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ChangelingJack Redraw by Rex42 ChangelingJack Redraw by Rex42
Well hello my fellow watchers, before I go on I would like apologies for two things. One, sorry that I did not post last weekend but as I mentioned I got sick (and I still am) and so I was in not mood or condition to draw. Two, since I am still a bit sick I have only one upload this weekend, but hopefully next week we will be back to status quo.

Now on to the peace we have. Here we have yet another redraw by me (cause you know, I suck at actually drawing) original is this by :iconzaphy1415926: (who seriously needs more watchers, so go give him a watch!).
In this time I tried out new stuff, mainly the hair and shading, and I think it turned out great. There might be small mistakes here and there but my SAI file had 200+ layers and thanks to my messy organizing skills, at least in SAI, I simply could not fix them without spending another 2 hours on this, so I will hope you do not see them and we can leave it at that xP BUT I do encourage you to zoom in on the eyes cause they are awesome! :D

OH! Also, I made the dark magic version of this (changed the eye color and flame color) which you can find here [link]
Anyway, hope you all like this and let me know what you think in the comments below.

P.S
Thank you to :iconjourneycurl: for the help.
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Mode7pro Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent. I really like this drawing.
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
"'Applejack'," Twilight began, "You're LYING."

A purple blast of magic sent 'Applejack' towards the barn's wall. There was a sickening *crunch* - the sound of breaking carapace, not breaking bones - and 'Applejack' crumbled down to the earth

As Twilight and the shocked guardponies looked on, the disguise crumbled away, leaving behind a bleeding, battered Changeling, its face of black chitin and pupils-absent compound eyes twisted in pain.

"Where is my friend?" Twilight asked calmly. Her voice was cold, devoid of sentiment, her face an unreadable frown. But from where it was, the Changeling could feel the emotion coming from her, radiating from her being, and what it felt scares him - rage, hatred, boiling beneath the cold exterior like a volcano about to be unleash, yet cold as a Windigoes' breath.

"I - I - buck you! You will get nothing from me!" The now exposed Changeling replied, cringing backwards. Twilight didn't need an empathetic link to know that it was terrified, hidden beneath its mask of false bravery and defiance.

"Allow us, madam." the Guardpony to Twilight's left spoke, before motioning his partner to his right. The pegasus guard moved over the downed Changeling, and held it down, putting enough pressure on the ruined wings on its already broken back, making it wince and squeal with further pain.

"We'll start with the horn." The unicorn guard continued, the Changeling's eyes grew wide as he unsheathed a blade; not a standard issued sword, but a smaller combat knife, used for more delicate work, "Then we'll move on and dig out each of your eyes. Then we'll slowly remove each of your limb. And after that appetizer... we'll move on to the main course." He hissed into its membranous ears, in a tone that was nothing less than menacing and sadistic, "It's still bright; we will have all day to squeeeeze it out of you."

The Changeling began to shake with fear. They were right, its comrades were right all along, when push comes to shove, the ponies won't go easy on them. To the ponies, it wasn't a misunderstood creature that could they could share the Magic of Friendship - to the ponies, it was just a monster to be killed, just a 'Bug' to be squashed. There would be no mercy from them if it doesn't tell them where his Changelings held the lavander unicorn's friend... but there would be no mercy for them if it did tell them. Either way, he'll die slow.

"No... Amarylis have mercy, no, oh no..." It whimpered. There was no way out.

"I won't ask again." Twilight said, this time, there was iron, a tone of finality, in her voice. She was running out of patience. "Where. Is. MY. FRIEND?"
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Onix-ceptable Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is one of those moments where I wish I could fave comments.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Thanks
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Onix-ceptable Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Zaphy1415926 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
That's kind of awesome :D
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Thanks.
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW...that....that was something.
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
Thanks.
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np ^^
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
You know what, I'm not even shocked anymore.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Sorry, couldn't resist. I imagine the guards and Twilight were faking it to get results faster.
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Faking it? Well, at least that's something different.

Sorry, it's just that the 'every single member of the Royal Guard is a sadistic, unhinged psycho' trope has become so common now it doesn't even shock me, it just makes me think 'does Celestia really not do a background check on these guys before they're hired?'

But alright, I can do it too, just for fun.

Captured royal guard tied to floor: Is this it? You're gonna kill me with plants? I'd thought you sons of bitches'd be more creative than that.

Changeling warden: Bamboo is one of the fastest growing and strongest plants in the world. We'll check back on you in a few days once it begins growing and starts piercing through your skin and flesh. (he and his fellow guards begin to leave) Sayonara, Captain.

Guard: Hey...hey, get back here! GET BACK HERE, YOU SONS OF BITCHES! LET ME OUT! LET ME OUUUT!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Yes, I remember that torture. Nasty piece of work, that.

By the way, latest chapter of Maternal Instincts was a blast.
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
That and filling their bellies with water and jumping on them.

Thanks.

Also, I;ve continued the Rp with SomeRandomMinion and in my latest, put across a point about the portrayal of Changelings that gets on my nerves, which this time is an actual shot at Changelings not the ponies.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
I saw, and it's good.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
"Don't hurt me," the Changeling pleaded, voice shaking. "Please, I have a daughter..."
One of the Guards wrenched its foreleg, eliciting a cry of agony from their prisoner. "Quit stalling!" He hissed. "Where is Miss Applejack?!"

A moment of silence. Then the Changeling heaved a defeated breath. There was just no more point to resisting. "Applelooosa. She's in Appleloosa. Check the old aluminum mine--we have her on a bogus 'search' for a missing pony; have the whole town tied up and kept busy..."
The downed shape-shifter groaned, like some wounded animal. "Now just finish me already...you'll have your friend back, now just get it over with..."
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Twilight: You'd like that, wouldn't you? I'm not giving you that satisfaction (to the guard as she leaves) You can drop the 'psycho' schtick now, Captain. Just put in the jail.

Guard: (dropping the 'psycho' facade for when torturing prisoners, sighin) As you wish, Princess. (picking Changeling soldier up and hauling him off) C'mon, tough guy, let's go.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
(Nice work. ;))

Twilight blinked, a thought coming to her. "Sergeant, hold on."

The lead Guard turned back towards her, his subordinates still carrying the Changeling off. "Yes, Princess? What is it?"

Twilight tilted her head, thinking at the back of her mind. "That Changelibg said he had a daughter. What exactly shoud we do? I mean, she probably wasn't involved, but...

The sergeant held up a hoof. "For now, we investigate, Princess. Find out if his daughter *was* involved, if she's even a Changeling...after that, we act accordingly."

It wasn't a definitive answer, but it was enough for now. "Thank you, Sergeant," Twilight answered. "I you'll excuse me, I have a train to Appleloosa to catch."
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Changeling: (calling back) She's still just a grub! But what does that matter! You ANIMALS will slaughter her and my wife with smiles on your faces! You're bucking monsters, all of you!

(Twilight stops in place, scowling silently and shoulders tensing)

Guard: Princess?

Twilight: Bring-him-back!

(The Guards do so and Twilight turns to face him, staring him icily in his eyes)

Twilight: How dare you. After everything your people have done to mine, you have the Gall to call us monsters?

Changeling: After what I've experienced, I have every right--

Guard: NO. No you DO NOT. That was a facade, you idiot. Something they teach us in the first year at the academy. For such an advanced army, you've never heard of "good cop, bad cop". Pfft, some army you've got(!)

Guard #2: You wanna know torture? My buddy was captured a year ago by your men and you know what they did to 'im? They locked him up for days, hitting him non-stop with bamboo sticks! Then they filled his belly up with so much water until it nearly bust and you know what they did after that? They jumped on it! After that, he WISHED he didn't survive?

(The Changeling is silent, but glaring defiantly)

Twilight: (to Changeloing) You wanna know something? The one thing I hate so much about you people isn't the brainwashing. It isn't the love-sucking. It's your self-righteous braying!

(The Changeling is about to protest, but she slaps him silent)

Twilight: (continuing) That's the worst of it, pal; you Changelings LOVE playing the victim. You attack our villages, you replace and drain innocent ponies like cattle and you don't give a damn who you hurt to fill your fat bellies! But the second my people fight back, you turn into simpering little FOALS and we're suddenly the big bad bullies. NO. We're not the bad guys, tough guy, you and your people are just cowards, plain and simple. You want to live by the sword, but you piss yourselves at the thought of dying by it. You are a POOR soldier.

(Silence, but the Changeling is unstirred, standing by his convictions. Twilight sees this and just says in disgust and giving up)

Twilight: ... just take him away.

(They do so and Twilight leaves the room, leaving behind a few guards, stunned by the Princess's ragefilled words).
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
(Nicely done, and fantastic rant by Twilight! Though I expected her to bring up how stupid it was of the Changeling to think that she--an Element of Harmony!- or the Guards would even THINK of hurting his young daughter.)
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Ooh, good point there. Weird I didn't think of that. But really, taking that and the rant together, I think it's so powerful, because when you look at a lot of Changeling fanfiction, it really feels true. People love having the Changelings be the victims and they totally disregard any of their wrongdoings and ANY form of retaliation by the ponies, as extreme in some cases as they may be, suddenly makes THEM the complete and total badguys instead of the Changelings.

Say, regarding rps while we're on it, you think you could add to the LOTR 3 Chrysalis-Denethor thing I got started on the Maternal Instinct Chapter 8 page. I'd love to see what you could do with it.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Hmm... On the RP, maybe later. I dunno; have some other stuff on the table right now.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
(Nice)
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
(Thanks!)
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
Great piece!
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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liighty Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SWAG
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:iconnobetternameforbrony:
Wow, just wow... great artwork.
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx! ^^
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Story-Story Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dem eyes!
I love it! It's so.. so.. BEAUTIFUL! :'3
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :3
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Story-Story Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are very welcome ^w^
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MisterFriendly Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
This pleases me.
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In that case I can die happy xP
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DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Awesome in an evil sort of way!
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is the best kind of awesome.
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paperhater Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Ooh so Twilight's not the only one who learned how to do that. :mwahaha:
Amazing work.
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think for what you are referring, you should check the description for the other version that I made >:)

and thx!
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paperhater Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
Oh. :dummy: Ha-ha well now I have both.
Still it is amazing work, and you are welcome.
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noobymaniac Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Nice!
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you!
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Blick92 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
excellent picture =)
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you :)
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Zaphy1415926 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
And also, thank you so much for the kind words ahhhh >u<
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can not thank me, for speaking the truth :D but you are very welcome xD
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MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
We both know I'm not qualified to write a critique.

I will say this much; the quality of your work has been steadily moving up.
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:iconrex42:
Rex42 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, I hope to keep it up :)
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Zaphy1415926 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Wow man, I actually like this a lot! I say 'actually' because that sketch was not one of my favorite things I've drawn. xD But I am really digging the high contrast and saturation here, I think it adds a lot to the image, and makes it very powerful as a whole! I'm also loving the green light you bounced around in there :) Way to go, this is awesome!
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