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Black and Tan by Baron-Engel Black and Tan by Baron-Engel
More sketches from my Equestria dreamscape. One of the advantages of getting to resubmit this artwork to DA is that I can upload it in a sequence that more closely mirrors how things happened in my sleep. Unlike on FA where they initially got thrown up in a pretty random order; which made hard for watchers to understand what exactly was going on there. Also it has given me a chance to go through and edit some of more horrific writing errors I made in those earlier postings. I have gotten better, but I still have a long ways to go.

In my last posting I commented that Petina and I were visiting Sugar Cube Corner almost daily. Another Ponyville establishment we have begun giving some of our business is the one tavern or public house in Ponyville called The Bucking Mare. The owner is a burly earth pony stallion called Taps. He has two other full time employees. His cook Shiny Cauldron who is unicorn stallion and his barmaid a earth pony mare called Black and Tan.

Black and Tan is your iconic sassy, lusty, pretty bar wench you've read about in AD&D campaigns, Swashbuckler movies, Fantasy movies and adventure novels....just in pony form. Complete with the long somewhat wild hair, in this case mane and tail, and the requisite bodice. She's hard working. Hard playing and utterly ruthless when it comes time to get the payment from the customers. Whether through a batting of her eye or the threat of physical violence result are usually the same. The bit box gets fed and she gets her tip!

Now one thing that dawn on me as these Equestria dreams began to occur on regular basis was that certain social norms were different in Pony society. Especially concerning what in the United States would be considered being indecent. When you are effectively walking around in public naked all the time it gives a different viewpoint on things that we usually in the West consider private nowadays. Like public and outdoor bathing.

Behind the Bucking Mare there is a large old barrel/ cask that has been cut in half and turned into a outdoor bath. There have been at least two occasions where I have walked by and seen Black and Tan taking her afternoon bath in it. Yes I know that the barrel would probably fall a part if you cut that way but it looks cute.
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SynCallio Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hadn't thought of that, that a clothes-less society would be cavalier about baths. Well, women put their makeup on and people comb their hair in public.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
To quote Applejack from  "The Best Night Ever". "Dressed? Uh, beg pardon, Rarity, but, uh... we don't normally wear clothes."
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jardape Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Black and Tan looks beautiful.
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
One of my favorites of your characters that's shown up in your Equestria dreamscape. Seeing characters like her as well as Cogs & Grist really add depth to your version and make it a lot more enjoyable.
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anzul Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student General Artist
all i can say is that she looks great and seems like a fun character to be around :)
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
The barrel would only fall apart if it weren't properly reinforced, and considering it has ponies climbing in and out of it, it had better be!

The tap (faucet), on the other -- hoof, is poorly placed to empty the thing. If used for that purpose, it either gets tipped or there's a sealed drain at the bottom.

Okay, if this is a "lusty bar wench," how did she react to Petina being around?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay, if this is a "lusty bar wench," how did she react to Petina being around?

Not very well especially in the beginning. Part of the problem is that both Black and Tan and Petina are alpha females so they view each other to some degree as competition. Especially at the Bucking Mare which Black and Tan considers her turf! Never mind if Taps owns the place, its her domain.

To further aggravate the equation was the fact that despite their differences Petina still thinks that Black and Tan would make a fine roll in the hay. When Petina expressed this opinion during one of their little tiffs I thought Black and Tan's head was going to explode! While she has had many a stallion make advances toward her and she has had many a meeting after hours that was the first time a mare had been so forthright with her on the subject. I am not 100% certain but she might've had a fling or two with a mare, but if she has she definitely views those relationships differently.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
And now we see that Applejack has competition for the role of 'cutest and toughest earth pony mare in Ponyville'. Black and Tan looks especially cute in that dress.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah the bodice does flatter her.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012
It seems like a bodice flatters every woman (and mare) who wears one.
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