Hello everybody and welcome to a special post for me. Way back on August 17th 2016 I posted my first ever design here on FTSabersite – yes I’ve been around that long. Little did I expect to still be coming up with material almost four years later. I spent around a fortnight setting this site up and a friend of mine, Savannah95 helped debug it for me and make sure all my links went to the right place and I went live with my first design, which you can see here…
This was made using a third party online saber building app, and I entered it into a design contest held by the company that created the app…and I won! That gave me the confidence that I could create sabers and I must have come up with over 500 by now! Ah yes 500! That is also the number of this post, my milestone I reached today. And to celebrate I wondered “What gift would I like for my 500th?” The answer was….an X-Wing maybe, so now I use Blender I built one and here it is…the FTX-Wing….
These work in process images and wireframes show how I progressed and complex the model is. Of course I had to have a gold plated ship too. However as nice as these studio shots are you want to see the Glamour pictures so here is gallery two…
The first three images are slight work in progress test images and you can see how I modified the cockpit and even added R2-D2. I think this is a little bit different than a lightsaber and it turned out nice for my first spaceship. I used a lot of modelling techniques and features within Blender including Mirror Modifiers to build one half of the ship while Blender automatically “mirrored” the opposite half. Then I used a new tool add-on that adds nice crisp cut-outs, recesses, grooves and slots (around the engines). I even remembered to add navigation lights!
But then I thought “Ok, I now have an X-Wing…what can I do with it? I know….take it on a mission!” So I decided I’d try to recreate a piece of movie history….the Death Star Trench Run!….
I made this little video recreating my attempt to defeat the Death Star. (I watched a documentary on how the Empire fastened the parts of the Death Star together…..it was RIVETING!)
And I have my friend Neil of https://makeroommakeroom.wordpress.com/ to thank for the Death Star trench. He told me about another Blender function that I used to recreat the panels and blocks that make up the trench walls….the Discombobulator function (yes that’s what it’s called!) I then swung the camera around 180degs and filmed the aft view of the FTX-Wing and get a close up view of the engine pods and the glow I created for them. I’m really proud of these as they look really close to the original FX in the re-released version of Star Wars (George Lucas added more ships and glowing effects). You can see much more clearly where I’m flying to…I’m flying to the end of the trench to finish my mission. Was I successful? Let’s take a look….This is Emerald Leader reporting in…..
OK, again I know I’m not going to worry Disney or Lucasfilm with my film making skills but I bet for a moment you thought it was real! And at the very end I did reach my objective – the exhaust port I aimed my torpedoes at was shaped as a 500! Success!
That just about wraps up this special 500th edition of FTSabersite and as always I’d like to thank everyone, and I mean everyone who visited from day one to today. You have been fantastic and I have loved getting to know some of you better, I have made good friends which is priceless. Now before this sounds like some sort of retirement speech I’d better let you know I still have 7 saber designs and 3 more spaceship designs to display so I might just have enough material to get to 1000 posts….who knows? I hope you will return to find out in future posts. Till next time, stay safe and thanks once again….For Tyeth, Emerald Leader!
Hello everybody I have been busy modelling starships and fighters recently so I need a BIG post of sabers and I just happen to have one today. I mentioned many moons ago that I had a curved hilt design similar to Count Dooku’s, well I am posting it here now. I based this on my hilt Aquaman Bend Lightsaber – FT Blender Version 2 and my “Khaarnage” a saber for Alex Khaar – Inspired by Lady Revan’s FanFiction hilt I built for my friend. Initially I took the hand grip and the pommel of Aquaman Bend and the emitter I used on my rendition of Altenweg Shoto and Darkshoto – Inspired by PsychoSith’s Altenweg II I built and added a new claw to the emitter. This claw looks more like a fang so I named this version Bane Mamba. Bane was the Sith Lord that established the “Rule of Two” where the Sith practitioners were reduced to just two members, the Master and the Apprentice – whilst the Mamba name came from the snake and the association with venomous fangs. OK, enough chit-chat, this saber has been a long time in waiting, here is Bane Mamba Edition….
The hilt handgrip is the Aquaman part but with a twist. The handgrip originally had a shroud to mimic the scales of Aquaman but this time I added the “scales” to the inner core and curved that core to produce the saber’s body. I took the emitter from Altenweg II Shoto and cut a slot into it so the emitter was forked. I then modelled the Mamba “Fang” which catches the light from the blade in a very sinister way, you could say it looked poisonous. To accentuate the snake skin look I added a Crystal Chamber and shaped it into a “scale diamond” styled window. The hilt doesn’t have an on/off switch as I envisioned a sensor inside that detects when the owner performs a gesture motion to switch it on. This means you could set the saber so when you perform the En Guard salute like Dooku does then the saber switches on automatically when pointed upward. But I didn’t stop there…oh no! I modelled TWO more versions. Here is gallery two with the Dark Mamba….
Now this design caused a bit of a problem for me. I designed it using parts from previous models and some unique twists I came up with but when I showed the gold coloured MatCap preview image to a friend on the forum I use they said “It might not be a good idea to post that on this forum as it looks like…” then named an existing design from a well known manufacturer.
However I feel my hilt is sufficiently different and so is my creation….and I’ve posted it here. Now there is a similarity to the mentioned product (they are both bent!) but my hilt has an activation switch that I added to the finger grip recesses. The product in question uses a standard switch on top of the hilt making it prone to being accidentally clicked on/off whilst duelling. With the set up I created the switch is protected and still has four indents for the users’ fingers to grip. I have shown the hilt without the crystal chamber window but one can easily be added. And the reversed colour scheme gives the hilt an even more evil look…but I took it one step further and modelled an Inquisitor version….(because nobody expects the Inquisition!)….
I modelled this again, as far back as February, I have been so backlogged, and I hadn’t watched Star Wars Rebels yet. But I had seen pictures of a character called an Inquisitor and they wore jet black outfits and helmets with bright red edging to trim the garments. I thought the look would be good on a saber and I applied a full dark black paint job and where the accents of silver and black where on the tow hilts above I changed to red. It set the hilt off perfectly and looked just like the Jedi hunting Inquisitors. Then I got to watch Rebels last month and I got a surprise.
When one of the Grand Inquisitor removed his helmet, he had red tattoos or marks on his forehead and around his eyes…and they almost matched the two little fangs on top of the emitter at the base of the slot! I have been known to be able to predict the future but that little detail was pretty spectacular to have modelled. And so to finish this collection, I just had to get a “Family Portrait” of all three together!
Phew! That’s it! Thank you so much for checking all of this out. I’m pretty pleased how they turned out. I am quickly approaching the end of this post but as always I’d like to finish by thanking you all for the support, chat and comments you have shared with me over the past 499 posts you are all very much appreciated. And if you caught that I am about to hit 500 posts next time, so I’d be honoured if you’d join me for that one. Stay safe till the big 5-0-0!
Hello Everybody, I have been hard at work in my new “Ship Building Studio” as a friend of mine has asked if I could model a very large spacecraft for a story he is writing. It is going well and I kinda like the ship I have built so far, but as I send proof of concept images to the gentleman he keeps coming up with modifications he’d like me to make. So I haven’t had much time to dedicate to sabers, however I do have the limited edition version of my recent Zyggerian Sting Saber I can show you. As you’ll recall the Zyggerians were a species that specialised in Slave Trading until the Jedi and Republic outlawed the practise. However I imagined “what would a high profile, wealthy Zyggerian buy as a gift to either themselves or other Zyggerians?” This is what I came up with…a limited edition Zyggerian Sting Saber….
The whole saber has been coated in “Phryyk” a golden material that can be found on Lord Sidious’ lightsaber (The Emperor). Phryyk is very rare, valuable and found in only a few places around the galaxy. The saber still has the special dual crystal set up to allow it to be used as an “Electro Light Whip” or as a standard lightsaber bladed weapon. While I was animating the Bronze Zyggerian Sting saber I thought I should do the same for this limited edition….
I filmed this from a different angle to get some different lighting and reflections. One day I may make a full movie! But I’m still waiting for updates to my laptop so until then I’ll have to stick with short animations and images. Speaking of which, how about another gallery? Ok here are some more pictures….
I can see an egotistical, rich Zyggerian using this but I can assure you this hilt as with the Bronze version I built are safely stored away from mis-use in my vaults (aka as Cloud Storage – see I’m getting tech savvy!).
Now as I mentioned above I have been busy building other objects aside from sabers. This includes four starfighter models and a very large military ship all of which I’ll be bringing to FTSabersite in future posts. I will also be posting about my new costume which I’m in the process of making alterations too….but slowly it is coming together so I hope you can join me back here for that. In the meantime, thank you so much for your continued support of me and my site, each visitor that comes here means I will keep creating and posting. You are all fantastic friends, please stay safe….Till Next Time….
p.s. Don’t worry I still have around 6 or 7 sabers to show off too!
Hello Exterminate!….I mean hello everybody, today as you may have realised FTSabersite has a visitor from the Whoniverse! Yes I had the unusual experience of meeting one of the most “feared” races in the galaxy of Dr Who, the Daleks, at my local comic con a year or two ago but it occurred to me that I hadn’t built a proper Dalek inspired hilt. Well today I rectify that and bring to you a design firmly rooted in Kaled/Dalek origins. The Kaleds were a sort of reptillian/mollusc/octopus looking creatures that had mutated from more humanoid shape as a result of fallout from the weapons used during a civil war on their home planet of Skaro. To survive and become the “superior race” of the galaxy an individual named Davros developed a survival suit or armoured shell for the Kaleds to live in and hence became Daleks (The Daleks were created by Terry Nation and designed by the BBC designer Raymond Cusick. They were introduced in December 1963 in the second Doctor Who serial, colloquially known as The Daleks. (wikipedia).
They over-ran numerous worlds, wiping out inferior beings and races but could never get the better of The Doctor or his assistant Ace. Through space and time the guy from Gallifrey was there to stop Davros and his followers. Ok, enough talk for now, I’m sure you’d like to see a few pictures so here you go may I present Kaled Dalek….
I think this saber pretty much speaks for itself…it is basically a misshaped Dalek fitted out with a lightsaber plasma blade! I know, I know! Daleks were dangerous enough with their own weapons without adding a lightsaber but this is just a concept and is safely locked away in my vaults. So beginning at the base you’ll have noticed that the “glider base” has four nozzles that act as the repulsor lift generators that were added to Dalek design in the late 80’s early 90’s so they could Elevate. The nozzles also work well as speaker vents for a custom saber design. Moving up the handgrip, the hilt features the famous Dalek skirt which is covered with numerous spherical balls which were sometimes jettisoned as mini bombs. The switch section of the saber represents the midsection of the Dalek that usually housed the equally famous Sink Plunger sucker arm and Egg Whisk Disintegrator Ray. I removed these appendages and used the recesses to install activation controls for the saber. Above the switch section is a very nice gripping section for the saber, made out of the radiator fins below the upper dome. This ribbed section provides a non slip surface and great position to hold the saber. Then of course the saber features the Dalek dome and the emitter for the blade. I removed the “police car” flashing lights and modified the eye stalk so it became the blade emitter.
However…news of my modifications to Dalek technology seem to have reached the ears of upper command and a Commander Elite has been sent looking for me!! Would you like to see it?…Here you are…more pictures…
Fortunately the Commander Elite realised he was no match for a fully fledged Jedi and friend of Ace, so he backed off and all is well.
But this brings me to the end of this post. As always just a few bits of news and thanks before I go…Firstly my new Jedi costume arrived recently and I will be making a few minor alterations. The outfit fitted me perfectly, I just need to add a few fasteners here and there to keep some parts of the costume in place and tidy a few unfinished threads (time to get my needle and thread out!) I will also be adding a new belt and boots hopefully in the next few weeks…but more of that in a “Jedi Fashion” special soon.
Thank you all for checking this post out and for all the support you have given me, whether this is your first visit to FTSabersite or you regularly call in you’re much appreciated. Please be sure to return for many more new designs and builds in future posts. Till next Time and Relative Dimensions in Space… And stay safe!
Hello Everybody, A long time ago….43 years ago to be precise in a galaxy far, far away….well in 32 theatres in the United States of America….a phenomena was born! Yes it was today, the 25th May 1977 that Star Wars hit the cinemas and we were all catapulted into an adventure that spanned space and time. There was a space hobbit wizard, a farmboy, a scoundrel smuggler pilot and his half man half dog co-pilot… even a princess that needed to be rescued(?) from a large mechanical monster in black. Oh and there were “Lazer Swords” too! Star Wars was the brainchild of George Lucas the legendary director and film maker and his dream story has lasted till this very day.
I have been inspired and entertained by the franchise for as long as I can remember and as way of celebrating this 43 year birthday I attempted to do a bit of film making myself. Now I have done a few little animations recently, but they only lasted about 3 or 4 seconds (maybe a little longer) and only used one camera…well I have experimented and produced a TWO camera animation (Always Two there are….A Master and an Apprentice). I have used the Ebony coloured General Leia hilt I recently showcased and two cameras to make a mini masterpiece….oh and watch out for the Special Effects!….
So there is my mini movie! Ok I might not win anything at Cannes Film Festival with this but it was fun being the director and producer of a Fan-Film.
Thank you to George Lucas and ALL the folks behind the scenes that rarely get any praise who brought Star Wars to our screens and into our dreams. Thank you, my followers and viewers for checking out this little celebration and for all the support you give to me and my site, you are appreciated….always! Please call back for future posts as I still have much more to showcase. Stay safe and well, Till next time…..
Hello Everybody, on this site I have brought you the A to Z of saber designs and a few dROYDs along the way. Well nearly A to Z but today I have a Zygerrian Sting Saber to show you. The Zygerrians were a species of humanoid/feline appearance that were infamous for being involved in slave trading. Many years ago during the Old Republic era, Zygerria was the hub for slave labour and the Zygerrians made vast fortunes on the misfortunes of many species that were enslaved. Eventually the Jedi outlawed slavery and ended Zygerria’s exploits. However during The Clone Wars conflict the Zygerrians saw an opportunity to restart their slave empire. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker were sent to Kadavo in an attempt to end the trade once and for all.
It was in this story that we see a rare weapon used by the Zygerrians to control their slaves and it was an Electro-Whip which looked similar to a regular lightsaber. However the Electro-Whip was a non-lethal weapon as the Zygerrians didn’t want to “damage their merchandise” but it did still pack a “Sting”. I recently saw this whip in the Clone Wars cartoon and it reminded me that I confiscated one off a Zygerrian and I thought you might like to see one I designed based on it. Here are a few pictures of the Zygerrian Sting ..
In spite of the fact this was a cruel weapon to control helpless slaves it actually looked rather elegant. The hilt features an ornate emitter that almost resembled a standard lamp as found on luxury cruise space yachts. In the emitter are little nodes from which metal cables extended then the electricity was projected from the crystal diode. So this isn’t a Light Whip but is a regular but electrified whip. The emitter is shrouded with four gold generator coils which gives it that lamp like look. The handgrip has geometric “Greek Key” like markings which are raised ribs to aid grip.
However it is at the pommel that my design differs slightly. Because I decided to make my saber a full light/plasma weapon it needed a second source of power to generate the flexible blade (or solid blade if used as a conventional saber in multi mode) and that was stored in a crystal pommel FTE. Here are a few more pictures showing the crystal features…
As you can see the crystals are very special Kyber crystals that are harnessed by wire cages. This makes the whip a weapon for a skilled Master, but this one will stay inactive in my gallery. However as a treat I will activate it for you and let you have a look at it working – animation time!…
I think that just about wraps up this design and offering, I hope you liked it. I have a second, limited edition version of this hilt to show in a future post and I also have many more new designs inspired by Star Wars The Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons which I’m currently binge watching.
I also have news of a parcel I received on my doorstep recently and big news that thanks to you, my friends and followers I have cracked the 20,000 views milestone! Thanks so much for all the support you have shown me (especially recently during my technical issues!) and FTSabersite. Whether a first time viewer or one of my regulars you really do keep me posting and you’re much appreciated. So please stay safe in these crazy times and call back to see what else I have in store. Till next time…
Hello Everybody, today I have something to show you I never in a million parsecs ever thought you would see! As regular viewers know I have been having issues with Microsoft Windows 10 and it’s update scheme causing my laptop to crash several times and needing to be re-installed. Well after each crash my laptop refused to boot up and I couldn’t recover my files so when I re-installed Windows it wiped the laptop, Blender models and all….TWICE!…or so I thought!
However, having installed Win 10 for the third time I thought I better check how much of my hard drive had been used and delete any of the old system files that MS don’t delete in the process of loading the software again. They store these “waste” files in a folder named “windows.old” but when I checked my system folder there were THREE folders, “windows.old”…and two others “windows.000” and “windows.001”. Intrigued, I opened these folders and had the shock and surprise of my life….ALL and I mean all of my “lost” files were there in my system folder! All the 3D model files, all the texture and graphic files, all the reference images and all my renders! I was flabberghasted. But this means I have all my work and I have immediately uploaded EVERYTHING up to Bespin Cloud City to store my files there. With luck I won’t lose any more work as I will upload all new files straight away now. (I found a total of 5GB of lost data – yes that much!)
So now I have the pleasure of introducing you to a new little buddy of mine who was inspired by the droid seen in the recent Jedi Fallen Order computer game named BD-1. My buddy is named dROYd or ROY to his friends and has been excited to meet you but he is a little shy too…so here are a few in studio and wireframe pictures to start with….
Come on out Roy, it’s safe!
dROYd wireframe picture 1
dROYd wireframe picture 2
dROYd Clay sculpture test picture
As you can see, ROY is a little shy but from the wireframe images you can see he is a small bipedal droid but don’t let that fool you, he is very high tech! He can patch in to computer systems, open and close blast doors, project holographic images such as maps and schematics, he even tight-rope walks along cables to gain access to remote platforms etc and activate bridges. He has twin antennae so he can pick up First Order/Imperial transmissions, a multi-wavelength optic sensor eye (he can see “hidden” laser grid security beams and stuff) and even has card slots so he can store info from datacards! He is very versatile. Ok ROY, do you want to come out and let everyone see you properly…they’re my friends….yeah? Come on it’s time for your Glamour Shots!…
Er, Roy! We’re behind you!
That’s it turn round….
Ah, hello Roy!
My new little buddy Roy!
This is ROY! See he’s ok if he meets friends of mine. He has a rather nice white colour scheme with red trim, but if the need arises I can customise him and give him a makeover into any pattern I like! You can see on his front and rear body panels controls for his many high tech functions. You can even see his Input/Output sockets and card slot. Now ROY is a little insecure about his legs but it is his legs that make him so nimble and agile. He also says he can sense an “Evil Roy” that works for the bad guys. I don’t know if there is a “Bad Robot” but here are a few pics so you can compare how close I got to BD-1 from Jedi Fallen Order…
BD-1 in Jedi Fallen Order
My new little buddy Roy!
BD-1 the inspiration,
Wait! Who’s this it’s the Bad Robot…
Hey you’re not as advanced.
I think BD-1 and ROY look like droid brothers! And there WAS a bad robot version too. Luckily the bad robot isn’t as advanced, it lacks the flexibility and control panel ROY has so he shouldn’t worry. ROY you are a much better dROYd!
I think this just about covers today’s very special introduction. I hope you enjoyed meeting ROY I never thought you’d have the chance to be honest. But as I have recovered my files I have enough new models and stuff for about two months of posts now. There is too much to list here but I hope you’ll call back to see what else I have saved in future posts. Thanks for all your support whilst I struggled with Windows, you are all appreciated whether a new or regular viewer. Till next T.I.E……
“dROYd” is a For Tyeth Editions creation and was inspired by EA Games/Bio-Ware’s Jedi Fallen Order computer game character BD-1. “dROYd” is Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. Jedi Fallen Order and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/Copyright of EA Games/Respawn Entertainment 2019/20.
Hello Everybody, today is another BAD day. Once more Microsoft has rendered my laptop as a GLORIFIED PAPERWEIGHT! Again MS has sent an update that has now corrupted the system files on my computer and I have lost my files for a second time in the space of about two months. I know….I know….back up your files Tyeth, but unfortunately this issue could affect any Windows laptop.
This latest “Botch Up” has resulted in Windows 10 not booting up and just looping to the Recovery Options Menu (options none of which work), or it tells me I have errors on my drive or the system registry file is missing/corrupted…..OR there is any of at least half a dozen “Unexpected Error Occurred” messages. Poor excuses for a poorly programmed piece of software.
So unfortunately I am unable to continue designing how I would like. I do have access to a lower spec laptop I borrowed which is normally used by my family for communicating but it is unable to produce the full HQ renders. I will try and make it work but I am not sure I can.
I will end here for now, apologies there is no post as such today but I want to say thanks for all your support and for checking this post out, it’s much appreciated under the circumstances…..and I will return to what I do best eventually, I just need a lucky break. Stay safe and well, Till next time…..
Hello Everybody and Happy Star Wars Day – May The Fourth Be With You! As today is a special day for Star Wars fans I felt I needed to do something to celebrate too…so I managed to transfer a classic model from my old laptop and add a bit of an animation to create a short May The Fourth e-card of sorts! I am afraid it is very short but I wasn’t sure my new laptop would handle anything more complex in it’s current state but I did manage to produce something (You know “Do or Do Not…there is no try!”)
I sincerely hope you all celebrate Star Wars in a safe and fun way (especially in today’s unique circumstances) So enjoy watching the films, or the TV shows and cartoons, take part in an online celebration – be it on YouTube, Twitch, Insta, FB or your preferred platform of choice. Thanks for your support all year round not just today. Till next time…..
Hello Everybody, today I take you back to the Marvel Universe and the world of the Wolverine. Long time followers of my site may recall I created some designs based on Super Hero themes such as Panther’s Claw, The Flash, The Hulk, Aquaman and of course Logan/Wolverine. (These hilts were so good they inspired a custom saber manufacturer…probably – see HERE). While I liked those hilts I felt I could do better. However I never got round to improving on my designs as there were so many new unique For Tyeth and Star Wars hilts to build. But the other week I was chatting to a few friends of mine on Nothin Nerdy’s Discord server chat room. My friends, WinstonMaul and Emxc commented on my Mauled Staff CW7 and our chat turned to superheroes and Wolverine in particular. As most chats do it was suggested “Hey For, how about a Wolverine hilt? That’d be cool!” I replied I had done the ones I mention above but I could “redesign” a completely new version. So that is what I did…I decided to reforge the Adamantium and sculpt a new saber…this is Wolves’ Claw….
Wolves’ Claw 1
Wolves’ Claw 2
Wolves’ Claw 3
Wolves’ Claw 4
Wolves’ Claw 5
I didn’t go to town quite as much as I normally do and kept the design fairly clean and streamlined. I based the colours on Wolverine’s classic blue/black and yellow costume from the early Marvel comics and gave the hilt three claws just like Logan has.
Old Man Logan and Classic Wolverine
Logan/Wolverine in LOGAN. Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein.
The handgrip has a nice concave curvature to it which provides a very comfortable grip – and the flared ends prevents the saber slipping from your grasp. The pommel has an X-Men logo as the speaker vent cover. I also made a version in a reverse colour scheme…
Wolves’ Claw Reverse 1
Wolves’ Claw Reverse 2
Wolves’ Claw Reverse 3
Wolves’ Claw Reverse 4
Wolves’ Claw Reverse 5
I have an X-Men Academy version ready for next week. I have to do as much designing and work as I can while my laptop keeps working (I have to say it is less often it completely locks up but I still have to be wary). But there is some good news…
I have “re-discovered” an old website I used to watch cartoons on. It shut down it’s original site but I recently found the new one and it has ALL of the Star Wars Clone Wars seasons on it….including the latest one, season 7! So I am binge watching Clone Wars and have a new CW inspired hilt for a later post.
This brings me to the end of this post but I’d like to thank WinstonMaul and Emxc for challenging me to design this. I’d also like to thank all of you my viewers, followers and friends for all your support in these strange difficult times. It means a lot that you take time out to check my site. I sincerely hope you and your folks all stay safe and well and please be sure to call back and see future posts. Till next time….