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Starship troopers: Roughnecks by filbarlow Starship troopers: Roughnecks by filbarlow
Before SST was a 3D show it had to be sold internally at Columbia Tristar. This was the art used by Executive Producer Richard Raynis to get the show into production. I did the layout, and designed the characters, creatures and environment.
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heavy147 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  New member
well shit.
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Sniper0092 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your creatures are so well detailed, they look real.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer
They are real to me when I work on them :)
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TheGurch Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
super duper indeed!! 
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you sir!
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:iconthegurch:
TheGurch Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
you're most welcome 
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it !
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filbarlow Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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RevealedFromtheVoy Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are highly welcome :)
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ELLOCABRUJA Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
love this show, you are one of my favorite artist and i didn't know it
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yeah this show was the highlight of my animation career, I was glad to be a part of it, I hoped to do more 3D shows with Foundation Imaging, but it wasn't to be.
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Great work.Thumbs Up 
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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Revan005 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
You're welcome!:D
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TheCommanderSamir Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
DAME I LOVE THAT SHOW Hell I still Own the VHS for it.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Nice! :D
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Brilliant picture here mate. Do you have any art of the tankers lying around? Ive always had questions about them but id never seen any traces of them but on my dvds. For example, massive redesign from the films (I think yours is better), what inspired it etc etc? Ive got a heap of questions about this show, but I wont flood you with them XD
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
So this question sent me digging through my plastic tubs of show folders. It turns out that I never got around to coloring the Tanker bugs, so I've added them to the pile of old show art that I'm slowly coloring for DA. I also discovered that my final design of the Tanker Bug was based off a tiny thumbnail that Darren Roach one of my Employees back in Australia had done. I didn't like the ones in the movie, they looked more like robots than something organic. So I was happy to redesign the Tankers and apply my species rules to them so they looked like part of the family.
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Hey wow! thats really cool! Cant wait to see them, They never really gave you a good look at them in the show, only parts, itll be sweet to see what they look like now. On the topic of the SST creatures, are there any sketches of the, hmm, i think it was a stealth bug? it slowly mutated the character zander. Or others like the "water tigers" or the rippler queen? Hope im not wasting your time mate :D Its really damn cool you are taking time out to answer peoples questions. So many artists on here wont do that.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I have them all, some colored, some not, I'll be posting them as I am able. Stay tuned :)

I left Hollywood in 2010 feeling that I was washed up and that my whole career had been a waste of time. So it's nice to find enthusiasm for my efforts, the least I can do is answer questions.
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
well bro, definatley not true imo, with your cred im sure you could get a heap interest from the comic world!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You'd be surprised, to date no comic editor has responded to my introductory emails in over a year.
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Jazon19 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Aw bro, thats a shame. They're obviously retarded! XD
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
.. or busy lol
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JenesisDark Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
This is one of those shows that, in my opinion, would have been a cult classic if it was given a chance. You guys did an amazing job, not only with the graphics, but the plot and characterizations were just flat-out amazing! With everything being a sequel to earlier stuff, I'm hoping maybe they'll try to reboot the series in a few years. With Gossard, he's my fav. :)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, I totally agree with you, what we did at Sony was a completely missed opportunity as far as I'm concerned. However things worked out the only way they could, at least the work exists to speak for our efforts and reach it's own audience.

Would you believe I had to fight so hard to keep Gossard looking the way I wanted, the 3D modelers all tried to take him away from my vision of a Native American, they kept caucasianing him up. He has quite a few admirers, so I'm happy that I stuck with it.
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JenesisDark Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
I'm surprised you guys haven't done a comic. Especially since your style has a lot of punch to it; you're really good at giving still images a lot of energy and emotion. They don't have a static feeling to them without being weighed down by unnecessary lines. Your art has that nice balance between detail, and not heavy. And a great sense of color! It was so awesome they picked someone like you to work on SST.
As an NA myself, it explains so much! XD I do have a question about Goss, and one about the ending if you'd be so kind to answer/actually know the answer?
Brutto (SR.) is from lower Morelands, PA, and Goss is from Upper. Did they ever meet before the war, or was that an Easter Egg? My other question is what kind of stuff were you hoping for the last few eps? I've read that it was planned at the last ep, only 1 marauder was supposed to get inside to fight the queen. And it's probably a shoe in that it was Rico... But part of me thinks he might be less than willing to get inside a marauder again, and Doc and Goss would have had more experience. (What an interesting twist if Doc was the one who killed the Queen?)

Thanks again for your reply, and awesome work!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I really appreciate your insight, you have picked up on some very subtle things about my process. I started as a cartoonist, and I'm talking young here, my work was first published when I was 8, I began professionally at 16 using nib and brush to ink my work. So I had years of practice summarizing my drawings into a clean line. I also sculpted and could draw and sculpt the same character without difficulty transitioning them from flat to dimensional. I also painted and was working in oils by 17. There were NO computers back then, everything was done by hand, no cheats. All that practice and my deep study of the natural world, pouring over photos of animals, insects and flowers, has resulted in what I was able to do. 3D was new to the studio and I was the only artist there with the 3D program Lightwave and able to sculpt in it. Rather than picked for the job I was the only one capable of what was required. After a meeting with Foundation Imaging my friend and boss, Executive Producer Richard Raynis, turned to me and said can we really do this? I said I know what to do. I'm grateful that he trusted me.

Your Goss questions will need to be answered by someone from the writing department. I was never included in their discussions, or even saw any writers in our building for that matter. We were highly compartmentalized. By the time the end of the show was written I was off the show as all of the bugs had been designed and they were just pulling stock, I had Heavy Gear to design! However I will ask around and see what answers I can uncover for you. Keep in mind that a fair bit of this stuff was thrown together on the fly. You have had the benefit of time to consider these deeper concepts, the answers may turn out to be fairly mundane.

Again thank you for for giving our work such deep consideration. :)
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JenesisDark Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012
I dabble at art myself (though, writing called to me more), and I completely agree with working in various creative mediums to help even one medium. Like you say with sculpting; Somehow, it does help you get a better feel for drawing. I know my work with oil pastels helped me get a better handle on color and texture (Though, I've wanted to get a better handle on prisma markers and I'm currently trying to teach myself Poser). To me, I can't draw a figure without imagining backstory. And I can't write without the character visualized. It's a viscous cycle that leaves me as more of a 'jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none'.
I think computers are a great medium, and it reminds me of a debate I had with a friend who said non-computer images were more artistic, and I rebutted saying computers were a medium and therefore artistic. Yes, the undo button is great, but it also makes you that much more critical. And that kind of carries over to other mediums where you get less critical because you will make mistakes and from that you may develop a new style that transfers back to computers.
Roughnecks are actually on Crackle (the first couple seasons), and it's what got me back to the show. I'm hoping renewed interest (and I hear rumors of a new starship troopers movie is in the works) might actually complete the show. I think I'll wallow in SST for a while before I move back to XGB, since I enjoyed that show as well when I was a kid and I think I would enjoy it more as an adult. :)
Thanks for looking into that! The writer in me is compulsive with those questions - I actually kept stopping on the Tophet episode to read all those stats and now I can't get it out of my head. ;)
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It's funny oil pastels are the one medium I never got comfortable with, I'm impressed with anyone who can work it! I completely understand the catch 22 situation of needing visual reference to write to, I consider myself a visual writer, I often write comics by connecting images together that I want to draw. I always need thumbnails to figure out the pace of a story, which is why I am so suited to comics, my images tell half of the story. I love computers! I just finished making a font in my nib style, I never have to hand letter another speech balloon! But it looks exactly as though I hand lettered them. Computers are a huge leg up for people who want to be creative, I love not having to mix paint I can just get on with it. The real test is to see what an artist can do without their computer.

Enjoy your viewing and memories watching SST.

I'm still waiting on a responses to my inquiries on your behalf, I don't know any of the writers and I only have contact with a couple of people from that time, and they were artists.
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JenesisDark Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Sorry for the late reply, something's going around my college...
To me, they're like giant soft crayons with amazing color and the ability to really play with texture (My favorite is some rough paper towels all wadded up and streaked through, nice effect effect for hair/fur/grass).
For me, it's why I could never get into comics, I never drew what I wanted, I drew what needed to be shown, as if a movie was going through my head and using the main 'cels' as my picture reference. I think I like your idea better. When I circle back to it, I think I'd try that. Right now I'm frustrated in drawing dragons. They never turn out how I'd like... (I blame the deforestation in South America on my inability to draw dragons).
I never even tried to make my own font, I am in awe of you.
It's funny about the mixing paint thing; as a kid, I would get a glass of water and just mix different drops of food color in to see what colors I'd get. I think that's how I learned to like color so much :)
Thanks for even trying to get those answers! I'm trying to get a few of my friends to watch SST now, but they're on a Spartacus kick. Someday...!
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TermileChicken Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love this show. . it has a cult fallowing and there are several comics based on these concepts by the publisher markosia :D
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SesakaTH Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Student General Artist
Whoa. i like this alot!
I think I missed out on something, didn't I? I don't remember seeing this series on air. I'll look up this gem on YouTube to refresh my memory. ^^
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
It was hard to catch in the USA which was a real pity. You Tube is a great place to start, DVDs can sometimes be found in the TV section, but it's been a while.
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RobCBH Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
OH YEAH! I so loved this show, i grew up watching this and Beast Wars. Amazing work on the show man! Great designs on some of the bugs and the skinnies were great!
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, the Skinnies were designed by Milenko Tunjik one of my Australian designers.
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Had it been 2D it would have probably been taken off the air for the same reason than big guy and rusty though...
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I didn't hear how Rusty was taken off the air. I was long gone by that point.
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Sebbythefreak Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Unless I'm mistaken, the fact there were guns shootings actual bullets and often time killing monsters played a good role.

Good thing it was cut off the air before the BigGuy-trained handgun murderers in elementary schools began their killing sprees.

...Heart of Gold and fists of steel... He locks horn with disaster for the red and white and blue...*wipe tear*
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Oh interesting, I hadn't heard about that. I've actually never seen an episode, I did design one creature for the opening credits but that was all I was involved in.

LOL at elementary schools.
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Contraltissimo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Haha! I've seen this before!

Oh my gosh, I can't believe I'm commenting to the person who actually drew it....

This is just too much awesome for one day. :XD:
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
lol well, somebody had to draw it :)
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Mojox59 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
This was my fav. show to watch when I was younger. ARe you going to post more work from this
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yes I was considering making a folder for each of the shows and posting everything I have in them. I'll do a couple of my bug designs next if you like :)
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Fieryone Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
Oh man, this would have been cool to watch.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I think the DVDs are still available. I saw some really pixelated you tube videos that will give you an idea at least.
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Fieryone Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
For Godzilla?
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:iconfilbarlow:
filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I meant Roughnecks on DVD.
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Fieryone Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Ahh ok! XD I am a genius! I'll have to sniff around for them.
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filbarlow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
np lol ~~~ Happy hunting
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