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Kuat Drive Yards

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Published: April 4, 2012
© 2012 - 2020 wraithdt
This is one of ten pieces I did for the new Star Wars Essential Guide to Warfare. I had a blast working on it and I'm excited that I am able to contribute to the Star Wars universe.

I will be posting them in the order of sequence as it appears in the book. Hope you guys enjoy them!

The fortress and shipyard world of Kuat, home of Kuat Drive Yards, the manufacturer of the dreaded Imperial Star Destroyer and its cousins. I believe this is the first ever close-up depiction of what the famous shipyard looks like. It was kinda fun to figure out where the main business of Star Destroyer construction would take place. I also made sure that its protected by a ring of formidable Golan Defense Platforms to thwart any would be invaders.

Copyright of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

You can get the book here >> [link]
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Adobe Photoshop CS5 Macintosh
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GreatShepHobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful work.  Hell, the whole set is gorgeous!

I have one question about your workflow with this one.  Is this a combination of 3D and 2D media or was it all essentially painted by hand?
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StriderSoryuHobbyist Artist
Would be incredible in use for the SW movies or tv. Always wondered where those ships came from, so thanks for enlightenment. Great work!
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SHLEEMOProfessional General Artist
Nice idea!
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TheAngryMarineProfessional General Artist
Makes me wanna play Star Wars Rebellion again
TheImperialFist's avatar
You are the best Star Wars artist I know. I need to have you become my mentor.
BaronNeutron's avatar
I still love this pic
DarkCommando3's avatar
Responsible for creating republic/imperial warships.
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Good to finally see what the infamous shipyard finally looks like. Also much easier to understand how they could produce over 25,000 Star Destroyers for the Empire along with several Super Star Destroyers. 
CheesycheeseoCheese's avatar
Ahhh... KDY, one of my favorite things in Star Wars.
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Thank goodness for Clone Wars for making this Canon still.
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spiderman6877Hobbyist General Artist
okay but are we not going to talk about the triforce symbol in the giant spaceship
Mick76B's avatar
Nice idear, but VERY wrong dimensions! The planetary wheel has to be sixty thousand(!) kilometers in diameter! You wont see any detail in the far round....
AofJ's avatar
g'day i am a bit of a star wars fan myself, i remember owning a star wars essential vehicle guide book that portraided the kuat drive yards differently. As a collection of globes like a space station. Although your looks better
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Great to see an Executor-class Super Star Destroyer in the distance.
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I loved the art in that book. And to find on deviantart the guy what created that art...that's just cool. Thanks for making that book that much more enjoyable.
Firmuss's avatar
Very nice work you did here. Very chrisp. Very Imperial. I like it :) 

beerboy77's avatar
Really gives the whole idea the actual  grandiose scale it deserves 
olafanderson's avatar
Looks just like the station in Starship Troopers.
maxxal22max's avatar
this really is astonishing...

L3ynx's avatar
Awesome to see Kuat brought to life. Where they build the big beasts.
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Magnificent. Always love the image of a megastructure, especially one so huge it has to be in space.
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