• Artist Training Grounds: Mock War, Day 2 IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

    Greetings, recruits! It's been a rough road to start, but I'm glad to see you're all still with me. Despite a large number of setbacks, we've  no fewer than 560(!!!?!!) armored entrants for today's marching orders. Considering you guys didn't have functional submission guidelines to go off of, that's quite the accomplishment. Well done, all of you. 

    For today, as I'm sure you all have noticed,  the submission script we had been using is no longer functional. We're currently seeking alternative solutions, but for now what we were planning on doing is taking your entries via e-mail. However! There's a problem with this. I have just moved into a new apartment. This apartment does not have internet service. I cannot possibly manage all of this on my phone, and the solution I used today is now no longer an option. And you guys are so full of pictures it hurts. So here's what I'm doing. I'm getting as many pictures up in tonight's gallery as possible. What I can't get to, I'll release in a sub-gallery tomorrow. I'm giving you Day 2's theme now, but DO NOT SUBMIT!!! You're getting bonus time to think of neat ways to do it. I will let you know when I can manage to run this event in a way that's fair to all of you. I let you down, and I'm sorry.


    Day 2: You're In the Army Now
    After taking some time to get adjusted to your new life, you finally feel ready to turn up for basic training. Like your bunkmate keeps saying, no point in marching off to war without knowing how to fight, right? The sun is shining painfully bright above you, as the drill instructor barks orders at pair of fencing unicorns. 
    "No. Guard up, damn you! Up! Riposte! Why aren't you...? Ugh. Just... just take five, everypony."
    Now, she turns to you, and the rest of the newbie class, gesturing to the foam swords sitting in front of you.
    "Pick those up and find a partner."
    It doesn't take long for you to learn you're not cut out for this. It's impossible to get a grip, and all you can manage to occasionally take a clumsy horizontal slash at your sparring partner. You're rewarded for your efforts with a disapproving thwack from the instructor's own foam blade.
    "Nmph. Yuh hbth to hrd rt lrrk thth!"
    "Mrph?"
    "Thth! Lrrk thth!" She gestures wildly, but does nothing further to communicate her... uh... point. 
    "Whr mrshf..." Ptooi. "Why would anypony even make weapons like this in a country without hands?"
    High above on a tower balcony, Princess Celestia stifles a giggle.
     Assignment: Draw a pony in training
    Normally I ramble on here about stuff, but I'm afraid right now I just don't have the time for it. I did my best to leave comments like I used to "back in the day", but putting the gallery together by hoof hasn't left me very much in the way of opportunity. I apologize profusely. A quick note to those of you who are new and feeling bad because you don't like your image compared to some of the others: take heart. It's not about being amazing right from the get go, but working toward something bigger. Just because we don't all start from the same place doesn't mean we're not reaching for the same thing. You're all brave and wonderful for submitting. So with that said, here is the Day 1 Gallery:

    1) By Benevolent Brony


    2) By TheLunarArmy


    3) By White Pwny


    4) By D4SHTH3R4INB0W/Wispy Spirit


    5) By FiftySeven


    6) By Moricai


    7) By Paul


    8) By Ryan Korteway


    9) By Paul


    10) By Rickay


    11) By Big Mackintosh


    12) By DANDY8


    13) By Brony001


    14) By Rachel (I'm still in love with your colors)


    15) By Pcjoyce


    16) By kuser77


    17) By Silver Pie


    18) By Cedar13 (Wow, double bonus points! Gold star! =D)


    19) By DE Fluttershy (There sure is)


    20) By Cloverjump


    21) By Gin Fizz


    22) By PonE-Sharp


    23) By TheRecliner27


    24) By thepiguy


    25) By tangelotime


    26) By Sir tristan, knight of the round stable


    27) By Dana


    28) By Discord


    29) By VeoBandit (Remember the Children's Crusade? I'm sad now)


    30) By Brian Johnson


    31) By Leeches


    32) By Lardias Shepard


    33) By TurplePurtle


    34) By Aemios


    35) By Da Chi


    36) By Wax Tom Cruise


    37) By Derpster


    38) By Grace


    39) By Kentora (This is so cool)


    40) By Obscure


    41) By Saphin


    42) By lazzyX


    43) By Little Emerald


    44) By Mr. Hero

    45) By 123Hamster (The hens of war)
                                        

    46) By Ailynd


    47) By Aipom93


    48) By Alec


    49) By Alex Roanheim


    50) By Alexstrazsa (Hey you!)


    51) By Alina


    52) By Ando


    53) By awh-tokyo


    54) By Benevolent Brony


    55) By Benevolent Brony (how'd that smudge happen exactly?)


    56) By BetweenFriends (I like this kind of uniform! =D)


    57) By Bigbaddrag


    58) By BiohazardosDouglas

    59) By Birdco


    60) By blackealge642


    61) By BronyGamer


    62) By Brownmane


    63) By ChaosDX1


    64) By Colgate (She looks so sad and freaked out. I desire to hug her)


    65) By D0va132


    66) By D0va132


    67) By dasparkle


    68) By DawnAllies


    69) By DawnAllies


    70) By Derek W


    71) By derpy dash typhlosion


    72) By Devotedgirls (Snowflake is the perfect name for a hardened warrior)


    73) By Diego Havoc


    74) By D'koda


    75) By Elda-klol


    76) By Jen


    77) By Ennio 


    78) By Eva


    79) By exKira


    80) By Fancy Day


    81) By Firenze


    82) By Fox E


    83) By hat


    84) By HavikM66 (Would it be too much of a bother to trouble anypony for some Mail Armor of my own?)


    85) By Hilltopper (I also approve of this type of uniform)


    86) By Homely Bacon


    87) By Insomnia


    88) By James Corck


    89) By Jarred


    90) By Jay6


    91) By jilei ding (the horned helmet is awesome)


    92) By KattyPow


    93) By King T


    94) By King T


    95) By konnexi


    96) By koscian


    97) By Kristie


    98) By Kusser77


    99) By Kyzenex


    100) By Magrior


    101) By MarkusPP


    102) By Meevee115


    103) By mysecsha


    104) By Nelvakre (Well, she does have a bow...)


    105) By Nezbot


    106) By Nezbot (I adore the hell out of Rarity and Dashie in this)


    107) By Nezbot


    108) By NikkuWalkanov


    109) By Nny11


    110) By noisemaker111


    111) By Norque


    112) By Nowler


    113) By obmutescentdin


    114) By Onix


    115) By Paavi0


    116) By Pantzar


    117) By pinkieswirl


    118) By PixelSprite


    119) By Puppet


    120) By Raedrob


    121) By Redesine (I love every part of this)


    122) By Roxor128


    123) By SaddlesoapOpera


    124) By Samie


    125) By SamuelEAllen


    126) By Saunder


    127) By Sebbaa


    128) By Shadestars


    129) By shadowfalcon76


    130) By Shellie Sakanokashi


    131) By ShinZm


    132) By Silent Machina


    133) By Sketch56


    134) By SuperDSombrero


    135) By Swedecest


    136) By Thanqol


    137) By The Greek dollmaker


    138) By theoriginal93


    139) By Tiburo (Holy crap fabulosity)


    140) By tinehanimations


    141) By Tyler Shivers


    142) By Vabla


    143) By Vahnara (Medic!)


    144) By Vincent Fang (Saber pony?)


    145) By W4X


    146) By Wirefly


    147) By Wisami


    148) By Wishdream (yes ma'am!)


    149) By ZeroSSOX


    150) By ZeroSSOX


    151) By ZeroSSOX


    152) By Zubias


    153) By 1 1


    154) By 13Era


    155) By Aaron


    156) By aldo


    157) By ArcheonZ


    158) By Artimeseus


    159) Aurora Alchemi


    160) By Bionic21


    161) By Bloodkiaser923


    162) By bobdat


    163) By BrightChimeraDragon


    164) By Calmevir


    165) By CamiCube


    166) By Chalk Borders


    167) By chromedisguise


    168) By colonk


    169) By ctone


    170) By daisymare


    171) By Easteu (My Lady, I shall do whatever you desire *swoons*)


    172) By Eliwood10


    173) By Elkers


    174) By enigmaticelocution (Eeyup.)


    175) By EpicThomasC


    176) By Ethrx


    177) By FicFicPonyFic


    178) By Flak-k (I am seriously loving kick-flank Sparkler)


    179) By Frostclaw (The pattern on this is super neat)


    180) By Gallant Tempest


    181) By GillyRae


    182) By Gozer The Equestrian


    183) By Hewison


    184) By hinataiscute


    185) By horselover256


    186) By Immersa


    187) By Inenta


    188) By Joystik


    189) By Koeks-Bienchen (the single most intimidating candy cane ever)


    190) By Kyrhi


    191) By Luismonday2009 (I really expected more of these)


    192) By Lunar Apologist (next time I expect more Lunar!pony)


    193) By Lunebell


    194) By Machel


    195) By Mart


    196) By Midnight Shadow


    197) By MikeTheWeatherPony (Why no, sir! Not at all!)


    198) By Mr. Bitey (I love the name)


    199) By mr.Paulsen


    200) By newtypenihon (Stand. Stand by that sword)


    201) By Noah


    202) By nyrocu


    203) By otherunicorn (your other image wouldn't upload for some reason. Sorry...)



    204) Pegasus Rescue Brigade


    205) By PluieTheWolf


    206) By PoldekPL


    207) By Ponymancer (we really need more bits and bridles on military uniforms. They're cute.)


    208) By PonySterling


    209) By Raagentreg (Digging the feather)


    210) By Rasrap Smurf (yeeeeesssss)


    211) By Rbug2006


    212) By runeslayer100


    213) By Sneakysam


    214) By ShoeboxWarrior


    215) By CG-Sphinx (Have we seen ponies with beards before?)


    216) By sirustalcelion


    217) By Sovwi


    218) By StingingGorilla


    219) By Team PWNY


    220) By Troutzorz


    221) By TwinQuasars


    222) By Twistbolt (So adorable)


    223) By Tylian (You sure are!)


    224) By wolfen14


    225) By WoW-200 (Ninja ponies rock)


    226)  Zora Yardan


    227) otherunicorn (Oh hey, I found it! =D)


    228) By 8bitbleep


    229) By AaronMK


    230) By Abby


    231) By adam5396


    232) By AlberioOrion (woo, a comic!)


    233) By Alex Krull


    234) By Alipes


    235) By aninja twitch


    236) By artsofallkinds


    237) By Aureliette


    238) By Author Tempus


    239) By BadMan171


    240) By Blingingjack


    241) By Chromadancer


    242) By Clemzelz


    243) By Cloudynights


    244) By d1sel


    245) By DreamhazeMaster


    246) By Evine (let this be a lesson in the dangers of overextension)


    247) By fajeh


    248) By FerrousOxideMolecule


    249) By FlyvBoy


    250) By GBbrony


    251) By GenericPonyName120 (next time please don't make me search deviantART to find your submission)


    252) By GentlemanlyMan


    253) By Glaive-Silver


    254) By GrubbusTheUnclean


    255) By H.P. Lovecolt


    256) By he11ix (I laughed at this for 15 minutes straight)


    257) By Huundee


    258) By IllustriousOtter


    259) By izzyhorselover (I love the armor design)


    260) By JiiKoo


    261) By Jimbo1023 (Sweetie <3)


    262) By Keboponda


    263) By Kinrah


    264) By Kiyo (Fluttershy is the best part of this)


    265) By kysomryal


    266) By kyttyee (Hello, nurse!)


    267) By littlelime (Battle Celly is best Celly)


    268) By LoneWolfMark


    269) By Loopylung (never apologize for being new to something)


    270) By lota (I want one)


    271) By Lupr (the detail work on this is staggering)


    272) By melynxe


    273) By Milante


    274) By MoonlightScribe


    275) By MrCartier


    276) By Nell


    277) By new gate


    278) By pageturner1988



    279) By Philith


    280) By PhysicallyPossible


    281) By Pix (It's kinda nice to see somepony actually following the event's narrative)


    282) By daisyksmith (I sympathize with you, little nursepony)


    283) By Dakishambada


    284) By Digitalchaos117


    285) By dinoburger


    286) By PonyKrieger


    287) By Prismastic Pretzel (Power Chords)


    288) By Prower


    289) By Ready to Scout


    290) By riordian


    291) By SciontheKitsune


    292) By SirDrakous



    294) By stardust


    295) By Starlight Quill


    296) By TetraPony


    297) By thaBIGDADDY5


    298) By The Grey Potter


    299) By Tosxychor



    300) By TractionPony


    301) By Undermine


    302) By Weirgeiss


    303) By xOnimaru777


    304) By You Shall Not Pass


    305) By You Shall Not Pass (That is definitely how you wear a helmet. Yes indeed.)


    306) By You Shall Not Pass (The fanciest of all possible pants)


    307) By The Laughing Horror


    This is all I have time to do before my laptop dies. I'll get to the rest as soon as I can. My sincerest apologies to the other 260 plus entrants...