Wednesday, January 19, 2011
My rendition of the Imperial Sardaukar from Dune.
I saw the 1984 version of the film when I was a kid and read the book much later. Despite the movie's obvious problems, I still think that it contains some amazing design work... except for the Sardaukar. Neither the film from 1984 nor the minseries from 2000 did an adequate job of portraying these guys as the elite super soldiers decribed in the book. In the movie version they looked almost comical, running around in black vinyl hazmat suits. The miniseries had them looking foppish, dressed up in something I would describe as a cross between the Swiss Guard uniforms and purple clown suits.
You may or may not agree with me but the above illustration portrays more closely what I imagined when I was reading the book.