Fantasy Flight Games Collapse of the Republic cover art

This is another frivolous post, but I heard about it today and thought I’d share my 10min of detective work!

I was pointed to this recently:

This is the back cover of the Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) Sourcebook, Collapse of the Republic:

 

My pre-caffeine musing of the morning had me thinking about the Juggernaut/Clone tanks that dominate the bottom of the shot. Made me think I did a great job following the original model references from Revenge of the Sith. Except, then I realized there were lots of details that I added, and that weren’t in the originals. Clearly, the artist for this sourcebook was inspired. Perhaps, too inspired:

 

Protips:

Don’t keep the shadows the same next time. Maybe remove some of the distinguishing features or apply stronger perspective filters. Repaint, don’t just copy-paste!

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Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

This reminds me of something else related to art theft. Eckhart’s Ladder on YouTube has pointed out that marvel comics has stolen Fan art for their ships.

Gerrit Rik Daniël Bernadina
Gerrit Rik Daniël Bernadina
1 year ago

Hi, I’ve tried to contact Fractalsponge twice now to no avail, I’d
I’ve for him to do a commission for me, please let Jim check his email for my communication.

Ragnrok
Ragnrok
1 year ago

Damned piracy

Bill Brasky
Bill Brasky
1 year ago

It looks like this picture was taken off the artist’s artstation.com webpage.

https://www.artstation.com/vladracean

At least it was present in the thumbnails of his gallery page, but when you click the thumbnail, you get an error. Maybe he took it down because he was getting heat.

Shaun
Shaun
1 year ago
Reply to  Bill Brasky

Just took a look and there’s NOTHING on his Art Station page anymore…

Isaiah Smith
Isaiah Smith
1 year ago

My advice to you is to change the wording on your ships. By that I mean as long as it isn’t a Canon design or look too similar I would say don’t label it as having anything to do with Star Wars. As long as your work isn’t a derivative or labeled as a conception of a vehicle in the SW franchise, they will have no standing to pursue legal action or legally lift your designs. This will only work though with designs not based off obvious things like a TIE fighter, x-wing etc. Lastly I understand that yes technically as fan art you have ” infringed” on their trademark, however if you were commissioned as an artist they would have paid you for your work, therefore the scummy part isn’t so much the theft, but the legal loophole that allows them to steal your labor for free, when they should be required by law to pay you a portion of cost for your work since they chose to include it in their work. They are capitalizing on your labor and not offering any compensation. I’m legitimately thinking of trying to get a bill put up to protect people from having their labor stolen. Anyway sorry for the long rant, but yeah in the future I personally would take any fanon design that you create and just call it a generic starship or create your own little universe and it will be a model for something in that universe.

Case
Case
1 year ago
Reply to  Isaiah Smith

Just out of curiosity, why would it not work for something like a TIE fighter? Is it because of the acronym ‘TIE’ or something?

Cdr. Rajh
Cdr. Rajh
1 year ago

Its funny how every vehicle except for the Y-wings are ripped from pre-existing screenshots, images, and artwork of those craft. The Acclamator and the 2 lowest LAAT’s come from TCW, while the highest LAAT is ripped from the cross sections book for AotC lol… As for the Y-wings, I am convinced they are original simply because they have defective genes and were born with stubby engines, which is something we don’t see (or at least I haven’t seen) in any official content or fan-made model/drawing of that Y-wing.

GONK approves
GONK approves
1 year ago
Reply to  Cdr. Rajh

even the Y wing is stolen. Go watch Eckhartsladder, He covered this topic. He managed to find the model of the Y wing and it was identical.

Gent
Gent
1 year ago

Are you going to pursue legal action?

huth
huth
11 months ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

Are you sure?

Case
Case
1 year ago

I don’t see how they don’t even bother to acknowledge this… It’s not as though their artists can’t create a good cover, so why do they feel the need to take someone else’s renders and copy them?? And the nerve to take something like this without asking and then pretend they didn’t is completely absurd. They’ve done it, what, 3 times now? There was that one Guide to Warfare book where they took the Lambda and the Assertor, they stole your Allegiance for the ROS poster, and now this! (I don’t know if this is official Star Wars or not) This is laziness at its purest form.

Case
Case
1 year ago
Reply to  Case

Also, I just noticed that the closest Juggernaut has the random shadow of an ATTE on the side of it, now I see what you mean when you tell them to not use the exact same shadows.

Eric Otness
Eric Otness
1 year ago
Reply to  Case

“There was that one Guide to Warfare book where they took the Lambda and the Assertor, they stole your Allegiance for the ROS poster, and now this!”

Correction, they stole the Lambda and Assertor for the Imperial Handbook: A Commander’s Guide, not Essential Guide to Warfare (in the latter case, they actually DID use his works with his explicit permission). But yes, agreed, the guys at Lucasfilm and their associates are blatantly stealing art right now.

The bit about the Allegiance in the Rise of Skywalker poster’s a new one, though.

Steve
Steve
1 year ago

A star wars book..stealing fan art without crediting people! Why I NEVER!

They are gits, pure 110% gits.

Case
Case
1 year ago
Reply to  Steve

I’m pretty sure they once used the claim that they created the original models so they ‘own’ fan art

InSanic
InSanic
1 year ago

The company name is Fantasy Flight Games. Easy mistake to make.

Daib
Daib
1 year ago
Reply to  Fractalsponge

after seeing FFG, my first instinct is to always think ” Guided Missile Frigate Games? I’ve got to get this. ” and then being disappointed.

Matt
Matt
1 year ago
Reply to  Daib

As US Navy (retired) I approve this. LOL