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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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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
I'm so glad you left a comment! I too love the Royal Guards and I don't think they get enough love :). Thank you so much for all the compliments; I worked really hard on him and it's great to see that effort come through. And I'm pretty much always open for commissions, if you're ever interested. Thanks again!
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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am too. :aww: It's just, a plush like this deserves a lot of praise, and I just didn't know how to go about it. XD;;; You're so welcome! :aww: You deserve every bit of praise and compliment for your work. I can DEFINITELY see that this guy took a lot of work and effort. I can only imagine. o_o And I'll have to keep that in mind if I ever have money to do so. :aww: Thank you. And you're welcome once more! :aww:
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Thank you, thank you! He is standing on my speaker glaring sternly at me as we speak, and I love him to pieces. I am hoping to make his gray pegasus companion sometime soon, so you might like that one too! I just have to finish some commissions and RL stuff first.
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lonesome-wolf-child Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're so welcome! :heart: Omgosh that's so awesome. X3 When you do, I TOTALLY want to see! :D I've been wanting to make a soldier stallion as of late but I'm just too intimidated by the armour. XDDDD;;
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NekoRamenX Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow! This is truly a great plushie! I'm guessing it took a while to make the armor though.You are V E R Y talented, and you should be very proud of your work.
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thank you, the armor took FOREVER. I spent many late nights fiddling around with all of his details, but you're right, I'm super proud of him. I love the guy to pieces; he sits on my speaker and watches me at my computer every day :).
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dot-DOLL Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
He's pretty epic XD
I like to see people making differant ponies and objects rather than just the mane six. He's one of the better (possibly the best) stallion body I've seen so far. Most are too big chested or thier heads are too large. Yours has a tiny amount of forward lean too, making him look all dignified X3

He will defend you forevar!
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Interestingly enough, I think I make the "mane six" ponies the least; I'm always excited to do something different like Chrysalis or a royal guard. I'm so glad you like my pattern! I literally made it from vector traces from the show. Also, you caught the lean! Most of the images have the front legs pushed back just that tiny bit that makes them look more regal or at attention, so I'm happy someone noticed!

Whenever I'm at my computer I glance over and see him standing sternly at attention on my speaker. Makes me smile every time, I love him :). Thanks again!
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dot-DOLL Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!

I think i see the silhouettes more than the features, so I saw the regal lean quite quickly, it was nice to see it included. I think many people would have ignored it to make balance easier.
Though I bet his armour was hell XD

Actually a little jealous of him. I might have to make myself a random guard pony X3
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I'd love to see your work if you do decide to make one. I won't lie, the armor was horrendous. But the end result was so worth it!
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dot-DOLL Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'll let you know XD
It was worth it in the end, he looks glorious!
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
This turned out phenomenal! Now use your armour making skills to make a jousting fluttershy or rainbowdash..
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Oh God, the jousting armor... I think I'd go mad with all that detail!
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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's pretty mind-melting stuff :p.
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oldjoeclark Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
simply AWESOME!!!!!
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He turned out so AMAZING! And it all started with a few sheets of paper and some imagination. :D I gotta wonder, though...do the guard ponies cut off their manes when they enter service to put in their own helmets?
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animes-dark-dragon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Shining armour still has a full mane and he wears armour
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Drachefrau Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, I meant that they cut their mane when they start service, and use it for the crests of their helmets. Their manes will grow back afterwards, but it WOULD explain how their crests match their manes & tails so well. :)
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
The only shot of a guard pony without his helmet is S3E1 where he runs into the throne room to warn Celestia that Sombra has returned. I imagine it's sort of like a military cut... you can have a mane, but it's gotta hide under your helmet! Unfortunately when you plush it, hair doesn't work like that, so the poor fella is bald under his armor.
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
He looks great! I was just thinking it would be totally awesome if you could make him have a little removable mane (maybe with magnets?) so that he can swap that on if you take off his helm. Though he'll probably always be dressed in that awesome armor anyway!
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munchforlunch Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I thought about it, but yeah, I so prefer the armor over a mane I doubt I'd ever switch to his toupee!
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah. it's a fun idea, but not really worth making if you are never going to use it!
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