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The Siege of the Cockatrices by QuizzicalKisses The Siege of the Cockatrices by QuizzicalKisses
GOOD GOD MY ARM HURTS

This took a whopping 6 days to finish, my left arm is completely numb at this point. BUT. This has to be, BY FAR, my most enjoyable piece yet. I admit freely taking lots and lots of inspiration from the great artist in Blizzard Wei Wang's piece for the female barbarian and my own personal art God Frazetta's Death Dealer (on top of color picking, but no one needs to know that >.>)

This piece is based on the MLP digital comic *which I have not read but a friend of mine showed me some pages; Based on the story arc of Nightmarity (I think?), there's a bit where Celestia tells the mighty and epic tale of the siege of Canterlot by the evil Cockatrices, where she and spike drove them off with trident and horn with nothing but grit and a metric ton of friendship.

This armor design is my favourite, mostly because it's been FAR too long since I got to design some overly complicated armor piece with tons of texture and detail on it (although no where near as awesome as Wei Wang's piece, but I'm getting there)

Anyway, seeing Beefspike's growing popularity with the fandom, I hope you guys enjoy this one :) This really took a large chunk of my soul and willpower with it, so I'll probably take a good long rest after this. Enjoy!
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:iconheirophant:
Heirophant Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
After about three years I had to come back and make sure this still as incisingly epic as I remember.

Confirmed.
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Gingerquill Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
this is awesome!  I love War Seraphim Celestia in the background!  And the dragon-horse-beast Beefspike is riding.  I would definitely ride that into battle :)
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:iconajtalon:
AJTalon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Student Writer
Your wrist and arm pain is totally worth it. I love it.
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:iconjenz-metal:
jenz-metal Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Ah, yes, very Warhammer Fantasy-esque. Me likey.
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:iconvorval:
vorval Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Awesome
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:iconvorval:
vorval Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Oh my they are fighting dragon-chicken-snakes :D
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:iconstupidmaturefiltergr:
this is amazing.
my god! :O
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:iconchibimooshi:
ChibiMooshi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is simply astonishing! :wow:
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:iconlordofthememes:
Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
freakin awesome
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:iconel-dante-del-ante:
El-Dante-Del-Ante Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
And here we have a dragon riding a dragon.
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:iconlordofthememes:
Lordofthememes Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
not sure if a dragon
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:iconquizzicalkisses:
QuizzicalKisses Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013
Rarely we have the opportunity to see such a specimen in the wild, let us hope that we do not scare it away...

/attenborough/
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:icondarksoullessgirl:
darksoullessgirl Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Celestia's face kind of cracks me up and all the detailing is AMAZING!!!
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:iconl-master:
L-MASTER Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
extreme
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:iconalanthos:
Alanthos Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
I have seen this illustration in a Warhammer (fantasy) rulebook, I think. If I hadn't, it's nearly impossible to distinguish from the original's epic of epicness.

Congrats. Really.
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:iconquizzicalkisses:
QuizzicalKisses Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
lol, thanks :)
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:iconenmar123:
Enmar123 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
spike
is 
Badass
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:iconthexiadarkness:
TheXiaDarkness Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
So I'm guessing the mount is grit and the sword and spears are friendship?
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:iconquizzicalkisses:
QuizzicalKisses Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Beef = Magic = Friendship!
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:icongeegens:
Geegens Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Wow this is just.... Amazing.
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:iconquizzicalkisses:
QuizzicalKisses Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Thanks :)
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:icongeegens:
Geegens Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
No probz! C:
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:iconsoliassoul:
Soliassoul Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A dragon riding a dragon. NOW I've seen it all! I think . . . .

Outstanding painting, too! Spike looks so tough.
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:icons0r:
s0r Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Rarity: The love of my life I think I've fainted.
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:iconanthro-animals-rule:
Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Me: Ok, time to browse through DeviantArt for some more epic MLP fan art.

*Finds this picture*

Me: OH...MY...DAYUM!!

omfg   Shocked  Worship
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:iconreignewolvenshire:
ReigneWolvenshire Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is AMAZING. @_@ So much detail... :onfire: I REALLY want that mount! :D
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:iconzaparcik:
Zaparcik Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
This is unbeleviable. Amazing piece of work, worth of sore arm for sure!
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:iconbrother-malachai:
Brother-Malachai Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
It's actually the Return Of Queen Chrysalis Arc.
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:iconsandvichguy1:
Sandvichguy1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, Spike is having another one of his day dream moments again.
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:iconhardvaro:
Hardvaro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
God.
DAYUM.
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:iconangelic-rhapsody:
angelic-rhapsody Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Me: (found picture via somebody's favourite list)
Oh, hey, nice picture.  Awesome armour, cool creatures, lots of delicious details.  Me like.  And a flying woma—wait, is that Celestia?  I...think it is!  And...that's Spike?  Holy crap, this is MLP?!
(read description)
Huh.  It is.
...
...
...
Nifty.
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:iconkeirtanaka:
KeirTanaka Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I C A Perfectly Good Armor Woman N there...that can fly!!
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:iconquizzicalkisses:
QuizzicalKisses Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Took me a while to read that, but yeah that's Celestia.
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:iconkeirtanaka:
KeirTanaka Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Most users can read that just fine but that is tha most letters I've used as shorts N 1 sequence! Thanx!
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:iconfreefox:
Freefox Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Holy Sparta, :iconleonidasplz:THIS.IS.AWESOME!

bur seriously love the details, and Spike oh boy... fearsome!
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:iconquizzicalkisses:
QuizzicalKisses Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
THIS. IS. BEEF!!!
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:iconsilencedmi6:
SilencedMi6 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Now this is both an amazing interpretation and realization of the comic's original story :)
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:iconquizzicalkisses:
QuizzicalKisses Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Thank you :)
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:iconsightlesschainedrake:
SightlessChaineDrake Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Spike riding the dragon takes places during the first Chrysalis-centred story arc, not the second "Nightmarity" one. Awesome pic ^^
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:iconnot-always-fanart:
Not-always-Fanart Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
What's the name of the comic? I want to read it. Badly.
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:iconsightlesschainedrake:
SightlessChaineDrake Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Just the MLP official comics, as far as I know - available on iTunes or Comixology, just try googling "Official MLP Comic" and look for either issues 1-4 or Vol. 1. They're actually on special until the 25th for a buck apiece on Comixology that I know of, likely on iTunes as well. Fair warning, the Spike thing is really just a sideline, but the comics are awesome ^^ There are 8 in the main series with 6 micro comics done as a separate series.
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:iconbnka:
bnka Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh Fuck... That's looks awesome !
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:iconrufus49:
Rufus49 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Sweet mother of God!

You know it's awesome when a dragon rides a dragon!
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:icondigital-quill-studio:
Digital-Quill-Studio Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Holy mother of god.... O_O 

Spike the dragon is riding a dragon

HOW DO YOU PEOPLE GET THESE IDEAS
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:iconquizzicalkisses:
QuizzicalKisses Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
By the power of FRIENDSHIP!
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:iconel-dante-del-ante:
El-Dante-Del-Ante Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Mother of YES!
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:icongor1ck:
gor1ck Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Twilight, you changed a little.
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:iconhappybunns:
Happybunns Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not a web comic, unless someone made a fan series for it. It's a two page mini story at the end of issue four of the my little pony comic main series.
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:icondorkydoughnut:
DorkyDoughnut Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A dragon riding a dragon. Cool.
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:iconhalo555gs:
halo555gs Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
holy shitballs.
this is some epic stuff.
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