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Chrysalis Nightmare by slifertheskydragon Chrysalis Nightmare by slifertheskydragon
edit: developed nightmare moon more

edit: Thank you EQD for featuring! <3 8u8 [link]

Another digital painting practice, I had this battle idea in my mind for a while, you can see the sketches I did before:


I originally wanted them to lock horns but after doing that, I felt like Nightmare moon was blocking too much of chrysalis in that way, so I have them more separated and I also made chrysalis more threatening like she's about to smack down nightmare moon xD

I decided to give them both my own interpretation/spin in design.

Most of my watchers will know I draw nightmare moon more... "feral" with a bit of the "Glasgow smile" (see
I feel like it gives her a more "psychotic evil" appearance. I also like to mix the bat wing with bird wing since in the show her wing is shown to end in a point instead of feathers like Celestia. She's kinda farting out the night behind her... (lol)

As for Queen Chrysalis, her design is actually inspired by the Tyranids from Warhammer 40K. She was originally more of a dark green and actually her "nails" were white instead of the same color as her carapace, which I changed later since the white caused too much attention and contrast. I'm not really sure how to do her hair since in the show it seemed like it was a kind of "webbing"? but the holes in her legs I made them just holes in her exoskeleton so that you can see the sinews/muscle underneath.

And yeah instead of horns clashing they're having a good ol' laser show battle.

(oh wow sorry that was hella long for a description xD)

Tools: Pencil/Wacom Bamboo/Paintool SAI/Photoshop/4+hours
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:iconlj-atction-360:
LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Awesome! Especially Chrysalis. I love her design.
Gives me ideas for my own bugLove CURSE YOU! I think I've fainted. 
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TheGamingChangeling Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw cmon guys. We all know a queen who leads a army of changelings, has succesfully crashed a wedding, tooken controll of a royal guard and was feeding off his love, AND beated celestia in a magic battle, could kick nightmare moons plot.
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TheDeinonychus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
I really do see a lot of Tyranid Deathleaper in how you designed Chrysalis here. I'm guessing that was where you got a lot of the inspiration from?
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:iconredwallfvs:
redwallfvs Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student General Artist
Whoa. evil, but sexy.
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:iconsilverwing27:
SilverWing27 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Go Nightmare Moon, take that queen down!
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:iconkaltes-herzeleid:
Kaltes-Herzeleid Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Victory to Queen Nightmare Moon! 
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:iconnanner8bananer:
Nanner8Bananer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know what I did one day in school?
since I'm a classroom leader in one of my classes, my teacher let us watch anything I wanted. So on the bright link, I pulled up this, and put it full screen. Me and my teacher both announced that, "This is my little pony"
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:iconshadowshaun200:
SHADOWSHAUN200 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That is too awesome for words!!!
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
"We have one thing in common at least Nightmare Moon, we both despise being trivialized, we both feel nothing but fury at the idea we can be simply brushed aside."
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:icontrooper924:
Trooper924 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
True, but there is one crucial difference between you and I, Chrysalis: you actually can be easily brushed aside."
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
It's the ultimate showdown over who gets to be the queen of all evil.
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:iconsmoki8:
Smoki8 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
*hides in corner*
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:iconorca19904:
Orca19904 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
"Whoever wins, we lose."
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:iconreddeadelite:
RedDeadElite Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
Wow. That's creepy.
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:iconpinkamena-diane:
Pinkamena-Diane Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
who would win i think nightmare would
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:iconlazerbem:
lazerbem Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Depends on whether Chrysalis is charged with love or not. NMM is implied to be Celestia's equal while Chrysalis is implied to be Celestia's inferior(without being charged). If Chrysalis is charged then NMM gets one shotted. If Chrysalis is not charged then NMM breaks Chrysalis like a bug.
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SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
The reason Celestia lost was likely a World of Cardboard thing.
She could not go all out in the middle of Canterlot.
Even Chrysalis did not expect to win the fight, she was just buying time for her troops.
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lazerbem Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Celestia's face damn well indicates she was trying her best. As for going all out, that wouldn't be a problem. We saw from the Nightmare Moon battle that minor structural damage is the most the Princesses can do

Chrysalis hadn't fully finished feeding off Shining Armor either. She was being cautious so that if they fought, she could over-power Celestia with ease.

Anyway, when Nightmare Moon shot Celestia, Celestia was stunned for a few moments but got up rather quickly. When Chrysalis shot Celestia, Celestia can't even move anymore and is knocked out
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SchwarzerRitter Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
To me it looked like Celestia just underestimated Chrysalis and realized her mistake too late. Even Chrysalis admits she did not expect to win. But yeah, it can be interpreted like you said too.

Chrysalis hit Celestia in the head at point blank range, of course that knocks her out.
Also, Celestia held back in the fight against Nightmare Moon too, because she had a trump card.
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lazerbem Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Celestia didn't want to fight but she was not holding back
Lack of motivation=/=Holding back

Nightmare moon was not holding back, that's for sure
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Flutter-SHED Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg amazing
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:icon1234sonic:
1234sonic Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student Artist
WOW THIS IS...IS.....IS......AMAZEING!!!!!
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:iconbananagirl2000:
BananaGirl2000 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
love this
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:iconemberwolfheart:
EmberWolfHeart Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh boy, two territorial evil royalties fighting... I don't know who I should guess is gonna win THAT fight, lol. Great detail in this drawing, hope you continue the good work!!!
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GodzillaKrueger Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
GO Chrysalis!
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:iconcreaturexofxshadows:
creatureXofXshadows Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
so epic! go nightmaremoon!
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:icon14errantartistgd:
14ErrantArtistGD Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm gonna be drawing NMM with fangs from now on!
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:icon1127779:
1127779 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love the mix of an insect and chrysalis.
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:icon3nd3rz3n:
3ND3RZ3N Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
a wild nightmare moon appears.
GO SCYTHER
Chrysalis: SCYTHAAAR
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:icon3nd3rz3n:
3ND3RZ3N Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
twilight sparkle hat to have some balls to charge at nightmare moon
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:iconmiles002:
Miles002 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I want luna to be nightmare night again :D
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:iconcjbronyten:
Cjbronyten Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Amazing/epic:)
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:iconarchonus1:
archonus1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
epic!!!!
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:iconxxbubblesxx3:
xXBubblesXx3 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Artist
Epic
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:iconcadenske:
Cadenske Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why no commercial use? Btw I love it!
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:iconallanime247:
allanime247 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
I love the bug claws!
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:iconeclipseponyart:
EclipsePonyArt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
damn Crysalis looks like a damn Metroid pirate
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:iconprotozerg:
Protozerg Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Queen chrysalis = Tyranid
o.O
Oh damn. Shit just got real!
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:iconphenometron:
Phenometron Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Two ultimate evils in Equestria fighting it out for power. My money's on Nightmare Moon.
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:iconretardeddogproductns:
RetardedDogProductns Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
One question:
Can i make a sculpture out of Queen Chrysalis :3?
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:iconrobotninjahero:
RobotNinjaHero Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Now that that freaking awesomely bad@$$!
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:iconcommanderex:
CommanderEX Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
Oh, Nightmare Moon was alwais so regal, why you had to make her face to looks like some sort of monster ?
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:iconlord-luca-the-third:
Lord-Luca-the-Third Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Methinks you are mistaken, Luna was the regal one, Nightmare Moon was always fairly monstrous.
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:iconcommanderex:
CommanderEX Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Nah, Nightmare Moon was born from Luna Jesousity, but Nightmare Moon never lack in manners and dignity.
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:iconakzyra:
Akzyra Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
EPIC!!
Nice mantis like Chrysalis
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:iconenteringthenethery:
EnteringTheNethery Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
those two would make a great team, but i can settle for :iconnightrapemoonplz:
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:iconsasorichyan:
Sasorichyan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
I would LOVE to see this!
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:icondarthzilla:
Darthzilla Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Agree with everyone who's getting a Kaiju vibe from this image...

"MEGALON! GIGAN! THE UNDERGROUND KINGDOM OF SEATOPIA SUMMONED YOU TO EARTH TO DESTROY THE NATION OF JAPAN, AND TO KILL GODZILLA, NOT BATTLE EACH OTHER!"
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:iconmylittlesonic:
MyLittleSonic Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow- Chrysalis looks like a kaiju Godzilla would fight! Neat-o!
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jaeha2714 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
not sure if gusta
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