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The Sardaukar by zazB The Sardaukar by zazB
The sardaukar, the army of the emperor in the Dune novels. I'm a fan of Dune and I love those guys (they're like Stormtroopers who can shoot... how amazing is that!) A part of my soul died when I saw what they looked like in the Sci-fi Channel mini-serie. Purple dudes wearing giant berets...

It's pretty sketchy but at least, there are no giant berets to be seen! Hope you like, even if you never read Dune :)
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Ilidrim Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015
Wallaceclan Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Christopher Nolan needs to direct a dune movie. Couldn't think of a better director. 
RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sardaukar are the best !!! Even if they lose against Fedaykin xD
Lockslie Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Another one of these ;)
Gunny-Kilroy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
They Looked pretty ridiculous in the film too, hell everything looked weird in the movie.
Your drawing however, this is how they should look. Good job man!
boruma Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Like others have said both '84 movie and Sci-fi Channel mini-series went way off with the Sardaukar costumes...but I believe the mini-series was going for some kind of noveau-Renaissance look as opposed to elite, hard-core troopers. Of course, I have my own picture in my head from the novels, but I like your interpretation - nicely done!
zazB Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Funny thing is, I don't see them this way either. I did it that way back then for fun, but I always pictured the sardaukars looking more like Napoleonian Dragoons.
MicheleHansen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, yes. I read the series years ago. One of my favorite series. I especially like the Heretics of Dune series, which featured Duncan Idaho thousands of years after the death of The God Emporer. Needless to say, Idaho had been cloned many thousands of times by the Sisters. Did you have a chance to read those sequels? They are so intense. They make the fist four books feel tame by comparison. Sex, Spice and Rock-and-Roll to the max!

Excellent illustration. Faving and Watching. :~}
zazB Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Yup I read them! The whole Dune series by Frank Herbert is excellent. The ending they wrote a couple of years ago was such a let down however :(

And thanks for the Fav and watch :)
MicheleHansen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I skipped the books by Herbert's son. I heard that they were far inferior to those written by Frank Herbert. Your assessment is by no means unique among Dune cycle devotees. My pleasure, concerning your latter comment.
MicheleHansen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oops! Forgot to mention, I was turned onto this piece by our bud Ubbergeek. :D
theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
ACtually, they had epic costumes in that serie - it was agood point of it, showing how Duneverse is a cultural mishmash...

Freemen are arabs, the Padishah is a PERSIAN title, Harkonen is based ona finnish name...
Heleanor1 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always picture them as very sharp suited soldiers.... almost like the Nazi SS. But not in black, in blue, similar to the blue colour worn by Irulan.

I like your take on them though... much better than those guys who look a little like the UN troops!

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zazB Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
I don't remember why I drew them like this back then. I think I always imagined them in uniform resembling Dragoon cavalry. I may have been in a more sci-fi mood at the time :)
zenarion Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Sardaukar have always been made to look boring somehow. Or when not boring, they've been made to look silly.
TranscendentalRain Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
I always love new visions of Dune. I'm glad people don't get stuck on the same old imagery, no matter what that imagery happens to be. Herbert left a lot up to the reader, which makes it fun to revisit the books and imagine things differently :)

I love the vertical architecture here. Feels very Far Future. :)
Lou136 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
"They're like stormtroopers who can shoot" :XD:

Anyway I find it extremely befitting, I like how you imagined their uniforms :love:
asaenvolk Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011
good for you! nice Lasguns! I rather like your armor designs, the helmets in particular.
iheartzimmy Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist
love the pic! though don't you think they look a little bit like the guys in Halo? (yes im a nerd i know)
writermartin42 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Writer
I liked their dress uniforms in the 1984 movie. Black and gold with the star clusters at the collar and shoulders. That actually looked pretty believable. I don't like the look of the new version, to much fantasy and not enough sci-fi.
zazB Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
Yes the dress uniform was really nice! For some reason I always pictured sardaukars like dragoons. (real world ones, not final fantasy ones :))
writermartin42 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Professional Writer
Yeah I know. If the new version shows them in berets I hope it's the kind that would go with those uniforms, like black or scarlet.

What I'd really like to see is a true demonstration of military might on the part of the Great Houses. Tanks and vehicles, not just infantry, 'thopters and a few sandworms.
Hiromoon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
It got worse during the Emperor, Battle for Dune game. They were worthless!
Von-Krupp Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Personally, I prefer everything in the miniseries to the old movie, but it appears that I'm in the minority. I'm doubtful that they'll find an actor who visually suits the role of Muad'dib better than Alec Newman did. I *know* that they won't find a better actor for the Baron Harkonen than Ian McNeice. Hell, I think the worst acting was done by whoever played Lady Jessica (can't be bothered to look her up at the moment) was so transparent.

I do like your interpretation of the Sardaukar up until the guns, but I'm being nit-picky. :p
JacobMace Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GemDeDude Featured By Owner May 25, 2010   Artisan Crafter
LOL I'm so happy I've never seen any Dune movie!
Sliversun Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
Yeah, I thought the Sardaukar uniforms sucked in the mini-series too. But you're pic is awesome! If they do a movie remake of Dune, you should send them this!

Please do more Dune art!
zazB Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2010
They are making a remake of Dune. But with the director's resume, I fear what it will en up like. One day, people in Hollywood will understand that Dune is a drama, political/ecological commentary set in space and not a summer blockbuster... I hope.
crimson-galley Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
Nice guns :-)

oh, and concerning the miniseries sardaukars..they have got a landsknecht-like outfit. I guess it is because the filmmakers wanted famous Theodor Pistek to design the costumes. But he doesn´t like SCI-FI, so they told him to imagine he´s designing costumes for some Shakespearian drama located in future. :-)
zazB Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
I saw some of the concepts and they look great on paper, or at least better than the final real thing costume. Maybe it could have worked on a bigger production movie. Or it's the kind of things that only work in concept art =P
Vanguard3000 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the detail on the rifles. And the frigates in the background are pretty cool, too. The structure they're standing in must be huge!

And for the record, I thought Lynch's rad-suited Sardaukar were pretty cool.
disciple65 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Scif-Fi channel is a perfect example of why to never remake a classic. Though I like some of their original series. Sanctuary is a current favorite. BUT back to the art now. Completely phenomenal
LordStrhad Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Man! I'm know how you feel. I´m also a big fan of the novels and I was very dissapointed with the movie and the series' portrait of them. Excelent job
Fenix007 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Now thats a true soldier right there! Far better than the easily-killable purple fags we got in the movie... You really do them justice in this pic :)
Karlika Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yeah, what was with that?

They're elite soldiers and you give them big floppy berets? Their Harkonnen gear was alot better though.

Nice work, by the way.
shine2rust Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
I don't think I've seen the sf channel miniseries, but I always imagined the Sardaukars as wearing black uniforms AND berrets. Maybe even fluffy pants and all, Swiss guard style. To me at least, your stormtrooper-like portrayal seems cliched and immature.

While I may not agree with the WAY you made them look, kudos on the hard work and final quality of the image! :thumbsup:
zazB Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
Well it's a bit old, and I agree with you. If I had to redo it, I would make them look like dragoons from the Napoleon era, more than futurist soldiers.
ninjajib Featured By Owner May 2, 2009
awesome pic. really puts a new look on the sardaukar, because if you watch the miniseries first that image sticks in your head... i cried on the inside. but they didnt mess up on the brutality of the sardaukar in the miniseries, best portrayed when they knifed the baby.
tenshi632 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
GREAT STUFFF !!!! I'm somehow a Dune fan as well jejejeje great work
IshtarMnezeth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
l1nk32167 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008  Hobbyist
I feel you pain for how the sci-fi made them look. Yours are better
mietlik Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008
I love ''Dune''
Kaos111 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2008
The Sardaukar are just too cool.
EnkerZed Featured By Owner May 12, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
i believe that each and every one of those Sardaukars are Arnold Schwarzenegger times four! these Sardaukars are Arnold Schwarzeneggar times four in armour
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2008  Hobbyist
cool sardukar!
JericaWinters Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
…and suddenly they realize they're about to be swallowed whole by a worm the size of a princess cruise boat. :dance:

Cool art!
MegaManDagger Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Epic win. I bet whenever I think of Dune from now on I'm gonna be picturing your designs. ^_^
Dimi3je Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
I'm a Dune fan myself, and this is the first time ever i have seen the sardukar as they should look!Excelent work man, keep it up!
BigBossTooN Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008  Student Filmographer
These are the coolest sardaukar I have ever seen! I read the Dune books as the main reason to read them, the second is the Harkonnens. The Sardaukar are the coolest warriors of all the books, can beat any one down, and those savage Fremen are second best! LONG LIVE THE PADISHA EMPEROR CORRINO SHADAM THE FOURTH!!!
mikeyorsolino Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
This is nice! Loved the Dune games. :)
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