The Art of Princess Leia Tribute

You will know Craig Drake is a name synonymous with MilnersBlog, as I’m such a massive fan of his Patrick Nagel ‘Pop Culture’ style of visualisation and stunning palette of Geekologie inspired art, which firmly embraces film culture. But there’s one film character he’s featured more than any other, the late Carrie Fisher’s Star Wars character Princess Leia, which he respectfully showcased on his Facebook page after her passing.

Such a fitting tribute to the passing of Carrie Fisher who once said “No matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.” The Star Wars world lost another star with her passing.

Craig Drake’s fitting homage for his former employee, Lucasfilm shows no sign of abating with his recently released work.

And some up-and-coming work which I’m sure we’ll see at Star Wars Celebration 2017.

I’ve also stumbled across some of his classic ‘early’ geekologie inspired Star Wars art.





Rogue One Databank Update

The Star Databank for Rogue One has just been updated with some glorious new hi-res images from Rogue One.

Check them out below.


Also known as NiJedha or simply Jedha City, the fabled Holy City of Jedha continues to attract pilgrims from numerous faiths despite a brutal Imperial occupation. Saw Gerrera’s partisans have fought back against the Empire, turning the city’s ancient streets into a war zone. But pilgrims keep coming despite the danger, hungering for answers to spiritual questions…


As the Ersos fled Coruscant, a small fragment of kyber crystal from Galen’s research caught Lyra’s eye. Hoping it brought good luck, she took it to Lah’mu and made it into a pendant. As the Empire closed in, Lyra gave the pendant to Jyn, reminding her to trust in the Force. Jyn has kept it during her travels as a link to her lost family.


When the Ersos decided to break with the Empire, Saw Gerrera facilitated the purchase of a 65-hectare farm on the eastern side of the distant planet Lah’mu. On this world far from the centers of power, Galen and his family have reinvented themselves as subsistence farmers, hoping to escape from Director Krennic and his hunters.


Located in the Outer Rim’s Raioballo sector, Lah’mu is a sparsely inhabited backwater whose rich soil and groundwater are contaminated by minerals and other elements. The Erso family fled to Lah’mu from Coruscant, hoping to find refuge from the Empire.


Threece is the chief of the astromech pool at the Massassi base, where she ensures the Alliance’s technology is kept up to date and in prime condition. Threece has her programming quirks: she’s vain, argumentative and inordinately proud of her overclocked Intellex V processor. But her talent for organization is highly valued by the rebels.


A silver astromech with yellow accents, Tooby is typically assigned to “Dutch” Vander, who flies Gold Squadron’s lead Y-wing. A loyal and attentive droid, Tooby carefully follows the lengthy diagnostics checklists critical to keeping the Massassi base’s Y-wings ready for battle.


A menial labor droid, SE-2 works on the Erso farm on Lah’mu, fixing the homestead’s purification vaporators and performing other chores as needed. Despite his utilitarian purpose, Essie’s loyalty subroutine is robust. He keeps an eye on the horizon, ready to alert the Ersos of any intruders.


A medical droid operating out of Jedha’s Catacombs of Cadera, G2-1B7 has one primary mission: keep Saw Gerrera alive. That’s no small challenge, as the infamous rebel partisan has lost limbs battling the Empire and inhaled near-lethal doses of Geonosian insecticide. G2-1B7 doses Saw with medicine at dangerously short intervals, and is puzzled that its high-value patient is still alive.


Across the desert from the Holy City lie the ancient Catacombs of Cadera, once the final resting place for adherents of a vanished faith. Saw Gerrera’s partisan militia has set up operations among the bones of the forgotten, using the catacombs as a base for raids against Jedha’s Imperial occupiers.


Some time after abandoning Dantooine, Alliance High Command transferred operations to a new headquarters on the jungle moon of Yavin 4. There, stone temples built by a now-vanished species have been transformed into hangars, barracks and a command center. From Base One, as the Massassi site is known, rebel leaders direct the fight against the Empire.


A forlorn world in the Mid Rim’s Bryx sector, Wobani is the site of Imperial Detention Center & Labor Camp LEG-817. Jyn Erso is serving a 20-year sentence on Wobani under the alias Liana Hallik when Alliance Pathfinders free her from captivity.


A black-cloaked attendant to Darth Vader, Vaneé interrupts the Sith Lord’s meditation in his rejuvenation chamber on Mustafar to announce Orson Krennic’s arrival. After Krennic’s audience with Vader was over, Vaneé advises the director that it would be wise to say nothing of what he’s seen in the Sith sanctum.


The Death Star began as a Geonosian design, but became operational after nearly two decades of work by a team of brilliant scientists sequestered on the rainswept world of Eadu. Led by a reluctant Galen Erso, the Death Star scientists seek to fuse kyber-crystal shards into larger structures and use those crystals to amplify energy into a stable beam powerful enough to destroy an entire planet.


The plans for the Empire’s ultimate weapon reside in a electromagnetic cartridge in the Structural Engineering node of the Scarif vault’s datatree. The plans contain the Death Star’s entire design history, including the flaw introduced into its reactor system. Stolen by Jyn Erso, they are beamed to the Profundity, copied and hidden in the memory systems of a humble astromech droid.


A rugged planet in the Outer Rim’s Bheriz sector, Eadu is known – to the extent it’s known at all – for its rain and native nerf herders. Few suspect the planet is home to a top-secret laboratory where Imperial scientists working for the Tarkin Initiative seek to unlock the secrets of kyber crystals and perfect a terrifying weapon.


Lah’mu has abundant water, but tephra ejected by the planet’s volcanoes contains minerals that make its groundwater unpleasant to drink. The Erso homestead uses GX-8 condenser units manufactured by Pretormin Environmental to distill water vapor from the air and store it for later use.

The Last Jedi ‘Ultra High Resolution’ Banners

On a wet Saturday whilst we are all patiently waiting for some new droplet of visual info from Lucasfilm on Star Wars : The Last Jedi, I decided to create some super hi-res web banners based on the ‘official’ visual collateral we already have, but with some added glimmer and the extension of Luke’s/Anakin’s/Vader’s lightsabre which is now in the hands of Rey …keeping it in the family??

Epic Tribute to 40 Years of Star Wars

A very special tribute to the 40th anniversary of Star Wars will kick start Celebration Orlando in grand fashion.

The panel, hosted by Warwick Davis, will feature Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and discussions with some of the saga’s brightest stars, highlighting the impact of the galaxy far, far, away and the fandom that has propelled it for the last four decades. As is tradition, this marquee Celebration event will undoubtedly include many not-to-be-missed surprises. Fans will definitely want to mark their calendars for Thursday, April 13th and make the Star Wars 40th anniversary panel a priority for their Celebration weekend!

Star Wars Celebration Orlando will take place April 13 – 16 at the Orange County Convention Center.

Star Wars Celebration Orlando Kicks Off with Epic Tribute to Saga’s 40th Anniversary
Star Wars Celebration Orlando Kicks Off with Epic Tribute to Saga’s 40th Anniversary

Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017: Official Key Art Revealed

Who cannot forget the awesome key art that was used for Celebration Europe last year? Well, today we get our first look at the official key art for Celebration Orlando 2017 and man oh man is it just as captivating as it was for the last two.

Click the image below for a closer look.


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