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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.
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!
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.
Robert-Shane Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha - well look at who his dad is and is this any surprise?
GraceJediHeart Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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:
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
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.
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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