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Fighting Practice by dracontiar Fighting Practice by dracontiar
A shot of Celestia training new Princess Twilight in some of the finer points of defense.

Why do they have traditional swords in Equestria? I dunno. I suppose it can stab just as well when wielded with magic. :)

Ohhh, goodness was this long-coming. This was a very old commission, and when i did start it, I got a sketch and the start of coloring, and then it got set aside for wayyy too long, and then despite the fact that I thought it would only take a day or two, I've been fiddling with it for a couple of weeks now... I have GOT to get quicker at digital art. I think that since it's endlessly editable I want to keep fixing it forever, whereas it's much easier to say, "Yup, screw it, it's done!" when you're dealing with paint.

Nevertheless, I think I found a finishing point for this, and I hope y'all enjoy it. :)
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
great!
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Very nice picture. Celestia's braids make her look ready for action and Twilight's armor is cute. Twilight is particularly nice; her tension comes through in pose and expression.

The scene with the sword-fighting horse was my favorite part of Disney's movie "Tangled." :)
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I like this, but I do have one suggestion
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dracontiar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Pray, tell. :)
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ZeldaTheSwordsman Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Have them wield the swords in their mouths, the blade pointed forward. There's actually precedent for that (MLP G1, "The Prince and the Ponies" serial).
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dracontiar Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
That was considered, but the commissioner specifically asked for magically wielded swords. My guess? It's more of a magic lesson than a fencing lesson. It would look pretty cool as a more physical fight though, huh? ^__^
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Horse1Heart Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist
I like how Celestia's hair is braided. 
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schneelocke Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Why do they have traditional swords in Equestria? I dunno. I suppose it can stab just as well when wielded with magic. :) (Smile)

Well, they ARE traditional! :) Lovely painting, too; I really like both the idea and the execution.
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dracontiar Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. :) While I can't claim the idea, since it was for a commission, I'm glad it was pulled off well.
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Joakaha Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! ^^
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SkyCircle777 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is so awesome! :la:
Princess Celestia by herself is teaching Twilight how to sword fight :D
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bluenova123 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
Another part of the session will be to demonstrate to Twilight that she now has DR 20/epic with her new alicorn template.
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DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
D'awwww
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FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
love it, Celestia's face and the way you did her mane and tail are awesome. With her history I'd definitely think Tia would have something to teach on this subject.
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dracontiar Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you ^^ The hair was probably my favorite part. And I agree, I think our princess has had a fair amount of dueling in her day.
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UltimateView Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
twilight is like"I`not gonna have to fight her... right?...       right?:panic: 
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dracontiar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Geez, I hope not. It's not as though Celestia has over a millennium of practice or anything. I certainly wouldn't want to cross blades with her!
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UltimateView Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she doesn`t need a blade she can simply cast a spell and desintegrate you.
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dracontiar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Maybe the idea is to get used to manipulating physical objects with more precision and dexterity? Nothing like sword-fighting for building some versatile reactions.
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UltimateView Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what fun would that be? I like to think that celestia and luna are super good at fighting and stuff  :D
They have to protect other ponies after all.
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Maria2397 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student General Artist
woo is really great and cute^^
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Darthsylar12 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:iconprincesscelestiaplz: Your final test will be against my good friend senator Armstrong!
:iconsenatorarmstrongplz: Nanomachines filly!
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TerraErminasRaven Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Awesome! I wonder what kind of fighting Princess Luna will teach twilight?
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dracontiar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Neigh Kwon Do
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PaperMatt202 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
I lvoe the art so much...
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dracontiar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! ^___^
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PaperMatt202 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
o, meant to say "love", not "lvoe". :oops:
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dracontiar Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I dang, I hadn't even noticed! I'm starting to go soft. xD
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