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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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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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