The Four Horses of the Apocalypse
I decided to design them for my Klausen universe (which means yes, they’ll appear in the much later comics). With lots of research and inspiration, I tried my best to make each horse look like a good enough interpretation for what they symbolize. (By the way I’m using the term “horses” instead of “ponies” because come on, “The four ponies of the Apocalypse” sounds kinda gay.) I DO plan to design a Conquest, although he may be more mentioned rather than featured in Klausen.
Each of these horses are a little taller than the average size of a regular stallion.
Pestilence is an underweight stallion, covered in boils and growths. He has rotten skin peeling off from his body, so badly that even part of his bones are exposed. You can see this if you look closely at his right hind leg. He’s surrounded by a plague of flies and insects. Maggots and vomit are dripping from his mouth. His mane and tail are in terrible condition (although that is nothing compared to everything else wrong with him). And of course, his eye hanging out from its socket. Pestilence himself is well, a pest. I also imagine that Pestilence reeks badly of rot and vomit and horrid things…
Famine is an extremely underweight stallion. The lack of nutrition has caused the hairs of his mane and tail to fall out. Some of his bones are exposed due to Famine being so starved that he’s attempted to devour himself. Due to his weak state, Famine can barely speak, as well as his struggle to walk as he drags his legs and body behind him.
War is the most vicious-looking, and sounding, as he now and again cries out in roars of pain and anger. He’s covered in incredibly strong armor that is impossible to be broken. He has barbed wire stuck into the flesh of his right hind leg. War also has a bit in his mouth, attached with huge, heavy chain reins. The fetlocks of his legs are ignited, as well as his tail. Blood is seeping down his body from underneath his armor. War always has streaks of blood down his face from his dark glowing eyes.
Death is the most peaceful of them. He doesn’t move much and always keeps his head held high. He’s usually seen with a ripped black cape. He has a white face marking. His rib cage is exposed, as well as his bottom jaw. He has completely plain white eyes and a long, silvery tail. Death will come to anybody who touches him.
I had so much fun designing these. They are only sketches for now but I can’t wait to line art and colour these all.