Here my next picture based on the Fanfic Equestria Total War. This is the first of the pictures in this series which depict a scene from the fic. Ok then, below is a snippet from the fic which is what this picture is based on:
Suddenly, there was another whistle: high, piercing, and loud. And immediately, as she had practiced, Bon Bon stood up. She didn't want to--she begged her body not to comply--but it had been drilled into her. One long whistle means stand and charge. And so she did. And, she saw, so did everyone else.
It was surreal. A horrible flight of imagination; a late-night what-if. A hundred colorful ponies, running through the grass, closing in on twenty-some bewildered lions pulling carts. Her eardrums pounded; she couldn't hear anything but her own heartbeat. And suddenly, there he was, in the grass: a lion. A real lion, in Gryphonic armor, a bewildered look on his feline face. Right in front of her. Bon Bon slid to a stop. A lion. She stared at him. He stared at her. A pony. A lion.
Immediately, a flash of mint green lept over Bon Bon's right shoulder. Lyra hit the mud, rolled, and sprang to her feet, twisting one-hundred-eighty degrees in the process. She landed right in front of the lion, then pushed off with her front hooves, launching her body backwards at his face, her hind legs cocked beneath her, her face twisted in determination. The lion twisted back reflexively. It didn't help. Lyra's legs snapped back, driving her hooves square into his face. She could feel an instant of resistance, then something snapping, giving way, opening a fault line. She lost her balance coming down, as the lion's body crumpled, and she fell hard on his armor. She coughed weakly; it knocked the breath out of her. She felt the lion's body twitch spastically. She heard him gurgle. She heard the wind blow. She realized that she heard nothing else. She lifted her head and looked around. Everyone, pony or lion, was watching in silent horror.
This picture started out as just a test piece for the design of the lion (Luckily lions did appear in the show in the Cutie Pox episode) and its armour, but then i changed it to include Lyra and the background. The inspiration for the Lions armour came from the armour worn by the Skorne Empire from the tabletop miniature game Hordes. I also looked at the way in which the lions in Warhammer Fantasy had the armour plates arranged on their bodies to get it right.
Lyra bucking was easy enough to draw, and it was simple enough to add the Equestria army uniform. The background too wasn't difficult to draw, but it was a pain to colour (I hate colouring backgrounds with pencil crayons).
More scenes coming soon.
Ok, then what do you think?