Starkiller S-Curve Saber – Inspired by Galen Marek and TFU 1+2

Hello Everybody, first off the bat I apologise if I sound a bit congested and sickly but I have been battling a nasty chest infection this past week! I normally don’t complain about being ill and just try to get on with things but this is the worst case I have had. But I have used it to my advantage and really concentrated on 3D modelling to distract myself from runny noses, headaches and wheezy coughs…and I think it was worth it. I had already built a base model of this hilt owned by Galen Marek, who was Darth Vader’s secret apprentice in the Playstation computer games “The Force Unleashed” and “TFU 2”. Marek was a “Force Sensitive” as a child and caught the attention of Darth Vader who killed Marek’s Jedi parents and kidnapped the boy to train him as his right hand servant. He was trained in the Dark Side of the Force and forgot his roots and real identity as he attempted to gain the official position of Vader’s apprentice. But before he could do that he had to build his saber and here is a picture from the game of him doing just that…

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Copyright of LucasArts ltd and THQ Games.

So I had to build a version of this hilt as it is quite popular within the saber community and is thought of as a “holy grail” design, but, as I have mentioned before I struggled to make smooth sweeping geometry and parts with previous software but when I discovered Blender I had more control. The problem was, the shape of the emiiter is iconic and in engineering terms complex to get right. The emitter is known as an “S-Curve” and the edge of the opening curves in all three axis and the shape has to be symmetrical! I just couldn’t do it, so ended up with a slanted emitter as seen here…

I liked the saber but I was annoyed by the emitter as I had to leave off some details which would only work with the much more elegant and curvy shaped S-Curve. I tried numerous times to create a tube, then shape another “block” to use as a form and cut into the tube to achieve the shape. No luck. I eventually had to resort using an engineering trick to cut pipework and use a template to wrap around the part and cut to the template. Well I couldn’t attach a real template but I did use an image of a template as a guide like I did with my recent Star Destroyer hilt. I then dragged and positioned the individual points (known as Vertices) that connected the surface faces of the model into the right places. This was very tedious and had to be exact and so with this chest infection I decided to concentrate 110% on modelling the emitter and forget my illness….and I think it worked! Here are a couple of studio work in progress pictures…

In the wireframe images you may be able to make out the blade socket and the “mouth” of the emitter and see a curved line that moves from left to right, front to back and which wraps up and down around the blade. That is the S-Curve and there is now a band, around 20mm wide that forms a collar which was missing from my original. This is important as the saber was modelled after a photographic flashgun handle known as the “Graflex” (but more on that later. Now enough talking Starkiller needs to get this saber ignited and I need to show you the Glamour Shots…

As I mentioned the tube for this design was inspired by the 1930’s-40’s style camera flashguns seen used by newspaper reporters in old movies. They were called Graflex flash handles and LucasFilm used one to build Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalkers’ saber from Star Wars. The funny “Bunny Ear” shaped bits are actually the release mechanism for the flashbulb and the metal band held the bulb when pressure was released on the “Ears”. The Graflex flashgun however didn’t have a crystal chamber, that is strictly a Star Wars inspied detail. The other details include low profile activation switches on the ridged box, a pinched in “wasp-waist” midsection and the four rails running the length of the handgrip. Oh and a copper plated band!

Galen was raised as a Sith Apprentice so you may wonder why I have a blue blade on this hilt? Well, Galen was double crossed and betrayed by Vader during a particular mission and left for dead (Vader was testing Marek to see if he was worthy enough to be his apprentice…a do or die test) But Marek survived and later learned of his real identity, the son of Jedi Knights and turned to the light side. However as he was originally a Dark Side user and his saber was red once I made a few pictures showing his Sith version along with the Jedi hilt…

I thought I would take this hilt outdoors and see how it looked… er sort of, just a Blender image trick but I think it looks alright out in the wild. I have nearly finished this post but I have to let you know about some upcoming designs. The first and biggest news is that I have recreated an absolute ICON in Star Wars…the aforementioned “Graflex/Skywalker Lightsaber” The Graflex is a holy grail for saber collectors, builders and 3d modellers and I have achieved building one myself through the efforts I put in for this Starkiller hilt. The Graflex will be coming soon but I also have a few double bladed staff weapons (and the single hilt versions) so I hope you will return to see all these new designs in future posts. I really need to say a big thank you once more to all of you, my viewers/readers/followers as you keep supporting me and this site to produce more. You are all appreciated… Till next time….

Oh Wait! You may be wondering why the name Starkiller? Starkiller is the codename given to a clone of Galen Marek that Vader and the Emperor created after Marek died saving some Rebel fighters including Mon Mothma (Leader of the Rebel Alliance who gave the speech to the Rebels about Bothan Spies stealing the Death Star plans!)

“Starkiller S-Curve Saber” is a For Tyeth Design inspired by the saber seen in LucasArts/THQ Games’ “The Force Unleashed” series of video games. It is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. The original design and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of LucasArt/THQ Games.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Starkiller S-Curve Saber – Inspired by Galen Marek and TFU 1+2”

    1. Thanks so much for comment and well wishes! The emitter was a real pain to start with. I had worked on this for a few months and none of the tutorials on Youtube etc explained any technique which would help. Then I watched a video by real world lightsaber builder who showed how to use a template to shape parts. I couldn’t copy the technique exactly but enough so that I could get the correct basic shape. And I feel much better knowing you liked the design, thanks. (And I think I need a droid like PROXY to keep my skills sharp!)

    1. Hello Neil and thanks. I’m at the point where one moment I feel ok then BAM a minute later I start burning up a temperature and am still coughing/sneezing/wheezing etc ;(
      Regards the saber, that was an undertaking! I had to model the emitter as I described but also had to wait before I could apply certain Modifiers so I could cut and shape the holes and details – then I could add a Solidify Mod to give the emitter a thickness around the lip. But it was all good knowledge and process that I learnt so worth it. Thanks again.

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