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Nightmare Moon by harwicks-art Nightmare Moon by harwicks-art
The first big bad of the series, and one of the more intriguing parts of the whole mythology of the show. Plus, you gotta love that custom armor...

Some people discount NMM as a villain because she used such kid's gloves in dealing with the Mane Six after talking a big game, but I always liked the idea that part of Celestia's big gambit was to have her sister use up a significant amount of her power to trap her in the sun, forcing the escaped Princess of the Night to take less direct methods in trying to stop Twilight and her friends. Regardless of her effectiveness as a villain in a children's show (a handicapped role if there ever was one), Luna's darker side remains a favorite... Love her Shadowbolts as well, even if she did technically make up the entire team herself. I'm really looking forward to revisiting her in Season 4.
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:iconponylover1270:
ponylover1270 Featured By Owner Edited May 31, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Starlight(King Sombra& nightmare moon's daughter):mommy mommy!
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Tursilion Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Used for my story banner here: www.fimfiction.net/story/25894…  (probably not the first one to use it, but it's too awesome to pass up ;) )
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DraginKYle44 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015
AWESOME 
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SerenitysArtwork Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
 Clapping Pony icon: Nighty Moon FB Like for MSN
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Beltar1 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Nice. Will be interesting to see her reincarnation as Nyx from "Past Sins" (Sure thing it's fan-fanfiction but may be the most popular in fandom).
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SilverWing27 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. :D This looks like this could be a cover to a book about the story of Nightmare Moon.
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:icontifa22:
Tifa22 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So cool! She looks great.
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:iconyellowravenink:
YellowRavenInk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love yo-... *cough* I mean I love it.
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:iconstegoraptor:
Stegoraptor Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome job with her mane
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:iconask-unicows:
Ask-Unicows Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True beauty...
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:icontyphlosion1234:
Typhlosion1234 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
THE NIGHT WILL LAST FOREVER!!!!:muhaha: 
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PieMan24601 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
so menacing~ love it~
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SirJames314 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
So gorgeously eeeeevil...  :devilish:
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:iconcarminlovesart:
carminlovesart Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING!!!!!
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:iconiamli3:
iamli3 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
scary , butt fun ^^ ....
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VaryagOfMiklagaard Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
As NMM is Luna, NMM is best pony.
HA!
Awesomely done work here friend!
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duskmalfoy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
used along with crysalis in my group -> mlpshadowlands.deviantart.com/
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SuperSecretBrony Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should do all major villains like her and discord with a black border. I realllllly love it.
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:iconstonehot316:
StoneHot316 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing! :D
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demonicpegasus Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That evil smile, i loves it! :la: Awesome work on the mane
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Dragonking17 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flash Fire: Ah. Definitely do not want to remember that face. Dragonking17: Oh common you know she is just Luna or in another way Nyx. Flash Fire: Hey trust me seeing your daughter corrupted by her own jealousy of her sister is not a pretty sight.   
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CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work!
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BUllyKiller113 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a Fantasmigotical head-shot.
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:iconshadowflashdabearded:
Red, blue and black nightmare moon is back.
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Feral-Spirit Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist
This is very nice I love the shading it is excellent very impressive instant fav and watch.
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:iconxelianthought:
xelianthought Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Impressive. 
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Foxraven23 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Awesome :D
I wait Sombra now :P
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temporos Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Nightmare Moon is my favourite villain of the whole show. Chrysalis is #2, and she's not even close to NMM.
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JetPowerFIE Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I stand by your theory, except that she's actually fighting Luna for control of the body as well, so any power she had is all focused on maintaining control, so you can't exactly do much in the physical realm.

Btw, can I use this as modeling ref the a project on the said above?
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Green-Day28 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, you're really pumping these out! 

I've gotta say, they're getting better and better. Great work on these (and this one in particular.. the way you did her mane and armor are really killer)!
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist
O-O awesome.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pure awesome!
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MetalBladePegasus Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
That actually looks like a queen's portrait somwhere in Canterlot castle. Taken there from the ruins of royal castle in the middle of Everfree Forest. Awsome work!
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Kheelaia Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is really pretty.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nightmare Moon is best evil pony!
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Ah, my favorite villainess gets a nice portrait done by the same studio too, but it looks like someone forgot to put the sun logo.. oh.. OH! Yes, Mistress of the Night, your moon is lovely and there should be no other resident of the firmament on your card. I love her sharp-toothed expression here because it says that she's bad and nasty and all but at the same time she'd never actually hurt anyone. Maybe that's even scarier because it means she'd be much more creative in her badness, but either way most know better than to mess with her.
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Xeno-the-Hedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely LOVE this portrait.
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Msgrevan2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
A tip of my hat to you good sir, because this is by far your best Portrait! I feel as though you nailed the essence of this character 100%. Everything from the glaring eyes to the evil grin was done with such finesse and attention to detail I can't help but marvel at it. Also to say that mane absolutely blew me away wouldn't even begin to do it true justice. It is simply astonishing. Thank you so much for this!! 
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student General Artist
That furious look. That shading accentuating it and the predatory muzzle shape. So beautiful and fearful. Well done!

And indeed, I like that little piece of knowledge that Celestia sorta set Nightmare Moon up with that gambit. It's very much Celestia: act from behind the scenes, perhaps indirectly, but have a direct and tangible effect on the course of events.
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sgtgarand Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was waiting for NMM... I love it!
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Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your works are always so astounding and such a treat to my gallery :) this one especially is one of my favourites of yours for this portrait series
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Cool.
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LegiterateCRASH Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey I was wondering if maybe you could make a back for these, kinda like if they were playing cards. It's totally OK if you don't want to. When I saw the first one you made, the idea of making a card set popped into my head. You've got to admit, it would look awesome XD
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LegiterateCRASH Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, sorry about my grammar. I just realized how awful that sounds when you read it out loud XD, Let me try again: Could you please make some backs for these, because I thought that they might look cool as playing cards. It's OK if you don't want to though, I understand. (phew! I hate Grammar XD)
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TheFanmixed Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
your art still amazes me ^_^ fantastic work Harwick!
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SimeonLeonard Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gah, spoiler alert! I'm sure just about everybody knows tho. Just one of the hazards of participating in a fandom. 

I enjoy your commentary almost as much as I enjoy your pictures, by the way.
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SashikobroAyumu Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
cool
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Darkagumon2000 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013

Clapping Pony Icon - Nightmare Moon "THE NIGHT SHALL LAST FOREVER!!!"

Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna "Translation...I love it!!!"

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30angel100 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome... I can hardly think of any constructive criticism for this piece.
But I'll try anyways.
The red, in my opinion, isn't best suited for NMM.
Unless you aren't trying to match her to the background, you could use light blue or light purple instead.
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Fox-Starwing Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Love the teeth! And most awesome job on the armor. Really got that brushed metal look down pat.
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