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A Helping Horn by MisterMech A Helping Horn by MisterMech
A commission for :icondigara:

Featuring Aurora Borealis and Scraps from the fic Fallout Equestria: New Beginnings.








FOE -> Kkat
NB -> Illushia
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Innak Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Message from Kkat:

Truly awesome and inspiring! The coloring and lighting are breathtaking. I want to read this story more than ever now!

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MisterMech Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Thank you, thank you. :blush: It is quite the decent story. Hope you find it enjoyable
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Xela173 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
dat ass
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lol1759 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This story needs to update... :( Its been to long
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
It has, yes. Apologies for that but good news, the chapter is finished and in its editing stages like, right now.
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lol1759 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Its all good, as long as you dont quit I'll wait as long as I have to.
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? SWEEEEEEEEET! Sorry, but I'm a big fan of the story and have been waiting ages for the update. I'll of course try not to get too excited or let my expectations reach critical, or else I might get disappointed. But I have faith in the next chapter, I really do.
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Heh, that's nice of you to say and we're both sorry it's taken this long. The author, she's insane, you see.
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't worry, I'm an insane author too. Nobody gets to read beyond chapter 1 of my story until me and my editor have made the necessary corrections :evillaugh:.
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Is that so. What appears to be ailing you then?
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well me and my super awesome, gryph-hypster editor Lesolan are editing the chapters that came out after the prologue and chapter 1. But there have been some small and major changes in these first two chapters that won't make any sense in the later ones until they've been edited.

So I unpublished the Fimfiction chapters and made the Gdoc's links private until the other chapters are edited. Then I'll make them available for the public to view again. These are major and minor changes, if it was just minor stuff I wouldn't have bothered keeping the later chapters private/unavailable.
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Ah, does sound like a fair bit of work ahead for you then.

But what I meant was, why would you consider yourself insane? Like that nerdy blue pillow of an author openly admits she's bipolar, which is probably why she can write a first person perspective of Aurora so well.
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CalamityB31 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnificent! ?) The way you manipulate perspective, it is amazing. /)
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MisterMech Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Thank you. :)
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Kelkartel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
This is cool but Scraps should be dirtier. :) And is the focus the robot or Aurora's plot she seems out of place
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Just say this happened a time after the bath scene.
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MisterMech Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Scraps was diriter originally but it made her blend into the background too much so I had to make the choice to lighten her grime up a bit.
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Lydius Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Mmmmm, I do approve. We need more shots of alicorns.
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Foreling Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
Going to take a stab at critique again~

Colours are good, the characters are all more saturated and detailed than the background, the points where my eyes first focused were Scraps, the claw and the sentry's head.

Composition-wise I think it might have been better to have Aurora be closer to the viewer -no, not to get a better view of her plot! Everything feels as if it's on the middle ground, Yes there is some depth but it's too subtle Putting Aurora closer and slightly to the right might have made her a bigger part of the piece (and not only literally). This vid explains it a bit better than I do at the moment: [link]

The framing is ALMOST good too, the boxes and the chain in the foreground do a good job of framing the picture, but then there is that gaping hole of nothing in the top-right corner. Maybe if you made that iron bar there bigger it would have cut the picture better. Again a vid: [link]

The designs are of course bitching awesome as usual. The mood is very good as well, really feels like they are doing something. I also like the detail you put in their manes and tail~

Hope this helped a bit!
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MisterMech Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
I love crtl+paint. :D

And thank you. That was a very helpful critique. I had originally intended to have Aurora standing as you suggest, but embarrassingly, that got away from me. You're right though, she needs to overlap more/stand further from the robot. I can easily fix the framing elements too.

Once I get home, I'm going to try hitting this pic again and see if I can't fine tune it. :) Thanks again!
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ScottWolf Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I really hope that story updates soon.
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Son0fgrim Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
dat flank.
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DitzyDerp Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I love that fic and love this art.
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MisterMech Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
thanks!
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chinman Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Alright I know I'm not the only one thinking it, but rather than taking the cheap route and making a "Dat Plot" comment I'm going to instead focus in the seriously awesome shading and textures of this pic. I mean holy crap just look at those details! I can actually see the bits wear and corrosion on the bot! :D

Always nice to see Aurora and Scraps too. I've been keeping my finger crossed for chapter 10 for quite some time now.
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MisterMech Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Thank you. :) The robot was a big challegne, but rather fun to color and design
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Indeed. Even the parts of the background that aren't eclipsed by that oafs giant arse looks amazingly well done.
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Jacky2734 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I thought Scraps had red hair.
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Nah, Requiem's the red head. Scraps was mentioned she'd have sky blue hair, if it weren't so damned filthy.
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Hopalongtom Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
You'd never guess how much of a mess she gets in, soo dirty her hair has been dyed by various oils... probibly flammable! :p
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GeneralRex Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very cool mr. mech, always love to see how you draw the bots from FO to FOE.

very cool X3
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome on so many levels that to acknowledge them all is to court insanity. Looks fabulous Mech, I'm guessing Scraps is repairing a pony Securitron as it looks too well made and logical to be one of Scraps's home-made scrapbots. Plus I've been playing New Vegas obsessively and can instantly recognize one of them. Nice work on Aurora, I like her mane and colours, feather details are superb and above par as usual with your work ;).

Good choice of goggles for Scrap Heap, I always kinda imagined them as motorcycle ones with the two circular lenses, but one big black visor one is 20% cooler and more unique and retro, like the 80's. I like Scraps's design and how well you paid attention to little things about her, such as her hair colour, hair braid and greasy hoofs that never get anything dirty EVER! Also Aurora's expression seems understandably nervous, given that her first experience with robots nearly killed her.

The Securitron design is excellently ponified, containing equine features but managing to look extremely menacing, even when still in assembly. I also love how it has to be put together, kinda like a big Christmas toy/action figure... Except it has deadly shoulder guns and claws/feelers/hands that could crush a pony's head.
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MisterMech Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Oh wow. XD that's a hefty comment. Me likey.

Thank you very much for the bit of indepth anaylisis. :D glad you liked the piece.
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. Normally I don't take the time to write out long comments like that, but when I see a really good piece of art. Everything else can sometimes take a back seat.
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
It's actually a heavilly modified ultra sentinel, the one that appeared in the first chapter. Sentinels are like the sentries of fallout, with the big weakness being up close and personal foes, so I made the theory that sentinels also share this weakness. Scraps, spotting this weakness, attatched arms to one.

This one looks more well made because over the decades she's upgraded and carefully maintained it, what's happening here is they're taking it apart and doing routine maintenence and upgrading it with a second weapon.

Also as Arsenal pointed out, her goggles are made from the helmet of steel rangers power armour, so I imagined them being more visor style like this. As you can guess from that, they aren't just to hide her eyes, if you're familiar with some of the bells and whistles power armour has.
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I meant sentry bots not Securitrons. Those damn Securitrons are on my mind at the moment XD As I said, playing New Vegas excessively, a Sentry Bot seems a lot less threatening than they used to be in Fallout 3. Maybe I should play that game again for awhile. Yeah I'm also familiar with the power armour of Fallout. Been so long since I read New Beginnings, Illushia's taking quite awhile to update it. I'm a little scared it'll be a 30k beast of a chapter for some reason.
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Well it's kinda hard not to, securitrons are pretty badass.

You don't have to worry, the chapter's not going to be THAT big, it is very very nearly finished, like, one or two more scenes. The main problem is focus.

I think one reason sentry bots are less threatening is because they don't have that authoritive voice they do in fallout 3, they much had a similar voice to securitrons.

Weapon status: Green. Engaging hostile! All civilian personnel is advised to leave the area.
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, Sentries were the baddest bots around in Fallout 3. I think the only other robot that kinda unnerves players is the Brainbots, I mean are they powered by Monkey brains, dog brains, human brains or synthetic ones. (Nopony knows, or wants to know XD.)Didn't like the voice's of the Mr.Gutsy's but I do like that their is more variety than just the unique robot voice's.
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I quite liked the gung ho soldier personality of the gutsies, myself.

"Go Underworld, go ghouls! Yay! ...Damn this pansy zombie programming."
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equilibrik Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, the Gutsies in Fallout: New Vegas. The Fallout 3 one's are great.
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Oh yeah, agreed. The new Vegas ones are... blah, handies as well.
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
And this is the finished result, hot damn do I love it. I never noticed her expression though, the look of unease on her face, since she's helping fix up the thing that nearly killed her.
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MisterMech Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I'm quite happy that you like it. :)
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Allow me to gibber in a corner at this.

(Aaaah, and you even got Scraps to look all mad science-y!)
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Zubias Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woo! Always glad to see some New Beginnings art, Aurora and Scraps look wonderfull. Awesome stuff as always.
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l33thaxx0r Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
didn't know scraps was preparing for war, that's pretty cool
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Oh no, this is just routine maintenence on her security bots.
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l33thaxx0r Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
I was going to say a security bot seems a bit much for self-defense but then I remembered 'fallout'
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Digara Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
Eeexactly. Not to mention you've never seen Scraps even use a weapon.
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l33thaxx0r Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
because she has robots to do that
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