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Shining Armor by harwicks-art Shining Armor by harwicks-art
So the latest comic, released today, suggests that Twilight's brother was a geek while growing up, and that he pursued Cadance while they were in school together. An amusing story, although I don't blame others for thinking a romance between a guard and a princess could have had more adventurous origins. I know some aren't fans of Twi's BBBFF for having a lack of strong personality traits, but then he and Cadance have simply been supporting characters so far, and have existed to help set up grand adventures rather than slice-of-life stories. They're not really there to be zany, or to move to the foreground of the episodes. We'll see how they're developed in Season 4, where these Equestrian Games seem positioned to give them more slice-of-life roles.
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Rosedge Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Digital Artist
AWESOME!
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!!! Looks wonderful!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Um, his handful of show appearances painted him as a dork
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victortky Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
He's so handsome!
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saber360 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Lookin' good, bro ^^
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Keithsterling Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like this one to
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Shining Armor looks so young and cute here, d'aww! Very nice dear. Because I do not often paint ponies in such detail as you do, or course, I suppose the challenge of properly rendering a stallion's head from such an angle is not one that I have often (or ever) encountered, but I think you did an excellent job with him in the end.
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Hordaks-Pupil Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You got to love Shining Armor :D
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templar127 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Background really fits him!
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Dragonking17 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flash Fire: Once again my friend you have made a masterpiece. 
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Demao Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
How bad can he be if he was the cause of Vinyl Scratch getting her cutie mark.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ha!  That was a great little scene...  People kept wanting to connect them because of their similar coat/mane colors, and that was a clever bit I thought.
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Akernis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always liked Shining Armour, will have to read the comic at some point.
It will be interesting to see both him and Cadance back as well.

And nice work, I quite like you did his expression in particular.

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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  He and Cadance have some nice married banter in the comics that would be fun in the show.
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Akernis Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, hope we see more like that in season 4. 
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
I for one have always liked Shining Armor. I think he brings a much needed interaction chain into Twilight Sparkle's past, thus showing why she, despite her isolationist nature, still knows how to interact with other ponies.
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I like the laid-back voice acting of him, and I too enjoy any fleshing out of Twilight's past.
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
D'accord.
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
i really like these frame pieces you're doing. they have a certain charm about them
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate that, thanks! 
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
welcome. :)
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
You make an excellent point, maker. Thank you. This will come in handy next time someone bashes Shining and/or Cadance in my vicinity. Also, it's definitely good for me to see that Shining and Cadance didn't have a typical "muscly guy, sexy damsel, and they screwed happily ever after" story.
And have I mentioned that I love this series here? I think I haven't, but I do indeed. You make excellent epic-size pictures, but to have smaller but more frequent ones without any drops in the level of detail is just as good for me. I love that sheer detail of the shading here, extending everywhere from the eyes to the horn to the mane and all across the body. Also, good job shaping his muzzle, 's great. Well done!
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  Yes, the option isn't so much these *instead* of more elaborate art from me, but rather these *in addition* to more elaborate art from me.  I can churn one or two of these out fairly easily when I get some minor free time but have neither the ambition nor ideas for something bigger that will not be completed for days.
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Yep, I know the feeling. And don't blame you for it. Inspiration is a tricky thing. But at least there're these lovely portraits for us to enjoy. Thank you for making them!
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RainbowDashie41 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
i like to more Shining Armor for Season 4 and get Cadence Pregnant for the baby to make Shining a daddy to the baby foal who is supposed to be Skyla  
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, following the British royal wedding we had a pony royal wedding...  It's not a longshot that a royal birth could be coming in the future.
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RainbowDashie41 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
it will happen 
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
Oh, right. We should get an episode of that in the S4! I totally forgot! XD
Again, I am so much into the Fandom that i don't really care when characters don't have a big depth.

Oh, and I just wanna point out I love the frame on each pic ^^
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!  It'll be interesting to see what the big plotlines are for season four, but I'm guessing these two will transition to being recurring characters without the kingdom being in danger each time.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you on the idea of Shining and Cadence. Like you said, and like I've tried to explain to people, they are simply secondary characters.
But yes, i do hope to see more of them, and their character's develop in season 4. :D
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I did enjoy how they were used in "Games Ponies Play", where Rarity butchered Cadance's mane and Shining was hit on by the tourist, so I'm confident that the show can do some amusing things with them.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, that was a fantastic episode. I just hope that they continue to develop those two as characters in the next season. ^_^
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