Vote 2020 graphic
Everything you need to know about and expect during
the most important election of our lifetimes

Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia

Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia

Who would have guessed that Robert Downey, Jr. would look as rakish in a Russian General's uniform as he does in a suit of powered armor?

Advertisement

UK artist Steve Payne uses Photoshop to swap the faces of friends, family members, celebrities, and even regular folks like you and me with those of over three hundred 19th-century Russian generals, who were originally painted by English artist George Dawe in the wake of the Napoleonic War.

There are many, many more examples over on Payne's awesome tumblr, Replaceface, where you can purchase 24x20 canvasses of the portraits, or even commission a piece featuring your own marvelous mug.

Advertisement

But we've picked out a few of our favorite face-swapped scifi and fantasy stars for your viewing pleasure, below. One thing Payne appears to be missing: some female face-swaps. Something tells us Gina Torres would look mighty fine in a cloak and shoulder pads à la Sir Ian McKellen.

Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia
Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia
Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia
Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia
Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia
Advertisement
Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia
Illustration for article titled Science fiction and fantasy icons look downright dashing in 19th century Russian regalia
Advertisement

Check out more examples of Payne's work on Replaceface.

Share This Story

Get our newsletter

DISCUSSION

There's one very simple issue with all of these images, which is why no one during the Napoleonic wars would have mistaken a painting of Sir Ian McKellan or Patrick Stewart for the real thing.

None of these folks have beards.

All men during this period had some sort of hirsute pogonotrophic embellisments.

They should use someone like this person if they want to be taken seriously.