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War of the Equestria by Ziom05 War of the Equestria by Ziom05
Hello! :)

Well, what can I say. It is just...


The battle between Changelings Swarm and Crystal Ponies, lead by King Sombra. I always knew that there is hidden potential of dark character. And what do you think about Chrytion - The Ruler of Changelings?

Based on cartoon show "My Little Pony - Friendship is Magic".

Also check my video, about painting process of that picture: [link] with cool music by :iconthecarbonmaestro:

If you like it, like me my facebook site: [link] and watch me on twitter: [link] :)
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Given 2013-01-28
War of the Equestria by *Ziom05 ( Suggested by KeinZantezuken and Featured by Lyricanna )
Critique by Meigs2 Jan 8, 2013, 1:47:58 PM
Yay, critique time!

Wow. Where do I start?

First off, well done fitting everything in! Its really difficult to portray something so large in such a small the same time, good job managing space. It feels large, yet not cramped, it feels lime you can sit in the picture

Second, very nice hse of effects.the warm glow brings out a sence of a holy presence there, as if a god is watching over everything.i also like tje subtle but important effects such as the glow on sombras' eyes.

And HOLY S*ITTHE DETAIL! you went way out of your to include EVERY little detail in the Armor, the dragon, and evwn the changeling's armor.Very good job.

I appoligize in advance for any weird grammar mistakes, just got a new phone and the keyboard is bigger than my old one :D
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Oh dear... the massive scale of this work is breathtaking.

There are only a few things I could think of that could throw us off a little bit.

See the soldiers on the very bottom right corner? I can't get a sense of depth on their head so their faces looks a bit like a man with a big fat upturned-nose.

And, if you look very closely at the changeling swarm in the background, I can notice repeated elements. Same leg poses, same leg shapes... Time constraints? Sure, but it's a funny observation.

I also wonder if white-colored highlights is the best choice as something in the back of my head tells me that it's wrong by principle. I see an orange-colored sunlight if anything, soo....

But mostly, they're probably little things that don't totally ruin this piece as the sense scale this creates is more than enough to make it one of the best fan art I've seen. If I can give a more useful critique, there's plenty for me to learn.
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Noknightsplease Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member
grayfuffdude Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
reminds my dad of Dragonriders of Pern
Angelwings200 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
I wish the show was like this. Then again, it wouldn't be a kids show anymore.
juneopal10 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015   Artist
i like it very much your art is azmazing!
DatGuySteaLz Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
HOLY FUCKING SHIT I.. i have no Words this is just... you cant appreciate all the badassery in this Picture you just can't it's epicness is on an entirely new scale
Solarchos Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
moonfire-dovahkiin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow that's such an epic pic. Not a MLP Fan but this is some stunning piece of art!
PegLegPirate Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
This is the best mlp theme piece of art I've ever seen. I'm not a brony, but I love the idea of Fictional wars. I am lost for words, it's just so epic.
RoyalKnightV Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Shouldn't it be War of the Crystal Empire? And Chrytion the prince? It seems there aren't a whole lot of queens or kings in equestria.
Krowing Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is an awesome page. I really like the crystal army and the dragon was a nice touch
kmathel94 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist
Ahh nostalgia. This is one of the first pieces that made me give mlp a try. :)
Thedragonslayer5 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
This is already a million times better than the show
aidadan Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
me encanta la cantidad de detalles que tiene y esa iluminación que le diste atrás del dragón y de el rey sombra :)
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
AussieGriffin Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Gotta say that only Sabaton's "Primo Victoria"… suits this picture.
RizBrony Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
I take that Sombra is the guy guy here ? 
Gingerquill Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
I feel inspired to start scribbling a fanfic of this.
Ziom05 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Go ahead. :)
iWantcoal Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The thousand years war... I can feel the tension :3

also, how long does it take for you to draw a typical art of yours?
sunli1999123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
coooooooooooooooool!I REALLY LOVE ITClapping Pony Icon - Princess Celestia Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna 

but how could they hold the weaponClapping Pony Icon - Randy 
Headmoon Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
really good !
hooon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Student Artist
:iconmlpdiscordplz::iconsaysplz:I'm Going to Need More Popcorn!
THEREADINGADDICT Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
This is soooooo f*cking badass!
Drakebrony98 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nightengale1028 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014 that a go changelings? becase im rooting for them
Jayage5ds Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
This is so epic +fav 
Spicybuns Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the greatest thing. I have ever seen.
cornelis13 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
that is a little underrated don't ya think.
Octavain Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Would you mind if I were to edit this picture and post it to my own channel thingy here on deivantart? 
You'd be given full credit and both your channel and this piece of arts linked in the description 
fireheart4012 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
this is absolutely amazing
Marcruz94 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Oh my Luna, is there a fanfiction based on this? If so I wanna read it, if not I wanna write it lol
Cosmic-Brownie Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is just so... asdlfkhafdn awesome.

(every time I look at Sombra in this though, I keep thinking he's a caterpillar xD)
mickeyODST Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
What, no he doe-oh my God I see it too.

You bastard, now I cannot unsee!
Cosmic-Brownie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muahahaha! >8D
Halojoe21 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
To explain my comment,  you inspired me to make a work of fiction, all your art made me long to create something beautiful, however my artist skills are less then bad. So I've turned to words, every picture like this needs a story. I'm sorry if it isn't the best. But it's what I can do.
Halojoe21 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I'm the worst writer on earth...but.…

(I may or may not continue it, if you have any lore you can input for the story please PM me)
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, that thing is so amazing ! I mean, the colors, the details, everything is so epic ! I especially like Chrytion and the changelings and the designs you gave to them, so insect-like, especially for Chrytion. And I was also surprised that Sombra was leading the good guys, since he was pure evil, but I still like a lot plot twists, and seeing him as a good guy is still pretty amazing. And also THAT dragon it's so freaking awesome looking, and with all of those crystal spikes and crystal wings you can easily see on who side he is ( and even after the war, he would be a pretty neat guardian for the Crystal Empire ).
Absolutely awesome job, so love it !
MarshmallowXSwirl Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh wow 0,0 This is amazing :D
Ziom05 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014   Digital Artist
Thanks :)
MarshmallowXSwirl Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
JameytheHedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
This feels like an 'artists impression' of what 2012 was like. I miss that year now.
mochiiico Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
THis is amazing. I don't even like MLP.
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
King Sombra, joining the Side of Light ? In the words of the Monty Pythons, "And now, for something completely different ! "
emrysmonkey Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
am i the only one reminded of the upheaval fanfics?
watermane2000 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This dong might help a bit?:…
DrakoFenix Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
goooooood job
thundergalaxy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student General Artist
AnimatedForLife Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014

I'm moved to tears...I know nothing of Chrytion, but envision it as a clash between Queen Chrysalis and Sombra. 


Believing that Queen Chrysalis (Queen Crystal) and King Sombra once ruled the Empire together, and their current followers were Crystal citizens, a wave of sadness passed through. Great beacons of light drenched in darkness. Losing themselves for the "light of the empire" as it fades to black by their very actions. Friends and family ripping each other apart as the future they sought drowns in the dark. No longer looking forward together. Only aimed at the enemy ahead.


The details in this piece have stretched my sights on the collapse of the Crystal Empire, along with it's impact on them all. Thank you so much for sharing this. It's masterfully done.


GamingGoru Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is just... INCREDIBLE!! I love it! :D
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