But a dark secret has been revealed...The technology that has sustained the Empress for so long is beginning to malfunction and fail and the Adeptus Neighchanicus who maintain it no longer have the knowledge to repair it. The sacrifices increase every day to maintain the Astroponimacon which grows dimmer and dimmer. The End Times are upon the Imperium and it feared the Celestia's mind and spirit will gutter out like a candle in the wind amidst the madness of the Warp, leaving ponykind all alone in the darkness even as the predators draw near...
She is the carrion lady of the vast imperium of ponies to whom a thousand ponies are sacrificed each day so that she may never truly die. Yet even in her deathless state, the empress continues her eternal vigilance. Mighty battle fleets cross the luna infested miasma of the warp, the only route through to distant stars, their way lit by the Astroponimacon, the psychic manifestation of the empresses will. Great armies do battle in her name. Greatest among her soldiers are the Adeptus Equineus, The pony marines, bio engineered super-ponies. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Equestrian guard, and countless planetary defense horses, the ever vigilant Manequisition, and the tech priests of the Adeptus Neighchanicus to name a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever present threat to pony kind from heretics, aliens, mutants, and far, far worse..........To be a pony in such times is to be amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruelest, bloodiest regime imaginable.
Forget the power of science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be re-learned.
Forget the power of friendship and understanding, for in the grim dark future, there is only war.
There is no peace among the stars, only an eternity of carnage, and slaughter, and the laughter of dark ponies..........
I have no interest in 40k but this is just too amazing not to comment. This is one of the best pieces of mlp fanart I have seen. Thank you for sharing this magnificent piece of art with us puny mortals!
Sometimes things don't mix, and quite frankly everyone has been mixing ponies with everything. Being a former brony I can say as much. At the very least you seem to understand the significance behind the warhammer 40k lore you've put here, and its a lot of work. I just think the show hasn't been been good since the last two whole seasons with a few exceptions so the mix here feels a bit undeserved on the end of the ponies. Personally Warhammer 40k is too good to mix with ponies. And yes there are some things too good to mix with ponies.
Ah yes, you are correct, sir. However. Due to the fact that I didn't see the reason to freak too many normal people out, I thought just a depleted looking Celestia would have sufficed. Sorry that it isn't too canon.
Warhammer 40k and ponies: when the combination is done well, it's priceless. I think it's done well here. A good mix that blends and takes into account both sources. It's both grimdark and less so than it could be, in a good way. Just enough wiring on Celestia, for example, and the skulls are not too overdone. Meanwhile, the colours and the impression remain true to the reference image and work very well indeed. Great job, maker! Well done!
Its nice to see that my work appreciated in the way that I intend it to be. My initial design in my head had an extremely similar look to the reference picture in the sense that it had a lot more tubes/connections and a more grimdark feeling. But I thought to myself that the imperium is very grimdark already, in fact the concept is still grimdark. So I decided to rather go with a more depleted looking Celestia.
Yeah, exactly the impression it manages to convey. Good choice. Also have to compliment the eyes and their lighting on her face, they both serve to outline the shape of her muzzle and show her nature and power, while the full expression works towards the feeling you mention.