Padawan One – Inspired by the videogame “Star Wars The Old Republic”

Hello Everyone and welcome to my first post of 2019! I wasn’t sure whether to post this weekend but I felt I would be depriving you if I didn’t. Plus I also have a few hilts still to show you all stacking up in my workshop! One of those hilts is a tribute to the fantastic role playing game “Star Wars The Old Republic” also known as SWTOR. And this hilt is my take on the first lightsaber you get to construct in that game. I call this saber “Padawan One” as a Padawan is a Jedi learner and this would be their first ONE they construct. Here it is…

I built this model after members of the Ultrasabers’ forum suggested this hilt to the owners of Ultrasabers as a possible future product and some folks were interested to see how it might look if built. So I built a replica of it but I did before I learnt the smooth texture technique so please forgive the slightly angular appearance. The saber does however have a nice “Old Republic” Amber coloured glow! It also features tiny screws to hold the parts together located on the control box and near the leather grip. You might also have noticed that the leather is “wound” around the hilt and has a raised textured look – another technique I have mastered. A ring of accent lights circle the upper part of the pommel. To finish the hilt I added a covertech belt clip. So how close did I get to the original? Well I made a few tweaks so it wasn’t a “carbonite” copy but here are two images, taken from the actual game, of the hilt as it is seen during the construction animation.

Images ©Copyright of Bio-Ware/LucasArts ltd.

The computer game was written and produced by a company named Bio-Ware in conjunction with LucasArts (the computer/digital arm of LucasFilm). I think it was a nice design as it was reminiscent of the short sword that Roman Gladiators and soldiers carried yet still looked like it came from a “galaxy far away”. The red activation switch and box may not have been the most ergonomic but it did make the hilt distinctive. And I wondered what a double ended staff saber using this hilt would be like and I’d say it’s just as striking! I’ll let you decide, here is a picture….padawan one staff

Using a function named “Mirror Modifier” I was able to quickly duplicate the hilt and made a connector/coupler piece to slot between the hilts (and I even cut holes into this coupler so the sounds can still be heard if the hilt ever got built for real).

That just about wraps up this offering and I hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse of a classic computer game! I mentioned earlier that I still have many more hilts to come and two of them will give us a new glimpse into the other big space franchise. I also have a few hilts to display in conjunction with my friend TheVintageToyAdvertiser as part of our on-going series.

I hope you will return to see those in future posts but it may be a new year but I’ll end with the same thank you to all of you for your continued support, new or regular you are all appreciated! Till next time….

“Padawan One” saber is For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2019. This design is inspired by material from the Bio-Ware/LucasArts video game “Star Wars The Old Republic” which is Trademark/©Copyright of Bio-Ware Games and LucasArts ltd.

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12 thoughts on “Padawan One – Inspired by the videogame “Star Wars The Old Republic””

  1. I don’t play the video game, but very cool looking! I like the yellow! It’s very different 🙂
    Happy New Year! Hope you and the wifey had a wonderful holiday. Wishing you all the best this year! Cheers.

    1. Hello Gigi, thank you very much glad you like it. The SWTOR game is set several millennia before Star Wars and doesn’t stick to the rule “the good guys have blue sabers and bad guys use red”. As a result we got lots of cool variants such as Violet Amethyst (a nice purple) and Bane’s Heart (a sort of pinkish purple) This was just my attempt at an amber shade. All the best to you and your’s in 2019!

    1. Hi TVTA, I’ll be honest I haven’t played SWTOR yet but I have the other game in the same series titled “Star Wars – Knights of the Old Republic” or KOTOR for short. They are equally as good. And thanks for the kind comments on the hilt and FX. I am now learning the little tricks like how to combine effects and it is amazing what the software can recreate.

      1. You’re doing a great job with the new tools. The only Star Wars video games I played a lot are the Lego ones on the PS2- such brilliant fun! Also a prequel trilogy one that was pretty good but can’t remember the name of that atm.

      2. Hello TVTA, I have the Lego Star Wars games. It is one of the few games I have “completed” 100% and by the time I stopped playing I had unlocked everything and had over 24 million studs! There was a good PS2 game based on “Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith” that had some cool lightsaber swinging fun.

    1. Hi Mei-Mei, I mentioned to TVTA that, to be honest I haven’t played SWTOR yet but have messed around with the other game in the franchise series, Knights Of The Old Republic (KOTOR). And I kinda guessed you were a fan of SWTOR by your avatar image!

  2. I did play knights of the old realms 2 on my computer several years ago, I recall enjoying interacting with the Star Wars characters. I noticed your reference to typing “live” a post or 2 ago, I tend to post live all the time, where as your technique seems to give a much better read, I will try and take that on-board. As Doctor Who disappoints me more and more, The Star wars fandom may give me the refugee is desire.

    1. Hi there, I am still relatively new to role playing games, I was more a simulation fan and “played” MS Flight Simulator and X-Plane quite a bit (useful for keeping my starfighter skills sharp!) As far as my writing style goes I just go with my conscious flow, sometimes it works and sometimes I just babble. But at the end of the day it is me!
      Ah yes! Dr Who, any plans to build a model of the “new” Kaled? 😀

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