What do you get when you get dress iconic Star Wars characters in old-timey Victorian garb? Why, you get Star Wars steampunk, of course. That’s the general idea behind this series of illustrations from San Francisco-based artist Greg Peltz.
This Luke and Leia image conjures up a specifically Western aesthetic. They look like they’re about to take off across the desert mesa on a stagecoach. You can’t help but notice a certain level of similarities to the landscape of the old west and Luke’s home planet of Tatooine.
Boba Fett has never looked like such a distinguished gentleman as he does here. Sure, he’ll still track you down and kill you for money, but he’ll look damn dapper while he’s doing it. That has to count for something.
Jabba’s fat, seedy gangster translates well from the science fiction realm to the steampunk world. He totally calls to mind an old school crime boss, the kind of guy who controls all of the local crime, but also has his hands in political corruption, racketeering, and that end of the spectrum. He could totally get you elected to the city council.
As good as the Boba Fett and Jabba pictures are, Peltz’s Chewbacca wins this thing hands down. The monocle, that scowl, he’s the perfect dour, wealthy chap, equally at home sipping a snifter of brandy as he is pulling off the arms off some hapless chum who happened to beat him at checkers.
When you put all of this together, and throw in a goofy looking C-3PO in a bowler hat for good measure, and mount it on some wallpaper you might find in your grandmother’s drawing room, then you’ve really got something.