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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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
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Gerrit Rik Daniël Bernadina

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
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Ragnrok

Damned piracy

Bill Brasky
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Bill Brasky

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
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Shaun

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

Isaiah Smith
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Isaiah Smith

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… Read more »

Case
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Case

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
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Cdr. Rajh

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
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GONK approves

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
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Gent

Are you going to pursue legal action?

Case
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Case

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)… Read more »

Case
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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
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Eric Otness

“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
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Steve

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

They are gits, pure 110% gits.

Case
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Case

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

InSanic
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InSanic

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