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The Quintessential Soldier by DarthFar The Quintessential Soldier by DarthFar
"Me, I'm the quintessential soldier who does his job very well. But what is that job? Two things: neutralizing Imperials and, the part I take most seriously, keeping my people alive. It doesn't matter if we were good or lucky out there today—and I'd rather the former than trust in the latter. What does matter is that we all survived, and that's as close to a miracle as I ever expect to see in my lifetime. The key thing to remember is that I can't trust in our luck or skill. I can't allow myself to believe we were that much better than the opposition and I can't let my people believe it. If they do, they'll die taking chances they should never take."
- Wedge Antilles, X-Wing: Rogue Squadron

"I am Wedge Antilles. I survived the Battle of Yavin. I survived the Battle of Hoth. Hell... Just a couple of weeks ago I blew up the Death Star during the Battle of Endor. The reason I'm still breathing when a lot of other good Rebel pilots aren't? Maybe it's because I'm better. Or maybe I'm just lucky."
Wedge Antilles, Lucky

For ^ArtisticAunJuli's Star Wars Fan Art Character Bonanza Day 14: Wedge Antilles.

I figured that people tackling Day 14 would probably draw Wedge of the classic trilogy, or of the X-Wing comicbook series, so I thought I'd do, instead, Wedge, more or less as he is now, in the Star Wars Expanded Universe timeline. Because, if you think about it, he's gone through about four decades of fighting, outliving not only most of the other minor characters, but some of the more major ones as well. I think it's pretty damn impressive for a character who had only a handful of lines in the original trilogy, and one that I didn't want to dismiss for the sake of drawing a younger, better looking Wedge. :)


[No, that's not skin texture; that's my pencil layer, which I refused to get rid of.]

Star Wars property of George Lucas/ Lucas Arts.
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sherlock73 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
This is beautiful and disturbing all at the same time... Lovely work.
mozek11 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
This picture make me cry :D It's like put the whole of his life into image
AJTalon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Student Writer
Awesome work.
DarthFar Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Thank you. :)
AJTalon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Writer
No problem.
Wedge009 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Oh, nice. Not everyday one sees a hero portrayed in 'old age', good of you to do something out of the ordinary. It's always interesting to see older depictions of fictitious characters - in this case I can see the resemblance to current-day Denis Lawson, and yet, he's different enough so that he still looks like Wedge and not just today's Denis Lawson in a Republic (or whatever galactic government they're up to these days x.x) uniform.
antillies Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
You practically just described why Wedge is my favorite Star Wars character of all time. And on top of that, you made an awesome picture of him ;p
Shade-the-Raven Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
And this is why Wedge Antilles is an amazing character, and my personal favorite of the SW universe. Through everything he's been through and everything he's still in own words 'the quintessential soldier".

This is a most deserving of an :iconknuxwinplz: and a salute to your brilliance for capturing it.
Instabula92 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Well, that IS an awesome picture of good-old Wedge. How damn much I love the X-Wing serial. Great someone drew him that well now :)
Lamaraloon Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For me, this artwork is perfect. So much love for such an amazing character. I admire how you summarized his story and life, you can see it all right there and feel so much nostalgia and love. I love Wedge so much, he is my absolutely favourite Star Wars character, every moment of reading about him is such a pleasure. I like how you've drawn that moment when he sees death of his parents realistically and still so close to that original picture. It's great seeing him as a pilot and as aged man. But I think he looks like himself a lot and I'd never doubt it is Wedge. There's so much in his eyes and in his whole expression, and I feel proud and happy that I was, so to say, a part of it too, I've seen something and felt something through books. My fan's joy is absolutely complete right now! Thank you for this feeling :aww: So much!
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