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Castlemane-ia: Sombra's Curse by Mace66VW
Castlemane-ia: Sombra's Curse
Musical accompaniment: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fAB7r…

Fillies and gentlecolts, here we have what, I guess, you could call a "spooky" deviation for the month of October - "Castlemane-ia: Sombra's Curse"! This started off as the next entry in my "Gaming What-Ifs" series, but seeing as how I already had a Castlevania-referenced piece in there, I decided to make this one a standalone. After playing the Castlevania series for a while, I noticed that Dracula was never truly "defeated" (off-screen defeat preceding Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow notwithstanding), but rather "put back to sleep" by a Belmont until fate decided it was time for him to rise once again and continue the dark cycle. The idea of Sombra's defeat being in a similar vein to the aforementioned struck me, and thus, I started work on this piece.

The front of the "box art" is based off the Japanese cover of Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, while the "back" is based on the English version of the same game. What do y'all think? Can you picture Applejack, Twilight, Rainbow Dash, and Chrysalis teaming up to take down the vengeful spirit of King Sombra? 

Took about 6 hours of work, and I really like how it turned out. HUGE thanks to :icongodoffury: for his amazing vectors of Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and Queen Chrysalis. HUGE thanks also to :iconkhaomortadios: for posting the sprites for AJ, Twi, Chrysalis, and Dash from his "Mega Pony" fan game! (Go check it out; that thing is amazing.) 

As always, comments are welcome and appreciated.


MLP is (c) Hasbro, developed for TV by Lauren Faust.
Castlevania is (c) Konami.
Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and Queen Chrysalis vectors by :icongodoffury:.
Pony sprites by :iconkhaomortadios:.
Shadow Armor Pony by :iconfureox:.
Sombra's eyes by :iconfercho262:.
Background cliffs, clouds, spider, castle and Equestrian banner resources are from :iconmlp-vectorclub:.
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Gaming What Ifs - Fairy Tail X by Mace66VW
Gaming What Ifs - Fairy Tail X
Musical accompaniment - www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9BTPz…

This is what happens when I play Castlevania: Dracula X whilst watching Fairy Tail and being unable to sleep. Inspiration for this came from my Mega Man / MLP comic covers and the fact that I'd always wanted to try my hand at designing some vintage video game box art. Thus, I took to Google, found the SNES box template, Erza renders, and sprites, and went to town on making "Fairy Tail X". Ended up spending about 3 hours on this one, and I really like how it turned out. (Even threw in a few "localization errors" on the back of the box. XD ) I may do a few more of these "Gaming What Ifs", too.

What do y'all think? Do you wish this was a real game, because I know I do. And as always, comments are welcome and appreciated. 

And in case you're curious, here are links to the Dracula X boxart that inspired this piece: 
www.chapelofresonance.com/game… - Front
gamefiles.alphacoders.com/boxa… - Back

Fairy Tail is (c) Hiro Mashima.
SNES boxart and logo are (c) Nintendo.
Castlevania is (c) Konami.
Sprites (from Dracula X and Fairy Tail Gekitotsu! Kardia Daiseidou) found on Google. Same goes for the Erza renders.
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Azure Nights by Mace66VW
Azure Nights
Musical accompaniment: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhKvl8…

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The stars played their silent symphony of the night, a performance oft slept through, but not so this eve. Two sets of eyes belonging to two distinctly different beings beheld the beauty wrapped in darkness. For one, the stars were her best work, set out every night for her subjects to sleep beneath and dream amongst. For the other, the stars symbolized hope, for as long as he could see them, he knew his end had not yet come. A brief glance was exchanged between the two, and in the instant that their eyes met, it was as though these thoughts were exchanged via an unspoken code. The two returned their gaze to the heavens. Neither had ever thought of doing so before, but perhaps a wish could be made on one of the stars above... What possible harm could be done?

Fixing his gaze on one of the brighter stars, he quietly spoke. He wanted nothing more than to return home, and see those he loved again. She silently listened, her heart swelling as she saw the sincerity and unyielding courage in his eyes. He would wait patiently for that day, he continued, and rejoice when it came. Her ears drooped and a drop of liquid pride formed at the edge of her eye. As she wiped it away, he turned and asked her what she would wish for. A pause filled the air as she mulled his question over; no one had ever asked her this before. She had returned from her banishment to a sister and populace that loved her, and had seen the safety and happiness of her subjects guaranteed time and time again. Her gaze wandered back to him, then up to the same star he had wished upon. She needed nothing, but he needed everything. She may not have been able to grant his wish, but she could at least add to it.

"I too, wish that one day, you will return to those that you love and that love you, Mega Man Volnutt," she said. "In the meantime, know this: you may be stranded here, but their hearts are with you. Let that give you strength to carry on, my friend. And remember... legends never die."


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Here we have Luna and Mega Man Volnutt sharing a moment during his tenure on the moon (Elysium). I started working on this a few weeks ago, when the cancellation of Mega Man Legends 3 hit its third "anniversary", but had to put the project on hold for pilot stuff. As I was listening to the MML2 credits music the other night, I came back to the photoshop machine and found the PSD under my "recents" option and got back to work right away. This is the end result of about 2 hours' worth of work. 

Call it wishful thinking, call it hopeless optimism, or whatever you will, but I do think Mega Man WILL get off the moon one of these days. Long live the Blue Bomber, and long live the Princess of the Night. Hope y'all enjoy this, and as always, comments are welcome and appreciated.

Mega Man Legends is (c) Capcom, art from Mega Man Legends 2.
MLP is (c) Hasbro, developed for TV by Lauren Faust.
Moon background is from :iconmlp-vectorclub:.
Luna vector by JennieOo.
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Mason's the name and flying's my game.

Current Residence: Texas
Favorite genre of music: Rock, video game soundtracks
MP3 player of choice: iPhone 4S
Favorite cartoon characters: Mega Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Rainbow Dash
Personal Quote: "No copyright law in the universe is going to stop me!"
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Hey, everyone.

It's been a wild past couple of months for me. Graduated college and am now at flight instructor school for a month or so. I had a few projects in the works before I left, but those are on hold for now. When I get back from CFI school, I'll get back into the Photoshop and drawing routines.

Hope y'all's summers are going well! Keep it real, and as always, keep it 20% cooler.

~Mace

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BritishMindslave Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so very much for the watch!
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Mace66VW Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're quite welcome. I like your art style! 
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sabrina-rawr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave! :iconrainbowdashwinkplz:
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CrashTheStampede Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy late birthday man!  Hope all is going well.
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Mace66VW Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Crash! Hope all's going well with you and the PotatoNet, too! :iconlunawaveplz:
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TheLittleDixie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Student General Artist
If I don't see ya in the chart today Happy Birthday
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Mace66VW Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Blaze! I appreciate that! :D T'was quite the busy day yesterday, so I wasn't able to drop in to the chat, but I'll be there later this evening! 

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TheLittleDixie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Well sorry I mis ya I might be there tonight after a hockey so see ya then
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sup. :)
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Mace66VW Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The creator of Rob Stallion; I am honored. All's well here; just took my Mega Man Legends costume to an event this weekend. How're you?
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