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Contact in steel by AssasinMonkey Contact in steel by AssasinMonkey
An actual step to creating more for my "First Contact War" MLP universe. assasinmonkey.deviantart.com/g…
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: fav.me/d5az6hy

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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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.
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Discordantnoise Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
the bad-assery of this is quite clear.Natsu and Happy (Thumbs Up) [V1] 
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MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Spectacular!
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JamarBHSamurai Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing and such lovely details.
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StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
Wow.

Plain and simple. Wow.
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Impressive. 
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Flamster Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
That armour <3
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ThreewonToo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't see why they'd be so aggressive, but the designs and artistry here are exquisite.  Those are some badass princesses!
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oron61 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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CarolineSunset Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok calm calm... phew.. OMG!!!!!!!!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG I LOVE IT!!!!!! I LOOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!!
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Nice.
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madkrayzypony Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh i love this work, so detailed.
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
amazing
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Braininthejar Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
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.
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lSUPER-Rainbow-Dashl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AESOME!
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mrjwongy Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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*
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ParastarSarasva Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Welp it looks like they are grounded. Can't fly very well in heavy armor. Maybe that explains the looks on their faces.
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Dakathi666 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
Nice!
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Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Lovely piece, and I love how the griffon looks.
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MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Discord's defeat freed Equestria, but it also made it ripe for the taking.
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Peteman12 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
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?
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Finikku Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ferry nice picture
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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Fixap Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
NICE!
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:iconassasinmonkey:
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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katarjin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
glad to see more of this stuff AND the armor looks like it would work
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's good to hear, I always enjoy trying to make armour work :D
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Ashoof Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
ok man.. this is so awesome.. just so cool! i LOVE the deail on all this armor! SO BAD ASS!
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear you like them, thanks!
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:iconstandardbronybrowser:
The armour looks really cool, especially the wing-thingies. The only thing is that the neck looks a little bit like a neck brace, as if they'd hurt themselves at some point.
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe yea, the neck pieces seem to feel like that for others as well. I might have to adjust them, perhaps lower them to show how thick the neck is. Though I did imagine the pieces moving along with the neck as they move considering the length of it is one of the main differences with humans. Or kinda like those rings around Zecora's.
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katarjin Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
well its better then getting stabbed in the neck
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:iconstandardbronybrowser:
True.
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flight-tune Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
This is amazing
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:iconassasinmonkey:
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks you :)
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batosan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat armor work!
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheAussieBlue Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
This looks amazing, it really does. A few things. The grass under their feet looks wrong, as if it suddenly grew about six inches longer. The feathers look more like fur (except on Celestia) and theporptions do not look right at all, with farr to large heads. Although that may be just the style of the show it doesn't look right here.
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Rushed the grass on the feet a bit much yea, probably forgot to go back to it after doing the rest of the environment. It's the main thing connecting them to it.
Although the heads might be a bit too big indeed, it also feels the hair makes them bigger than they really are and perhaps also for the necks not being visible except for a small part at the base of the ears.
That's mainly the Sisters though haha, Gryphon head I might have to play around a bit more with in general, not sure what I prefer for those. :)
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Man, they look great ^^ Those neck pieces must be kind of unconfortable.
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, I could've maybe loosened them up a bit. At least the Gryphon has layers of feathers to soften it up.
Might look a bit tighter as well since the neck thickness isn't exactly visible. Something I can think about!
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Girlfoxgirl Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Writer
I love this idea. ^^ Wonderful story behind it.
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I've been wanting to go back to it for a long time now, I'll try to expand the world more and more.
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xormak Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, it seems you're really digging that Headcanon with the griffon-war :3 I am liking this idea, maybe i'll do some Art for this headcanon too^^
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Feels nice to finally be doing these. It's where my pony paintings really started hehe. Before I know it I'm stuck making pieces for it haha.
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xormak Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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griffin535 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Those neck pieces look uncomfortable. XD
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD they kinda do, hopefully they'll move along with the neck.
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griffin535 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Lol. I would hope so. XD
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