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Luke v. Yuuzhan Vong Color by AdamWithers Luke v. Yuuzhan Vong Color by AdamWithers
A simple doodle that grew and grew into a time-suckingly-large project. Still, it was a lot of fun.

I'm a huge fan of the New Jedi Order series, and love the Vong as a group of villains - their wild living armor and weapons make for some great visuals. Problem is, I've virtually never seen them depicted as awesomely as I imagined them while reading. This was my attempt to rectify that.

Also, the new Legacy novel series blows hard, and was such a horrific dissapointment that it's nice to look back on the NJO and remember my hope for how things could have been. As a bonus, Luke Skywalker is easily one of my favorite characters in all fiction, so you can't go wrong, there.

Pencil drawing, colored in Photoshop.
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JasonRyder Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
I would like to see the Vong, but they are likely going to be too creepy for Disney. Still, even if the EU is totally scrapped(I'm pretty much good with scrapping all the post-Endor stuff, except Legacy. Still, I would use some of the better parts to make a new EU.)
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Artist
There's a lot I'd miss, but the beauty of fiction is I can keep liking what I like no matter what they do. ;)
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JasonRyder Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
I agree 100%.
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
Wow, amazing job you did here! This is awesome!

The series really REALLY should have ended at the conclusion of the NJO. It solved all plot points, changed things up, it really couldn't be topped and most of all everything had been done by it's end, Vicious Imps, Crazy Alien Xenophobes, Political Intrigue, Criminal Underworld, and Extragalactic Invasion that nearly brought EVERYONE to their knees. That's when you let your characters ride off into the sunset, they earned it.

With that being said I loved the Vong as villains and they gave us new threats and villains that lasted longer than a year(Let's face it all the bad guy Imperials ran wild for a year then were hunted down or betrayed and killed(this does not count total character time as I know it took almost 2 1/2 decades to fully wipe out the Imperial threat) but most villains lasted a max of 3 books and died off. There were no long term Nemesis's out there. Then with the Vong we got Tsvong Lah, Nom Anor(who I loved as a character and couldn't help rooting for as the series progressed), Shimrra and a host of others that lasted well into 9 books but I'm digressing.

Wish I could find someone to do a painting of the Battles of Borleias, Bastion and Borosk
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Professional Artist
Yeah, as far as I'm concerned NJO WAS the end. They got as happy an ending as one could hope for in such difficult times, and lived happily ever after. Then fast-forward 100 years to the Legacy comics, which were a lot of fun to read. ;)
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Yeah same with me, though I couldn't get into the Legacy era, seemed like too much of a repeat. I'm an old Imperial so I was pretty happy with NJOs end and just imagined a Galaxy of relative peace after that.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artist
It was and it wasn't. Yes, there was yet another Skywalker on the edge of the dark side, but it played out very differently from what we've seen before. It felt refreshing in the same way that Knights of the Old Republic did--storytelling in a Star Wars setting where anything could happen because none of the characters have any "Plot Armor" to protect them. :)
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XizerTheGrey Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I can understand that. There were more than a few bantam books that suffered from that in my opinion(The Black Fleet crisis just to name three that could have been way better)
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GunMasterG3 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I want the new Trilogy to cover the Vong war just because it would be so awesome... you're not the only one who loves the legacy series!

Great job on this BTW.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Artist
I am deeply scared about the new trilogy, but who knows? I seriously doubt they'll reference anything from the novels because the one thing it seems we can count on is that nobody making Star Wars cares about contradicting excellent source material. :shrug:
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GunMasterG3 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not Scared... I enjoyed the prequels, and maybe J.J can do a better job.

I still think the Vader/Obi-Wan duel towards the end of Revenge is the best out of all the movies.
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thepalehorsman234 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
I've always wondered; why did the Vong attack anyway?
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Artist
Their world-ships were dying. They'd lived for generations as space vagabonds after abandoning their homeworld (long story there), and the ships that supported them - which were all living organisms themselves - were dying and unable to support the continued growth of the species. So, in secret, their commanders started actively searching for somewhere to inhabit. When they found the SW galaxy, they made up a story for their people that it was a gift of the gods to conquer and control, and so began the war.
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thepalehorsman234 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I thought it was like an Alien Jihad or something, I didn't no it was a survival war
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Artist
They sold it to their people as a holy war because it gave them a common enemy and diverted attention away from how the rulership had completely f*ed things up for them. But the truth was their way of life was unsustainable and killing them slowly.

It was when the Vong themselves started to discover that they'd been lied to and that war wasn't a religious calling but a means of keeping them under control that the war started going badly for their generals.
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thepalehorsman234 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
and thats where the Jeedai Heresy came from?
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Professional Artist
In part, yes. But the heresy began before that when they started to see what the Jedi could do. Not all Vong agreed with the war from the beginning, and as they started hearing stories about the Jedi - and especially after Anakin Solo and others helped them and showed an understanding of their ways and sympathy - they started questioning why they had to fight and whether or not the Jedi were avatars of their gods sent to reveal the illegitimacy of the war.

But that's obviously a big simplification of a lot of complicated stuff that was all going on at the same time. :D
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Master-of-the-Boot Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa boy, you do the Yuuzhan true justice in this :D
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks a lot; that's all I wanted to do. :)
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LonelyImmortal Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Very awesome...the NJO series had some epic battles, from early on (Luke duel-wielding his and Jacen's lightsaber to save them from a group of the Vong), all the way up to the final huge brawl in the end. If I can't see it on screen, at least guys like you can do it justice with art!
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks for the great compliment! Yeah, I loved pretty much every minute of the NJO series, but in some ways I'm glad it won't be made into a film or show - saves it from being ruined! :XD:
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LonelyImmortal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
Hmm, good point. Kinda like how I really hope they don't attempt to do a live-action Ghostbusters 3 - especially since the great video game has satisfied my need.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Artist
Word. That game was the stuff, for sure.
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jedijeff1993 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
cool! this is truly cool
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JediMatt719 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
this is pretty sweet!
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axem-ranger-black Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
one of the coolist things ever<3
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Eat-Sith Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely amazing. I agree with you that this is what it looked like fighting those jerks!
Thank you for your interpretation. Fantastic.
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reborn-art Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Hwy, awesome art dude...
his voice
BTW if you like the NJO series, try looking up the audio books, (read by Jonathan Davis) his voice acting is absolute brilliance + sounds effects and soundtrack, Its like a film with no picture.

Find some extracts on you-tube, you will love guaranteed.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks for the advice. I've got an on-again/off-again love of audio books, so I'll have to give these a try! :)
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reborn-art Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I don't really like audiobooks, but this is something else.
Its like a film but it lets you imagine the video yourself. Epic Space Battles....
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freja2bme Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
This is an awesome rendering of the Vong. I think you are on point about the fierceness of the battles between Luke and the Vong.
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3DCandyland Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Absolutely incredible. Luke is truely the man.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks so much! He IS the man! :highfive:
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3DCandyland Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Absolutely incredible. Luke is truely the man.
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LissyH Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
great fantastic work
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Kara-Skirata Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
Woo! Kick some Vong-ese butt, Skywalker!

Pretty sweet piece, man. Best visualization of the amphistaff I've seen yet. And the vonduum (spelling?) armour is awesome. Just like I'd imagined!
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010  Professional Artist
I really appreciate that. I worked hard to get the amphistaff to look like it did in my head while reading the books, and to make the Vong genuinely terrifying. I'm glad you saw what I saw when you read, too! :D
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Kara-Skirata Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
hehe now to hunt down someone who's managed to get a good Vergere drawn ;)
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Theo-Kyp-Serenno Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I remember how horrible this war was, this beasts were ruthless and show no mercy. luke nearly died from battling the head leader of the vong clan. nicely done at showing there ruthlessness for war. and thanks for sharing :D
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Professional Artist
You're very welcome. Looks like you got exactly what I was trying to convey. Thanks. :)
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Theo-Kyp-Serenno Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i did :) and thanks :)
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The-Theory-Liz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
awesome. I have to agree with you as Luke Skywalker in fiction. He is awesome...plain and simple. Good job!
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DuracellEnergizer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those guys look real nasty. I wouldn't want to run into them myself, that's for sure. =D
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009  Professional Artist
That's the idea ;) Now imagine a whole army of them charging across the field at you!
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Nemonus Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
Absolutly awesome. You've got a fantastic gallery--thanks for gracing deviantart with it.

And I agree with basically everything you said about the state of Star Wars novels in your artist's comments. ^_^
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Anvildude Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
Pretty crazy awesome, man. Though I always imagined the Vong as more repulsive and asymmetrical, yours are the closest to how they're described, in my mind.

I've enjoyed pretty much every Star Wars book I've come across, personally. I love novels, and I love Star wars, and so I double love Star Wars novels. I just think it's cool that the story continues past the films.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional Artist
I generally enjoy the novels too, I'm just too character-driven and when a story seems to go too far against the way a character has been established - especially if that person had been established over many years and well over a dozen novels - then I'm not as interested in that book. So I pass on the Legacy of the Force novel series.

Glad you like my Vong. And if you like, you can imagine the guy whose back is turned has a more asymmetrical face ;) :D
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Arcadiusd Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
The Vong are the most powerful enemy to ever be created in SW. I mean, so many people, so many known characters died because of them. From the Vong came many excellent villains. Onimi was surprising, never thought a jester would be the true overlord. Shimrra diverging from Onimi's control was awesome, I was sorta expecting the fight between Luke and Shimrra to take longer. Like, give the Scepter of Power some uber cool special powers. And who could forget the "lovable" Tsavong Lah, genocidal warlord, destructive commander, and all around baddie.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Professional Artist
Final fights are hard in novels. With movies you can explode with all kinds of special effects, but in books you only want to spend so long writing a battle. I really liked the end of NJO, and wish that it hadn't been ruined by Legacy of the Force. :no:
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Arcadiusd Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
I would think Jacen would be a much more competent villain, but...he made jokes. A SITH LORD made jokes. Jacen = epic fail, he was a jerk. There is a fine line between being a villain and being a jerk. Believe me, I am an author. Jacen crossed that line
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