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Cindarr of the Darkling Lords by TazioBettin Cindarr of the Darkling Lords by TazioBettin
By nature's hand, by craft, by art; what once was one now fly apart!

Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light is one of those cartoons made in the eighties which supported a line of toys by Hasbro, like Masters of the Universe and other titles. They remind me of a less complicated time, and sometimes it's nice to go back to those times with the memory. The eighties weren't uncomplicated at all, in fact. It was the last part of the cold war, and lots of obscure things happened. Here in Italy we had terrorism from extremist political groups. Two days before I was born, a neofascist group called "Armed Revolutionary Nuclei" was responsible for the massacre of Bologna. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bologna_…
But how could I know then? I was just a kid. And I was in love with cartoons. One thing is learning what happened during those times, but remembering those times is different.
Visionaries is probably the one I remember more fondly, despite its short run. The setting's premise was very interesting and had a splendid sword & sorcery vibe. Even if you have your typical good guys vs. bad guys, they were more rivals than actual enemies, and there was even respect between members of opposite factions (Ectar of the Spectral Knights and Reekon of the Darkling Lords being the most notable example). In addition, they were often forced by circumstances to collaborate for a common goal.
I really liked it.
And my favorite was Cindarr. Despite being a darkling lord with fearsome power, he's very fond of animals, especially pets, and sometimes shows a gentle nature. So here's my small tribute to the series.

(the quote is the rhyme Cindarr chants when he activates his banner. Most of the characters have a banner with a different power and rhyme. They're actually pretty cool).
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Hasimir Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
This pic wins the Interwebs! :D
(big fan of the Visionaries here)
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you :)
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Capt-J-Dawson Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Man I really loved that show. Too bad it did have such a short run. Thanks for making such a sweet picture for it!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And it is indeed a shame that it had such short life. I loved it when I was a kid, i still love it now.
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argocomics Featured By Owner May 4, 2014
VERY impressive!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man!
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Grymjack Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
I love the Cheetah dude from the Spectral Knights.  And I still remember the 1st cartoon and how they all got there powers.  If I remember correctly wasn't it a Post apocalypse vibe where tech all stopped working.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, and only magic made it work again, so it's more of a magitech thing. It was pretty great really. Sometimes I watch it again, it's such a nice trip back to childhood...
I liked Witterquick too, though my favorite among the good guys when I was a kid was Ectar (the fox guy who used to be a policeman before the fall).
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Jamibug Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I remember this series and the toyline fondly. What kid in the 80's wouldn't love those holograms?!
I love to see more Visionaries stuff. Hey do you remember Battle Beasts by any chance?
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh gods yes I do!! I had some of those toys when I was a kid!!
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Jamibug Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D
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Icon-UK Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
This is lovely art! Always a big fan of the show, and I agree that Cindarr having a soft spot for animals was a lovely touch (Especially his comment about wanting to teach the Beast of Destruction to do new tricks! :) ) The fact that not all the Knights or Lords were bright you things, but some like Ectar, and reekon and Cindarr being slightly older made for an interesting mix.

I think I can still recite all the character spells if pushed... which says something odd about my memory for such things perhaps.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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remmus64 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
never seen much of the show, one or two episodes on youtube, but damn that intro, I can listen to that often ^^
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The soundtrack was amazing!
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warthogrampage Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing redesign. He looks like he has a lot more movement and the boots make a lot more sense. Great work
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
I didn't want the bulky armor to hide Cindarr's muscles so I made it a little more Kirby-esque (perhaps).
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y2jabba Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
id love to see you do the whole cast
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That'd be kinda big, but I'm planning to do some more sooner or later. Maybe Galadria, or... well, dunno, let's see.
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y2jabba Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
witterquick was always my fav
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Witterquick was awesome because he put "good" in front of "lawful" and because he's one of the very few knights who would never waste his staff's power and always put it to good use. Cindarr, on the other hand, despite having a fearsome power, often misuses it... and the same happens to many other knights, even the good ones. The first time Leoric uses his, he doesn't know what to do of its insight. Besides I've always felt like Leoric's and Arzon's staves overlap a lot. One gives cryptic insight, the other answers a direct question but both just give knowledge (and often they just feed plot points to the characters, which is kinda dull IMO).
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y2jabba Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
lol plus whenever cryotekk used it it was always followed by lexors. Id kill for a 2nd season or even a skyrim style game
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm actually afraid of what they'll do if they did a second season.
There's no more the trend for heroes like that. Nowadays, as someone pointed out, there is an overabundance of relatable characters, and nearly no reliable character. He-man, Bravestarr, Leoric... they were the archetype of the reliable character. Heck, He-man and Bravestarr even summed the story's moral lesson after every episode for the kids to learn.
Now the focus is on relatable psychologies, and not always well built, at that.
Not to mention that I haven't seen a good sword & sorcery story in a long time. Feels like people have forgotten how to make any.
I prefer to keep an untarnished memory of a beautiful game and setting.
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QuantumCrab Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
Never heard of these, but it's a bad-ass drawing dude!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visionar…
it's not difficult to find the series in the web. It's just 13 episodes and I definitely recommend it.
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grampsart Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Started humming the tune as soon as I saw the thumbnail - I had Cryotek and my friend down the street had a few guys and one of the vehicles - they were awesome.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw. I don't think I've ever owned any of the toys. I've never been spoiled with toys by my parents. Especially mother. The only type of toys they bought me relatively liberally were lego (fostering creativity etc.). I don't even remember seeing the Visionaries action figures at the toyshop near my home... but I'm pretty sure they were imported in Italy too.
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Gzo78 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
You know this is one of those franchises you have to wonder if any movie companies has any ownership of development rights.  With the capabilities of today's visual effects, these film could be made!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I honestly have no idea. But I don't like remakes: i prefer to keep the memory untarnished.
That of sequels and remakes is a tumor that has been consuming hollywood for way too much. And what came out of it? Indiana Jones 4, the new Star Wars trilogy and the Masters of the Universe movie with Dolph Lundgren? No thanks.
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Gzo78 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
* kept it, sorry.
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Gzo78 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
WOW! Yeah man, I feel you. I would have never guessed back then shows like GI JOE were setting up young Americans to want to be soldiers for all the wrong reasons. And yet still I watch it and remember those days of childhood bliss and innocent ignorance.  And major props for this one, a well done piece of a franchise that for some reasons didn't make it, I don't know why. Hell, despite the commercials and I had the Marvel comics of them, it never seemed to catch on. I got the hero that had the eagle on his chess because some little boy knew back ten left it and......well,, I didn't have any Visionaries so I kept I! 
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I can imagine. Recently I was watching this trailer youtu.be/Wqx9_GU13Io
it's an old cartoon from those same times and I remember seeing it as a kid. Watching the trailer now a few things jump to my eye:
1) only the americans, i.e. the good guys have faces, and they only show positive emotions: smiles, determination, etc.
2) the depicted good characters obviously have friendships, even pets to which they're so attached as to bring them in vital missions
3) the evil guys have no faces. They're mindless drones.
4) only the boss of the evil guys is shown having a face, and there's no mistaking him as evil.

All this is so cold war, and I can see how it can be misleading kids towards a justification of warfare. The "we're the good guys fighting the good war against an irredeemably evil force".

And thanks. I never owned any Visionaries action figures myself.
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philorion7 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG! Visionaries! Loved these guys as a kid! Arazon was my fave!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Arzon was cool too! I also liked Ectar, but mainly in the episode focused on his relationship with Reekon.
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Draggah-N Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Wow, I haven't seen these guys in years!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I know right? :D
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stalk Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You just made my December 15th! Loved the show and toys, still have 'em...er...somewhere in great condition with their gear and working holograms. Very, very cool work!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hahah my pleasure and thanks!
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Cytotec Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
He was a lot like Nod from Superman 2... I had the same action figure too.
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blackwingedheaven Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I loved this show! Great pic!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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Cathto Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The bit that stood out most for me with this show was the wizard Merklyn. He broke the mould on what wizards were in this show in that he was completely selfish and didn't actually care about the world ariund him. In the third episode "the Dragon's Eye" he actually said "Do you think I gave you these powers out of charity? Of course not. I did it so that you would be instruments of my will."
Opened my eyes to the possibilities it did, not all wizards were benevolent benefactors. And the fact that the Spectral Knights basically held Merklyn's magic hostage in that episode in order to get what they wanted. A lot of grey in this series.
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Most definitely!
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BrooklynPhoenix Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AWESOME!
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Zeartist Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome. I loved that show and the premise.  TOo bad it did not go anywhere.  :(
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed. I would have loved to see more.
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Kervala Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I remember this cartoon when it was broadcasted in France :D I found the settings original enough :)
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MetalLearner Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Visionaries..... When TV was far more mature than what it is today... mostly saw shows like this along with GI Joe, Transformers, Inhumanoids, Robotech, Starcom etc when it was on VHS
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TazioBettin Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know about mature, but it certainly did have more content, meaning and moral lessons. Remember when after each episode of MotU, He-Man would explain a lesson for kids? Like don't be afraid of needing others' help, or don't trust strangers. The sort of good basic lessons that kids should learn. And if it's He-Man telling you, how cool is that?
I don't know what there is besides dragonball clones like naruto and such stuff nowadays, but if everything is like that, then it's shallow action with no moral side, and that certainly can't be good. I mean, in the end in dragonball all you have is characters who beat the crap out of each other, kill each other and then come back to life to fight more. Their goal in life? Save the children? Make the world better? Hell no, just be the strongest. Is that the lesson kids should learn? Don't think so.
I don't want to sound like an old fart claiming that Old Times Were Better but I feel sorry for the generations after mine for the decline in content quality in the cartoons they grew up with.
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