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Patrol Duty by Glaive-Silver Patrol Duty by Glaive-Silver
Male Guard: "...and when he opened up his locker, all those fake snakes we packed into it burst out! He freaked out so much, I never thought I'd see somepony run out of the room that fast! After that, he..."

Female Captain (in head): Out of everypony in my unit, I just had to end up on patrol with Mr. Chatterbox...


I swear, it's strange... Sometimes I can blaze through an image in a few days with somewhat decent shading, and yet it can take me an indefinite amount of time for a piece with flat colors. I guess I have an odd pace for drawing. Oh well...

Anyway, I drew inspiration from this week's theme from the #MLP-ATG-Alumni. The theme for the week?

Draw a pony of the night

The batponies, despite being visually awesome, don't seem to get much love. I blame it on their very short appearance time in the show. They need more than just one 30-second appearance. That said, have some batponies!

The female guard is feeling rather annoyed due to the male guard talking her ears off for the past two hours. He's like a male version of Pinkie Pie, going on and on and on about whatever is on his mind at the moment, from pranks his squadmates have played, to the current weather, to whether Pony Joe puts too many sprinkles on his doughnuts or not. Needless to say, she's not particularly happy about the fact that she'll be listening to him for another four hours.

Even the captains have to put up with the occasional annoyance.


MLP: FiM is Hasbro
The base for the background was created by *BonesWolbach and can be found here: [link]
I claim no ownership over the batponies, nor their appearances.
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I loved this so much! First of all the technique you use it's so clean and pretty it makes me jealous, the female guard's expression just reflects here opinion about the male guard, who is in his own world talking cheerfully, nothing you would think of one of Luna's royal guards. What I don't really liked is where they're patrolling, in my opinion it would be better to have as a background a part of the Canterlot castle, as my first impression was that they were on a date, I knew what was going on when I read the description, maybe it was just me.

Anyways, amazing job :)
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Nina-Dragons-12 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that the male can't seem to shut up
Centaur71 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
P. Luna ALWAYS has the coolest-looking guard Ponies; PERIOD!
Le-escritor-VBA Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Do you mind me using this for project of mine?
DILLYbOd Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nicely done
RBSPony Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Hell yes batponies! I can happily claim that my last three comments included an exclamation along those lines.
I think it's great that they are only drawn by those who're especially fond of them - I wouldn't want batponies to be popular enough to frustrate people who don't like them by having to put up with them whatever gallery or group they browse. They are mostly fanon, after all.
DarkShadowguardian Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
This two dont got a good relationship I think? XD. Nice work.
iliowahine Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
I love this:D
I always wondered were the night guard came from, since we only saw them after luna comes back, maybe she wasn't alone on the moon.
LuxrayPhantom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's is amazing! And I agree: bat ponies need more love.
LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
what can i say they are underapreseated.

(not even confirmed if they where just costums. but it whould of cause be nice if they where a unique sepcie.)

nice work on the ponys and lighting however the cups shadow feels odd compaired to the reletively relistic shadeing around it.

agin exelent work.
SparkyThePegasus Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
"It's twelve o'clock, and all is well!"
stickman00 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Twilight Sparkle is behind a corner in a her stealth suit
ShadowDancerBrony Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
Yay, more Night Guard!
AutoBot-Refuge Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
Oh my, Vasquez and Hudson as guards. I like it :D
ElementOf-Loyalty Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I love these half-breed Equestrian Guards.They are what Sparity love kids will look like.
Doctoroctagonapus21 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Female: My cousin's out fighting dragons, and what do I get? Guard duty.
Twoforflinching Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
*Laughs* Very nice, I love the story to the image too, it comes across beautifully.
MrFulp Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
"And THEN Luna said..."

"God I've heard this story like a million times"
IamAwesomegirl345 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Nananananananananananananananana BATPONY!
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
"Hey, having your helmet stolen isn't the worst thing that could happen in the Night Guard. Do you know I was put in charge of the squad that secured Nightmare Moon's armor after she was vanquished?"
Darrtaa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've had dates like that...only upon reflection did I realize that I was being a total chatterbox
Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Talking a lot isn't necessarily a bad thing!
Unless you didn't let them talk as well, then that's probably not good.
Darrtaa Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It turned out okay enough, but looking back is just PAINFUL how long I went on, gah...
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
HeFFatos Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uuu [just because I hate :o icon], "female guard", that was unexpected =D.

It looks great! Those guards have been drawn very accurately!
GSHgunner Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
yay! more of my fav non-own OC, Eclipse looks pretty cool in this one :D
DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Attemborough Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Lunar Guards are really cool and cute.
A mare guard! And she's ready to put a gag to the chatterbox's muzzer....

Good background story and lovely artwork!
TheFluffyNinja17 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
This is awesome!
Xeregon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Oh, these look awesome. Moar is neeeded, much moar. And I like the light-hearted tone of the conversation, too. It suits Luna's guards.
Eleanora4584 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
wow luna,s guards a cool
Jezendar Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think captains would normally go on patrol duty. And this one is on patrol with one of the more annoying members of her unit for at least four hours. Makes me think she's being punished for something. Perhaps her squadmates aren't the only ones who pull pranks?

But yea, more batponies is never a bad thing!
Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, the key word: 'normally'. I like to think of her as one of the kinds of people that like to share some of the burdens of their subordinates, with patrolling being one of the major ones. She just got an unlucky draw for her patrol partner. Though, your prank idea certainly sounds great.

I'm really hoping the batponies get some appearances in season three!
Jezendar Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. That would make sense, and it certainly portrays her in a more positive light than my idea did!
SilasShield-Wing Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Can you do the Royal Guards?
Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've drawn them before, actually!
But if you mean for a new picture, we'll see where my muse takes me next time. =)
DonKoopa Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
They are royal guards... but I guess you want Celestia's :P
Hazzdawg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with your sentiment - bat ponies are amazing and need more love. The armour is particularly fetching. :)

He'd get on well with Spades ;)
Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Their armor is a lot of fun to draw, just because it has a lot of detail compared to the other guardsponies.
I'm completely certain he and Spades would get along great from the start.
PeregrinStaraptor Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
If he can break the 4th Wall like Pinkie, we're all screwed. But yeah, the bat ponies need hore love. Other than that, its a really awesome pic you done. Looks like it came directly from the show.
Glaive-Silver Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, no fourth wall breaches from him, thankfully. Though he loves talking just as much as Pinkie Pie, I'd say.
Thank you, I'm glad you like it!
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