Breathtaking Art that Puts the "Wars" in Star Wars

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One of the coolest things about Star Wars is the huge widescreen combat, especially in the original trilogy. The battles of Yavin and Hoth are mentioned in the same breath as Helms Deep and Wolf 359, when people talk about huge epic struggles.

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And now there's a new book focusing on the saga's battle tactics: Star Wars: Essential Guide to Warfare by Jason Fry and Paul Urquhart. It comes out April 3, but we've got an exclusive gallery of some of the book's beautiful artwork right here.

Top image: The Battle of Coruscant by Dave Seeley.

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Anakin Skywalker earns his wings above Naboo by John VanFleet.

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Anakin Skywalker and his new padawan Ahsoka Tano work to lift the siege of Christophsis by Paul Youll.

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Imperial Army Stormtroopers prepare to defend their position on a backwater world by Chris Scalf.

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Two female Stormtroopers suit up for patrol by Drew Baker.

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Darth Vader and his 501st Legion battle Jedi on the planet Kashyyyk by Dave Seeley.

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Rebel troops retreat from the Imperial onslaught by Bruno Werneck.

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A view from the hot seat as a TIE fighter pilot weaves through the Battle of Tingle Deepspace Besh by Darren Tan.

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Ewoks at the Battle of Endor by Chris Scalf.

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The aftermath of the destruction of the second Death Star by Stephan Martiniere.

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Confederate Alliance forces led by the Jedi in their Stealth-X fighters and Wookiees in their Owool Interceptors defend the Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk from Darth Caedus and his Republic forces led by the Star Destroyer Anakin Solo by Darren Tan.

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And here's the book cover!

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DISCUSSION

OK, now look at those space combat pictures and ask yourself how any unshielded fighters survive for more than 10 minutes. If capitol ships and fighters throw around multi-gigaton warheads, where does the excess energy go? Most of the ships here are within a few km of each other.

Does anyone realize what would happen to a tiny tin can flying around only a few km from a single multi-megaton explosion? Let alone multi-gigaton, as Saxton has calculated?

Let alone what weaponry of that level would do on a planetary surface. SW ground combat seems to use 19th century war tactics (at least in the prequels) - a bunch of people all stand up and run in one direction, while the other side stand up and run towards them. They all fire and die. By WWI everybody already realized that trenches are good - yet these guys apparently have not.

Can you imagine what a single nuke would do to a theater like that?