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Competition gear by Baron-Engel Competition gear by Baron-Engel
Just like in the real world, there are multiple plot lines advancing in my Equestria dreamscape. One of those particular plot lines is Rainbow Dash's preparation to compete as defending champion of the Best Young Fliers Competition. Secretly she has enlisted the aid of Petina and Carousel to develop an aerial dance routine that incorporates elements of their dancing style. link

Since then under the guise of instructing me for my weather exams Rainbow Dash has been visiting our little cottage outside of Ponyville for lessons in our barn link link After a somewhat rocky start she seems to be getting the hang of it and with spring upon us Rainbow Dash has begun incorporating more aerial elements into her practice. Of course this is being done on sly so none of her competitors will know of her new performance.

Along with Petina and Carousel there is one other pony is part of the cadre and that is Rarity, who has been enlisted to develop a costume for Dash to wear in the competition. After doing some homework link and consulting with Dash and the other mares, Ponyville's resident fashion designer created an ensemble for the performance.

So one spring afternoon Rarity arrived at our cottage for a final fitting and alterations of the outfit. Carousel had picked up the outfit earlier in the day while making a delivery to Carousel Boutique. Now Dash could try her new threads on. Dash had stated that she didn't want some wussy outfit for the competition, and she thought the outfits Petina and Carousel wore were really awesome. So with that information in mind Rarity had set about creating the outfit.

The outfit needed to be light, and Rarity thought black leather would not quite work as well on bright-blue, prismatic pegasus mare. So she made the chaps and front gloves/ boots out of shimmering a deep navy-blue satin that was reinforced to help it keep its form and survive the rigors of competition. Unlike Petina outfit the tassels were cords of colored metallic threads that matched the color pattern in Dash's mane and tail. Both the chaps and the navy-blue choker were embroidered with Dash's cutiemark.

Throughout the afternoon Rarity fussed over Dash's ensemble in our living room. The outfit had to flatter the mare's figure, but it also could not restrict her movements while performing. Also Rarity wanted to make absolutely certain that none of the seams or hems would fail at some unfortunate moment of the performance. Therefore Rarity insisted Rainbow Dash go through her warmup stretching routine while wearing the outfit. The outfit came through with flying colors. Dash and the other mares were very happy with Rarity's work, although I admit I found it a bit distracting as I was working in the kitchen on dinner.

To be continued.
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:icondgs-krieger:
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
...damn. Now, that's a rainbow I would like to taste.

Baron, you're turning me into a pervert.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Petina smiles and wanders off. "My job is done here!"
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:icondgs-krieger:
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
And YOU! Are the resposible for being into anthos now.
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ZephyrTheDragonlord Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well... I can certainly understand why you would be distracted... Especially when Rainbow got to the last pose in the picture.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, she's far more limber and flexible than many ponies think.
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:iconsevenofeleven:
sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Looks like a scene from Pony Business.


Looks great.
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Rickomarr123 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Hmm... I'm liking her outfit
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:icondaruqe:
Daruqe Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Dude, awesome and underrated art. Pro anatomy—pro style. +all the points
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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:iconthanos-san:
Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh.... my. "Distracted" seems like too little to describe this xD
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Dash and that outfit definitely does grabs one's attention.
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:iconthanos-san:
Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed... I suspect that Canterlot could be burning down during her performance, and nobody would notice.
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:iconflyingram:
FlyingRam Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Well done. I like how well you can make ponies dance so naturally.
I kinda looked like her legs were tangled at first at the bottom right.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Just doing some serious stretching.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Now THAT'S dressing in style! :D

Rarity seems to have really made a winner. I love the color ideas for those chaps. I can just see it all working together in my minds eye.

Also, from the look of things, I think Dash is going to kill at the performance!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well she is adopting a "take no prisoners" attitude for this competition. After all in my headcanon this is the last one she will be able to participate in.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The last one? How so?

Does your headcanon place her as being too old to compete the following year? Or does this have something to do with the Wonderbolts?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah next year she'll just be to old to compete. There are other flying competitions but a door will have closed behind RD. Just like graduating high school.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Okay, that last sketch in the lower right...

I realize it's just a warm-up stretch, but if that ends up in the performance there's going to be an arrest somewhere.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
As much as Petina might want to incorporate just a pose it is not going to happen in this competition.
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:iconearlmcclaw:
EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
...which naturally means she'll remember it for her performances at The Bucking Mare, right?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Petina smiles at you. "Oh, now that's different! I'm certain Carousel and I could work it into our routine. It would be a matter of deciding whether the pose would add anything to the viewers experience. Have any opinions on the subject?"
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
The griffon blinks at Petina upon hearing her question (although there's a hint of a blush under his feathers). "I-- uh, no, my experience in watching pony dances is limited. From what I've heard, the Bucking Mare isn't my kind of place anyway."
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Petina slowly strolls over to you and purrs. "Well if you're interested I can reserve a table when Carousel and I performing." She nuzzles against your neck. "I'll even buy you a round or two to get you in the mood. Hmmmm?"
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
(She is relentless! :) )

The griffon pulls his head back slightly to look Petina in the eye. After a pause, he says, "Aside from my getting migraines from constant loud noises or flashing lights and my preference for tea over cider, I really can't. You see -- I work nights." He indicates his eyes. "Good night vision, one of the reasons I'm so sensitive to lights."
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Petina resumes nuzzling your neck. "I understand, but if you're ever curious maybe you can drop the barn when Carousel, Dash and I are practicing. After all we don't even have poles yet at the Bucking Mare so there are all kinds of maneuvers that just haven't had the chance to show our fans." She gives you a two hundred volt smile "Think of it as a sneak peak" Then she wanders off.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Distracting"... heh heh . That's one way to put it, yes....

- Polecat
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey I bet ponies won't be getting out of their seats to go get popcorn while she's performing.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They might get up for other reasons tho...  I somehow doubt ponies can hide that 'reaction" as easily...  at least without pants anyway.

- Polecat
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well it would make polling the audience for their reaction easier.
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:icontcpolecat7:
TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, just look at all the stallions sitting awkwardly...  ;)

- Polecat
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
And their wives and girlfriends glaring at them.
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:icontcpolecat7:
TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm suddenly wondering if this is going for a RDxBig Mac shipping now...

- Polecat
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hmmm, how do you come to that premise? I'm curious since Big Mac is rather quiet, reserved and possibly very shy stallion. I'm not certain an outfit like this would be the ideally way for RD to rope him in. Metaphorically speaking. Besides I'm even sure she is even the least bit interested in him.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
The ones that aren't themselves distracted and sitting restlessly...
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah Dash has noticed that quite few mares seem to get excited when Petina and Carousel dance at the pub.
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Uchihaninja Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Woah! The stallions are gonna love this performance. Dash looks awesome.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well Dash is all about Awesome.
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:iconbelvarius:
Belvarius Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Nice outfit, Dash is certainly going to get their attention with her performance!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Rarity smiles and tosses her mane and bats her eyelashes. "Well of course! That is the whole point of this exercise dear."
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kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
The one thing I love about Rainbow Dash is her personality. Her boldness and confidence shine right through no matter what she does, especially with that smirk she's sporting in the top right pose. Great job on these. 
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Also she's gained even more self-confidence over the last year or so. Many of the insecurities she had before the last competition have subsided. 
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:iconkingofraggedy:
kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
I think she's found her true calling. She seems to be enjoying herself, while at the same time, working towards her dream. Wonderful! :) 
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
:iconnosebleedplz:
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:iconnivrax:
Nivrax Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
I can't express how much I love how you draw pony anatomy, it's really truly unique.  RD looks really stunning in her new outfit.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you enjoy it so much. I'm just trying to portray how the ponies look in my sleep.
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:iconkarasunezumi:
KarasuNezumi Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
She's just so pretty. I love the shape of her body and her movements... Just lovely!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It has been interesting watching in my dreams how RD has come to realize that she is not only an exceptional athlete, but also a rather attractive young mare.
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Aramis-Dagaz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
:iconohhmyplz:  Ooooh my!

Seriously, though, Rarity has outdone herself.  This outfit is a perfect example of clothing designed to enhance draw attention to the figure without the clothes taking up all of the attention.  One could even say it has some minimalist elements to it, considering that they draw attention to the outfit's, ahem, "negative spaces".  And to top it all off, it has to flight-capable.  I'm quite impressed.

Then again, it is Rarity we're talking about here.  Was there ever any doubt?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There is a reason why Hoity Toity and Sapphire Shore have seeked out her skills.
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