I gotta say, I had a blast with this piece in African blackwood for
￼. Nightmare Moon has such a nice dynamic personality; I just found her a lot easier to pose than all of the Lunas I've been doing recently. I also had a lot of fun working in blackwood. It really is all the fun and beauty of ebony, while simultaneously being considerably softer (while remaining almost as dense and heavy; I have no idea how it works) and easier to cut and work.
Wood and pose aside; the helmet and the evil, pointy wings were a lot of fun. I'm not particularly satisfied with either, but that doesn't mean they weren't fun. I'm not at all a fan of the chestpiece; I've done much better in the past. The hair also annoys me quite a lot. I've been trying to do the neck attachment on the manes as part of the original piece of wood. With this piece however, the entire hairpiece is a completely separate piece, glued on. On top of that; I glued it on before carving the cutie mark, which means the cutie mark is engraved around the mane, and therefore partially incomplete (although, of course, only where you can't see it. Still, I like to do things right.) Her face could use more work, but I was having trouble not messing up the helmet while working it. The stand was fun, though; I shoulda done some like it for the ebony Lunas.
Want to see more of this piece? Watch her come together in an offsite work in progress gallery or see more angles of her and some close ups of the head, wings, etc. in her offsite expanded gallery.
Now on, on, hurrah! For a time traveller, his companion pony and their blue box!
My Little Pony and Nightmare Moon belong to Hasbro.