You made it, great stamina! We now enter the second half of 2021 and the month of July. Let’s get started!
July saw me complete the Bad Batch collection of hilts with saber’s for Tech and Crosshair, the two remaining Clone Force 99 members. And remember back in March the site showcased a Star Trek inspired design? Well July signalled the start of the “Klingon Invasion” after my local cable TV provider broadcast a Star Trek movie marathon…and I got inspired. But fear not there is still some Star Wars sabers, in particular a hilt I forged for the Mandalorian TV show character named “The Armourer” I called that saber “The Quartermaster” and it was rather special with “real” leather handgrip and carved Beskar emitter shrouds shaped like the owner’s helmet…..Oh and there is a Bounty Hunter that wanted to show off his new hat and saber….Cad Bane!
July was a really good month where I completed my Bad Batch collection, built a Klingon Battlestaff and created sabers for two iconic characters from Star Wars’ newer shows – and I needed to get them spot on – I’d like to think I did the designs justice. Bane was definitely interesting and stretched my skills. And so did August, so shall we see what came after this haul?
How could I top July and the sabers I showcased there? I decided to stretch myself after I received an impromptu gift from Mrs Tyeth. That gift was a thrift/charity store purchase of a LEGO Jedi Interceptor model that piqued my interest in LEGO again. I had always liked messing with building bricks since I was a little Padawan but either couldn’t afford the sets or had no space for them. But this Lego starfighter was just small enough to fit in my apartment/cave. It had no instruction manual so I looked online, found the digital instructions AND an old piece of software from Lego that allowed you to build “Virtual Models” including replicas of real life sets. So I dived in and came up with my Interceptor….
I still had time after building my ship to come up with a saber and matching display stand for General Chang from Star Trek, a lightsaber shaped to look like a gunslinger’s six-shooter and I took delivery of two more sets of costume parts for my Jedi outfit so I can mix and match my look! Surely things can’t get any more exciting? Let’s see September…
The ninth month of the year and no signs of things slowing down. This time I have more Klingons invading, I celebrate the birthday of one of the biggest rock stars in history…design a saber for the first known Sith Lord, a hilt for a young lady from New Zealand and I buy TWO For Tyeth action….sorry Two Qui-Gon Jinn Black Series action figures…
The B’rel Nach saber was inspired by the Klingon “Bird of Prey” ship seen in Star Trek III and IV which Captain Kirk acquired from Commander Kruge (portrayed by the great Christopher Lloyd). Then came the anniversary of Freddie Mercury’s birthday and as tribute I modelled his famous “Microphone and stick” – can you believe Freddie would have been 75 had he still been with us? Next was a saber for my friend Julie or the “Darksider” from DarksideConfessions. Julie was suffering from a medical ailment and I wanted to cheer her up with a patriotic saber featuring the Silver Fern leaf logo, symbol of New Zealand carved into the handgrip. I then decided to treat myself and purchased two Qui-Gon Jinn action figures (I got two so I could open one and keep the other pristine or box-fresh!). Whilst photographing the figure I ended up superimposing my reflection on the packaging and something wild appeared – I morphed into Liam/Qui-Gon’s face! After that surprise I finished the month off with the design for Darth Krall, the first Sith Lord known to exist. OK, we are nearing the finish line and December…life and events must start to settle down now….Let’s see what the final trilogy of months have in store…click the link to go to Page Four!