Shoutout to Somber for creating Blackjack, a character I have come to really love in a story I always wait for in anticipation.
Project Horizons - [link]
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:iconkmn483:
Kmn483 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017   Digital Artist
Security saves ponies, but Security can't save herself.
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Masterbuscus Featured By Owner Edited Jan 2, 2015
I have seen this pic a few times around the net it looks great. I just finished chapter 26 and cant wait to see what happends next. Blackjack is an amazing character and seeing this makes me read in horrified anticipation when she endures worse and worse as time goes on.
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artwork-tee Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Incredibly well done :D
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BronyKymo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Just read this chapter today, torn apart lol :P
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batosan Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In her mind she is "Black Jack Devourer of Souls" , so this is not to far off if you look at it as a "mirror of the mind" perspective! Neat work!(don't know how I missed this one!)
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Gordon-Weedman Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Oh snap, when is this? During the time in the lab with Sanguine?
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
My memory isn't really clear on it. I think when she just finished up in the lab yes.
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:icondeusira:
Deusira Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
BLACKJACK IS BEST PONY!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
Best Wasteland pony that's for damn sure o3o
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Deusira Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i meant in general but yeah that too
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:iconmlpminis:
MLPMinis Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Blackjack is possibly one of the best characters I've read from a first person perspective story, I feel a lot of sympathy for her and a strong connection to her band of friends.
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
PH is currently one of my favourite stories out there, it is indeed well written but I do miss ol' badass Blackjack a bit now and then~ She should get drunk again soon xD
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BloodyFatalis Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
its a well known fact that the blackjack is an extremely self-abusive creature, and is hell-bent on pushing itself until-*thunk*
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student Filmographer
Her suicidal tendencies seem to have passed tho~
Still yep, a little bit VERY CRAZY!
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BloodyFatalis Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
And still a tiny bit EXTREMELY RECKLESS.
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Sporeplayer Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
She just looks... tired, really. Pretty fitting.
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Thank you, I really put some time into making her look exhausted (:
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CaptainDerpy Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Interface Designer
awww so close - :iconmylittlebrony8:
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Aulann Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
When I first saw this I thought it was my OC for a moment, but then I saw the color of the eyes. Really good work
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student Filmographer
Oh wow you must have thought I completely flying feathered up your character xD
Thank you :)
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Aulann Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012
I was kinda hoping that lol
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slicerness Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
this is the most horrifying thing i've seen in a LONG time. in other words, this was perfect in every way and really captures the HOLYFUCKSHITMYFACEISMELTING feelings blackjack must have been barely suppressing all chapter.
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Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
I went for horrifying yay \o/
Thanks a lot, kinda wanted to portray this feeling.
Actually I think BJ did a pretty good job on not freaking out about it.
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slicerness Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
i think most of it was because she had a very clear goal and a healthy dose of motivation in the form of killer robots though. take those away and she'd have collapsed, emotionally and physically.
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Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Student Filmographer
True, she barely gives a buck about herself either way. I really think she had something solid to hold onto.
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Whiperingkataclysm Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
This is when she had to cut her mouth open isn't it?
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yes, slightly afterwards when she looked into a mirror.
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Mediteral Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really like her mane! (Seriously, good job with the hair!)

This is a really good image. For me, it kinda sums up Blackjack's character so far. Horribly feathered up yet still smiling!
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Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Filmographer
The smile was unintended at first but it just looked right.
Mainly because she took her appearance with a pinch of salt in my opinion and like I keep telling others; she's had worse :D

Thank you!
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SubjectSigma77 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Ah creepy!...I like it :D
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
(: thank you~
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DesertRedV023 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
I know a song that suits this, and her perfectly: Five Point O - The Infinity
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yeah that's indeed very fitting, somehow serene in a rough song. Inner chaos and such (:
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freeflyingwolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
It's terrifying, but also can be seen as emotional. Like the wasteland is finally getting to her, melting away the last bits of herself until there is nothing left.
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
I did think she took it a bit easy. I mean sure still devastating but she wasn't bothered by it THAT much.
No doubt that she is completely different from her stable-past though, both physical and psychological, for better or worse? I can't tell.

Thank you (:
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freeflyingwolf Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Yeah, I thought someone who came back from the dead to be more than half robot would have cried for a few hours. I guess she's good at bottling up her emotions like that.
It's hard to tell if she's better or worse from the stable. She learned a lot from the outside, like she learned how to remember. She also learned that what they were doing to the males was wrong. But she never had to kill, even if she accidentally did once. She's kept 'being the good guy' close to her heart, no matter what. But she still had an easier life in the stable.

You're very welcome
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Taren14 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well it's a good thing they kept all those skin grafts and stuff, then!
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Pretty much, she could really go for some new lips.
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mdb45424 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
got to be careful after being near the pink cloud muhahaha
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
I tend to forget how nasty it is because of its colour :I
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TheUnrealChrichan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Dat joker smile.

This is absolutely fantastic. Gruesomely beautiful.

Any chance we could get it in wallpaper format?
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Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
Want to know how she got those scars?...
Thanks you :D

Also nope, this truly is a portrait shaped picture, already cropped it in this way and it will take me a bit of effort to try and 'Wallpaper' it (well maybe if you flip your monitor 90 degrees).
Sorry.
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Liqwidice Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
I had nightmares about what she looked like b4 seeing this pic.... Now it's just too vivid.
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:iconforeling:
Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
Yay vividness!
Honestly I visualised it way creepier/messed up while I was reading O_o
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Stanwuuz Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
wow, just wow! This is truly a masterpeace! When i first saw it i was stunned! It just looks so great and detailed and it took you only 2 hours?!? When i draw something it takes a lot of time and it doesnt even look half as good as this! I realy gotta go finnish reading the chapter. I figured Somber wouldnt go easy on blackjack scinse she was given a copy of herslef for "spare parts" X)
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Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
You praise to much :D
That's the beauty of working in big resolution really, This was at least twice as big and shrinking it down tends to work wonders. (like you focus more on fixing things and those become details, I don't understand it well enough myself to explain it simply but it works xD)

Thank you~
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quackmanbrony Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Ya, she really should have waited to look in a mirror.
I knew someone would have something a soon as I read it.
Nice job.
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Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
Eyup.
I mean the way P-21 and Rampage look at her while she's feathered up has become sort of common but Psychoshy watching at her in glee kinda gave it away...
Not to mention the whole Taffy-ear thing and sword to mouth D:

Thank you~
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chinman Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Dat pic. O.o
It's as awesome as it is disturbing.

So to recap, in just a single day BJ:
1. Broke into a top secret compound guarded by it's own death forest
2. Exploded, then exploded twice
3. Took down not one but two genetic monstrosities
4. Enlisted the aid of a mass murdering mad scientist
5. Had half her face melted off and in doing so discovered she's more machine than mare
6. Got some awesome tongue from the spirit of chaos
7. Was chased by an army of equicidal robots while having the life sucked out of her
8. Proclaimed this day to be a smashing success once the dust settled

Don't ever change Blackjack, don't ever change. :D
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Foreling Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Filmographer
^This
that is quite a day yup.
I actually thought it was 2 days. but then again I think more than just a few months have passed too.

Thank you~
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