Happy New Year from For Tyeth and FTSabersite + SOTY!

Hello Everybody, and may I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Yes it’s that time of year when we close one chapter and venture forth into the next, and here at FTSabersite I am looking forward to the New Year too! What a year it has been, both amazing but also disappointing (but I’ll get onto disappointing later!). Who can remember all the way back to January? Well it was in January I brought you a design for Chirrut Imwe, his Force Staff, my good friend Borommakot showed us his Zodiac inspired Capricorn Lightsaber. Then I returned with Baze Malbus and his FirePower Lightsaber pair of sabers, Savannah95, another good friend of the site, displayed her Berserker Lightsaber hilt and to finish the first week I brought Bodhi Rook’s Rogue Pilot Lightsaber to the show! That was just week one, and in total I have posted approximately 166 of my own saber designs over the year!

This brings me to my next “highlight”, that being my 3-Part Katana hilt collection. I posted a design on the 13th Jan for Kiki called Cherry Blossom Katana, a Katana style saber that had the main hilt and an extension, giving the saber 3 handgrips. cherry-blossom-horizontal-plate

Saberforge, a company that makes and sells custom sabers and developed the ASP Adaptive Saber Parts builder which I utilise to create my base models then released their own “3 Part Katana” called the RONIN on the 15th Jan! I will be honest and say I had heard that the RONIN was going to be released but I hadn’t seen any images of it as Saberforge don’t release pictures of upcoming products – in case someone steals their ideas. This means my Cherry Blossom design was independently arrived at!

FTSabersite SOTY – Saber Of The Year Award!

However, a friend of mine Dauntless7 (whom I introduced to you recently) bought a RONIN but felt it was a little bland, so decided to modify it. This brings me to the FTSabersite SOTY’s! Yes I am having a Saber Of The Year award. Having seen the amount of effort and the results that went into the modifications I felt that this hilt called Agony deserved to be my saber of the year and here are two more pictures of it:

This hilt is nothing short of outstanding, and if you would like to see more and learn why it is so impressive, then you can read the article by clicking HERE. Thank you Dauntless for allowing me to showcase this beauty!

Comic Con and The Sentinel Squad UK

In July yours truly got to go to his first Comic Con! It was only a local convention not one of the big 2-3 day events but it was great fun and provided some highlights. The first being that I got to meet a few stars, including Sophie Aldred who played ACE in Dr Who, plus the gentleman who portrayed BOSSK in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Mr Alan Harris! I designed hilts for both Sophie and Alan and had the chance to show them off. You can again read about the experience by clicking HERE. I also met a great group of Cosplayers called Sentinel Squad UK (facebook link)  who do appearances and charity fundraising. It turned out that I knew one of the members, he is a member of one of the forums I used. His name was Takamatsu and he dresses up as …yep, BOSSK! So I got to meet Bossk twice sort of! I was so inspired by the Squad that I decided to create a hilt in their honour and it turned out to be my most viewed design, due to the fact the Squad’s founder recommended his troops visit and support my site for my effort! So a massive thank you to The Sentinel Squad UK (Twitter) and everyone please check out the provided links to their Social Media pages or use the links in the sidebar. They are amazing people!

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Sentinel Squad UK Title Plate

Phew! Half way there! Please click the button below to go to Page 2 of this New Year edition!

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Remembering Carrie Fisher – Can it really be a year?

Hello Everybody, with all of the buzz and mixed opinions about The Last Jedi, it almost slipped my mind that today marks the first year of Carrie Fisher’s passing. Carrie was the same feisty, no-nonsense, shooting (Poe) from the hip Princess that we all remember in TLJ and have all grown to love over the years. I nearly forgot while watching her dress down Poe that TLJ will be her last film. I nearly forgot while all the commotion about the film was being broadcast online etc, I had nearly forgotten until I saw the date on my calendar and it struck me. So here is a link to the post and tribute farewell saber I uploaded last year on hearing of the sad news.

Forever Princess Lightsaber (A Farewell Gift)

Princess Hilt plate 2

As the title says can it really be a year? Sadly it is but thankfully Carrie’s performances are timeless and we will get to see them again. I will end this post here by once again saying thank you for the memories Miss Fisher, from that grateful fan, For Tyeth.

ForeverPrincess

Happy Holidays To You All!

Hello Everybody and Happy Holidays!

This is my last post before shutting down my workshop for a well earned rest. But before I go I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you who have supported me and this site over the past year and hope you all have a great time over the festive period!

At this time there is usually plenty of entertainment such as big blockbuster films on TV and lots of music. Well as it is my last post for a few days I thought I would share these little bits and pieces with you!

In The Last Jedi we get to see the latest version of the AT-AT walkers, but those of you who are old enough may remember the first time we saw an AT-AT way back in The Empire Strikes Back. Well here is a great video I found on YouTube by the group Bad Lip Reading that features the AT-AT’s snowy debut…but with a musical twist. This is “Hostiles on the Hill” by Bad Lip Reading…

If you liked this video then you can find more of them (including more great Star Wars parodies) by clicking this link: Bad Lip Reading YouTube Channel

Which brings me to this little joke…

Q) Why can’t AT-AT’s walk in a straight line?

A) Cos their General Veers!

And here’s one especially for Kiri who I met this year on her blog Star Wars Anonymous….


An Ewok walks into a bar, approaches the bartender and asks, “Can I have a double shot of Sullustrian Gin and……….a packet of Porg flavoured potato chips!”

The bartender goes, fetches the order and upon returning replies, “Here’s your gin and Porg chips but can I ask you why the little pause?”

To which the Ewok replies “I dunno, I was born with them!!”


Ok! Enough with the Christmas cracker jokes, if you have any better ones then please share them with us.

So I am nearing the end of this quick Christmassy post, but I’ll just let you know I still have more designs to bring you that I couldn’t fit into 2017 including one for The Flash as part of my blockbuster hero series of hilts. And I may post a New Year’s retrospective and look forward to the future article so please keep an eye out for these. Till then take care and have a fantastic time over the holiday season (hopefully some of you might get sabers!) and thank you so much for the great support you have shown this past year…

For Tyeth – MTFBWY

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Aquarian Sea Saber – A Watery Weapon for Aquaman

Hello Everybody, I have one final quick post to bring you before I take a little break. I have been taking a bit more time to look around other blogs and I noticed that there is a film called Justice League (?) and it stars Jason Momoa as a Superhero from D.C. Comics called Aquaman. Well it seems from what I have read that Aquaman is a bit limited in his powers (the most significant is his telepathic ability to talk to water borne creatures!). Some fans even seem to make fun of him, and I saw an episode of Family Guy (IIRC) where they have a joke at his expense. Well I don’t think folks would make fun of him if he owned my latest design, so may I present it here to him and to you, this is Aquarian Sea Saber…

To start this saber is coated in a watery blue/green sheen and is wrapped with a kelp green leather grip. The green matches up with the gold found on Aquaman’s costume (shouldn’t that be his “wetsuit”?  😀 ) If you look closely you will see his golden logo on the emitter and some nice gold accent rings and pommel insert. The blade is also a watery colour to tie in with the theme. But the details don’t stop there, Oh no, look closely at the switch section and the diamond shaped pattern sorta resemble Jason Momoa’s famous tattoos!

Now I’m posting this at Christmas time as I felt Aquaman needed cheering up with a present and all the TV channels start putting on the big Superhero Blockbuster movies like “Justice League” and “Batman vs Superman” to entertain us all so it seemed a good time. And now a certain company is even getting in on the Super Hero bandwagon and have posted an image of their “Super Hero Inspired” series of coated hilts. HOWEVER, unlike my collection they forgot to include the likes of Green Lantern, Spiderman and Green Goblin, Psylocke, Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Laura Kinney X-23, Catwoman…BLACK PANTHER!!….(Whew! did I miss any? Yes Guardians of the Galaxy!) but don’t worry you can see all my hilts here on FTSabersite, for original and best designs!

Ok I am getting near to the end of this post and I think I might post one last entry before having  a little break (I have posted 161 designs this past year!) But first I’d like to thank you, my visitors and followers for your amazing support I still have more designs to bring to you in the new year so please do call back.  Till next time.

“Aquaman” is a character created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger and appears in DC Comics. Aquaman is Trademark/© Copyright of D.C Comics Entertainment. “Aquarian Sea Saber” is an original “For Tyeth Edition” design and is © Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017.

Dantoresu Lightsaber – Inspired by Dauntless 7

Hello Everybody, here is my first post for today and it is to display the hilt I designed having been inspired by the gorgeous modifications my friend has made to her hilt I will be displaying in post number two! This hilt is a 3 part katana but I used traditional flat sided katana parts whereas my friend’s hilt is based on a Saberforge Ronin which is cylindrical. This design is the Darkside version of my recent Dragon Katana with a few little tweaks, here is Dantoresu…

This hilt has a Sith red blade projecting from an ebony black emitter which is adorned by a Japanese Dragon emblem. Again as with the Lightside Dragon Katana I posted recently this hilt has the body parts rotated 90 degrees from standard which provides the flat faces for the etching of the dragon. It also makes the grip more comfortable as the rounded sections now rest against the palm of your hand and the inside curl of your fingers, leaving your thumb to rest on the dragon etch. The switch is wasp-waisted to allow it to work as a choke point. The lower body section also has the flat face orientated upwards but this time instead of my name in Aurabesh symbols, the etching you can see is the Japanese word Dantoresu or Dauntless in English. The name is a nod to my friend whose saber inspired this design and her forum name is Dauntless 7! The pommel caps the hilt off nicely and has matching red accents to tie in with the colour scheme.

This post is coming to a close but before I finish…wait, I forgot I still have a second post coming up today! That post is dedicated to the fabulous hilt my friend Dauntless 7 has modified that inspired this design, and which I have teased was coming these last few weeks.  So please don’t go anywhere as this hilt is about to be overshadowed by a real piece of Saber Art! See you in post two.

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Dauntless 7’s Agony Lightsaber

Hello Everybody, It’s finally here!…No not The Last Jedi, that was in my last little post! I am talking about a beautiful piece of saber art that a friend of mine has created that inspired my recent Lightside Dragon Katana. My friend is called Dauntless 7 on the lightsaber forums and she recently purchased a saber called the Saberforge Ronin, but decided it was a little plain and so modified it. This was no easy task, as the hilt was covered in a knurled texture, so how could somebody decorate that? The answer, D7 used a Dremel rotary tool and a lot of patience and bravery! The process of trying to engrave a textured surface led to D7 calling this hilt Agony, and it is my absolute privilege to present it to you here….

To say this hilt is beautiful is to sell it short. This saber is amazing, it has Star Wars Aurabesh writing etched into it, Japanese text symbols and fire dragon emblems! It was the fire dragon which caused the hold up in posting this gallery. D7 engraved the hilt and thought she had completed the designs but just as I was preparing to show you it, D7 felt the tail of the dragon needed a little attention. To her it wasn’t quite right and set about fixing it. And I have to say the little tweak to make the tail broader really set the emblem off nicely. On the section near the emitter are some symbols of Aurabesh which spell the word Agony, while the Japanese characters spell Fire Dragon. Below that is a symbol representing Energy. Everywhere you look on this saber there is some detail to see but yet it still retains a traditional look. I love it so much it inspired me to create a design based on this hilt, a darkside version of Lightside Dragon which you can see in the first of today’s posts. That hilt is called Dantoresu!

I have to say a massive thank you to Dauntless 7 for allowing me to display her outstanding work here. I am placing this hilt in the Saber Smith’s section of the site because, although D7 didn’t design the base hilt her modifications lifted it so far above it’s original appearance that I feel any Saber Smith out there would be proud to have created this beauty!

I am going to have to bring this post to a close soon but before I go I need to say thank you to you, my viewers and followers for your continued support, I appreciate it very much. I do have more hilts to display (including a SECOND hilt from Dauntless 7) so I hope you will return to check those out! Till next time.

“Agony” Katana Lightsaber is a Guest Design of Dauntless 7 and all modifications including the etching designs are © Copyright of Dauntless 7 and displayed here with permission.

The Last Jedi – For’s First Thoughts

Whew! Hello Everybody! I have just recovered from my viewing of The Last Jedi, and as was hinted at it was good! My experience began by entering the cinema but I got a distinct foreboding feeling, there was none and I mean none, nada, nothing, zero, zilch in the way of Star Wars posters, dioramas, banners or usual cardboard cut-outs to pose with…and this worried me. Maybe these things were at the cinema in the weeks leading up to the release but on the day there was nothing (I told you I live in the Outer Rim of the UK but this was ridiculous!). Anyway I bravely continued and purchased my ticket…VIP and 3D (well it was a treat for my upcoming birthday on Sunday and I was celebrating finishing a college course 😀 !) and ventured into the auditorium. Oh! Nearly forgot my 3D glasses! Actually I still had my ones from Rogue One so used those but I did buy a pair of First Order Stormtrooper 3D goggles to match the DeathTrooper ones I got last year, yes the cinema was selling old Rogue One merch from last year! (I told you things were bad).

Ok, settled into my seat and listening to the Christmas tinged pre-show music, we got the trailers out of the way then the LucasFilm logo appeared with all it’s twinkling 3D effects. And then JOHN WILLIAMS the legend and the crawl! Now I am going to have to stop here as I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have yet to see TLJ. What I can say is that the trailers and TV spots during the build up were as suspected, very cleverly constructed and the film itself “Won’t end the way you think!!!” (thanks Luke for that great line!). I am also going to pat myself on the back and say my one prediction about the film was correct…Rey’s use of the lightsaber WAS in the film Buuut……

Daisy One Opponents Three
This WAS in the film YAY!!!

I think I managed to avoid a spoiler just there. Back to the film, there were fantastic action scenes followed by great moments of humour, followed by nostalgic nods to the Star Wars past. There were also hints at the Star Wars future too. As the Binary Suns set below the horizon… A New Star appeared in the distance.

This was a REAL (not that TFA wasn’t) Star Wars film that will exhilarate you and make you laugh but it will also Force you to cry and change as it twists and tugs at your heartstrings.

I apologise that this is a bare post as regards to images, but you will have seen the pictures that have been released from the film…all I can say is that they are even better on the big screen. So, the Action, the Heroes, the Villains, the scenery, the music, the humour it was all there. Thanks for reading, now go see it for yourselves and I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did. May The Force Be With You….

In Memory of Carrie Fisher

our Forever Princess.

R2-KT Lightsaber – Inspired by Katie’s Droid

Hello Everybody, my best laid plans have been put on hold due to the fact  my friend with the hilt I hoped to showcase is having technical issues sending me the pictures. However while working those problems out I had the chance to browse WordPress and I came across an interesting post topic shared across two blogs. The two blogs are authored by two young ladies called Mei-Mei and the second is called Kiri. The topic they shared was a Star Wars Mandala Challenge, where both ladies colour in the same picture from a book of SW themed mandala pictures then compare them. Well both decided to colour in the picture of an Astromech droid and both chose to colour it as R2-D2. I commented that they had missed an opportunity and could have filled the pictures in to look like another less known droid with a beautiful and moving tale behind it called R2-KT. R2-KT is a droid that was built by the R2 Builders’ Club who heard that the daughter of the founder of the 501st Legion cosplay group was terminally ill with brain cancer. The young girl was called Katie Johnson and as her condition deteriorated and forced her to be bed bound she wished she had a droid to look over her while she slept…just like Padme Amidala had with Artoo. The R2 Builders’ Club raised funds and collected parts and made that wish come true in the shape of R2-KT a pink and white droid with a “heart of gold”.  R2-KT accompanied Katie through her final days and this design is my tribute to the brave girl and to the talented, kind hearted people who built R2-KT…

Of course this saber is a repaint of SensorScope Lightsaber – Inspired by R2-D2 but I still think the colour scheme fits the hilt well. The design represents the sensor array the pops up from the famous silver dome of an Astromech. The story of R2-KT doesn’t end here however, as word of Katie’s story reached George Lucas who filmed her a special message and after Katie eventually passed on to the Living Force, the droid travelled the world visiting children’s hospitals and raising funds for charity. The toy company Mattel made an R2-KT Hot Wheels car, and Dave Filoni went even further and made the droid part of official Canon by having the Astromech appear in “The Force Awakens” and the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series. The appearances in TFA were brief but did happen and here’s proof…R2-KT at_the_Resistance_Base

Yep that’s R2-KT looking after Poe Dameron’s X-Wing fighter at the Resistance Base! You can read more at the Star Wars Databank and on Wookiepedia-The Star Wars Wiki.

Now back to the posts that prompted me to rework this design. The two blogs are as follows:

Jedi By Knight (A Nerdy Girl’s Blog) is written by Mei-Mei, and her mandala can be seen by clicking HERE .

Star Wars Anonymous  is written by Kiri, and her mandala can be seen by clicking HERE .

And I guess it’s only fair that I share my attempt at colouring in some pictures, here are R2-KT and my Jedi Interceptor..

I hope you liked this post and my feeble colouring in efforts (I don’t do a lot of art!). Next week I may be talking about some film that’s being released on the 14th Dec (have you heard about it?  😀 ). I’m hoping my birthday present is a ticket to see The Last Jedi. And my friend’s fantastic saber will appear very soon so please call back to see these posts, but for now thanks again for your support it means a lot. Till next time.

R2-KT was built by The R2 Builder’s Club and appears in “The Force Awakens” and “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” which are Trademark/© Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm Ltd. “R2-KT Lightsaber” is a For Tyeth Edition and is © Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017.

The Council has called me, no, not that council…The SW Shadow Council!

Hello Everybody, this is just a quick shout-out and bit of fun post. Firstly, I’d like to point out my prediction about the lightsaber duel in The Last Jedi being epic looks as if it was correct. You will have seen the recent “Lightsaber Feature” going round the net showing the rehearsals for Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver. In it they discuss the brutal workload for the fight scenes and we get to see Daisy do some moves, and guess what? She’s taking on THREE opponents! Just as I predicted! (Whether that particular sequence is included in the film is yet to be seen, it might have been cut but probably unlikely being as it’s in the new video!) Here is the image I saw 3 months ago:

Daisy One Opponents Three
Daisy ONE, Opponents THREE! (Note the Graflex!)  Copyright LucasFilm Ltd.

Now this isn’t the first time I have predicted an event in the Star Wars films, two years ago in the build up to The Force Awakens I created a Meme and posted it on the lightsaber forum I belong to. This was the image I posted two weeks before the film was released!Windshield Bugs

And here is the link to see the post on the forum: SaberforgeForum Post  (Rathtars anyone? 😀 !)

But now I need to draw your attention to a fairly new blog which has been brought to my attention. It is the blog called the SW Shadow Council which is run by a group of eight Star Wars enthusiasts. They discuss everything Star Wars related especially theories and philosophies. A few of their contributors also write for Wookiepedia and a Reddit page. Here is a brief outline of what the Council members say about themselves:

robotical712

Robotical712 is a 32 year old father of two. He was a big fan of Star Wars in the late 90’s, but left the fandom in 2000 and rejoined when TFA came out. He got his start in the speculation community on reddit, but has since branched out and created r/StarWarsReference, a subreddit backed wiki for curating and analyzing Canon. His favorite eras are the Rise of the Empire and Galactic Civil War.

marvelstarwars

Marvelstarwars has been a member of the r/StarWarsReference community since January, 2017. End statement.

DremoraChurl

Dremora is the group’s token foreigner, being from the Realm of Oblivion (a.k.a. New Zealand). She has been a member of the Reddit communities since early 2016. She loves Star Wars for its focus on family and friendship, its simple but effective themes and narratives, and on top of everything else being fun. Always looking for a good mystery to solve, her current favorite era is the ST era.

Pale

Pale is an 18 year old father of zero who first got into the Star Wars fandom in February of 2016 through the speculation community on Reddit. Soon, he branched out into being a wiki editor of /r/StarWarsReference in January of 2017, helping curate the continuing Star Wars meta. Pale enjoys the more rogue-ish side of Star Wars, rather than the mystical side. His favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back and his favorite era is the Galactic Empire era. Pale also reviews and rates music on rateyourmusic.com.

HypersonicHarpist

When she isn’t working on real space ships HypersonicHarpist enjoys stories about fictional ones. She first became a Star Wars fan in 1995. She enjoyed the old Expanded Universe novels (now Legends) back in the day and is now really enjoying the new Canon.

NeedsMoreSprinkles

Sprinkles is a freelance theater artist and graphic designer from Seattle, Washington. She became a Star Wars fan in her teenage years, after getting so grossed out by the tauntaun guts scene in The Empire Strikes Back when she was eight that she refused to watch the series for almost a decade. She is most interested in the myth and folklore roots of the series, particularly how it relates to the work of Joseph Campbell. She chose her username because she was making rainbow sprinkle Chex Mix the same day she started her reddit account, and the rest is history.

JoseyFish (F.T.  er, I think JoseyFish needs a bigger Bio!)

So if this sounds of interest to you then please go and check them out, I am sure they will appreciate your visit (beware though some content could be classed as “Spoiler” material as they do delve deep into their topics of discussion and I haven’t been able to read all of their posts yet!) Here is the link again  SW Shadow Council (or use the one conveniently placed in the sidebar! >>)

I am nearing the end of this impromptu post but as always I’d like to thank you all for looking in today. I think I have one more design to bring you before the new film releases, so I hope you will return to see that hilt then we can all enjoy The Last Jedi! Thanks again…Till next time.

“Star Wars”, “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi ” and all names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm Ltd 2017. FTSabersite and all it’s contents are Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017.

FT’s Lightside Dragon Lightsaber

Hello Everybody, I have had to change my plans slightly for today’s offering but I have just about finished preparing for it. I recently paid a visit to a charity fund-raising shop (aka a thrift store in the US) and managed to pick up some cheap DVD and Blu-Rays. One of the discs was a movie called “Hirokin”, the cover of which features a warrior wielding a Japanese style Katana sword. As it happens a friend of mine has recently purchased a lightsaber from one of the big companies, that looks like a Katana and she has modified it. All of this Katana influence prompted me to create a design inspired by my friend’s work of art, so I returned to my 3 Part Katana series (which you can visit by clicking HERE) and came up with this new version. I call this FT Lightside Dragon…

I have shown both the 2 part and extended 3 part versions here and as you will see if compared to my earlier designs there are some subtle changes! The first is that I have rotated the body/handgrip sections through 90 degrees. This should help grip the weapon better as the rounded segments are now on the sides where your fingers would naturally curl and the flattened faces are now top and bottom. This new positioning also allowed for my next, maybe not so subtle change, the inclusion of an image of a dragon and some symbols. The image of the dragon and symbols could be either painted onto the surface or etched (using electrically charged salt water to “burn” the image into the metal) or engraved and filled with a paint to give the etch or engraving colour. Oh, and the symbols are just my name in the Star Wars language Aurabesh!

Now the reason I had a change of plan is because I asked my friend if I could feature her beautiful saber along with my tribute version here on FTSabersite. My friend said I could…but asked could I postpone the article for a few days as she was about to apply some “finishing touches” to the saber! So I had to think quick and knock up a version for myself to show you all. However you will get to see the fabulous saber that has inspired me hopefully in my next post…and it is worth checking out.

Very quickly I am running out of time, it’s winter now….did you notice it’s snowing on my site? ^^up there^^  😀 and I will have to finish this post. But first as always I want to thank all of my viewers and followers, new and regulars, for your continued support, it means a lot to me. Please do spread the word about the site and I hope you will return to see my friend’s (real life) lightsaber and her fantastic modifications in an upcoming post. Till next time.

“FT Lightside Dragon Lightsaber” is a For Tyeth Edition and is © Copyright of For Tyeth. This site, FTSabersite and all it’s contents are © Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2017. Guest Designer lightsaber designs are used here with permission and are copyright of the Guest Designer.