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Bane the Tacticool Pony by Great-5 Bane the Tacticool Pony by Great-5

Unfinished version

I started this picture a loooooong time ago, like back in December, but here it is complete, after almost two months of being put off! It's my pony OC "Bane," a badass earth pony and the protagonist of Ponywar, a little side-project of a fictional universe I plan on eventually making into a game once Kyrdan is well on its way to completion.

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:bulletblack: Name: Bane
:bulletblack: Gender: Mare
:bulletblack: Height: 106.7 cm (3 feet 6 inches)
:bulletblack: Weight: Unknown
:bulletblack: Coat color: Light gray
:bulletblack: Mane color: Auburn
:bulletblack: Eye color: Amber
:bulletblack: Cutie mark: Skull and crossbones
:bulletblack: Species: Earth pony

Even though she is just a normal earth pony, Bane grew up in Canterlot, the royal city of the unicorns where Princess Celestia lives, and the last safe haven in Equestria from the terrible destruction caused by the human colonists. She was taken to Canterlot when she was just a filly, at the request of her dying parents, who were among the many pony casualties of the war. She swore to avenge her fallen family and every pony who has been slain by the humans.

Celestia herself saw potential in her, and personally saw to it that her royal unicorn guards would train the young filly in many forms of both armed and unarmed combat, believing that she would one day take Equestria back from the barbaric humans, and that ponykind would once again be free. During the final stages of Bane's training, an unknown third party had supplied the Canterlot guard corps with a large cache of weaponry many times more advanced than what the human colonists were using. This weapons cache was a veritable treasure trove of high-tech directed-energy, kinetic and energy-projectile weaponry, from plasma and pulse cannons to caseless machine guns to electromagnetic Gauss accelerators. Priorities now shifted to learning how to properly use these highly advanced weapons against the humans.

Bane's first mission was a success when she managed to bring Celestia's beloved pupil, the unicorn Twilight Sparkle, safely back to Canterlot, followed by her other five friends. These six ponies, armed with the mighty Elements of Harmony, would surely be invaluable allies to Bane as she fights the human soldiers. In the end, though, these six, not Bane, are the chosen ones destined to save Equestria from evil. Realizing this, Bane set out to protect the mane six wherever they go, acting as their defender, because she cannot use the Elements herself. She will stay with them until the end, like any good soldier.

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Do not steal. Art theft is illegal, you know
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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is © 2010-2012 Lauren Faust AKA *fyre-flye and Hasbro
Ponywar is © 2011-2012 Nick Hägen
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0oCHARGERBOTo0 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm. I do not usually pay much attention to these beings, but this one seems diff-er-ent.
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Could someone please try to explain how Post-Apoc ponies is a fan-fic? please give me some closure on this.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not just one fanfic, but many. Bane here is the protagonist of my own post-apocalyptic, grimdark fan universe called Ponywar, though sadly I have not added much to it since last September. There are others too though, like Fallout Equestria (the Fallout series crossed over w/ MLP)
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Striker-666 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Imagine the future of the show if they would accept OC ponies into the cast for future seasons.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They never would. Besides Bane isn't exactly kid-friendly, due to her use of firearms. Ponywar is a grimdark scenario, not for kids at all.
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artofbalance Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012
maybe there's a way. Bane could use firearms that doesn't kill. but instead use firearms that knock enemies out Unconscious. alive but unconscious. like batman from the game arkham asylum
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya know, that's actually a pretty cool idea. Probably won't use it for Ponywar, but...maybe it can be one of her secondary weapons, to be used against targets that need to be kept alive somehow, or when she doesn't feel killing someone is the right thing to do. I dunno.
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TheWacko4u Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
omg, i just had a pretty cool idea!! i think that one of my mlp oc's, SilverShooter, should be at least friends or partners with your pony~ X3

cool OC btw~
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm, let me see your OC. Can you show me him/her? I think that's not a bad idea actually.
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TheWacko4u Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
yay~ --> [link]
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So Silver Shooter is the red unicorn with green mane/tail?
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TheWacko4u Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student General Artist
yesh~
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PrincessSkykes Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
She should be a pegasus! She looks like one. :)
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm, I pretty much have my mind set on Bane being an earth pony. Why do you think she looks like a pegasus? Is it because her mane, tail and eye style were somewhat inspired by Rainbow Dash? That's really the only reason I can see for why you'd think she "looks like a pegasus." However I have been meaning to create a pegasus OC sooner or later, just Bane is an earth pony and that's final. She was my first OC I ever came up with. I also suck at drawing pegasus wings, and wings in general, which is why all my OCs are either earth ponies or unicorns.
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PrincessSkykes Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well, just that pegasi are generally the more war-like species (not to be racist, in any way), (the episode with Heart's Warming Eve).
And yeah, wings are hard, but I think you could figure it out, you're a really good artist. ^^
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
She's only warlike because humans under the control of Discord invaded Equestria and basically started slaughtering, tormenting and terrorizing ponies for no good reason, so she has every reason to fight back. That and she swears to protect the mane six, Celestia and Luna with her life, because the mane six are the only ones able to save Equestria from Discord, because they can use the Elements of Harmony and Bane can't.
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PrincessSkykes Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
... Maybe next time I should look at somepony's back story before I open my giant mouth. ^^;
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PrincessSkykes Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, okay. :D
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AuroraChiaro Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the eyes, that's what I'm especially drawn to :)
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, yeah the eyes were a LOT of fun to draw!
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aguycalledbaldur Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I can imagine that bronies would join forces with ponykind, like how some humans join the Tau empire.

Opinion aside, this is a wonderful OC. Not too much drama in the backstory and I really like her design. The background is also a nice touch.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you mentioned that, because in the more recent drafts for the official Ponywar backstory has good and bad humans, rather than just making humans always chaotic evil. And the good humans are, you guessed it, bronies! The bad humans, however, are bad because of the evil and destruction they have in their hearts, which made them very easy for Discord to brainwash into being his perfect army. Pretty much Discord was set free a third time by the humans, and he become a much more powerful version of his former self, known as Perfect Discord, by absorbing the collective spirit of hatred, fear and destruction that some humans have in their hearts.

Perfect Discord has six human subordinates who were sent to kill the mane six, and who embody the Elements of Discord (the opposite of the Elements of Harmony.) I don't have their official names yet, but there's a sarcastic, bitter Goth girl who wields the element of Cruelty (enemy of Fluttershy and her element of Kindness,) a religious fundamentalist who wields the element of Fear (enemy of Pinkie Pie and her element of Laughter,) a corrupt corporate exec who wields the element of Greed (enemy of Rarity and her element of Generosity,) a traitor and double-agent who wields the element of Betrayal (enemy of Rainbow Dash and her element of Loyalty,) a master of illusions and trickery who wields the element of Deception (enemy of Applejack and her element of Honesty) and finally, a sixth currently-undefined character whose element is the opposite of Twilight Sparkle's element of Magic (I can't think of anything about that yet though.) But anyways these six villains are the arch-rivals of the mane six, and would most likely be major bosses in the game if I were to ever make it into a game.

Wait, humans join the Tau? I never knew that! (I haven't played a game of tabletop Warhammer 40K in over ten years now...lame, I know. I need to play it again!)
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aguycalledbaldur Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Yes, I've read a small amount of information on the Tau on RelicWiki (at least I think it was relicwiki) and it turns out some humans embraced the ways of the greater good.

I must say, I'm really attached to your backstory, it's spotless, perfect for a game or a fanfiction.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I never knew that!

Oh wow you are? That's awesome! It gives me inspiration to continue working on Ponywar! Have you seen the two other OCs I came up with for the series yet? Namely Plasma Spark and Mint Chip. Here they are: [link]
Plasma Spark is an elite unicorn guard from Canterlot who coordinates a resistance against the human army when they attack Canterlot itself in an attempt to kill Celestia. Basically he's a typical badass knight-type character, and I based his personality somewhat on the Imperium's space marines, where his undying loyalty to Celestia and Luna is similar to a space marine's loyalty to the Emperor. Check out his character description in the description for the deviation!
Mint Chip is just my ponysona, and he's more of just a comic relief character in the Ponywar series. He's a bright green unicorn pony with a curly light brown mane and tail, and no cutie mark. Yep, he's a blank flank despite being an adult pony...it's a long story, though I explained it briefly in his description.

Anyways, do you think I should turn Ponywar into a series of fanfics, and then try to post them on Equestria Daily? I hope I have enough time and motivation on my hands to do that.
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aguycalledbaldur Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Well, you could try posting a series of fanfics on Equestria Daily, but it might be a good idea to post them on deviantART as well. Eitherway, I'd love to see the ponywar in a fanfic, it sounds like a very interesting story.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was definitely planning on posting the stories here on dA as well as on Fanfiction.net, then eventually EqD. I just don't know where to start with the story though!
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aguycalledbaldur Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Well, you could always start the story with the typical "god-emperor" stuff that most Warhammer 40K novels start off with, then begin the story in the human's perspective, leading on to the ponies' perspective. Just a suggestion, but I hope it helps.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your ideas but bear in mind, this isn't a Warhammer 40K crossover story, it is completely original aside from the MLP setting and characters. The fact that this deviation is in #Ponyhammer-40k is because the people in charge of that group liked it and wanted it to be included in that group. Still, you suggest I start with the humans' perspective and then that of the ponies? I may think about it.
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Thiexiz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
love the back story : D
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a bunch! And your avatar is win.
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Thiexiz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
no prob and Thank you :3
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Lidius-Arcanriz Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
epic WOULD KILL pinkie pie
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nah she's a friend to all the other ponies...didn't you read the description? She just kills humans and monsters who try to hurt her friends.
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Lidius-Arcanriz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aww thats nice DEATH TO ZOMBIES!! can totally imagine that
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, but I'm not sure if zombies would appear in Ponywar or not. Come to think of it I may add zombies to the game, just because I can!
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Lidius-Arcanriz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
YEAH!
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because seriously, zombies make everything more awesome.
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Lidius-Arcanriz Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ikr zombies just..just they just do that awesome
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Eeyup, zombies ftw!
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techno103 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
clocks: a pony with a gun is good but a pony with a clockwork fore hoof can go far.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your pony OC has a clockwork hoof? That's interesting, so sorta like Yoshimitsu from Soul Calibur, with his clockwork arm?
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techno103 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
in a way yes its like thet
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Jacquibim Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's pretty cool! I like the backstory as well.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Wow you like it, AND you took the time to read the description? You're great! :iconmetalslugplz:

Yeah I think this is one of my best pony pictures, if not *THE* best pony picture I've ever drawn, and one of my proudest deviations in my deviantART gallery. It's a shame I can't submit it to #MLP-FiM because they don't allow OC-only pictures, just OCs interacting with official characters and I don't think I'm a good enough artist to draw any kind of interactions yet. I'm also not sure I can pull off drawing art like this again or not, but I can always try.
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Jacquibim Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. And MLP-FIM do accept OC only pictures, you just need to submit it to the right folder.

It is a really cool picture, I don't see why they wouldn't accept it based on quality.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I DID try to submit an earlier drawing of Rainbow Dash dressed up as my OC from my own original universe, who also is called Dash. They didn't accept it, probably because it wasn't a good enough picture quality-wise for them, but possibly also because nobody would know who the hell Dash is except for me and my friends. But I think it was the first reason, though I drew that picture over three months ago when I wasn't quite as good at drawing ponies. I also wanna redo that picture eventually, with the knowledge I have now. Maybe then they'd accept it, but I'm not sure.

As for Bane, I sure hope they'd accept her, though I looked and I really couldn't find a category in the #MLP-FiM group for OCs only. But maybe it was there, just I couldn't see it since they had so many other categories, and my eyes went right over it. What is the category called, do you think?
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Jacquibim Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The folder is called "Original Characters", you were probably looking for two letters, which is maybe why you missed it. They'll basically take anything bar screen-shotted pony creator images and linearts, proving it's good enough, which this definitely is.

[link] is a link to my most recent submission to their OCs gallery, so they do accept them. I guess the next thing you should do with Bane is have a more dynamic pose, good luck with your submission.
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Great-5 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I just now submitted my picture to that folder and it is being reviewed. I'm hella nervous that they won't accept it though, because I *really* don't like being reminded that I'm a less than pro artist. But I see they accepted your OC, and that picture of her looks to be only slightly higher quality than my drawing of Bane, though it's difficult to tell since your picture of Chateau was done using traditional media, and Bane was drawn digitally.

Dynamic poses? Man, I suck at those. Foreshortening is a real pain, and when I do it it always ends up looking terrible. I generally have to be looking at a reference picture in order to draw anything more dynamic than a normal standing pose. Pathetic, I know. But I'd imagine drawing ponies in dynamic poses would be much easier than drawing humans or aliens in dynamic poses, the way I eventually dream of being able to do. I'm into concept art, and I eventually want to be able to submit art to Conceptart.org as well as a few of the concept art groups here on dA. But at present they probably wouldn't accept my art because it doesn't look pro enough.
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Jacquibim Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't need to worry, the quality of your art is fine. If you want to work on more poses, I suggest you just get a 2H or HB pencil and sketch until it looks right, then go over it with the lineart. That's what I do, but then again, I'm no pro either.

Looking at reference pictures is one of the best things you can do when learning proportions. Currently I'm trying to get better at anime/manga, and I use several references for every picture, so it's far from pathetic.
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