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UKoE Mascot Competition Entry by Explonova UKoE Mascot Competition Entry by Explonova
Contest entry for the UKoE monthly art contests.

Although I don't reside in the UK, I have relatives in England and Wales. I've been researching about the history of Britain recently and incorporated some of my limited knowledge into the work.

I decided to use a pub setting, since from my observations pub meets were quite popular for UK bronies. Personally my favourite style of pubs are Irish pubs, and I just had to have Applejack as the barmare. I was also incredibly tempted to place a pot of gold at the end of Rainbow Dash's tail, but I thought that would make the joke too obvious.

I think my most favourite inclusion was Rarity sporting a French- Scottish ensemble which alludes to the strong ties between the two nations and their roles in the Scottish Wars of Independence. A lot of Rarity's creations derive from French styles, so I thought this outfit would be appropriate. In addition she's the only unicorn in the mane six (after Princess Twilights coronation), and the unicorn represents Scotland on the Royal coat of arms. I also think that Spike and Rarity made a cute couple, so I had Spike play the bagpipes since he's the only one with hands to play them.

Speaking of Spike, I had him be the target of Fluttershy, who is cosplaying/dressing up as St. George the patron saint of England. St George and the Dragon was one of the first things that popped to mind when thinking about England. Wales was tricky though, since I couldn't think of much to use. In the end I had Pinkie Pie wear some traditional Welsh clothes (i'm sure she'd find the hat amusing), and since she's an avid baker I had her with a platter of Welsh cakes. Yum!

Another clever addition I thought was having Twilight wear Equestrian attire. I just found it incredibly amusing an ironic for a pony to wear a riding outfit, and also it was very English I thought.

I was a bit rushed to get this done and I would have liked more time to include more ponies. I've added in some cameo appearances of some UKoE staff here as well as my own OC Brohorn who is a Viking Pony. Norse Vikings, Danish Vikings (Anglo Saxons), and Normans have had an immense impact on the history of the British Isles so I thought it would be apt to include him with an ahistorical helmet.

I actually really wanted to add everypone's Grace Darling, but unfortunately I couldn't due to time constraints.
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Greviouss Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
oh wow that Fluttershy.
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Explonova Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Heh thanks Greviouss. She's cosplaying as St. George because of the theme, and I thought it was apt with Spike being the Dragon.

Maybe I went a bit overboard? lol
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ScalierVariable Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
That's a really awesome idea actually :D

actually, is that me in the background?!
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Explonova Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks ScalierVariable! I did a fair bit of research and planing for this work and I'm proud of the concepts within.

That is indeed Silvarn, sorry if I butchered him =p. I tried to do more staff and other OC cameos but I could only manage a few due to time constraints.
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ScalierVariable Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
It looks amazing! and butchered him? he looks striking as ever :P
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greatodyer Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Wow!  I love it!
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Explonova Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the kind words greatodyer.
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