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Luke Skywalker bullseyes another womp rat by Robert-Shane Luke Skywalker bullseyes another womp rat by Robert-Shane
If you've seen the original Star Wars movie - you might remember the scene where the rebel pilots are being briefed for their attack on the Death Star. And you might even remember Luke mentioning that he "used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home".

Looking back it was a bit strange for Luke to have boasted about cruising around shooting animals. This was even parodied in the Family Guy Star Wars episode 'Blue Harvest'. Chris, who's playing Luke says: "Well, I guess I'll go bullseye some womp rats in my T-16". To which Quagmire, who's playing C-3PO retorts: "My God! You shoot small animals for fun? That's the first indicator of a serial killer, you freak!"...

So I thought - why not try to make the whole thing seem a bit more heroic and less borderline psychopathic. The name 'womp rat' implies a furry, harmless creature - but what if they're actually man-eating, spiky-skinned, pointy-teethed, nasty-smelling menaces!?

I wanted to add to Luke's whole mythology - and make the act of shooting a womp rat seem much more impressive. If they were creatures that regularly killed moisture farmers and were hard to spot because they only come out at dusk - Luke could rightly be proud of his boast!

There have been a lot of depictions of womp rats and they mostly look harmless. But if you've ever played the Super Nintendo (aka Super Famicom) version of Super Star Wars - you'll remember that womp rats were shown in the game as pretty fearsome and ugly. So I took that as an inspiration for my version here.

I added Luke's T-16 Skyhopper in the background to suggest that he's just jumped out to have a picture taken (by Biggs?) with his kill. I had to create some landing gear for the T-16 as I don't think they've ever been shown landing? The Hasbro/Kenner toy version uses 'skids' and has the wings fold up - so I kept the folding wing idea but thought the skids wouldn't look right. I also left out the huge gun that's shown in the model T-16 that Luke holds in the movie - although the Hasbro toy model had the ingenious idea of this folding back behind the body of the T-16 whenever it lands. Otherwise - this is based on Colin Cantwell's prototype model as used in the film.

This was drawn in Photoshop using a Wacom pad.

Star Wars and its characters are copyright of Disney. This is fan art and isn't for sale or reproduction.
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TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Farm boys go hunting game all the time. It adds variety to the family dinner table. This is news to folks?
In any event, a good design for the womp-rat, and a good render of pre-bike-wreck Mark Hamill. Big fennec-type ears are appropriate for a prey animal from out in the dune seas.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for that insightful comment. And very perceptive to note that this is the pre-accident Hamill. There's less photo reference around from ANH so it was harx for me to get that 'softer looking' face right but I think this passes. Also - well spotted with the Womp rats ears - I guessed they'd need them to help alert for Krayt dragons and whatever else is out there but would also use them to cool themselves. Its nice to have those sort of details appreciated!
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GraceJediHeart Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So, that's why his aunt and uncle were so strict. Lol! He really was a teenage delinquent.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha - well look at who his dad is and is this any surprise?
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GraceJediHeart Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope... 
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Daniela-Chris Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know, womp rat never sounded harmless to me, and AFAIR in LEGO SW they were large and dangerous (and perhaps described as such in the books, I read them a while ago and don't remember).
I like your depiction anyway. Sheer happyness of a farm boy, who feels himself a real hunter!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree - and like I say the first image of a 'Womp rat' I remember seeing was in the Super Nintendo game - where they look horrifying! I think it's more the name 'Womp' that makes them sound a bit comical - at least it does if you imagine Rowan Atkinson saying it... this'll give you an idea of what I mean:  youtu.be/wOdfNwD9cEA
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Daniela-Chris Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I guess something like that :) Bob XD
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Harrkonen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
Keep in mind they said that womp rats are almost 2 meters in size. That is not small. That's more than 6 feet in length
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AleksaSilverstar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! I love this! We don't really see many images of Luke from before a new hope.
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014

Shoots local varmints out of his moving vehicle for a pass-time....

 

comes from an agrarian background...

 

first kiss was from his own sister....

 

joined the army just to get away from home....

 

So... Luke's a redneck, right?  :D

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MATTINATER Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014

amazing


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oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
Too bad those critters didn't show up in the movie!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The beauty of the original Star Wars is that there is so much that was only hinted at and not even seen in the movie - from womp rats to clone wars!
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oldmanwinters Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Quite right.  It was simply the first step into a much larger world.  For all the great things about A New Hope, perhaps it was the seemingly limitless imagination that it inspired in those who saw the movie.
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metalhead2000 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
awesome
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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josh-eeewwa Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
This is amazing! Even your story behind it was a good read! Haha, good work. :)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much Josh (and sorry for taking so long to say so) - I put a lot of thought into my work - so I'm glad you like the back story for this one! :thumbsup:
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josh-eeewwa Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
You're welcome, can't wait to see more!
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MARR-PHEOS Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
his expression is perfect, love the shit eating grin. 
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanted him to look proud of his achievement - here's hoping 'pride' isn't a deadly sin for a jedi :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is excellent - well drawn again - your work on the Wars is superb :)

"My God! You shoot small animals for fun? That's the first indicator of a serial killer, you freak!"...

That is comedy at its best - exposing something and underminding it all in a single sentence - HAHAHAH :D

Well done sir :D
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much Chris! :bow:
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My utter pleasure sir :)
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Leia1987 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loooove!!! Finally some love for the Original Characters. You drew Luke very well, love it dear, well done!! 
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! I drew Luke as well as I could - and it was more difficult than I expected because I think his facial features weren't as defined when he was younger. It took about as long to draw his face as it took me to do everything else in the picture!
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah, but are they good eatin?
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: ...hmm - I'll let you try first!
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master-ninjabear Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Anything if it's fried!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol:
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darthfomalhaut Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Awesome! :headbang: :iconrockonplz:

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"Dream big and dare to fail!  I dare you to do that!" - James Hetfield
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :)
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Josh--Brown Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Luke and his friends have a T-16 race in a scene in the Original Radio Drama!
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow - and thanks, I didn't know that. The T-16s are definitely part of the accepted universe and I remember them turning up in the old Rebel Assault PC game - and they're a great design so I'm surprised they haven't been used more.
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant as always man.
Man I loved Super Star Wars back in the day, that game was killer.
Anywho, nice job man. Really dig your take on the womp rat.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep Super Star Wars was the boss (a long time ago). It's amazing to think that I paid 60 for that - which must have been about AUS$150 at the time!? And I bought the sequels for the same price too! Star Wars has had A LOT of my money over the years! :lol:
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man I loved that game back in the day.
I'd hate to think about how many dollars Star Wars has sucked out of me over the years.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well we've paid for George Lucas to enjoy a very happy retirement! :lol:
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I reckon we might have... I hope he's bloody enjoying it :lol:
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart::heart:Awesome work!:heart::heart::heart:

Nice detail on adding the T-16, especially when you only get a few shots of it in the background at his Uncle's farm.  :)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much.:) I'm gonna sound really geeky here - but I actually used some reference shots for the T-16 from my 'Star Wars Chronicles' book. The book was very expensive but comes in handy when I need a shot of some obscure prop!
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I hear you!  I know how it is with reference books.  My mother, when she could not go to the places she wrote about in her historical romance books, would collect as much as she could on the place and the history.  Most often, she made it a point to go there to get a feel for the local color.  Trips included all over the US including the Dry Tartugas, New Orleans, Cumberland Falls in Kentucky, and even the White House.
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's great to hear your mother put such attention to detail in her work - and sounds like she had a great time doing it. What better excuse could you have to visit all those places! The ability to Google anything nowadays is undoubtedly a good thing as it takes away the need for the legwork in research - but there's nothing to replace the understanding of a place you get from actually being there.
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Good tax write off too.  Pop used to say that was the best thing about Mom's writing career; though he did like her books.  :)
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...sounds like a smart lady!
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Mom and Pop made a great team when it came to her work; she planned the trips and he funded them while making sure each expense was written off.  Hell, when they traveled up to see me the first time, Pop wrote that trip off as an expense.  All Mom had to do was spend a few hours researching the "Moonbow" of Cumberland Falls.  :)

Fun Fact, it is now the only Moonbow in existence, thanks to an earthquake in Africa which destroyed that one.
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DAXRULZ Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
"Wow, you didn't miss a shot, Gaston!"
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ManishaChan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg wow! :wow:
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Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: Thanks!
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