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AT-PT by Rob-Caswell AT-PT by Rob-Caswell
This is another of my Star Wars designs for West End Games that has endured through the years. This is the Imperial one-man walker - the AT-PT - as first mentioned in Timothy Zahn's Star Wars New Republic trilogy. I was tasked with visualizing the vehicle for West End Games' "Dark Force Rising" RPG book. Obviously I wanted to capture something of a family resemblance to the AT-ST, but I think my own anime design influence creeped in at the edges as well. Included are most of my sketches from the design process. My sketches for such things are usually VERY loose and just serve as shape tests to confirm that what my brain THINKS it sees can actually be drawn ;p Unfortunately I have no idea where my original is now? So this is a scan of the published work, then cleaned up to better represent the original illustration.
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CR99nut Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
WOW! Now I find out that one of the SW RPG drawings I've always liked (because the design was so cool and because the drawing itself was so crisp) is another one of yours? AND you actually designed the vehicle, as well?

worship emoticon
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
I did :)
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nicofdoom2 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
I love AT-PTs. I first saw them in Rogue Squadron III when I was little! (I'm 13)
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nicofdoom2 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
I love AT-PTs. I first saw them in Rogue Squadron III when I was little! (I'm 13)
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ForgottenRealm Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You were my favorite artist from my WEG Star Wars days!  And this was one of my favorite vehicles.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well thanks!!! :squee:
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Weequays Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great design :D
I remember the book (oh, I go to open the book :D ).

Souvenir, Souvenir ....
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Wow I've been using the AT PT in Galactic Battlegrounds, they've been very handy :D Many thanks :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Happy to oblige... at least for the 1992 model ;)
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Ienkoron Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
:D
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Veruliyam Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Please clean up after yourself...
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
I did! I did!
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AlastorZingari Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
wait. you designed the AT-PT? That's Awesome!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aye, I did.
Anything for a buck ;)
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AlastorZingari Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Dude the AT-PT is like my favorite obscure little walker. I'm just gonna go over in the corner and have a fangasm now. Don't mind me.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! I.... won't interfere :lol:
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I jus tlove this one.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks!!! :D
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trooperbeta Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Welcome. :3
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Ian88 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
AT-PT pops up in Force Commander and Empire at War as I recall.

And innumerable mods for the aforementioned game and others.

It's one of my favorite Imperial vehicles :3
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is almost like powered armor... but not quite. Like a teeny mech. ;)
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Ian88 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
I seem to recall driving one in Jedi Academy, another mod :P Urban Anti-Personnel walker more than anything, battery powered like the AT-ST, store em on starships. :P Not bad for what is essentially an AT-RT with a cabin.

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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Weren't those in the third film?
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Ian88 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Yup, it's canon now I guess :P
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HandofManos Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent work I do like that you added the original sketches with it as well it shows well how such a design comes to be
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's fun for me, to, to trace my brain's footsteps :)
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Veruliyam Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Purple and gold flame job!!!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
That would make an impact... ;)
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Dullspork Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Artist
Did you ever get one of the minis of the design that West End did?
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think you may be the one who gave me one? I've got it down in the model cave but haven't put it together yet... as with some much other loot down there ;p
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leoshades Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
All I had to do was looking up and to slightly to the left to see the sourcebook this is in... Great design!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D I hope you've managed to have some fun with it gaming?
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leoshades Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I did indeed, unfortunately my gaming crew has long since gone their separate ways (part of getting old, I suppose). I just noticed the Copyright 1992... The year I graduated from high school.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! Yup. That's why I keep getting junk mail from the AARP ;p
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
This is definitely my favorite Imperial walker! I've always loved the hunched over design and the huge blaster in the front. I was really hoping they would use it in Episode III. The AT-RT is okay, but this feels more Star Wars to me. ;)

Something interesting I just noticed is that the window on the front seems to have evolved over the years. In this illustration it's a small, single-pane window with an anti-glare panel below it. Then in later productions someone mistook the anti-glare panel for part of the window, and every depiction that followed did the same thing. I hadn't seen this particular illustration, so I always thought it was a bit silly that they would put such a huge window on the front of the vehicle.

(btw: you're Rob Caswell?! :o I've seen your name on a lot of art over the years, and it's always been something worth remembering! :D)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
ARRRGH! You're kidding - a full window on the front? WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! It may have had something to do with West End's poor camera work. It's one of the things I fixed here. On their shot of the art, the zip-tone on the anti-glare panel kind of filled in, so if someone wasn't paying close attention they might have mistaken the a-g panel for more window. But you're right - that would be king-primo-design-dumb!

Anyway... yup. I be he and he be me. I did a lot of SF RPG illustration, back in the day. For five years it was my day-job, so it's "produce or die"! ;) Still, I tried to keep up the quality and inspiration as best I could and it's REALLY great to hear that some of my imagery got stuck in people's heads, all these years :D
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MillenniumFalsehood Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
The Essential Guide may have been the culprit for starting that idea; the entire front of the walker is black with a white bar across it, which looks as though the window continues past and down to the blaster cannon: [link] Only the upper "pane" is called out as a viewport, but having the rest of the panel blacked out implies that the rest is one, too.

Sounds like a dream job for any artistic sci-fi fan. It would probably be hell some days trying to get something done on time or get inspiration for something, but the rest would be worth all that. :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ugh. Yeah, I forgot about that two-view tech drawing. It made me cringe from day one. Suffice to say, if I did that drawing it'd look a bit different. But hey - that's what happens when you play in a shared universe ;p
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU Designed the AT-PT?!?!?!??!?!?

F*** I am in touch with Sci-fi royalty!!!!

I never thought much of the AT-PT - I thought it was one of those fan art silly ideas.

Until now - this pic is a revelation! She looks the business!!!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
"Sci-fi royalty..." :lol:
Hardly... but thanks for the smile. It is one of the few feathers I can stick in my cap that will be fairly widely recognized. And I've run into folks who thought Doug Chiang designed it ;p I take that as flattery!

The design idea originally came from the Timothy Zahn trilogy. Then it was plopped in my lap to add shape and detail to the words. I'm glad this one says "business" to ya! This is the definitive, seminal image of the craft... but these things have a way of mutating when other artists have to later interpret them... like my Wild Karrde. A few people get that vehicle right, but a lot just run off in the wrong direction. Sadly a lot of these "mutations" have a way of becoming the established design... if only because the original gets lost in the pages of time (or, more literally, the pages of the old RPG bookshelf).
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey now :) You are more revered than you think!

I do :D

Well if people think your work is done by Mr Chiang, wow!

I love this - the other images do not do it justice - when I saw this I went "F***! Superb!" and yes I agree on the mutation front.

On that, err....I am doing a pic that will be featuring said ship.......
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
OH!??! I curiously await!!!! :squee:
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All I can say is watch this space and hope I do it justice :)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool, I dig your vehicle designs!
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, MS. If I finally get into 3D modeling, then I can get back into designing :)
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
what I like about this design is that it looks like it could actually be built. you can about see one of these standing on an assembly line instead of looking like something that would need some sort of super tech to build.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks. As I've said before, I try to be as pragmatic as possible with my designs, making them feel like something that COULD exist and function.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
That is one of the things I like about a lot of artists that worked on the west end games project. The vehicles, and weapons had a definite space opera sci-fi look but not much looked Implausible.

I know Lucas sort of set the standard with his Movies, but keeping everything in that very difficult range of style must have been tricky.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well regulating the style sure wasn't MY problem. I just had to worry about making my own work hit the mark so that I could get paid and get more work... ;p I think the biggest burden was WEG's art director's, Steve Crane. At this point Lucasfilm just seemed to be reviewing these things as a formality. Best as I can tell you had to be PRETTY FAR off the mark to have their oversight person (I'm guessing someone in marketing) squawk. It sounds a bit callous, but at this point the new trilogy... and even the Special Editions... were not in anyone's mind. The license was just kind of cruising and the Zahn novels were one of the first real attempts to breath new life into the property since Jedi. Fortunately Steve cared about getting good work and loved Star Wars, so he deserves the credit in keeping things on track... as far as I can tell.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
from many of your comments I am guessing having a good leader and someone with a clear direction in charge of the art must have been a big help.

Its hard enough to do something creative when you can just let something go where ever it wants to. I can only imagine how much harder it is to try and hit a specific style, or someone else's vision of what they want things to look like.
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