FT’s Review of 2020 and look forward to 2021….What a year.

Welcome to Part Two of this 2020 review…

April came and more fool anyone who thought things would be any better. New “Testing Schemes” and Trace and Tracking was brought in to try and suppress the virus which was getting worse, more deaths and more statistics. Then buses in London were affected as passengers were made to use the middle doors to avoid being in contact with the drivers to protect them. That was how bad things were getting – temporary hospitals were being set up to cope with the number of patients. The country was plunging down into a lockdown. It was during this lockdown that a bit of a hero of mine and rock guitar legend, Dr Brian May started posting YouTube videos of mini “private concerts”. These were little videos to help cheer up the nation and boost morale while the lockdown took place. I realised I had never done anything to really show my appreciation for Brian’s music and so as he is a Star Wars fan I built his iconic guitar and a saber to go with it!…oh and some other items such as a new staff for Darth Maul, a saber inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi and another movie inspired hilt from the upcoming Dune 2020 movie….

On to May and I was still having tech problems but I kept re-installing my corrupted computer and battled on. It was also during May that I branched out big time from building sabers. I realised that I had built a Holocron and an electric guitar so I thought “what else could I attempt to model?” It turns out that a new Star Wars video game named Star Wars: Jedi – Fallen Order was very popular and it featured a little droid named “BD-1” that was very cool. I decided to build my own little helper named “dROYd”! This was my first attempt at making a mechanoid…and I sorta built a Dalek too….and a lightwhip saber from the Clone Wars era….

June arrived and a big milestone crept up on me. I posted my 500th post! Not bad considering I didn’t think I’d be blogging for more than a year. So to celebrate I built myself an X-Wing Fighter and then made a mini movie with it. I recreated the now legendary “Death Star Trench Run Attack” scene – only this time it was Emerald Leader For Tyeth and Emerald Squadron attacking the space station. Ok, it wasn’t an award winning masterpiece but it was fun and gave me a few more skills in 3D animation and “film making” (but don’t worry, George Lucas’s job is safe). I also debuted my “Curved Collection” a set of THREE curved lightsabers in the style of Count Dooku. Then I showed off another version of the Zygerrian Sting (a nice lavish gold version) and two new matching hilts titled “Dyad Sabers” which represent the two sides of the Force…Let’s take a look and watch a movie….

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14 thoughts on “FT’s Review of 2020 and look forward to 2021….What a year.”

  1. It’s been a very odd year, but we have made it through. You made a lot of sabres, I made a lot of muffins. Long may it continue. Happy new year FT + Mrs FT

    1. Hello Neil, yes a lot of muffins.. always making me hungry! Thanks for the New Year wishes and may I extend mine and Mrs FT’s back to you. Have a good one and I’ll talk to you next year!

    1. Hear Hear! Yes let’s hope 2021 is a bit less of a hassle. And I passed your thanks to Mrs FT – Mrs Tyeth saved the blog, now I just have to save and buy a decent and brand new computer. (I tried to be eco conscious and buy a refurbished one but it was a false economy in the end – but it tried)

  2. Happy New Year, FT mate! Hope it’s full of creativity, peace, love and light for us all.
    You made an astonishing amount of designs last year (including with a few tech difficulties encountered).
    My faves… not SW for once, (although I still love the X-Wing design) but the Brian May and Eddie Van Halen guitar tributes!

    1. Hi TVTA and the same new year’s wishes to you and your too. Thanks so much, I’m glad I managed to impress you. I am really proud of the Red 5 Special I built for Brian May as it was the first time I had attempted something so iconically identifiable. That guitar is a character in itself and I had to get a lot of details right. Not easy as The Lady as the guitar is known has changed over the years.
      The Eddie Van Halen “Eruption” saber came about from an experiment I did using Obi-Wan Kenobi’s saber from Episode One. It involved creating a “Shattered Look” texture using just mathematically generated imagery (this means I didn’t just paste a photo onto the model).
      Both models pushed my limits (and the tech!) so I’m happy they worked out.
      Thanks again and bravely onwards into 2021.

    1. Hello Nancy and Happy New Year. Thank you for the kind comment, the scary thing is I could have posted more designs as I have a few backlogged up! That and I struggled with my computer setup always crashing. I am currently using the laptop I “borrowed” but it is less powerful and slower. I’ll just have to save up my Credits and buy a new machine. Thanks for all the support this past year (and before that) it really helps.

  3. Happy New Year, FT! Lots of memorable posts this year. My favs include The Eddie Van Halen tribute (I know he was a personal hero of yours) and Sonic The Hedgehog, and of course, constructing your own real-life saber. Can’t wait to see wha artworks 2021 has in store. Cheers 🙂

    1. Hello EF and thank you very much, comments like this mean a lot. I was unsure whether I had a “good” year or not as it was so crazy, but when I looked back I surprised myself. 2020 certainly had a lot of emotional ups and downs but I think I’m going to be stronger for it. And I have to say a big thanks for your support and the incredible film editing you produce -watching it helped me when I needed a distraction and the standard of product inspired me to keep working hard.

      1. I feel like we had a similar year! Both dealt with ups and downs, computer issues, personal struggles, and both managed to still produce good art. And that’s awesome!👨‍💻💡🎹🎸

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