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Vader on Hoth by LivioRamondelli Vader on Hoth by LivioRamondelli
As any fellow Star Wars fanatic knows, this year is the 30th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back. My favorite movie of all time.

I always thought "Empire" showed Darth Vader at his most hardcore(Brutally mauling his own son, torturing Han Solo because he enjoys it, ordering his own fleet into an asteroid field and patiently waiting as it gets beat to hell, making a habit of choking his own overly polite officers, constantly changing the terms of a deal seemingly only because he likes screwing with Lando's mind, conspiring against his own Master, and generally not giving a %&#^).

And, the moment when Vader goes in with the ground troops raiding the rebel base during the battle of Hoth. I always liked that he doesn't care that there's a warzone all around him and he's going in on foot. With this painting, I wanted to pay an homage to that scene with one of those "could have happened off-screen!" moments. The idea here is that the Walker in the center has been brought down by rebel fire, but in true Vader fashion-he just doesn't care, and is strolling straight through the warzone toward the rebel base. I really worked on the atmospheric perspective here so that it looked similar to the film's colors.
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Given 2010-07-04
Vader on Hoth by ~Livio27
From the suggester:
"It's a never before scene of Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back, that isn't all why. I don't find it too distracting to the eyes, my eyes move around yes but there is a centerpoint(Darth Vader) and my eyes follow around to the background and surroundings, seeing what is all going on in the battle of Hoth, my mouth dropped when I spotted the Snowtroopers standing on the Leg of the AT-AT, And the piece got a personality to it as well with each character in it, Vader for example, acting dark and cold as the AT-AT fell behind him as he walks straight to the Rebel Base, the Snowtroopers all engaged in battle doing that classic "do or die for the Empire" makes me fall in love with the movie all over again and makes me want to go home and play Star Wars: Battlefront for the X Box console as I already feel like i am in this battle in this piece." ( Suggested by Theo-Kyp-Serenno and Featured by rydi1689 )
boba-boy Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
I would love this in large on my living room wall!!!
Aaronmcloud Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
Vaders body language speaks a lot in this pic
jricht Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
This has to be the most menacing image of Vader i have ever seen. The atmosphere is perfect. 

In a word; Epic
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LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
jricht Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
No Problem

:D (Big Grin) 
SPC-Commando Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2014
Not to ignore Vader but I've got to give props on your work on the Snowtroopers here. Generally the movies make all the stormtroopers into cannon fodder for characters with plot armor. Your picture (to me anyway) throws that right out the window. It might just be the posturing, or the helmet design, but these guys look far more like the "Empire's Best" that storm troopers are supposed to be than they ever did in the movie. They look ready to kick ass and bag and tag some rebels.
LivioRamondelli Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks for that! I tried to make them look more competent here.
Caine001 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice
crimsonthunder1995 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
That's badass! Great pic!
Shawn1968 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Brilliant image.
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