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Forgotten Heroes of the RA by DarthFar Forgotten Heroes of the RA by DarthFar
So I'm a sucker for the Star Wars X-Wing series. :laughing: I drew the lineart for this back in May last year as part of a series on the lesser-known/unsung/forgotten X-Wing heroes of the War... which, unfortunately, like half of my projects, never got off the ground. So it remained, forgotten, in a dusty folder for more than half a year -

- Until I found it again last week, when I was looking for existing lineart to use to test a new texture brush I made to simulate the effect of smear/smudge/add water blending, (when no such thing has taken place). I figured I'd toss some colours on Jek; I wound up doing that to *all* of them. Stranger things have happened. :laughing:


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The lineup (Jek Porkins/ Cesi "Doc" Eirriss"/ Derek "Hobbie" Klivian/ Biggs Darklighter/ Wedge Antilles) is based on two comics: X-Wing: Rogue Squadron (1997; written by Michael Stackpole and Mike W. Barr) and Biggs Darklighter (2004; written by Paul Chadwick). The Hobbie here [obviously] isn't Stackpole/Allston's comic relief Hobbie "Bacta" Klivian, but Chadwick's cocky, slightly arrogant mutiny leader (and temporary captain) on the Rand Ecliptic, and one of the Rebel Alliance pilots who stole the X-Wings that would become the signature ship of the RA starfighter fleet.

Oh, and because somebody asked about this: Yes, Wedge *is* that short. (Okay, he was actually shorter than that, but I didn't want him to disappear off the page, LOL). He was described in some of the books as being 'under average height'; the Star Wars Essential Guide to Character lists his height as 1.70m. Biggs, on the other hand... While I don't know his exact height, I do know that he was over 6', and that he *towers* over Luke Skywalker, who stands at 1.72m.

And okay, so Hobbie and Wedge went on to star in more X-Wing comics/books... but you gotta admit they've been vastly overshadowed by other supporting characters. Ah heck. ;)


Characters created by George Lucas/Michael Stackpole.
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RR-319 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
awesome work, glad see these guys get some love.
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MajorGeneralVeers Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
Excellent work in showing the Forgotten Alliance heroes. I admire the style of art as well.
Although I disapprove of Alliance promotion (The obvious fact in the top right corner of this comment).
Then again I have tried ressurecting forgotten Imperials myself, such as Bevel Lemelisk and Colonel Wulff Yularen.
Great work anyway.

Major-General Maximilian Veers returning to base.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Thank you very much. :) I'm pretty much a big fan of Biggs and Hobbie; there just isn't enough representation of them over here, is there? LOL. And kudos on your treatment of the Imperials. Smaller characters deserve just as much appreciation.
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MajorGeneralVeers Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
They deserve it, but they don't recieve it!
Maybe they'll put these characters into action in the new Star Wars TV Series rumored to be filmed next year =).
:stormtrooper: Should be awesome! :stormtrooper:
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dracorotor Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
I like the listing, though I think it lacks one important character (in my opinion he was important, anyways): Ton Phanan. I loved is joke-cracking personality and missed him through the rest of the books.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
Thanks! I'd have to point out, though, that Phanan and Jek "Piggy" Porkins/Doc Eiriss did not belong in the same era: Porkins was wiped out in the Battle of Yavin, back when Luke Skywalker first joined; Phanan didn't come into the picture until Luke had taken over command of Rogue Squadron for some time, and then stepped down to be replaced by Wedge Antilles, who later formed Wraith Squadron. ;) Phanan's in my Wraith Squadron lineup picture, though, if you haven't already seen that one.

But yeah, I agree with you there: Phanan was one of the most memorable characters in the X-Wing series, and he deserves more fanart!
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dracorotor Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008
I had forgotten about the Wraith Squadron lineup, actually. I really must do my research from now on.
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
LOL, the Star Wars EU timeline has grown incredibly convoluted, hasn't it? :laughing: I have trouble remembering when some of the event occurred as well.
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SydneyPrimal Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Piggy! X3 I love it, a handful of my favorite characters (minus one Wes Janson) but that's cool. :giggle:
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DarthFar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008
:highfive:

Mind you, I've a couple of Wes Jansons in my gallery... somewhere. :laughing: He's probably up to no good.
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