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Zecora: The Early Years by Nun2artzy Zecora: The Early Years by Nun2artzy
A while back (and I mean a while), I sketched out this concept of Zecora playing out the classic 'Democora' character re imagination, as in Zecora as the Demoman from Team Fortress 2. With the commission I recently did completed (and others currently waiting to see what I can do for them) I wanted to take some time to make some art from myself, for myself. Thus, this vexel was born!

After some initial sketches I roughed out the lines, and, liking where it was all going, made a completed piece. By the end of it, I was like: Dude, this is badass! I naturally took some liberties with the design (This is me we're talking about here), gave her some custom weaponry, but naturally tried to keep the Grenade launcher.

The idea here is that Zecora was a mercenary in her younger years, eventually growing a distaste for the lifestyle and leaving it to pursue a life of healing rather then destroying. At least that's the background I had in my head for this.

I'd like to state that I went through two Grenade launcher designs before I settled on this one, and even then I still think it looks alittle to 3d, but I can't argue that it looks badass! I guess that's just how my art is.
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human-groveback Jan 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
As much as I prefer Sniper Zecora, I have to say this has the most originality of any Demo-Mare Zecora depictions I've seen.
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Nun2artzy Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I know I took some liberties with the standard demoman outfit, and I'm happy to hear it's well received.
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human-groveback Jan 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. Also, the reason I prefer Zecora as a Sniper is due to the fact that both have a wilderness aspect to their characterization, what with 2 things:
  1. Sniper's secondary arsenal has modern takes on tribal weapons, such as the anti-backstab shield/battery thing, the crocodile-skin shield that increases health, the infamous Jarate - people in tribes often put feces or urine on the tips of their arrows so that the resulting infection kills the victim even if the victim survives the injuries, hence the real reason Jarate causes miniature critical hits (upon shattering, the glass cuts the victim's skin & piss drips in, infecting them) - & a weighted camping backpack, his melee weapons are either outdoors equipment or of a historical association (a Bowie knife, 2 Kukris & a scimitar), & his primaries are hunting devices or old (An original-series Remington 700 Sniper Rifle, a jezail turned into a bolt-rifle & a re-curve longbow)
  2. Zecora has a lot of "tribal" character traits
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Nun2artzy Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All very valid points. There's also some who are on the side that Fluttershy would make a better sniper than say Twilight due to the Sniper's more passive role as a long range assassin. Still, the tribal part of Zecora does fit sniper pretty well. Headcanon excepted?
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human-groveback Jan 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I see:
  • Scootaloo as a Scout because they're both short, speedy, & bratty
  • Twilight "Sparkle" Mengele as a Soldier because she's a nutcase & the leader
  • Pinkamena Diane "Pinkie" Pie as a Pyro since she's good at figuring things out & tends to be ignored until it's too late
  • Rainbow Dash as a Demo-mare since they're both boastful & have every right to be. They also both make booms (the Sonic Rainboom can level a barn, for crying out loud)
  • Applejack as a Heavy since she's just that strong
  • Apple Bloom as an Engineer because she's a vertically challenged mechanical genius of Southern ancestry (I see Equestria as a United States Analogue aside from the royalty-based government & the European-style architecture. Culture, locations, & whatnot are otherwise the same)
  • Flutters M. "Fluttershy" Shydale as a Medic because they're both mad doctors who happen to be animal lovers (Fluttershy is an animal caretaker who's proven herself capable of medically taking care of her friends & had her "LOVE ME" moment, Medic is a mad scientist with a lot of pet doves)
  • Rarity as a Spy I agree with (they're both suave & sneaky)
  • Spike would be a Civilian
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:iconrekatheamazingtaco:
At first I was like;
"She was a nazi? :o"
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:iconbenrg:
So, you're thinking that Zecora is an old RED vs BLU vet who has decided to put demolitions behind her in favour of brewing up... er... special concoctions?

"It is a bitter truth to relate,
"But my alcohol isn't so great!
"So by brewing potions I continue to try,
"To find an alternate way to make my head fly!"

And Rainbow Dash says her "moonshine" potion is better than Applejack's best cider! ;)
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Nun2artzy Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Basically yeah.
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SecretLaser Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NICE!
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:icondgs-krieger:
Awesome, it looks great! ^^ I would have given her an eyepatch
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