Porg Lightsaber – Inspired by Ach-To’s cutest creatures

Hello Everybody, I am really sorry this post is late but I was called away over the weekend on a mission and couldn’t upload this new design (the telecommunication in some parts of the Outer Rim of the UK isn’t very good 😩 ) But better late than never and this next design is for the little bird creatures of Ach-To, the Porgs! I realised after I posted “Wookie Warrior” and I commented maybe Chewbacca used that saber to hunt Porgs, that these little guys needed a way to defend themselves. It turns out that Chewie and the Porgs became good friends so they wouldn’t really need a saber, however this is the result…

I tried to capture the spirit of our little feathered(?) friends and managed to find parts that helped me do that. First up is the blade which is pure white, and I chose this as the saber is only a symbolic design as I can’t see a Porg using one (well they don’t have any hands…that’s why you may have noticed the little guy in the title image has it in his mouth!) The emitter has the large oblong recesses which reminded me of the big doe eyed look Chewie got when he was about to tuck into his dinner during The Last Jedi. The body of the hilt has ridges to represent layers of fur or feathers and the pommel stands in for the feet of the bird creatures. The hilt is predominantly black but there is a nice splash of colour in the orange used to reflect the look of plumage on their head and shoulders. I hope the design worked, what do you guys think?…

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It’s beautiful!….But how do I hold it Tyeth? (Copyright Disney/LucasFilm)

So, as you can see this design has to be symbolic as the Porgs don’t have any way to handle the hilt effectively but they still liked it! I hope you all liked it too and will join me again for more new designs (and hopefully they will be on schedule 😀 ) I am approaching that dreaded time where I have to bring this Porg (sorry I meant post) to an end but first, as always, I want to thank you all for checking out this design and supporting me and this site! Till next time.

“Porg Lightsaber” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2018. “Porgs”, “Chewbacca” and “The Last Jedi” are Trademarks/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm 2018.

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I’ve Been Nominated for a Liebster Award!

Hello Everybody….Today is very special as I have been given the honour of calling myself a holder of a Liebster Award! And the people I have to thank for the nomination are the wonderful Mr & Mrs NW of the site NavigatingWorldsBlog. Mr & Mrs NW are avid Sci-Fi and Fantasy book readers and produce great reviews and articles on those books and topic. They felt that I was worthy of this accolade and to accept it I have 10 questions to answer, then I have the opportunity to ask 10 questions of my own to my list of nominees. A much fuller explanation of the rules can be found on the site The Global Aussie. But now I guess I need to answer Mr & Mrs NW’s questions! Here goes….

1) You need a team of 3 people to help you overthrow an emperor. Which fictional characters would you recruit and why?

As a wannabe Jedi (I have to say wannabe or Disney/Lucasfilm might try and take me to court!) I would have to choose Luke Skywalker. He has already helped defeat one Emperor with his Dad’s help and Luke demonstrated his experience and knowledge to great effect in The Last Jedi.

Secondly I would choose Gurney Halleck from Frank Herbert’s galaxy of Dune. Gurney is a respected “Man at Arms” and tactician. And should my band of heroes ever lead an army of peacekeepers afterwards then I would have Skywalker and Halleck to inspire them.

Thirdly I would select Shrek as a team member. I am quite well known for liking green and Shrek is green, has faced evil kings and could provide some comic relief!

2) What is the most surprising twist you have come across in a novel?

I read through one particular book all 300 pages and when I got to the climax I turned the page and found there had been a printing error
.the page was blank!! I guess that is one plot twist that would leave you guessing (though I’m not sure it really counts but I thought it was a funny story that happened to me)

3) You are hunting for a house to buy with your family. The only places available are Northern Westeros (north of the wall), Mordor, and Arrakis. At which location will you purchase a home?

I guess in conjunction with my first answer I would have to choose Arrakis as my team of heroes would be at home on a sand dune planet (well maybe not Shrek). Luke grew up around the deserts of Tatooine, whilst Gurney is a Fremen from Arrakis anyway and he could introduce me to the locals!

4) If you had to attend a fictional school of magic, which one would you select?

While not quite a magic school in the traditional style of Gryffindor, I did attend the Almas Jedi Academy in the Cularin System. It was an academy set up by the Jedi to secretly monitor an ancient Sith fortress and I was sent by the Jedi Council as one the Masters to teach there. The school was destroyed sadly during The Clone Wars.

You can read more about it here: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Almas_Academy

5) You are the likable, but slightly useless, best friend to the main character. What one skill keeps you out of trouble?

I have the ability of premonition. I know what I am going to say before I say it! Seriously though I do have a little bit of an ability to predict the future as I posted this image on a lightsaber themed forum TWO weeks before The Force Awakens was released.Windshield Bugs If you have seen the film you will remember a large alien called a Rathtar climbed onto the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit and made a mess on the windows as Han Solo blasted out of the hanger of the cargo vessel the Falcon was docked in. So I would be able to see upcoming dangers!

6) If you had to read every single book by one author, which author would you pick?

Alistair MacLean. I read the novel Sea Witch while I was still a youngling (I was nine years old at the time). To this day I still remember the images I formed in my head reading this book and can see the oil rig and the missile launchers which were installed on it. Then obviously there are his other books like “Guns of Navarone”, “Where Eagles Dare” and “Ice Station Zebra” plus I think another 102 other titles!

7) Which is the best country in the world?

Having been nominated by Mr & Mrs NW who hail from New Zealand I should say NZ but to be honest, there is no one country that is better than another
.it is the people that make a part of the world great. However there are good and bad people from all nations.

So can I vote for WordPress-landia, the land of the best bloggers?

8) You are on an epic quest to save the world. You can take either a phoenix, a dragon, or an old bearded man. Which do you choose?

Wow another quest! You like to keep me busy don’t you? Again I would have to opt for experience and knowledge in the form of the bearded old man. This person (probably Luke Skywalker or Obi-Wan Kenobi) would have lived through and survived many situations and with proper guidance could teach me and pass on their knowledge to help me save the world.

9) Wine or Beer?

Depends on the occasion, I do drink both now and then but I do like a nice Sullustrian Gin when I can get one! (Can’t stomach Synth-col though, it has to be proper alcohol not artificial).

10) You have struck it lucky and book blogging is your full-time pursuit but you need a co-author for your blog. Who do you choose and why?

Number ten already? I am not the biggest reader in the world (at least not fiction reading) so I would need a really good Co-Author. I could form a short list which would consist of TheButtonEyedReader who I met when I first started blogging (nearly 18 months ago now – how time flies!). Then there are Nancy and Kathleen of Graphic Novelty2 who are both librarians. All three young ladies would make great Co-Authors but already have fantastic blogsites of their own (click on their names to visit their sites) so may be busy. So could I suggest Jocasta Nu, the Chief Librarian of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant? Jocasta would have a vast knowledge of literature from all corners of the galaxy which would be a tremendous asset to a noobie such as myself!

Phew! I am one third the way through this post and I believe I now have the opportunity to ask 11 questions of my own to my nominee candidates so here goes
.

1) If you could re-write the end to any story, which story would it be and why?

2) I am currently watching the heroic (or crazy?) exploits of the Winter Olympic athletes, which of these events (or any sport in general if you are unsure about ice based sports) would you like to try?

3) A man takes his dog for a walk. The dog is on a leash that is 5 meters long, how far into the woods can the dog walk?

Ok, I got slightly distracted with those last two questions ( I am struggling to come up with more 😀 )

4) Back to serious questions, which two genres of books would you like to see used in a crossover or mash-up novel/book?

5) I am slowly working through watching the TV series “Outlander” on the Starz Network, so which show would you recommend I try watching next?

6) What is the best piece of book trivia you know?

7) This last year I have met a few famous people including Bossk from the film The Empire Strikes Back and the Doctor Who assistant Ace (aka Sophie Aldred). Have you met any famous people through blogging?

8) I have played electronic keyboards/synthesizers for over 35 years, what is your longest running hobby/pastime?

9) I am nearly at the end of this journey of questions, but first what was the most interesting journey you have made?

10) As you may know I design custom lightsabers, so which TV/Film/Book character would you suggest I create a design based on? (And I might just take up the challenge and create it for a future post!)

11) I’m not 100% certain if the award rule is ask 10 or 11 questions (it says 11 on the Global Aussie) so here is one final extra question just in case….Have I finished yet and can I end here?

I hope these questions have been a bit different and I have done a good job writing this accenptance post. I am really honoured that I have received this award as my blog covers a really niche topic and for me to have impressed people who aren’t necessarily Star Wars or lightsaber fans means a lot to me. So once more to Mr &Mrs NW thank you so much for the honour and I will do my best to come up with new and interesting designs and posts.

And for part three of this special post I have to nominate some candidates for their own Liebster Award, so in no particular order…

1) I would like to nominate a long standing friend I mentioned above, TheButtonEyedReader (Thank you for your ever present support!)

Numbers 2 and 3) Again I have mentioned these ladies already, Nancy and Kathleen of Graphic Novelty2

4) This is a guy who has a great sense of humour and a big love of toys and the adverts and catalogues for them, The Vintage Toy Advertiser

5) This next lady is a very talented costume and prop maker who cosplays as various Star Wars characters. All her outfits are made from “scavenged” or repurposed materials. Number 5 is Ella at scavengergreycosplay

6) And finally, this young lady has been feeling under the weather recently but still produces a colourful and charming blog focused on Doll collecting and everyday life for them. Her name is Kiki and writes Kiki Throught the Looking Glass

Please go and check out their sites if you haven’t already and hopefully they will take up the offer.

I think this brings me to the end of this acceptance post but as always I have my thanks to give. An even bigger thank you than normal goes out to MR & Mrs NW for my nomination (it certainly got me thinking and feeling a little crazy coming up with my questions!) And an equally big thank you to all the people I have mentioned here and the thousands of viewers who have looked in and commented, liked and followed me, you are all fantastic! I hope you will continue to check in for my future posts and designs. Till next time.

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Happy Valentine’s Day from For Tyeth

Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! This is an unplanned post as I didn’t think I would be celebrating today but I have two good reasons to now!

Firstly I have been shown some love from Mr & Mrs NW at Navigating Worlds, as they have nominated me for a “Liebster Award” so thank you very much for that. My acceptance post will be uploaded this weekend (I’m finding it hard to think of ten questions!) I will include links for everyone to go and visit their fantastic site in my post.

Secondly I have had a shout out on YouTube from a friend of this site, The Silent Ghost Reaper! Yes SGR mentioned me in his “Valentine’s Day Love” video. It is so strange but cool hearing my name mentioned on the Internet. You would have thought with all the interplanetary communication I have done I would be used to it but no, it is still special! So again, as SGR may be feeling the effects of the changes made by YouTube recently and needs supporting I will include a link here to his fantastic YT channel where he reviews tech and gadgets, with a healthy dose of humour! Here is the link:

The Silent Ghost Reaper’s YouTube Channel

And I have one final exciting piece of news, someone has shown an interest in obtaining one of my designs and may be buying one of them soon. Hopefully if they do, I will ask for some pictures so I can see what it looks like for real and not just some computer graphics! And I hope I will be able to share the pictures here too.

So I hope you all have a wonderful day with your loved one and even if you haven’t gotten any cards, remember someone out there loves you, me! Thanks for supporting me and this site and please join me for my next post, the Liebster Award Acceptance! Till next time.

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Glaive Saber – Inspired by Krull

Hello Everybody, today we travel to 1983 and the planet named KRULL! I regularly visit another blogsite, The Vintage Toy Advertiser where TVTA and his trusty sidekick Wooof the Cat, display wonderful images of old toy adverts found in magazines and catalogues. But now and then TVTA also posts images related to toys based on old movies such as the classic “The Black Hole” (you can find the posts HERE and HERE) Well it reminded me of another classic sci-fi/fantasy film from 1983 named Krull. Where a warring planet has a final hope for peace as Prince Colwyn and Princess Lyssa were to marry in the hope that their union would mend the rift between their two families (and the other warring factions on the planet). But as with all good plans, it was dashed as an intergalactic being called “The Beast” landed on Krull with his army of Slayers, intent on taking control. “The Beast” had the two kings killed and kidnapped Princess Lyssa, holding her in his mountain shaped spaceship, the Black Fortress. Prince Colwyn survived the onslaught and began an adventure to rescue the Princess, slay the Beast and save the day. Well this film inspired me to produce a design and here it is, this is Glaive Saber….

This saber I based on the weapons used by the guards in the Black Fortress. The original hilts were a type of rapier style sword with a handguard so I used a Katana emitter with a hexagonal guard. I “powdercoated” the guard gold along with accent parts on the pommel to replicate an antique look. The switch section flows nicely between the hand grip near the emitter and the lower handgrip on the body. The body part is black to look like it is leather wrapped. As mentioned the pommel has golden accents to give a nice antique look to fit in with the swords and sorcery fantasy theme. And here are two pictures to show my inspiration for this design, one is the original where you can see the guard on the left holding the hilt I based this saber on and in the second picture I edited it to have a lightsaber blade…

And observant viewers may recognise Lysette Anthony as the Princess in peril, but she wasn’t the only Big Name who starred in the film. A future Jedi Master also appeared, but I don’t think Prince Colwyn believes him…Krull meme

Yes Liam Neeson also appeared in this film, so there is a Star Wars link to this design too.

Unfortunately for Prince Colwyn, the Black Fortress would dematerialize at sunset and reappear in another location the next day making it difficult to find. And sadly I will have to disappear shortly as this post is getting near it’s sunset, but first the thank yous. Thanks to TVTA (check out his site by clicking HERE) for the great posts and images he and Wooof share, they bring back fantastic memories, and as always a big thank you to my viewers and followers for your continued support. It is much appreciated. I hope you will all return for upcoming posts featuring designs for a classic 80’s cartoon series. Till next time.

“Krull”, “Prince Colwyn”, “Princess Lyssa” and all other names logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Barclays Mercantile Industrial Finance and Columbia Pictures. “Glaive Saber” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2018.

The Busby Babes – I’ll Remember Them (The 60th Anniversary)

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Hello Everybody, I originally posted this commemoration last year but this time it is 60 years to the day of the tragic event known as “The Munich Air Disaster” which devastated the football team known as “The Red Devils”.

On this day in 1958 a tragic accident befell Manchester United Football Team. Whilst on a trip for a European Cup match, the aircraft they were travelling in experienced difficulties on take off and crashed, killing most of the players on board.

I’d like to take this moment to remember them.

Click here to see my tribute design: Mancunian RED.

Manchester United’s Official Club website can be found here:

Manchester United Football Club Site

Here you can find video and articles telling the story of the tragedy and later triumph of Manchester United.

Abietes Conum Lightsaber – Recast!

Hello Everybody, this post is a little early for a change but for good reason. Firstly as I have had a hectic time the past two weeks, I am going to have a weekend off and go and see the fantastic music band I saw last year as a treat. Second I found out one of my posts was missing! Kathleen at Graphic Novelty2 posted about an upcoming Harry Potter computer game and I was about to leave a comment and a link to my HP themed hilts and in particular one called Abietes Conum. Well to my surprise Abietes Conum had vanished! The youngling versions were still there but the main hilt had gone so I will recast it here. Here is Abietes Conum (again!)…

Now I will chat about the hilt, firstly as I mentioned in my original post, making metal parts look like wood is difficult. When I first posted this design Powder Coat/paint options weren’t available so I had to get creative. I thought about it and I realised that there are other parts to a tree and I noticed that the ridged parts on the body resembled an Abietes Conum…or for non Latin speakers a Fir Cone! So I created a fir cone based hilt/wand! The purple blade I thought looked a bit like a bolt of lightning or even better a Spell projecting from the emitter. The body is made of several connectors called couplers and have ridges/blocks that look like the segments of a fir cone that open to release it’s seeds. The switch and pommel I selected just help give the wand/saber a bulbous end to further enhance the look of a cone. The hilt is finished in a weathered coating to make it appear wooden (as much as possible) and covered in woodland grime!

The hilt also comes in a clean black version, a regular metallic saber and for the rich wizards there is a solid silver version so here is a little slideshow to display those too..

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So that was Abietes Conum Lightsaber recast, I hope you liked it! I never knew I was so magical as to be able to design a hilt that could actually vanish. And speaking of vanishing I am afraid I will have to bring this post to an end and disappear myself. I have to prepare for my journey to the concert (I can’t fly there in my Jedi Interceptor so have to use a train!). I won’t be able to reply to comments etc until I get back but don’t worry I will reply to any words left as soon as I get back to my workshop!

So thank you all for looking in on this design, your support is always appreciated. Hopefully I should have “new” designs in my upcoming posts so I hope you will return to see them. Till next time!

“Abietes Conum Lightsaber” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2018. “Harry Potter” was created by J.K. Rowling and is Trademark/©Copyright of J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros Entertainment.