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Before the Falcon... by Rob-Caswell Before the Falcon... by Rob-Caswell
This is another piece I did circa 1990(ish) for West End Games' Star Wars RPG. The assignment was to show what a freighter like the Millennium Falcon looked like in it's stock form. The main things I did to the design was to:

a) Replace the upper turret with avionics systems.
b) Close up all the open hull plating that we saw on the Falcon.
c) To add strap-on cargo pods to the upper surfaces to expand the ship's carrying capacity.

This image also reproduces the pencil doodles for the art and design department that lightly accompanied the finished art. Personally I do like this later interpretation better, as it shows a great departure from the lines we recognize as The Falcon: [link]
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CR99nut Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
And yet another inspiration for making a physical model is born. Actually, it was born years ago the first time I saw this pic in the RPG, but I (as usual) never got around to it. Now that I'm done moving (but not done unpacking, alas) I hope to eventually have time to get back into model building. I have a spare Falcon model somewhere that will be perfect for this.

By the way, I'm still discovering things like this in your gallery... I didn't know some of the SW art was yours, or more to the point, that you were the artist of work I'd seen so many years ago. Great to 'meet' you after all these years. (Or meet again, since we've chatted here at dA more than once.)

I like 'Chibibacca' as well!Clap 
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've got the Fine Molds 72nd scale Falcon, but I've yet to do more that open the box and admire it. I've been pondering trying to sell it and picking up the 1/144 version... but.... it really is nice to have the larger one, with the figures n' all. So my internal battle of the pragmatic vs. fanatic continues ;)

Having redone all the sigs in my gallery I fully understand how you could still be exploring it. Man, I've loaded BUNCHES of stuff here! :D  I'm happy that you've connected the dots to my 20th century self. It's nice to see that not all of that work has faded into forgotten history.
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CR99nut Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Budget constraints keep me from getting the Fine Molds 1/72 series (how awesome that somebody finally makes so many SW ships in the SAME SCALE!), so I was/am going to convert one of the old MPC Falcons. I picked one up for US$5.00 at a model contest swap meet... seems nobody wants the old, inaccurate model anymore since Fine Molds started their line.

I also have the tiny Falcon from the MPC 'Rebel Base on Hoth' diorama set, which is rather nicely detailed except for the sides of the hull. Might try to add a bunch of 'greeblies' to get the details more accurate on that little one.

I seriously need to live to be 300 just to complete all these ideas I've got running 'round in my head...

On an unrelated note, further down in these comments I replied about the FASA ST:TNG Officer's Manual, of which you'd said you didn't have a copy. I goofed and my reply went to the original poster (jonbluestone) rather than directly to you, so you may have missed it. Bottom line: I MIGHT have a copy of that book if you'd like it; I have to search for it while unpacking/sorting.
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yeah, when Fine Molds started putting out all their SW kits in 1/72nd, I was in heaven. But I sure wish they'd done this three decades earlier! ;)

If you wanted to give up your TNG Officers Manual I'd be happy to give it a home. But.... you don't want it anymore?
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CR99nut Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Assuming that I still have the TNG Officer's Manual (I really hope I'm not confusing it with something else, but I won't know until I get a chance to dig it out of storage), I'd be happy to part with it. I have no use for it: haven't played tabletop RPGs in a couple decades, and my old group is scattered far and wide. Plus, I have sooooo much other stuff that I can't really justify hanging onto it for sentimental reasons, especially since my old group never quite got a Star Trek campaign off the ground, TOS nor TNG. I'd much rather it went to someone who'll appreciate/use it. Let me know if interested and we can set something up via e-mail for shipping it off.

I also have some of the WEG earlier Star Wars stuff, but I'd kind of like to try to sell that. A couple of items in that collection which I'll hang onto have an autograph or two from artists and writers, obtained back when I used to attend GenCon. Man, time has flown... (Around the time the RPG was adapting the Thrawn Trilogy into gaming modules, I met Timothy Zahn, and he kindly chatted with me for several minutes during what turned out to be his lunch break! I never asked for his autograph, and though I may have seemed fanboyish to him, he never seemed perturbed by my comments and questions... a nice experience for me. As I typed this, I swear I mentioned all that on another thread, so apologies if I'm being redundant!)

Re: Star Wars models, I was always bothered by the fact that all the old kits were 'box scale'... they weren't in scale to each other, they were all sized to fit a certain size of box on the shelf. Grr...

And so many spaceships were SNAP-TITE?! Well, I guess for snap-together kits, they were actually OK with a decent paint job applied, but accurizing them was like full scratch building rather than detailing-up. Oh, well.

I still have a bunch of those old things I built. In a box. In storage. (sigh...)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well as I said, I'm sure game if you want to give it a home. :)
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CR99nut Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
FOUND IT!!!
It is indeed the Star Trek Next Generation Officer's Manual, and it's got a little bit of outside cover wear,  but the interior pages are all quite nice.
I quickly perused the artwork, and noticed your logo affixed to many of the character/race examples. How cool to see some of your old stuff, and to know now that it's yours!

I'm having some internet connection issues lately, but try to send me a message here (on my CR99nut page, that is) and I'll try to respond as soon as possible... from a public library terminal if necessary. (Darned lack of high-speed out here in the sticks...) We can arrange for mailing the Manual off the public boards.

PS: it was with my ST model kits in storage. Now that I've found it all, I might be able to build that Klingon diorama based upon your work, too! And eventually, this "Before the Falcon" version of the Falcon from SW. (BTW, in case you haven't heard, Fine Molds is apparently discontinuing it SW line, so grab 'em while you can!)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh GOD yes!!!

I did not realise you had so much influence in my youth man!! I saw this along with the Heavy Cruisers and the Torpedo Spheres!!

Again, brilliant work and love the wookie :D

I personally like this because it shows the standard before the modification :)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
LOL! I had no idea that I had corrupted you years earlier, either!?! :D  It's certainly novel - and gratifying - to find out that my art made an enduring impact on people. Back in the re-internet days it was so hard to get feedback from people. You just did the job, sent it out into the void, and hoped that someone would like it enough to buy the product.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, and that is a shame; I thought the designs back then were utter quality - and yes sir you corrupted me damn good!!!! And I like it :D:D:D!

Trust me sir, your art has made a phenomenal impact not just on me but a lot of people :D

I cannot think of anything more impressive than that :D
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