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Royal Guard Pony Collage by munchforlunch Royal Guard Pony Collage by munchforlunch
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. The close-ups show all the various lines, swirls, and curlicues that had to be stitched. 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.

Epic Picture Edition: [link]

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]
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Cosmacaw Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
What material was the armor made out of?
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
It was this stuff: www.joann.com/tissue-lame-fabr… tissue lame from Joanns.
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Cosmacaw Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional Photographer
Sweet, I can't wait to try the pre-order I bought from you. Any tips you'd like to add?
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Be careful with the armor fabric, and definitely look into getting some iron on stabilizer/adhesive tape.  The fabric likes to stretch and warp, and the stabilizer can help prevent you from ruining a full set of armor!
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Cosmacaw Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Professional Photographer
Nifty, how would I mark the outlines on the armor though, so I can sew them in?
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
I recommend either chalk lines, or sometimes you can trace a line very faintly using the tip of a pin or a thread ripper. Be careful with the second option though; it's easy to damage your fabric!
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Cosmacaw Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes, but how would I trace them?
Also, how would I sew the minky and lame together to make the crest like you did with yours? Maybe it would be better if we took this to notes, so if you wouldn't mind replying via Note, that would be great :D
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
You can either cut a slit through the pattern and try and trace through that, but most of the time I just eyeball it.  Lame sews to minky just like normal.  I made each side of my crest, sewed the two colors of blue together, then sewed the whole thing to the base of lame.  Then took each side and connected via the top crest and top little section of the gold.

Sorry I've been a bit out of it lately.  If you have any questions feel free to send me a note.
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grumble-king2 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hes amazing :)
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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Omgosh It's taken me forever to gather the courage to comment on this. I just absolutely love this! :love: Personally, the Royal Guards are one of my favourite features/characters in the show. :D I just love their design, especially the armor. You've totally captured the Royal Guard in plush form PERFECTLY! I love all the details you've put into the armour; that sounded like it was really frustrated to work on though. 8/ Though I have to say, I think your hard work has most definitely paid off. :aww: Wonderful job on his expression; very serious and stern, just as Royal Guards tend to be. :aww: The cutie mark turned out wonderfully as well. :D Omgosh if I had the money, I'd TOTALLY commission you, if you were open and all. XD; Just... AMAZINGG job! :heart: In my personal opinion, this has to be one of the coolest MLP plushies out there ever! :D
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