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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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