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  1. Apr 2, 2011, 1:43 PM - Crimson Empire III, Cover Model #1



    Crimson Empire III, Issue 1, Dark Horse Comics
    Cover painting in oil and acrylic by Dave Dorman
    Armour reference modeled by Thomas Spanos

    In 2010 a half dozen costumers, including myself, were asked to join the Dark Horse Comics panel at the Star Wars Celebration V Convention. For all the years of inspiration this institution has provided, I considered the the request to be an honour.

    This panel served as the public announcement of Dark Horse's return to the Crimson Empire series. (In the Star Wars tymeline the Crimson Empire tale chronicles events after Dark Empire, which occurs after the battle of Endor, ROTJ.)

    I felt privileged to be on hand for the revelation. The cover artist, the person responsible for the first impression of the original Crimson Empire series is Dave Dorman. Dave is a traditional painter whose name and work has been an intrinsic part of the Star Wars world for decades.

    I was stoked when Dave invited me to his studio to model for the Crimson Empire series. While the Imperial Knight armour I wear (and made from scratch) is different than that of the Crimson Empire Imperial Guard, it bares enough similarities for Dave to reference in his creations. And I am happy to play a small part in the process. Look for additional cover comparison as the series unfolds. (I will not be sharing anything that has not yet been publicly announced.)

    links;
    Dave Dorman
    Dark Horse Comics Crimson Empire III, Issue 1 announcement
    Imperial Knight Ganner Krieg, costume project

    Be well,
    Thomas

    PS; I'll be meeting with Dave again today to shoot reference for the cover of Crimson Empire III, issue 2.
  2. Apr 2, 2011, 2:09 PM - Re: Crimson Empire III, Cover Model #2

    Very cool Thomas. I love how you continue to have an influence in the Star Wars universe. I was actually wondering just the other day what the reference material was for that image. I think the pose works perfectly. Keep up the great work .
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    Apr 2, 2011, 6:14 PM - Re: Crimson Empire III, Cover Model #3

    Congratulations! I saw your Imperial Knight in person at CV... amazing work. Congrats again!
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    Apr 3, 2011, 1:23 AM - Re: Crimson Empire III, Cover Model #4

    Very cool. I love Dorman's paintings. And your suit is great too!
  5. Apr 3, 2011, 1:59 PM - Re: Crimson Empire III, Cover Model #5

    The young squire is Jack Dorman. Come to learn, he is the wind beneath many a fluttering cape in Dave's paintings.



    This was taken yesterday, after posing for reference in CE III covers. Posing for Dave is lot like playing Twister. I hope there's a cover with a struggle between Kir Kanos and Mirith Sinn soon. (I do know one model for her character and she is local.)

    Be well,
    Thomas

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