Category Archives: Star Wars

The Spacecraft of The Force Awakens

The Finalizer | First Order Star Destroyer

You’ve got to admire the Galatic Empire when it comes to the sheer size of a their spaceships, nothing really comes close to what they can produce, and even though the Death Star was perhaps their largest piece of weaponry, the Star Destroyer and Super Star Destroyer was in a class of space ships all on own, even from that iconic opening scene from Star Wars A New Hope, it was the sheer physical size and length of those ships that was so incredible. Now it seems The First Order has returned with its own Super Star Destroyer…The Finalizer, which is essentially another floating empire cruising craft travelling around space carrying around the First Order’s equipment, personnel, weapons, fighters, including Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle and his army of ruthless Stormtroopers. Although the Finalizer may not look to be very nimble, don’t let its massive size fool you. On close inspection of this new Hi-Res image, it shows it’s covered with a vast battery of cannons that will annihilate any incoming resistance enemy craft  before they can get close enough to even take a pot shot. This looks to be one spaceship that will require more than brute force to eliminate.

First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

Like the X-Wing Starfighter was the main staple craft for the Rebel Alliance’s army, so was the TIE Fighter in the Empire’s army. So it seems assumed that the First Order is quite well equipt with this new Special Forces version of the TIE Fighter, and with many upgrades, although It’s unknown exactly what those upgrades will be, but speculation includes the addition of more armor, better laser cannons and increased maneuverability to make this ship more powerful and therefore on par to go one-on-one with the new T-70 X-Wing Starfighter which we talk about later.

Kylo Ren’s Command Shuttle

One of the newest, and arguably the coolest-looking bad guys in the Star Wars Universe is Kylo Ren. It’s clear he has some background with The Force with him being part of the Knights of Ren. However, it’s obvious while he’s wielding his cross-guard lightsaber that he intends to destroy all the Resistance in his path and perhaps his actions are guided by the Supreme Leader Snoke.

Regardless, like most vehicles in the Galactic Empire’s arsenal, Ren’s shuttle is dark and menacing, with many sharp angular edges making up its form, as opposed to the smoother look of the other ships in the universe. When someone in the galaxy sees one of these ships approaching, they know that no good can come from it.

Poe Dameron’s Black Squadron T-70 X-Wing

What a beautiful sleek design this ship is, it was Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept to have a ‘split’ dual engine X-Wing, and although not much is known about Poe Dameron, this highly skilled fighter pilot for The Resistance and leader of these elite squadron of T-70 X-Wing fighters called the “Black Squadron,” …rest assured this new X-Wing fighter will do the job nicely, especially with the new astromech droid BB-8 onboard as Poe’s X-Wing copilot.

McQuarrie’s designs developed from the twin to into the quad engine T-65 X-Wing Starfighter as we know it, which were the main ships used by the Rebel Alliance’s army in the first trilogy, and a ship so important to the story that without one, Luke wouldn’t have been able to take down the Death Star, so it’s no surprise to see this classic ship returns in Episode 7 as the upgraded T-70, and from some of the promotional material, it’s packs some added missile firepower, also with the reduction in engine size will make the aesthetics of this new ship very different to dog-fight against.

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Star Wars Film Posters Without Words

You’ve got to admire the work Reddit user joinyouinthesun has done in taking the classic Star Wars movie posters and Prequels and then removed all the text from all of them, he’s even posted the high resolution versions of them online via his imgur account.

There is some stunningly crazy imagery in these film posters which sadly highlights the downfall of creativity on film poster output from the current studios, I just hope this level of artistry once again returns.

…He’s even done the prequels

Some of my other favourites have even had the text and branding removed, which could provide numerous Photoshop opportunities for those who are interested in messing around with adding some new text…which could be quite fun.

He didn’t stop with these, check out the rest of the 80 Classic Movie posters Redit user joinyouinthesun has removed all the text from in the gallery below.

Star Wars 360

Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this brilliant and immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook

Facebook just rolled out 360-degree videos for your newsfeed, and the trailblazing clip is a stunner. The Facebook page for Star Wars just posted exclusive 360 footage of a speeder cruising across the Jakku desert—right by that downed Star Destroyer from the Battle of Jakku.

You can watch this Star Wars vid, and other videos like it, in a couple of ways. At a desktop, you can just drag around with a mouse. On your mobile and tablets you can point and twist it in different directions to change the angle of the video, making it feel totally immersive. The most exciting part is presumably once Facebook-owned Oculus puts out Oculus Rift, we’ll be able to use that technology in the work place for architectural and graphics presentations.

Although this 360 video is new to Facebook, it’s not to the world. YouTube has been doing 360 video for a while now, and even worked with GoPro to make a rig for shooting it. That said, this Star Wars clip is a real trailblazer.

Force Awakens Icons

You can’t beat a lovely bit of simplicity with art, and Portuguese artist Filipe de Carvalho who previously did some flat icons of Star Wars characters, and in anticipation of The Force Awakens has updated his collection to include characters that will be seen in the new movie.

The series, aptly titled ‘Star Wars: The Flat Awakens’, and features characters like Kylo Ren, Maz Kanata, Snowtrooper, and the ever popular BB-8 droid.

They are all illustrated in Carvalho’s lovely flat icon style, using simple shapes and vibrant colors to depict the characters which are juxtaposed against a brightly colored background, resulting in bold, beautiful icons.

All the artwork is copyright Filipe de Carvalho and is a available to buy here.