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2000AD WALLPAPER PROJECT No. 1

This image is based on the Rogue Trooper - Hot Metal Part 1 from prog 983 with artwork done by the wonderfully talented Henry Flint. The panel is to be found on the third page of the story.

Rogue Trooper one of 2000AD's oldest characters, created by Gerry Finley-Day (writer) and Dave Gibbons (artist). A genetically engineered infantryman (G.I) called Rogue out for revenge against a traitor general. He is accompanied by three of his dead comrades, Helm, Bagman and Gunnar who have had their personalities downloaded to biochips which are attached to Rogue's Helmet, Backpack and Gun respectively.

The original run was from prog 228 in 1981 to the 2000AD winter special in 1989 (with the final story in 2000AD appearing in prog 603 in 1988). The character was brought back for the fabulous "Cinnabar" story in progs 624-630 and 633-635 in 1989 and a few appearances in annuals and specials after that.

Rogue Trooper returned again in 1989, in prog 650 but re-imagined with a new Rogue Trooper called Friday. Eventually he'd be accompanied by his own set of biochip buddies called Top, Lucky and Eightball (even though I loved the original run, reading my eldest brothers old copies of 2000AD he gave me, I always thought these names were better). This story had a very different tone to it than the original and with the colour artwork it set itself apart.

In 1995 there was an ill-advised attempt to try and join the two different Rogue Trooper stories together in a convoluted continuity. Although it saw the re-introduction of Venus Bluegenes, a female G.I, back into the story. After the debacle I felt that the story got back on firmer ground. It introduced a new enemy in the form of religious zealots, The Karvanu. Even though I enjoyed many of these stories, there was a general decline in popularity and the story tragically was allowed to fizzle out with Friday and Venus flying into a black-hole in prog 1022 in 1996.

It is from this period that the story Hot Metal appears, with an image that stayed with me from childhood. It was obvious to me that this would be the place I'd start my project. There was something about this run down refugee convoy that had been hiding from attack in the soaking rain that spoke to me as a child. It was probably the rain which always evokes emotions in me.

I gave myself 6 hours to complete this image but it ran to more like 12 in the end. There was a lot of stuff I had to figure out and a lot of lessons to be learnt, but I got there in the end.

Oh, and if you are curious, Rogue Tropper - the original - did return to the pages of 2000AD along with a couple of other G.Is in other strips. Friday, Top, Lucky and Eightball drawn by Henry Flint will always be my favourite though.

Rogue Trooper is copyright of Rebellion - I guess I should mention that.
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venort Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I remember really enjoying the early Friday stuff that came bagged with the Meg a few years back. It still bugs me that they crossed over the two continuities, especially considering that they were on different planets, if memory serves.
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pictsy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I agree combining the continuities didn't really work.  After that happened, though, I think there were some excellent Rogue Trooper strips.  When they bought the original Rogue back years later I don't think the strips were of good a quality.  Would have rather had Tor Cyan fleshed out more.
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venort Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
ooh, he was from... that series set in a hospital, right? it would've been neat to see more of him.
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pictsy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Yeah, Mercy Heights.  Then he briefly had his own series.
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venort Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh yeah, they included that with the last volume of Mercy Heights, right?
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pictsy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I don't know.  I only read the stories in the progs.
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venort Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm just gonna go ahead and guess they did, in that case. It's a shame there hasn't been anything from the Rogue Trooper universe in a while; I don't recall there being anything new since The 86ers ended.
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pictsy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
It may be a spent force, now.
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Tobobobo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Cam Kennedy always drew my favourite Rogue Troopers.
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sed Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
Very well done!! :icongoodjobsign:
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pictsy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Thanks :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Wow! Thanks for the interesting facts on Rogue Trooper - it was one of the best Sci-fi stories I had ever read; and a well done piece here. Shame Rogue is not more prominent but it does the business.

A black hole? F*** what a shame.

Thanks for sharing this art and the passion sir - British Sci-Fi - best in the world!
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
added to 3D concepts in Sci-fi Archives
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pictsy Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Thanks :)
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
If it's a wallpaper, have you considered uploading it to the wallpaper gallery?
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pictsy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
This may be a silly question on my part - which wallpaper gallery?
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
[link] :)

Customization > Wallpaper
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pictsy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Ahh yes, I get you now ;) Yes, I did consider uploading it there. It can be a tough choice when a piece of artwork could fit into a number of galleries and I am only able to choose one. I have been submitting my wallpapers to wallpaper groups and I always add the tag 'wallpaper' for those that do that search - that way I feel I'm hedging my bets.
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Indeed... having a category system like this isn't ideal. A lot of deviants have suggested a cloud category system, which would allow multiple categories - but you can imagine that also comes with its disadvantages.
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Oh wow- so much detail!
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