New Chrome Trooper Concept Art Supposedly Leaked?


The guys from Indie Revolver who first leaked how the regular Stormtroopers from Episode VII will look are at it again. This time they share a pretty intriguing image of a Chrome Trooper concept art…


Now first Indie Revolver’s report featured only one Chrome Trooper image in their report with the following description:


Chrome Trooper

The chrome troopers do not actually wear a hood or covering in the film. The metal collar stands up from the torso armor and curves up on the sides before dipping down again at the back.

We’ll never post rumors as genuine news or fact here, but we love nothing more than to speculate with you! Let’s take a few leaps and try to guess how this guy may fit in: A couple sources have expressed that the chrome troopers are a private security force for Adam Driver’s character – silver mercenary rent-a-cops rather than true Imperial Forces for Adam Driver’s character. While we’ve not heard this from anyone directly, the most abundant rumor about Driver is that he’s a wealthy aristocrat with an interest in Sith artifacts.  So is this (design) just a natural result of bringing the prequels’ Doug Chiang back as production designer lead concept artist.


Now one of our sources that I trust unquestioningly contacted us saying that the above image is a “total fake”. The same source told us that the image with the Sith Inquisitor is also fake:



Actually you can definitely see that the two images look like they came from one artist or source (color, BG, etc.). What’s up with the hoods anyway? I didn’t get the idea of the hood on the Chrome Trooper. Never mind. I want to make something clear though. While I’m certain that those two images are fake, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the characters in them are fake too. My guess is that these guys really saw something interesting but decided to post their interpretation of what they saw.


Now to the interesting part. Indie Revolver updated their article with a second image that looks quite different from the two images above and that definitely has the feel of a real concept art.


Chrome Trooper

According to Indie Revolver, Prequel Trilogy and Episode VII artist Doug Chiang was the artist behind this Chrome Trooper concept art. While we had a definite confirmation on the previous two images we still don’t have any word on that one. But you can definitely see that this looks more like a concept art from a movie with the rank of Star Wars. I personally really love the design and hope to see this on the big screen. What do you think?


Stay tuned for more on the last image…


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32 thoughts on “New Chrome Trooper Concept Art Supposedly Leaked?

  • September 25, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Is that top picture a photo with two other people in it? Top right corner looks like part of a face with something green around the neck and with a white shirt. Or is it something completely different?

    • September 25, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Well it’s not exactly a concept drawing. I think it’s safe to say it’s a screencap of a scene that’s actually been filmed, and there’s another character in the frame on the right.

  • September 25, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I’m glad Doug Chiang is getting mentioned. I was getting worried that he was fired and replaced by Ralph mcQuarrie from the way things are going recently.

    • September 25, 2014 at 11:01 pm

      Is this the ralph mcquarrie hater again? I find your lack of faith disturbing (not to mention disrespectful to a friggin’ legend..)

      • September 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm

        I read it as, only one of them is alive so if Doug got fired….bad news…

    • September 25, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      ::eye roll::


    • September 25, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      God forbid they should take inspiration from a genius like mcquarrie when they have the hack who did the cheesy pt disign

      • September 25, 2014 at 11:51 pm

        Why does everything have to be a competition? Doug and Ralph and both geniuses. Anyone who bashes on either of them doesn’t know what they are talking about. End of.

        • September 25, 2014 at 11:57 pm

          Well if Doug is a genius it most be for something other than design. Because the pt designs were as aweful and forgettable as everything else about those Star Wars knockoffs

          • September 26, 2014 at 12:43 am

            No the art direction was good. I feel bad for you for not seeing that. The scripts and films direction were the failings

          • September 26, 2014 at 4:51 pm

            That is your opion. Disney and Lucasfilm have obviously a different one Why hire a guy that already messed up first time
            I like his work. The design of Naboo was amazing.

  • September 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    If you’d bothered to read the Indie Revolver article in full rather than rush to poach their news, you’d know the hoods are NOT part of the costume. Most likely they’re J.J. Abrams Mystery Box shrouds.

    • September 25, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      What’s with the people who love to come to this website to piss and moan about it.

  • September 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm


  • September 25, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Yeah, I could see that coming from the same genius that conceived that Naboo SR71 chrome bird. Snooze.

    • September 25, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      Compared to what? The supposed complexity of the death star design? A globe in space? How dare Doug design a spaceship that looks like a spaceship. What a hack!! .. Give me a break. Complexity doesn’t mean quality, and simplicity doesn’t guarantee quality either. Doug Chiang and Ralph Mquarrie are both geniuses. If a design was simple, it means George asked for a simple design. If a design was complex, it means George asked for a complex design. Simple as. Doug and Ralph both rised to their challenges greatly. Anyone of says otherwise is a fool and clearly who knows nothing about art and/or production design.

      • September 26, 2014 at 1:06 am

        Not simple. Cheesy. That spacecraft in the beginning of ep 1 looked like something out of ” the flight of the navigator” and it looked as much like a real functioning designe as the cheesy pod racers did

      • September 26, 2014 at 2:03 am

        Clearly anyone who thinks a chrome airplane is genius has no imagination and for them to define what knowledge of art and design is to judge others by is outright laughable.

        Another good indication of what Chiang will bring to the table is the designs he made for Shadows of the Empire: Hound’s Tooth, Xixor’s silly toothy looking monstrosity and the Outrider. Unbalanced and/or overly complex with no sense of the practicality that made the classic Star Wars designs so special.

        This is why I laugh when I read someone call Doug Chiang a genius. He doesn’t get Star Wars. All of his designs are either too impracticable looking or too streamline or too close to real vehicles like airplanes. Genius is found in the balance.

        • September 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

          You have no idea what you are talking about

          “This is why I laugh when I read someone call Doug Chiang a genius. He doesn’t get Star Wars. All of his designs are either too impracticable looking or too streamline or too close to real vehicles like airplanes.”

          That has nothing to do with Doug’s ability to create a design. A failing in direction is George’s fault. Doug is quoted as saying- “It’s the matter of getting in sync with George. Initially I thought the ships were to be very angular like the x-wing but George wanted to go for a handcrafted look.” Doug clearly understands star wars perfectly. If you don’t like George’s direction for wanting the vehicles to look like real planes, then that’s not only George’s fault, but is a completely silly thing to say as the designs in the OT, like the x-wing for example, look like planes.. Impracticable designs? You mean unlike the practicable designs of the OT like robot camels? And like I say, If you don’t like George’s direction for wanting streamlined designs, then that’s George’s fault, not Doug. I’ll re-quote Doug-
          “Initially I thought the ships were to be very angular like the x-wing but George wanted to go for a handcrafted look.”
          The actual designs themselves, Doug’s task, were great. Your whining has no validity as a critic of Doug’s artistic ability. You’re only pointing out the fact you don’t know you’re talking about.

  • September 25, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    Just spit balling here ……. But I’m guessing an aristocrat who hunts down Sith artifacts wouldn’t mind adding a certain missing Jedis LightSabre to his collection !

  • September 26, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Could this trooper work with/guard the inquisitors?

  • September 26, 2014 at 2:06 am


  • September 26, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Why such a high metal collar.-?

    Maybe protection aqainst having your headed removed with a

    General Grevious had a staff that was resistant didn’t he?

    Maybe the whole suit is made from it.

  • September 26, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Why are we assuming it is Luke’s hand and saber that is found? What happened to Vader’s hand & saber after Luke chopped it off in Jedi? It fell down a compactor way before the death star blew up. If a character is collecting Sith artifacts, then Vader’s saber rather than Luke’s would be a better bet.

  • September 26, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Maybe the armor is made of Cortosis. The Blaster/lightsaber resistant material was cononized in “A New Dawn” after all…

  • September 26, 2014 at 9:42 am

    I read that the top photo looked different then the costume in the bottom chrome trooper photo. Besides the hooded cape thing for secrecy they look the same including the weird shape of the eyes.

  • September 26, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I like some of Doug’s art design, like the federation droid ship’s you know the big donut ones I thought were actually kind of cool. The guy definitely has a degree of talent and aesthetic sense. But I don’t think he thinks in the same world as Ralph did, Ralph McQuarrie thought in terms or retro-space / futurism on a grand scale. However Doug Chiang thinks terms of Modern-Futurism.

    End result is Ralph’s art had a timeless feel, it could have been the 70’s idea of the future, or it could have been the 1920’s idea of the future. It was that alien.
    The thing with Doug is that he thinks Space-Alien future, but he follows the thought process of just about every other art designer currently in Hollywood or Silicone valley. So his spaceships are relevant to today’s styles and fashion.
    But Ralph made a point of NOT making his designs relevant or dependent on any contemporary influences. The reason why McQuarrie is THE designer more so than Doug, is that McQuarrie drew inspiration form timeless and universal concepts and atmospheres that have been hard-wired into our culture since the beginning of history. The Jawa’s workshop with all the droids has just as much resemblance (spirit and atmosphere-wise) to a shabby black-market shop in the Ports of Ancient Rome as it does to a modern Electronics shop.
    However with Doug, he thinks in rather superficial terms, meaning his designs can be quite cool, but not timeless. This means that when he was tasked with making a droid factory, he made just that, a modern factory + droids, with some added cave architecture in the background.
    My point is that Doug is rather talented at referencing our current world, but I don’t think he really captures that sense of being completely alien and yet intimately and timelessly human at the same time. McQuarrie achieved this feat quite well; I think Doug is a good designer. But for Star Wars, Ralph was THE Designer.
    The Millenium Falcon will probably live on for hundreds of years, just as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is still getting attention to more than few centuries later.
    Doug’s work I expect will eventually be forgotten.

    But bear in mind that McQuarrie’s concept art is drastically different than what you see in the final film, the films props are way more grounded in reality and had that “lived in” feel that defines star wars, the original art was more epic and polished. But the art provided that vital backbone, that identity and spirit.

  • September 26, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Driver’s character sounds like it’s Dooku’s son.

  • September 27, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Call me old fashioned but I would prefer to just see it stormtroopers

  • September 28, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I’m good without sparkly and shiny things to hold my attention. God I hope they aren’t going overboard on some of the new designs.

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