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Off to the Frontline by merrypaws Off to the Frontline by merrypaws
I was looking at some of *Equestria-Prevails's 'The New Royal Guard' art lately, and it put this image in my head.

Singe reassuring his wife, Leafygreen, and their son, Tinder, before heading towards the battlefront to answer the Princess' summons. I imagine that having a dragon, even a relatively small one, on their side would be an asset Princess Celestia couldn't overlook.
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scionlight34 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Is he gonna come back? :o
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
I think he will. Dragons are pretty hardy, after all Spike and the other dragons were bathing in a lava pit, for pony's sake.
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scionlight34 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
XD
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deathscythe96 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
 i love it continue plesss will hi come home?
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Fantasygerard2000 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Artist
...and he's never coming back
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Anthro-animals-rule Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
So wonderful to see that even dragons and ponies can start families together. The TV show seriously needs to show more good dragons older than Spike. It would be a breath of fresh air to see that.
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MasterofNintendo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Theme of Singe: [link]

Theme of Leafygreen and Tinder: [link]

Singe returns in the fanfic Fluttershy's Dawn along with someone else's dragon OC (seen here: [link] to help Dawn Dew redeem himself. Tell me what you think of the themes and tell me what you think of my idea. Read the fic first, though, to understand. Okay?
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I can't open either of those links on my computer, because they link to youtube's mobile service. However, I did look up both pieces manually, and... No. Sorry, but I have to be honest: No.
I haven't given much thought to the soundtracks of my characters, but I know the music you had marked as Singe's theme was nothing like him. He's going to the war only because he has to, not because he wants. He's more a scholar than a warrior.
I liked the music you picked for Leafygreen and Tinder better, but it still isn't exactly what I'd choose as their theme.
I'm sorry, I can't relly explain why they don't fit, I don't have any musical talent. I just know they don't catch the mood for my characters.

Also, if you're gonna ask for someone's opinion on a fic, it would be polite to give them a direct link to it. (hint, hint)
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MasterofNintendo Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First of all, did you at least find Singe's theme bearable?

Second, here's the link to the fic: [link]

Oh, and the constructicons from TFA help Dawn Dew later along with Singe and Nidhogg. Tell me what you think now. Please?
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
In a word, no. Nothing particularly wrong with the music itself, but it doesn't suit Singe at all, in any context.

I don't have the time to read the fic right at this instant, but I'll take a look at it later. Though I must say that the little excerpt you gave me is sounding a little strange. I don't really see how TFA would mix well with MLP. And why does it have to be my Singe, anyway? Couldn't you come up with your own dragon character, then you wouldn't have to ask anyone's permission for how you use him.
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MasterofNintendo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry. I just really like your work. You're awesome. And about the fic, I'll wait. I'm the master of no-ones fate, so feel free to look at it when you feel like it. And I just think TFA is just as awesome as MLP(NOT that I'm a basement boy!). You dig?
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I understand.
And I'm flattered, really, it's just always a little odd to an artist when someone else starts to enthusiastically describe their ideas for some character, but those ideas don't really meet what the artist herself had in mind. One one hand, I'm glad they like my characters, and I don't want to spoil anyone's joy of storytelling, but at the same time it's a little like they're taking the character away from me.

That's why I suggested you'd make your own dragon character. Then you wouldn't be dependent on my will all the time. It wouldn't even matter if the character was based on Singe at the beginning. Over time, he would definitely develop into something completely different, with his own place in his own creator's heart.
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MasterofNintendo Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, god, that was beutiful! It's just so hard to find original material nowadays. Still, what did you think of the fanfic, though? And by the way, do you agree with the voice of Bulkhead from TFA being the voice of Singe? And do you at least find the constructicons funny? Like I said, I'm not the master of your fate but I like conversing with fellow deviants (When will YouTube learn?)
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MasterofNintendo Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Theme of Singe: [link]

Theme of Leafygreen and Tinder: [link]

Singe returns in the fanfic Fluttershy's Dawn along with someone else's dragon OC (seen here: [link] to help Dawn Dew redeem himself. Tell me what you think of the themes and tell me what you think of my idea. Read the fic first, though, to understand. Okay?
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
And he never returns. So sad.
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merrypaws Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
That part has not been drawn, so it is up to the viewer. I think that he returns. A little worse for the wear, but he does.
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Luckysweep Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Oh. Good. But war is such a horrible thing, and not everybody returns.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
If you'll pardon the necropost, I must needs throw your OCs a couple words of praise: Leafy's ruby-red eyes form a nice contrast with her coat, and I dig your ponies' visibly-sturdier-than-official forequarters; ditto for Singe's coal-grey/violet combo & proportions, which render him markedly less toon-goofy than most of the show's draconic extras (great name, by the by). As for their little nipper...his cute widdle wings/horn/abdominal scales mesh well with the dewy amber peepers, and overall he's far less creepy than the Shrek(R) franchise's "dronkeys". Wouldn't mind seeing more of these three, or Filigree & Fam, or some combination thereof.
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thank you. It's so nice to get some in-depth on why people like my art.
Leafygreen and Singe were sort of reverse engineered from Tinder. I had drawn him first and then went, "Well, what would his parents be like?" Leafygreen was easy enough, but with Singe I found myself tearing at my hair at one point.
I wanted to follow the design of the dragon in the 'Dragonshy' episode, but a lifetime of trying to learn to draw animals correctly makes it hard to switch into such a cartoony style at a moments notice. Same goes for my ponies in general. In the end I found a happy medium.
And I may have to draw the two dragon/pony families together at some point...
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geekspace Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Oddly enough, out of the FiM style's many divergences from RL equine anatomy, it's the reverse-tapering noodle-biceps & strangely kinked hindquarters that just seemed off to me. Retaining the show's hyper-expressive faces & filling out those legs a bit really brings it together.

As for dragons...as a longtime saurian aficionado, I generally prefer the METAL/D&D/Asian variety, but one of my favorite pony-related diversions involves trawling for creative takes on Adult!Spike, since clearly the little dude needs a permanent upgrade at some point. The show's two adult examples are more/less OK with me, though it's funny how Greed!Spike's final form was visibly toothier and gnarlier (in a good way) than either of 'em.

Hmm...possible idea for a crossover pic: Spike & Singe regaling the kids & horrifying the misses with some insane war story. "And you know what this mad-drake does next? Straight down the tarrasque's gullet! Long story short, they're not so fireproof on the inside..."
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
I was thinking more along the lines of an annual cross-species couples' picnic and some comment about how dragons make the best barbeque, but I gotta admit, that idea also has merit.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Well, when in doubt go with whichever's easier to draw. Hmm...snappy apron catchphrases:

"It's All in the Breath!"
"Want it Well Done or Well Done?"
"Trespassers Will Be Appetizers!"
"Everything goes with Ketchup!"
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aughoti-dream Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
And Merrypaws -- Primus on a pogostick, but your art is fantastic!

(Poking around your gallery after finding the "Feminine Troubles" art link.)
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aughoti-dream Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
"Everything Goes with Ketchup" just caused me to snort wine out my nose.

Which I would probably be more bothered by, but thank you for both a much needed laugh, and a chance to clear my sinuses.
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geekspace Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Consider yourself most welcome, though hopefully you weren't wearing anything too stain-prone. Ditto on your follow-up comment re: our 'host,' BTW.
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NocturneD85 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
you know i saw your other pony/dragon art and was intrigued at the idea of a half-breed and down the line and on a rainy day i wrote a fanfic of my own idea of a how half-breeds is pretty much a wanderer as the idea of a dragon/pony being is often feared and ridiculed because they don't understand. There was a war in the story. Um, not really trying to plug my fanfic here but I just want to say because of your earlier pictures of these characters inspired to due my rendition

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think you're doing a great job.
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locomastero Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
The little kid looks like Spike.
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drake-rex Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I hope he will be ok u.u
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TheMiles Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
I really like this couple.. really. So cute. He'll return home safely!
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SparklinBurgndy Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaawwww . . . .

Still, being a dragon should award him some extra level of protection than your average pony. As a weird aside, I just started writing my first pony fanfic today.

^^ /)(\ ^^
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
*brohoof*
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