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MLP Royal Guards by CadmiumCrab MLP Royal Guards by CadmiumCrab
I've been experimenting with 2 part sculptures as you can see. I've always liked the regular royal guard design and had the bright idea to make a two piece set with one of Luna's royal guards, thus embarking on one of the more frustrating ideas I've gotten.

The main difficulty in a piece involving more than one character is making sure they're in proportion to one another. This super fun piece posed the additional problem of having the characters mirror each other as much as possible, which has been vaguely achieved here. I did learn a lot about getting them to mirror, so hopefully the next time I try something like this they'll be more closely matched.

I couldn't get these two to photograph just right, so I hope all the armor detailing is visible. I also coated the armor with a thin layer of shimmery paint (gold for day guard, silver for night). They're make of sculpey over a wire and foil armature, painted with acrylics and sprayed with a matte sealer. Their bases measure 3 x 2 1/2 and they are about 6 inches tall at the wing.

These are sold, if I'm feeling masochistic maybe I'll make another set in the future.
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:icontheancientwyrm:
TheAncientWyrm Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Wow. Just wow. I love this! Now I want to make some! xD (even though I would probably fail and make a mess lol)

Love it.

-The Ancient Wyrm
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CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Always try new art things, even if you fail, you'll at least get a good chuckle looking back. Plus, making a mess is always fun. 
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TheAncientWyrm Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Very true very true. :)
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YamiKariShadow6 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Digital Artist
Kool
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RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
that.. is.. AWESOME! I especially love the lunar guard!
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I want to do more bat ponies soon, they're so fun!
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Missysartbook Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
They would make lovely book ends!
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Wolfcho Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
The gray unicorn guard is missing.
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Akili-Amethyst Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ooh. You should make book-ends. :D
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was my original intention with these, but I got scared with the fragility of the wings. I do want to try to make bookends in the future with some different characters.
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Akili-Amethyst Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It might help to have them leaning against a wall or something then. ^^; Just a suggestion.
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xargos32 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Very nice work! The royal guards don't seem to get enough love.
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I agree completely with that, they have such a cool design I'm surprised I don't see work of them more often.
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Catflail Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know you could make another edition of them as Book Ends :3
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CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was my original intention with these, but I got concerned with the fragility of the wings. I might try the bookends thing with another design in the future.
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Catflail Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed, you can do them sitting with their weapons at ease, and make it so there is an actual flat back with a sort of stage so you won't have to worry about the wings :3
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vulpinedesigns Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work, those wings are just exquisite!
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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AlisteRosenheim Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Great job! Both are very charismatic =)
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Nsomniotic Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Omg omg omg. These are so awesome. Rob is gonna want them lol
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Armor is the devil to do, I've been working on it because it just looks so cool.
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CptConfusion Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
This is friggen awesome, I love the armor on them.
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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DjPon33 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome :)
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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batosan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's Beautiful work! Good smooth sculpt and really dynamic paint! WOW. JUST WOW!
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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009-1 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Increible,muy buen trabajo, =D
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gracias!
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NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
:#1:
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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uBrosis Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Oooh nice! they look great! :D
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man they're awesome! I'm still curious where the 'bat-ponies' came from though...
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! They came from the mooooooooon!
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kurochanwen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dont worry, the details can be seen, Really nicely made!!
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to know, thanks!
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous as always! We sure do have to trade sometime ^_^
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:iconcadmiumcrab:
CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Hopefully our schedules will match up soon and we can set up a trade.
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chibi-jen-hen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
These are awesome!! If I wasn't tapped out, I'd jump at them! Awesome work. :)
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CadmiumCrab Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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