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My Little Mages- Shining Armor by Didj My Little Mages- Shining Armor by Didj
This is the next entry into series 4 of My Little Mages. Shining Armor as an Ardent. Choosing Ardent as his mage class was pitch perfect. Not only is an ardent a magical armored defender class, the definition of the word "ardent" means impassioned.

In Shining Armor's initial sketches, I tried to work his cutie mark design into his chest armor. But that ended up making him look like some kind of fantasy themed Captain America. So I worked them into his gauntlets instead.
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:iconeonorteashadowmaster:
EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Writer
I love the bracer/shield idea!
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GGGRRRSTAR Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Boring character made badass, and him being left handed makes it all the better for meh(I am left handed)
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MLPDud3 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
awsome

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xxMariaDelReyxx Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;A; Whoa.
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EquestriaCats Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Imma go play world of warcraft now.Bai.
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
extreme
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Kylar-ban-Durzo Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I would say that Cadence would probably be an "Amoramancer" (yes, I made that up) or some kind of Cupid/Eros type mage. 
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PrinceDeimos Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student Writer
Ardent? Is that a fancy way of saying Spell-Sword?
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animegirl804 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Writer
You made him left handed? :3 Not that I oppose, I just find it interesting
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ingwaz2 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
you've got to stop making such badass things.
seriously, it makes me wish this was a game so hard...
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:icondidj:
Didj Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Oh... have you not seen the latest addition to my gallery?
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ingwaz2 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
i think i just joygasmed
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Athelind Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
You say "Fantasy-Themed Captain America" as though it were a BAD thing! You could have given him a shield with the star, as well!

But yes, the gauntlets are a far more elegant choice.

As a question, where are you coming up with these various classes? Some of them are obviously derived from the classical Dungeon Fantasy array, but some are wholly unfamiliar to me -- such as "Ardent". Your description makes it sound like it's an existing class from some other source.
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Didj Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
The Ardent is a tad more obscure. I'm really not that into D&D but I do find that it has a huge pool of character classes to choose from. Some of them, however, I do just make up like the MuffinMancer. And for Rarity as the Enchantress, I altered what an Enchantress is for her.
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cavalier-renegade Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have a Berserker yet?
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Derpy-Hoov3s Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I agree, please draw Cadence :) But i am here for another reason, i am new to Deviantart and the first project i hope to do is MLP themed swords, so like, pony colors and cutie marks for the swords. The first sword style i was going to do is a Zanbato Blade, a large blade meant for cavalry... kind of ironic and weird, but that is all i have currently in the way of wood and money. So i was here to ask for any and all ideas you guys would have :)
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IvymoonOfSilence Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD WHERE'S CADENCE?! :D
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votederpycausemufins Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you should do cadence, the cake twins, sombra, star-swirled the bearded (note twilight dresses as him in episode 4 season 2) and some more background ponies too.
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southpony98 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please do Cadance
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EcchiChibi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please draw Cadance! O_O
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GKET Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
I suggests Cadence as an incantatrix :D
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Skyline115 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ardent, thats new, it sounds great and match the character. i just hope there's no game company that would still this idea(like Avatar of Chaos).
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NateNarcieq Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
yes please. I'd love to see cadence in this style too!
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Bronyboy Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Seconded.
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Fin-Infinite Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I dunno; it looks awesome, but the purple and pink sort of makes it ridiculous as well.
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Didj Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
I'm just going by the source material. Shining Armor's armor in the show is purple, and the star on his cutie mark is pink.
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Fin-Infinite Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Understood.
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nioniosbbbb Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
I especially like the star and the Swirling purple magic around him! And the spear is Awesome!!!
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frong Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Good choice to put the design on the gauntlets instead of the chestplate. It looks much better this way.
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Acelious Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you have a tutorial on the effects? O.O

They are so boss!
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useraccount Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Holy crap, that's awesome. He and Twilight would make a kickass brother-sister team! (Twilight, as with many mages, is a "glass cannon": Execellent offense, not so great defense. Shining here can definitely hold his own in a fight, but specializes in defensive spells and wards)
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stormelemental13 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Glad you're showing some love to male characters. Great lines, colors, and shading. Like the energy effects and how he is quite different from Big Mac and Discord, our other males. Also having his skin tone similiar to Twilights to give a family resemblance.

Any chance we'll be seeing spike, or DJ soon?
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ChaosLizard-44 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
ok I'm going to bet 5000 bits queen chrysalis Transmutation
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Razmakai Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can't help but notice that his right arm seems a little "off" not sure if it's just me though =/
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frong Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
Nah, I think you're right, now that I look at it. The right arm seems a bit short.
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Nikopollumero Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I thought something like Knight Protector
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MissGinaKid92 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Every time I look at these designs I always find myself shouting at it's brilliance. It always makes me happy when you start doing a new series =)
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Malron Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
cool one
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DragonScholar Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
THAT is overflowing with awesome. An excellent job, with some very nice details and extras. I'd love to see a story with this "take."
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Didj Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
Your wish has been granted [link]
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DragonScholar Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
. . . awesome.

Though I have to say I think this ranks as one of your best. The mixture of thoughtful design, characterization, and interpretation really comes together. If I didn't know what this was, I'd still want to find out more about him.

Also? This is pure fangirl fuel ;)
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prosforcons Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You'll learn a bit more about what he and Cadence are/have been up to when Twi and the crew get to the castle. Two chapters from now.

- Yondy
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WragnaroqRMageddon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I want that hat. And those gauntlets. And the spear. And the... screw it, can I have him? Please?
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darkmedina Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
So... Cadence's up next, I guess?
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mattman1411 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, my gawd
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is an awesome class for him. Love the desgin of his armor too. Working his sutie mark into his gauntlets was a pretty good idea. ^_^
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SamGorsuch Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a cool one
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Starbat Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's quite an apt design.
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