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"White Ops" by caesar120 "White Ops" by caesar120
Illustration for West End Games: Star Wars RPG...Operation: Elrood. This is scanned directly from the book. The original was sold long ago. I did my best to clean it up and make it presentable.
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:iconthebingbang:
thebingbang Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such a cool piece! Very old-school comic feel! And very well done! 
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caesar120 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Old-school is as old-school does. That's me! *smile* Glad you like it, Adam.
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:iconthebingbang:
thebingbang Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yw again!
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BaronNeutron Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I wiss WEG
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:iconcaesar120:
caesar120 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
No one more than I, Baron. No one more than I!
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BaronNeutron Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
check out my gallery, "Art I have Commissioned", and you will see all the Star Wars pics are from my old WEG gaming days
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
I checked it out. Cool stuff!
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efawjedi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I Love These! I have a nearly complete WEG Star Wars RPG collections.
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Thank you, Fallen! I had alot of fun working for the Star Wars line...and I think it shows in my work. It's gratifying to hear that others found some inspiration in them!
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ramxero Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Great Memories. Good work, Thank you.
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:iconcaesar120:
caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I'm pleased to hear that such great memories are connected to my work.
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Astartes-Motivator Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HA, I get it. White Ops
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Hee hee! Go Stormies!
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KhairulHisham Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   General Artist
Operation Elrood was a birthday present from my wife after she found it in a bargain bin in an old comic shop some years ago. I love this book. You have a lot of cool pieces in it.
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Fun times, Khairul. Fun times!
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David91200 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
this is cool
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I just HAD to do something to elevate the reputation of the much-maligned Imperial Stormtrooper. Let somebody else be the blaster-fodder for a change!
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mandospartangirl117 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent!!! LOve the title
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:iconcaesar120:
caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Ahhh...the much maligned Imperial Stormtrooper. Sometimes...they really do kick ass!
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mandospartangirl117 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes?? I say most of the time if not always :XD:
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RL-182 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
This is incredible! I haven't seen an official Illustration this well perserved in Dubtone paper that it actually brings a tear to my eye! As unfortuante it is that the digital age brought an end to this glorious era of printed press. Such is the way of technology. In any case with your premission I'd like to give this a splash of digital color. I would print it and do it manually but my entire supply of colored Prisma colored pencils and copic markers were stolen.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Awesome! I can tell you, when I was a kid and still had an RPG group, nothing sparked my imagination like those illustrations. I still love to look at those old books and admire the art in them. :)
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Kind words, Millennium. It's always gratifying to hear that my efforts paid off in better adventure-creation...and thus...more FUN!
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Indeed! :D I forgot to ask, but what process did you use to draw these? I'd love to do similar art for my newly-found RPG group in this style.
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
The processs? Alas, Mill...the special paper I used to do my West End work is no longer being produced. So THAT part of the process is beyond your reach. But I'm sure you can lay in similar shading patterns using digital tools. At any rate, the rest of the process is standard: visualize the scene...put pencil to paper...inks with pen and brush...WHAMMO! There it is. *smile*
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Hmm. I greatly prefer traditional methods to digital, but I suppose I could try it in Inkscape or Paint.NET. Out of curiosity, is there a paper similar to what you used to use for these drawings? And did you really lay out all those lines, or was there a template?
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
All the major shading...is actually the paper itself, Mill. It was called Unishade paper. The shading pattern is imbedded in the paper's surface, and is "developed" by applying a chemical fluid. Using a brush, I simply developed the shading pattern only where I wanted it to be.
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Huh! Pretty cool! Now I *really* wish they still made that paper. That explains why the lines were always so even; I assumed it was a practiced hand. But I suppose it would have taken far longer to complete a drawing, holding production back, if that were the case.

Lol, all this talk is making me want to go dig through my "closet 'o doom" and find my old books, then hit up Amazon and eBay for the ones I never got around to buying (still kicking myself for missing the Darkstryder Campaign; I heard that was a really cool adventure). :)
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool cool :) I remember causing trouble in Elrood :) Good times ;)
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Good times indeed, John. I reeeally enjoyed my West End days!
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NICELabs Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Same here, and I didn't even have a Force user... ok, well one, but that's almost mandatory :P
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DavidWFisher Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My question shall always be - how come the old Stormtroopers can only blast protocol droids and jawas - they must have some reservations about hitting humans. Great piece - is the shading called letra-tone or something like that, Michael? I remember buying some back in the early 90s to experiment on some comic art at the time. They basically were transfers that you applied to the image.
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
I believe you're thinking of zip-tone. A peel-and-stick shading film. I used that stuff quite a bit in my early work for West End, but it was so time consuming to apply that I decided to lay out a little more cash and buy Unishade and Duotone paper from a place in Ohio. The paper was imprinted with a dot or line pattern that was almost invisible to the eye. A developing liquid was applied to the areas you wanted the pattern to show...and voila. Instant shading! Fast...and total control. It was cutting edge at that time. A time before digital programs.
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DavidWFisher Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That sounds right, though here in Australia it was called something else.

I've never used Unishade or Duotone, sounds like a good product.
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caesar120 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
You're right, David. Unishade and Duotone paper WAS a good product. Sadly it is no longer being produced. The advent of digital programs that can give the same effect spelled the inevitable end of these cool papers.
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DavidWFisher Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, the digital age is truly upon the artist these days.
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MagnificentSamurai Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
This is from a book I don't have. Excellent work. Great trooper action.
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lordmagnusen Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Writer
FREEZE, REBEL SCUM!
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:iconcaesar120:
caesar120 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Freeze? You really think they took the time to yell "Freeze, Rebel scum"? If they did...it wasn't until everyone was dead!
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lordmagnusen Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional Writer
Yes, exactly. Afterwards! :)
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PurrfectlyUnique Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, very dynamic. Great illustration!
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:iconcaesar120:
caesar120 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Thanks, Julie! One of the few illos depicting stormtroopers getting the upper-hand.
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PurrfectlyUnique Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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Cephalopod78 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
With C3P0's head bouncing in, it should be "White OOPS"
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:iconcaesar120:
caesar120 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
"Oh my!"
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