|Click on the image for a bigger version.|
One thing I've recently recalled is how disappointing I have found most Noghri designs (especially my own!). Not only do I find the Noghri designs lacking, but there is a surprising lack of respect for Rukh, the most bad-ass of the species. So my goals here are two-fold: redesign the Noghri based on my own aesthetic, and finally give Rukh some fanart love.
Considering the amazing Noghri sense of smell, I thought that the primary feature on their face should be their sinuses. I wanted the head crest to tie into the nostrils, as if they had an extra sensory function. I also wanted the design to be inhumanly compact and stout. Finally, for Rukh, I wanted his uniform to look a bit like it was pieced together from random bits of imperial armour and uniforms (not so much like a barbarian like I've seen in other versions). I also gave him a BFG and traditional looking knife (all the better to stab Thrawn with).
Actually, to be honest, I did enjoy the way that Vatine drew the Noghri in the Heir to the Empire comics, but it didn't really gel with the descriptions of them from the books.