An exceptionally talented artist named Edouard Groult has created a series of stunning illustrations depicting the lives of the Stormtroopers who served the Galactic Empire. Fans will be awed by Groult’s images, which no doubt rank among some of the finest examples of Star Wars fan art ever to have been created. And seeing as Stormtroopers are some of the most misunderstood characters in the entire Star Wars franchise, you will probably be surprised by the emotional impact these images will have on fans who never thought twice about the sheer number of Stormtroopers who were killed during the Galactic Civil War.
The series of illustrations showcase the various tasks Stormtroopers would have carried out during their daily lives, including participating in combat situations and helping wounded comrades, in addition to more mundane activities such as eating lunch and attending briefings from their squadron leaders (who can be identified by the pauldrons worn on their shoulders). Groult clearly has an eye for detail, and his illustrations help to remind us that, behind their shiny white armour, each Stormtrooper was a person with actual hopes and dreams beyond acting as brutal enforcers for the Empire, something we would all do well to remember the next time we watch countless Stormtroopers being gunned down by the Rebels our favourite Star Wars movies. As you can see, several of the images also depict the Stormtroopers without their helmets, which serves to further humanize the faceless goons we all used to hate so much. Incidentally, the original clones of Jango Fett were gradually phased out of service during the Imperial Era, which explains why none of the unmasked Stormtroopers in the images are Fett clones.
All of Groult’s Stormtrooper images can be viewed below, and you can also head over to his ArtStation page to check out more of his artwork. And you would be doing yourself a favour by examining his entire portfolio, because Groult is clearly an illustrator whose work deserves to be displayed in art museums.