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.
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.
I like your depiction anyway. Sheer happyness of a farm boy, who feels himself a real hunter!
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?
"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
Well done sir
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.
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.