For Tyeth’s Review of 2021 and Here’s to Something New in 2022!

You made it, great stamina! We now enter the second half of 2021 and the month of July. Let’s get started!

July:

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?

August:

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…

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!

8 thoughts on “For Tyeth’s Review of 2021 and Here’s to Something New in 2022!”

  1. Inspired post, FT! The galleries are fun to peruse. I feel like 2021 saw the most Variety of FT creation yet. You have transposed your saber design skills to model vehicles, structures, microphones and such, which is very exciting. Cheers to another year of fantastic artistry my friend🍻🙂 I can’t wait to see your 2022 manifestations.

    1. Hello EF and may I wish you and your folks a Happy New Year, I hope it’s bigger and better than last year!
      2021 certainly expanded my portfolio as you say. I think I may have been on verge of becoming “stale” and about to suffer designer’s block but because of lockdowns and restrictions I was nudged to explore other avenues and hobbies that I might have never considered and that led to new inspiration. Nerf blasters, Lego and even Cosplaying…I never thought I’d ever be so extrovert! Here’s to a productive 2022 for us both. Thanks for your support and friendship.

      1. We sure are lucky to have our creativity during lockdowns. But we still need the real world. I fear extraverting, but it’s essential to my creativity – Like the Kyber crystal for a lightsaber – you have to go out and harvest it. The crystal is a real-world experience. Take the experience back to your studio and the construction can begin. It’s awesome that you nurture your extraverted side by interacting with other creators and cosplay and stuff like that. And you do incorporate that into your designs.

    1. Hello there TVTA, I know you said you were going to be busy during the holidays but I really hope you got a day or two o share with the family. It is weird that a Pandemic turned out to be a stimulus to me branching out to new areas of the Star Wars hobby/culture – but it has been fun also. In fact I may be partaking in some “arms deals” to get more Nerf blasters which I hope to modify this year (now getting out and about to buy parts is a little easier!). But that will have to wait till after my booster jab tomorrow🤔. Anyhoo, I really hope you also have a great 2022 and I look forward to more of your Six Sentence Stories (like what’s happening with Thomas now?…oh the suspense…).

      1. Cheers FT. I manged to have a nice meal Christmas Eve and New Years Eve but other than that it was 13 hour shifts. I had 2 days off in between when I went surprise record shopping (see my newest post).
        Yeah, it was good you branched out during the pandemic, but still had that keen eye on all things Star Wars (as we must do, ay? 😎).
        Yikes, I too have my booster jab incoming… good luck.

  2. Happy New Year!
    Wow, you sure put a lot into this post. Excellent!
    Almost took a year to read it. YOU KNOW I”M KIDDING! 😂
    Effin Covid.
    We are in another lock down…stage 2.
    Looking forward to what you come up with this year.
    Take care!

    1. Hello Resa and Happy New Year to you also! Thanks so much and I’m glad you enjoyed the marathon post. I found that somewhere in the mess of 2021 I had actually accomplished quite a bit – and I was pleasantly surprised.
      Sorry to hear about the restrictions thrown up in your neighbourhood, I just had my third dose of vaccine and just received a PCR test kit from the “Government” for when I get symptoms of Covid. That I have to say is some confidence by the Gov to say I WILL get the virus rather than “Oh we just sent you this in case you need one…hopefully you don’t!” It’s almost as if they’ve given up on battling it. Oh well.
      Thanks again and I will strive to keep up the good work this year!

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