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Night of the age by Huussii Night of the age by Huussii
"It sure has been a while, sister.."

Yepyep, something out of my normal style.

Finally got this one done. Nightmare Moon is a lovely villain and needs some attention to detail.

I haven't painted a human for literally ages, so I've wanted to try one out. So why not try and go for pony humanization. Decided to go for Nightmare Moon as her barbute gave me an excuse to go for armor design and play with metal. She has pretty nice and evil design overall, which I do like.. And altered a bit myself, once again no overly flowywowy incorporeal hair. Just a lil' bit.

Decided not to go for overly fantasy style with armor, just a bit to have some feel and accompany her barbute, but restrained it to look pretty simple otherwise.
*cough* enormous halberd *cough*

Woman's face is something I once again found pretty challenging, it's just so damn delicate if you want it to look like a woman. The smallest of mistakes do show.. Yet my vision is pretty clouded once again and I can't really bother to try and fix it more and more.

I enjoyed working on this pretty well, I might think about painting Celestia as a human in a similar fashion too.

Named after the song of the same title by Dark Moor.

Nightmare Moon © Hasbro

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Tsumi--Uchiha Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
I like the Skyrim feels it gives me.

Amazing job my friend
Faleev Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
She says: "No need to fear, I'll kill you so gently (I lie, LOL)"
LadySmugleaf Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is it just me or does Nightmare moons face remind you of loki?
HarrySaxon1234 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

OMAHGAWDNightmare Moon Emote Clapping Pony Icon - Nightmare Moon Princess Luna Emote Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna 

RainbowDash420 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Nightmare Moon: There weak, We hit canterlot now...
Kirokami Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
God..very impressive. You totally made Nightmare Moon look so badass!! :iconcannotevenplz:
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Her glowing cat-like eyes ... her smug-smile ... so beautifully evil-looking ...
Cpt-Firespit Featured By Owner May 4, 2013   Digital Artist
looks just like luna from dota 2 xD
Mikkillerib Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
CrowleysPyramid Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
She honestly wouldn't look out of place in a comic book. I ccould easily see her being a new Wonder Woman villain. :iconso-awesomeplz:
blueisasome Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Would you mind if I used parts of this design as inspiration for a cosplay? Especially the helmet.
FOGoticus Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
This makes me press the watch button. I like you.
StonegazeFIN Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
This might come rather abruptly but I need this pic for a presentation on the brony fandom. I'll remember to add you on my source list.
PiplupSTARSCommander Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Epic and Beautiful!!!
MadManInTheBox Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
MarikElricXIII Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Humanoid Nightmare Moon, AWESOME!
Radu-B Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. It's giving me GRRM "White Walkers/The Others" feels, with that background and those stunning blue eyes.
kittypetro Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Saguinius Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
By the Elements... That is the most striking Nightmare Moon I've ever seen, the stars twinkling in her hair, the menacing pose as she strides forward like a predator on the hunt, the sleek yet imposing armour, the threatening presence of her Halberd and the promise of it's razor kiss...
But the eyes, by Equestria, those eyes... Those will stay with me, those haunting, ghostly eyes...
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
iamli3 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
the halberd was very helpful in my first playthrough in demon souls , like the only melee attack that can hit above you and to the ground at a distance without leaving you too venerable........
Jrakob Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
those eyes. . . when I took a closer look I was pleasantly surprised. vary nice.
IwoJima Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Student
Ai kritiikkiä? No silmät valuu musta liikaa sivuille.
Emperordaniel Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
She looks positively evil!
Tuiteyfruity Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, Best humanized pony ever. sorry I dont have much to say, words fail me
Texalm1 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Wow, this is quite impressive! I think you took the right route with the armor, it's simple and subdued, but it makes her look like an inexorable force. No unnecessary frills, just an unstoppable force of conquest. It blends into the background a bit, which is consistent with her role as queen of the night, and it allows her eyes and cruel smile to stand out. And that smile...honestly, it makes her all the more frightening. If her helmet was close-faced with just the glowing eyes visible, she would still look unstoppable, but that smile tells me that not only is she unstoppable, she's also extremely focused on her goal and is going to enjoy every terrifying and bloody moment of getting there, so you'd best get out of her way if you don't want to be ignobly cut down like an intervening blade of grass.

Not only is this great MLP fanart, this is an excellent portrait of a memorable fantasy villain. Great work!
BronyForever Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Good impression
Aranov Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is gorgeous. I would totally cosplay this. Nightmare Moon is my favorite thing.
YoshiArt24 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thatsexypony Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
This tells a story of a pony coming back from a great war coming back a hero!
Witchenboy13 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Very Nice, though the face looks a touch too bright on the flesh tone in contrast to her glowing eyes, and she doesn't seem angry enough.
brat-the-twitchy-one Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
*has seizure over epicness*
BloodyPink-M Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
LeoLeonardo-III Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
If you don't mind me saying, she kinda looks like something from Skyrim. It's downright amazing though, I've never seen her this way.
1vonreich123 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i am actually looking at this with my mouth wide open
Well done!
Shirlendra Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great stuff! Agreed with the Arthas comment, normally i dont like humanized or partially humanized ponies but this one is extremely well done! +10 Internets.
VampireNerd13 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So bad ass! :D
Derpyisraw115 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well done. well done indeed. those who wish to expand the reaches of their companionship should consider joining the Sons-Of-Nightmare
hinoraito Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It is epic. I love her expression!
Klice Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Not pony... But still awesome :D !
OrionTeutry Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW that one is realy awesome great work :winner:
J4B Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks pretty cool.
WeirdPonyGuy Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
And now I want to play a fantasy game.
Gigant halberds FTW.
marcusfenix102 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
very badass looking NMM, probably one of my favorite pieces of humanized art for her
ThePonyWithoutAName Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student Filmographer
I am speechless, this is truly amazing, I know this may just sound like a broken record, though. May aslo not meen much to you. Truly amazing, it's truly breathtaking.
poyt10 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
Love it love love it.
Aqua-Wing Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
... this fandom continues to make my brain explode...
metapsionic Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
This is AMAZING!
skullkidz102 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
i like your style i need that type for one of my shorts
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