The first thought was to create a pod racer type vehicle as one vehicle, and not customized from scrap parts. It would be a some kind of imperial special quick response forces vehicle. Execution would be closer to the original trilogy style, maybe it is reused by "someone else" and it's not in it's original form so it's not the original empire paint and symbols. Also wanted to avoid using the original SW symbols to see if it will look SW in the end without selling it with recognizable symbolics .
The process started with a quick few concept sketches on paper, and then outline in PS, polygonal lasso selections with flat paint filling (behind the outline). Then burn and dodge and gradients for shadows and light, and then photos mostly for textures at first and then for details.
Quite early i already start with post processing/color grading, to catch the mood early and keep working underneath it.
I do not use Wacom here, just point and click selections and masks.
I almost completed the piece so i am going to show the entire process at once: