Epic Picture Edition!
He needs to be shown off from all angles! Royal Guard pony is the first pony plush I've made with the intention of keeping all to myself! I've always loved medieval arms and armor, so something about these stoic armored defenders always cheered me. Now he stands on my giant computer speaker on my desk, gazing sternly at me. I like to think I see a fond twinkle in his eye when he looks at me...
Royal Guard pony stands 12.5" tall to the top of his head and 15" tall to the top of his crest. His body is made entirely of soft minky fabric with machine embroidered eyes and cutie mark. The armor is made of some metallic fabric I found, while the saddle blanket, girth strap, and crest are minky. The front star emblem is also machine embroidered. The CM design was done by me (with the input of several helpful people) as in the show you can't see the cutie mark of the guards. I chose a simple shield logo, similar to Shining Armor's, with a yellow crescent moon in the center. If I ever make my husband a Princess Luna (his favorite character) I can say my guard's calling is to defend Luna!
Every piece of his armor is easily removable: the breastplate via a magnet and the saddle via a hook-and-eye closure. All of the armor detailing was done with a satin stitch with gold metallic thread. I love the final effect, but it was the most irritating combination of fabric and material I have ever encountered. The thread was always snapping or shredding in the machine, and the metallic fabric wanted to stretch itself into ruin.
I posted a big compilation picture here [link]
that shows him from a few angles, including his hidden cutie mark and his removable armor. There are also detail pictures that show all the various lines, swirls, and curlicues that had to be stitched.
Interested in seeing how he was made? Check out his WIP pictures!
Royal Guard Pony: Paper Armor Edition [link]
Royal Guard Pony: Naked Edition (with cutie mark) [link]
Royal Guard Pony: Nearly Finished Edition [link]
A big thank you to *eebharas
for the photography advice. Thanks to her, Royal Guard pony can look as great in pictures as he does in real life!