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Border Rain by AssasinMonkey

There's a great sense of kinetic intensity to this one thanks to the particle effects. One can easily imagine a storm of nearly invisib...

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Border Rain by AssasinMonkey
There's a great sense of kinetic intensity to this one thanks to the particle effects. One can easily imagine a storm of nearly invisible shrapnel scouring the earth with each fiery blast. Powerful explosions, and especially fireballs, can actually darken the world for a brief moment. You captured that here. As well, the ponies under the shield actually look like they're being forced into the ground by the force of impact, their coats rippling as if under the pressure of a powerful shock wave. Like skin in a wind tunnel. The out-of-focus background actually lends to the piece. At least I think so. It's one very personal slice of a larger scene, and that focus is a strong one. Deciding to make the other ponies appear only as silhouettes might appear lazy to some, but I'd say it paid off. Against a backdrop of war-fire on this scale, only silhouettes are appropriate.

I'm not as much of an expert on colors as I might wish, but it's easy to appreciate the subtle use of green inside the shield at bottom right. It gives the image just a little more life, a little more "pop."

I think you could have pushed the power of the explosion further by distorting the air around it, away and/or around from the shield, to show the pressure wave. In addition, the central character looks like they're being driven straight down by the force of impact, though the explosion is at an angle from them. A slightly more off-balance stance might have better communicated the struggle to stand firm. Either leaning into the blast or away from it. Just slightly. Their manes definitely would have benefited from being blown around. As is, those manes appear to have been overlooked.

All in all, a pleasure to look at and exciting to hypothesize about. Personally I find myself wondering just what the griffons are using on these ponies, and why only unicorns are present.
Jul 30, 2014
:iconwisdom-thumbs:Wisdom-Thumbs has changed their username (formerly majorfreddy)
Edit: Wooooah there, mark this one as resolved. A BIG thanks to :icontim015: . I'd say "aw shucks," but truth is I actually am grateful. ...and now I'm a kid in a candy store.

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Long, long ago, on an internet far away, there was a place called Gametalk. A young and most decidedly un-mustachioed version of me made Gametalk his web home and learned a great many life lessons there, in addition to making a great many incredibly stupid and immature mistakes. Young me went through a number of usernames on Gametalk, eventually settling on "Sergeant Freddy" for reasons that not even the e-gods could ever know.

But that wasn't enough. Pubescent me decided to "rank up" my username every few days.... hours........ minutes... until finally it was Major Freddy and I was left wondering just wtf I'd done. But by then I'd already made a DeviantArt account under the "majorfreddy" name.

Sometime later I made a FF.net account and remedied my mistake by assuming the moniker of "Wisdom Thumbs." Okay so it was actually much more presumptuous and included such adjectives as "Great," but at least it was better than some attempt at pseudo-military tacticoolness. Since I had yet to upload anything to my DA account, I made a new one as "wisdomthumbs" and called it a day. But... none of my friends at the time knew me as Wisdom Thumbs, and to them I was still Major Freddy (read: MFer). So when I actually began taking DA seriously, I uploaded art to my "majorfreddy" account. And once that started, it snowballed.

These days I'm Wisdom Thumbs everywhere but DA. It's too late to switch over to the wisdomthumbs account and reupload everything there, and this is causing some... awkward issues on sites such as Derpibooru and elsewhere. I've actually been accused of stealing my own art.

Now, unfortunately there's nothing I can do about the old "wisdomthumbs" account, and I don't have Premium, but it's really high time I consolidated my internet identity under one username umbrella. Double-unfortunately, I have only the faintest clues of how the name-changing process works on DA. So I turn to you, mysterious and nebulous reader person, in the hopes of explanation and even help if necessary.

Unrelated: if you don't check the music I include in each journal, it's important that you do. The world itself is at stake. And only you can save it by being a bad enough dude/dudette to listen to videos on Youtube. I could have anyone here except I'm extraordinarily socially inept. One day I hope I'll find someone who doesn't mind Herpily derpily derpily derpily herpy derp derpy
Herpily derp herpy derp herpy
  • Mood: Apprehensive
  • Listening to: "Herp de Derp"
  • Reading: Fallout: Equestria .... again
  • Watching: Breaking Bad (again x2)
  • Playing: Herpy flerpy schmerpy berky quirpy derp derpy
  • Eating: leftover leftovers
  • Drinking: Enough coffee to herpity derp herpy derp herpy
The Lobster Knight (updated) by Wisdom-Thumbs
The Lobster Knight (updated)
The long-suffering Segmund Craw, or "Ser Lobster" as he is more commonly known, has always been a dour pony. Though he initially balked at his unfortunate nickname, which derived from his strikingly red armor, it wasn't long before he made it his own. Perhaps he did so out of a misplaced sense of pride, or maybe he simply never cared what others said of him. Either way, he even went so far as to adopt a lobster as his sigil and have his armor customized to reflect his newfound identity. Not the wisest of decisions.

Some say his signature zweihufe backbreaker of a sword is just his way of overcompensating. Others say he's nothing more than an embarrassment to the realm. But, though all of Equestria mocks him for his perceived eccentricities and diminutive size, Craw is nothing if not stalwart. His raw skill makes him more than a match for knights twice his size, and even his staunchest detractors should know better than to cross swords with him on even terms.

He only wishes people would give him a little recognition. Hay, he'd just settle for somepony remembering his real name. Is that so much to ask?
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The Captain by Wisdom-Thumbs
The Captain
Born to middle-class unicorn parents and named after a heroine of old, it wasn't long before Glinteng changed his name to Glinted Chape and struck out for greener pastures. After a brief stint as a city guard of Canterlot, Glint finally found his place amongst the Royal Guard of Everfree, where he made a name for himself with his keen eye and rigid adherence to order. Perhaps the defining moment of his career came when he stumbled across a plot to assassinate the Royal Sisters. And while his saber fell sure that day, perhaps the least pleased with the result was Glinted Chape himself.

Ill-interested in the airs of the nobility, but ever willing to stay on top of court politics in the name of his job, Glint was eventually named Captain of the Guard as a compromise between several other candidates. By then he had painstakingly built a reputation of possessing the bushiest mustache and the most unflinching resolve of any pony in Everfree Castle, not counting Celestia or Luna of course. The resolve, that is. Not the mustache. And while it cannot be said that Glint is much of an inventive pony, or even a great leader, he is certainly forward thinking, hence his trademark saber. A practical and competent stallion at least, well loved by his guardponies. He has recently come into a disfiguring facial scar after a battle with a vicious vampire. While that wound may heal in time, the scars of losing ponies to the monster will never leave Glint's already heavy soul.

The age of knights and chivalry has ended where Glint is concerned. Only vigilance can protect Equestria now. And dark times are ahead.


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This character was originally named "Fawn Saber" in the earlier drafts of Swordpony. Thankfully that's changed.

His colors are brown and honey-gold. His cutie mark is a sword secured in its scabbard, symbolizing both the willingness and the reluctance necessary to wisely wield any weapon.
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Edit: Wooooah there, mark this one as resolved. A BIG thanks to :icontim015: . I'd say "aw shucks," but truth is I actually am grateful. ...and now I'm a kid in a candy store.

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Long, long ago, on an internet far away, there was a place called Gametalk. A young and most decidedly un-mustachioed version of me made Gametalk his web home and learned a great many life lessons there, in addition to making a great many incredibly stupid and immature mistakes. Young me went through a number of usernames on Gametalk, eventually settling on "Sergeant Freddy" for reasons that not even the e-gods could ever know.

But that wasn't enough. Pubescent me decided to "rank up" my username every few days.... hours........ minutes... until finally it was Major Freddy and I was left wondering just wtf I'd done. But by then I'd already made a DeviantArt account under the "majorfreddy" name.

Sometime later I made a FF.net account and remedied my mistake by assuming the moniker of "Wisdom Thumbs." Okay so it was actually much more presumptuous and included such adjectives as "Great," but at least it was better than some attempt at pseudo-military tacticoolness. Since I had yet to upload anything to my DA account, I made a new one as "wisdomthumbs" and called it a day. But... none of my friends at the time knew me as Wisdom Thumbs, and to them I was still Major Freddy (read: MFer). So when I actually began taking DA seriously, I uploaded art to my "majorfreddy" account. And once that started, it snowballed.

These days I'm Wisdom Thumbs everywhere but DA. It's too late to switch over to the wisdomthumbs account and reupload everything there, and this is causing some... awkward issues on sites such as Derpibooru and elsewhere. I've actually been accused of stealing my own art.

Now, unfortunately there's nothing I can do about the old "wisdomthumbs" account, and I don't have Premium, but it's really high time I consolidated my internet identity under one username umbrella. Double-unfortunately, I have only the faintest clues of how the name-changing process works on DA. So I turn to you, mysterious and nebulous reader person, in the hopes of explanation and even help if necessary.

Unrelated: if you don't check the music I include in each journal, it's important that you do. The world itself is at stake. And only you can save it by being a bad enough dude/dudette to listen to videos on Youtube. I could have anyone here except I'm extraordinarily socially inept. One day I hope I'll find someone who doesn't mind Herpily derpily derpily derpily herpy derp derpy
Herpily derp herpy derp herpy
  • Mood: Apprehensive
  • Listening to: "Herp de Derp"
  • Reading: Fallout: Equestria .... again
  • Watching: Breaking Bad (again x2)
  • Playing: Herpy flerpy schmerpy berky quirpy derp derpy
  • Eating: leftover leftovers
  • Drinking: Enough coffee to herpity derp herpy derp herpy

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Turns out this plz looks just like me: :iconcrybabyplz:

Hey there, I live on a farm in hot, hot, hot Texas, and in my spare time I'm the embodiment of sloth. We own cows. And horses. And tractors. Ugh.

I'm a Gears of War fan, I grew up on Calvin & Hobbes, and (fair warning) I just so happen to like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I've introduced my kid brother to all of these, and while he thinks Pinkie Pie is just about the funniest thing ever, he much prefers chainsawing his way through Locust hordes.

As for what I do, I've been drawing since the day I could hold a pencil. I also write for *BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT*, and at the moment I'm working on some fanfiction. One day I hope to start publishing novels and start my own low fantasy webcomic on the side.

Remember that if you don't like what you see, you can always look elsewhere.
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Raedin Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for fav hombre
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bladesfire Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much for the fav! :D
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ahmonza Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
thanks for being a watcher now ... i will ... watch you... mawhahahah.
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are gonna have soooo many watchers if you keep up that art. And with watchers comes... internet cred? I dunno, but it can't hurt. Might take a while, because original stuff tends to be less popular than fan art, but with your skill it will happen.
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ahmonza Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
I will try... thank you
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Raedin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Christ, I found the story! Now just to get the pdf!.. ah yes... :iconcryforeverplz:
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tare-musume Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch!
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BruinsBrony216 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Damn good pencil work, dude! I believe a watch is in order..Also, is there a link to this mysterious Fallout Equestria comic that you worked on? 
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Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alas, it was contained to Skype. We all figured out early on the project was just too High Level a beast to feasibly tackle. Hopefully maybe they'll do a smaller scale comic that I can help with, though.
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grievous04 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Thanks for the Watch, man! You're, like, my American Idol! I have your name tattoo'd on my chest and other parts!
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