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Darth Logos’ Data Chronolog – I’m branching out into new items!

Hello Everybody, I hope you are all keeping well and safe at this difficult time. Today I have something VERY different to show you than I normally have. I discussed in previous posts that with my new version of Blender 3D that I am now able to tackle projects and models I had no hope of attempting before. Well this is one such project and it is called a “Holocron” or “Datacron” and it is the Star Wars equivalent of a USB flash drive or archive device. In Star Wars a Holocron can be used by it’s owner to store information, audio, holograms, and anything of importance as a secure archive. Both the Jedi and Sith had their own style of Holocron, and differing ways to use/operate/access them. A friend of mine, Darth Logos (yes he is a Sith leaning individual but he’s not that bad really) uses the same forum I post on and contacted me with, let’s say a challenge. He asked if I would consider tackling a new object to build. Darth Logos wanted a “knock your socks off” Holocron. Well I like a challenge so I accepted and came up with this…A few early build pictures for you to check out…

Logos asked for a particularly complex model and I eventually built FIVE versions of this object…and each version had at least 3 iterations, so I really built 15 models. Some of this was due to me learning how the new Blender operates and some versions were to make sure Logos got the design how he wanted. Inside this Tetrahedron is a matrix of smaller elements and I thought he wanted a Tetra within a Tetra but learnt he didn’t want a frame on the interior structure. I also attempted a framework on the outer structure that needed a lot of work, but I think I managed it after a fortunate “happy accident”. I wanted to replicate the shape of the internal structure in the shape of the windows but couldn’t get the frame shaped correctly, then I accidently clicked a separate feature to it’s off position and Bingo, the shape I wanted formed. Anyhoo, enough talking, Logos has been waiting to see his new “Shiny” – so here are pictures of the updated model in the studio…

Oh, and did I mention that the symbols placed around the edges of this Holocron are actually a piece of prose known as the “Sith Code”…and the lines of text are in a Sith font….all of which are FULLY 3D modelled!

And here are the full effect “Glamour Shots”…and I’ll just add that these were hard to produce too!….

I also made a few “poster” style images Logos might be able to use as his logo on the forum he uses…

I hope Logos likes his new little shiny object! I will say I sort of enjoyed building it…it was indeed a challenge but I think I rose up to it! To be fair I did enjoy building this as I stretched myself and learnt new skills and tricks and now I have another item I can make models of in future (some readers may recall I did build a Happy Holidays Holocron way back HERE but it wasn’t quite as nice as this one!)

That just about wraps up this post, I hope all of you liked it. I will in future posts be revealing my first B-series astromech droid build, my first ever starfighter and of course at least a few new sabers! I hope you will all return to see them, but for now thank you so much for the support you have given me and my site. Even in these difficult times you have helped me break the 18,000 view mark now, so thanks so much to all my viewers/readers whether new or regular! You are especially appreciated! Till next time…

“Darth Logos’ Data Chronolog” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is inspired by the devices seen in the Star Wars expanded universe/legends material. All designs and content within FTSabersite are Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. All other Trademarked/Copyrighted material belong to their respective owners and are credited as such.

“Pryndonian Saber” – Inspired by The Inspector Who Reacts and Dr Who

Hello Everybody, today I’d like to introduce you to a young gent I met ecently through my friendship with Frankie, aka Nothin’ Nerdy. His name is The Inspector Who Reacts. He also hosts a channel on YouTube (click HERE to go to his channel) where he posts videos in which he reacts to various franchises and nostalgia such as the American anime series RWBY, Stranger Things, horror movies and of course…Doctor Who!
He is a great guy with a sense of humour and a vast knowledge of Whovian details. Just ask him what a Chameleon Circuit is and I bet he’d know. Well as I had designed a saber for Frankie, I felt that as he got on with her and seemed friendly like her that I should design a hilt for him. And of course not just any saber but a Doctor Who inspired hilt. As he is steeped in nostalgia I thought I would go “Old School Who” and I travelled to Gallifrey for inspiration (it’s just a short hop from one galaxy to another in my Jedi Starfighter!) And this was the hilt I came up with…

The hilt is modelled to resemble the costumes that the Time Lords wore with the large fan like back collars and the skull caps. You can see the type of costume I mean in the famous Trial of a Time Lord episodes starring Colin Baker as The Doctor.
The hilt is also in the colour scheme of the “Pryndonian Academy” – a school for Time Lords and at one time was considered the most prestigious of the Time Lord academies. The Doctor was schooled at Pryndorian Academy and I hope The Inspector has brushed up on his Gallifreyan so he can read the text in the first image (those circular symbols are Simple Gallifreyan text!) Oh yes and those symbols etched around the middle of the saber? Those spell out his name!. As I don’t have any studio work in progress pictures as I built this hilt rather quickly and I have a bit of a surprise object to reveal further into this post I thought it best to leave these teaser images here I  produced…

I think The Inspector also has a thing for time travel and retro styling as four years ago he had a haircut just like John Deacon’s hairstyle from the 1980’s…John Deacon was the bass guitar player in the band Queen for our younger readers!
The Inspector has even been seen sporting a bow tie now and then…very sartorial.

However Inspector doesn’t get everything right… I mentioned The Inspector has a TARDIS sized knowledge of all things Whovian, well unfortunately in his reaction video for “IT Chapter 2”, the Inspector has the wrong Sonic Screwdriver! We all know that Tom Baker had the best Sonic so…as a way of apology for likening his hair to John Deacon’s I decided I’d build him a Sonic Screwdriver (the one owned by the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker) to go with his saber! Here they are together…Pryndonian Inspector 5 MK

Now you may have seen that little blue block with the little symbols on it’s faces, well those were a couple of pieces of masonry that I found on Gallifrey and they have the Inspector’s initials on….I, W and R standing for Inspector Who Reacts! He must have attended Pryndonian Acedemy too.

I hope you will all take time and check out The Inspector’s YT channel but please be aware that some of the material may not be suitable for very young Padawans (such as the horror movie reaction vids). You can find his channel by clicking HERE .

Well I think that just about wraps up this time travelling tribute to The Doctor and the Inspector. I hope The Inspector likes the design and my extra little “virtual gift” in the shape of a new Sonic Screwdriver. I hope all of you, my viewers/readers also enjoyed what you saw and I’d like to thank you once more for all the fantastic support you have shown me, new or regular visitors – you’re all very much appreciated. I sincerely hope you’ll all call back to FTSabersite as I have an Obi-Wan Kenobi inspired pair of hilts, my set of bespoke original hilts and my new side line of designs including new droids, starfighters and Holocrons all still to come! So till next time (or dimension in space!)…..

“Pryndonian Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is inspired by the TV show Dr Who. “Pryndonian Saber” is Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. Dr Who and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark and Copyright of BBC TV (UK) 

“Montoya Saber” – Inspired by Inigo

Hello Everybody, today I bring you my second Rapier style lightsaber which is a inspired by a character from the 1987 hit film “The Princess Bride”. “Inconceivable!” you can’t make a saber made of light! Well, I proved last week that it is possible with my “Master Z” saber for Zorro, so I have built one for “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father….prepare to die!”. Technically this saber is just an inspired by version of his rapier as I am working on a more accurate version (coming soon I hope but it is complex, very complex). But this saber is quite complex itself and to show you I have a couple of wireframe pictures for you to take a look at…

I can now make much more complicated objects now I have an I5 processor powered laptop. It can compute all the data for the polygons and the texturing which makes the models look so much more realistic. As you can see in the picture the handguard is in fact a wire basket and Blender/my laptop has to map out the position, size and shape of each little strut within that basket, hence the big strain on the computer and software! Luckily Blender has some clever tricks called “Modifiers” used to make modelling easier and one is called “Wireframe Modifier”. I have used this technique before on my “Spidey Saber” to make the web like shrouds, but it was perfect for this saber too to make the basket shaped guard. The wireframe modifier turned the bowl shaped part into a wire framework – a bit like early 3D computer game graphics – and allows me to alter the thickness of each strut to make the frame look “solid”. The ornamental globes on the pommel and at each end of the Quillon bar are also Wireframes but have a set of panels beneath the wires to fill in the gaps. I can make the struts one colour but the panels can be coloured differently giving the globes that Faberge like look! And speaking of coloured pictures I think it’s time to show you the Glamour Shot gallery…enjoy….

I decided to go with a regal black and gold colour scheme with an amber/gold blade. Now I have added the texture graphics you can see the complexity of the struts making the basket handguard. I was able to select certain rows of struts and rotate them clockwise around the saber, then selected a second set of struts and rotated those counter-clockwise to create a zig-zagged pattern or swirl effect. I can just imagine my old (but much loved) previous laptop being asked to model this and it saying, “Please don’t make me try and build this!”

I also decided that as “The Princess Bride” became such a classic cult film I would make a few posters for this hilt…

These are nothing too fancy just some toying around with object placement and lighting. Also, I normally add the lettering and text in a photo-editing package known as GIMP (which stands for Gnu Image Manipulation Program), but Blender can also add text as a 2D layer in Compositing Mode (where you build images/videos in layers) or as in this case, I added a 3D model of the text! Blender even allows you to type a word or text, then convert it into a 3D model which you can edit, morph and add textures. This now means I only need to fire up Blender to do all my workload to create my designs and images.

And finally, as I mentioned above this is just an “inspired by” version of Inigo Montoya’s hilt – I am working on building something that looks a lot closer to the real thing for a future post – however it is very, very complex and I am working hard on it…this is the real prop I am hoping to recreate…wish me luck!

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The real Inigo Montoya Rapier hilt (as seen in The Princess Bride 1987)

I think that just about wraps up this post and design. I will be working on the proper Montoya hilt and will post it as soon as possible but in the meantime I have a few other new things to post for you. These include Darth Maul’s new saberstaff from the new Clone Wars season 7, a whole new collection of original For Tyeth designs and as Disney/Lucasfilm has announced a new project named “The High Republic” which is set 200 years before The Phantom Menace I am going to attempt designing some sabers for the new sagas to come! I hope you will call back to FTSabersite to see those. I want to say a big thank you to all who visit and support me and FTSabersite, especially the viewer who logged in from New Caledonia! Thank you whoever you are and I hope you liked what you saw. Whether a new or regular visitor/supporter, thank you – you’re much appreciated and are what keeps me designing! Till next time….

“Montoya Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. It is inspired by the sword seen in the movie “The Princess Bride” and all names, quotes, images or related material are Trademarked/©Copyright of Act III Communications, Buttercup Films Ltd and The Princess Bride Ltd. 1987-2020.

Master Z Lightsaber – Don Diego de la Vega’s saber

Hello Everybody, a week or two back I posted a design inspired by the new Disney live action movie of Mulan – and the beautiful Katana sword featured in it. Well I seem to have caught a bug and have started modelling hilts based on real world swords and sabers….and in this case a sword that was made famous by Don Diego de la Vega – aka ZORRO! Vega/Zorro was a gentleman vigilante of the California regions who fought the oppressive authorities and tyrants that made the lives of the poor downtrodden folks hell. Don Diego was the son of a wealthy landowner and couldn’t be seen as such to be fighting the local authority so adopted a disguise of a black costume and cape, a sombrero cordobés hat and a famous face mask. In this disguise Don Diego became Zorro and using his fencing skills learnt in Spain he battled for the local townsfolk. Zorro also used a pistol now and then, had a knife in his boot and rode a horse named Tornado…but it was his sword he was most famous for. The weapon was a thin bladed sword with an ornate cup shaped handguard known as a Rapier (one of four types of fencing swords – the others being the Foil, Épée and Sabre). With this weapon he would out-skill the bounty hunters and militia that were sent out too stop the vigilante and as a way to humiliate his opponents he would famously “carve” his initial Z into their clothing using three quick strokes of his blade. Now I build lightsabers, so how could I build a Zorro inspired hilt? Well here are a couple of studio wireframe images to show you what I came up with…

The saber has a very distinct “Pirates” look to it too and you could imagine Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Powers or Duncan Regehr wielding this hilt (they all portrayed Zorro in movies or TV shows – Duncan Regehr is the Zorro seen in the title image above ^^). It has a regular “lightsaber blade” but that is just so I get the usual lightsaber look to the blade, otherwise I would have made the blade slightly thinner. There is the bowl shaped handguard and I even added ornaments such as the Quillons (the bar with the spherical ends) and the curved bar known as a Sweeping or Knuckle Guard. To finish the fancy stuff I added a high polished spherical pommel to act as a counterweight. However you won’t see the pretty polished look in a wireframe image so I think it’s about time for some Glamour Shots….

I am really pleased how this hilt turned out as I used to have problems before creating curved parts in Blender let alone a curved part made of a high polished material. My old laptop couldn’t handle the number of polygons (modelling units) and the graphics required to recreate such complex pieces, but my new laptop can! And I have gone to town with my second Rapier saber which should appear in next week’s post.

To wrap up this post I will just give a shout out to Johnston McCulley, the creator of Zorro, who wrote the original story way back in 1919 so Don Diego is actually 101 years old! The character of Don Diego/Zorro first appeared in a novel named “The Curse of Capistrano” which was serialised in five parts in the pulp magazine “All -Story Weekly”. Since then there has been over FORTY Zorro films, countless books, comics, plays, computer games and even a musical starring the masked man.

I will also mention that Zorro and it’s associated names and intellectual properties allegedly belong to a company named Zorro Productions Inc, but there are/have been disputes about who owns the rights. However I have mentioned them so I don’t have to worry about “infringing copyright” or other people’s work….this is a tribute!

That does wrap things up for this design and I hope you liked it. It was fun to build as I even got to visit the pueblo of Los Angeles for the Glamour Shots (just kidding!). I have another Rapier inspired hilt you may have seen in my sneak peek I posted yesterday coming up next week and it was inspired by the biggest swashbuckling film of the 80’s. I hope you will return to see that one as there are some memorable quotes to go with it. Thank you for checking out Master Z today, whether this is your first visit or you are a regular viewer/reader of my site thank you for the support, you are much appreciated. Till next time….

“Master Z” Lightsaber is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. “Zorro” and all other names, logos, images and related materials are Trademark/©Copyright of Zorro Productions Inc.

Master Montoya and Master Z Coming Soon!

Hello Everybody….just a quick sneak peek of some historical styled hilts coming to FTSabersite very soon, Master Montoya and Master Z sabers.Rapiers Coming Soon article MK 1

So if you are into swashbuckling and saber swinging then you’ll not want to miss these!

Thanks for looking in today and I hope you can join me again this weekend for my normally scheduled post!

“Master Montoya” and “Master Z” sabers are upcoming For Tyeth Editions and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020.

“Scratchbuilt Saber” – a bits and pieces saber

Hello Everybody, this past week I have been busy learning to use my new copy of Blender 3D and at the same time testing old build files to see which models work and which models I can further tweak or modify (taking advantage of the new features). Well I was digging around my workshop and I found another crate (near to where I found my stash of Beskar) that had a lot of old model part files. These were files of models/parts that I started to build but got distracted and started something new (this happens a lot to me…I can hear Qui-Gon Jinn telling me I must learn focus!) and I loaded each file into Blender to see what they were. It turns out there were some parts that could be useful and so I set about using these newfound parts as I don’t like to waste resources and recycling is en vogue. This is what I came up with after polishing the “scratch and dents” out ….

I don’t think it turned out too bad for recycled parts! I managed to assemble a nice multi curved emitter with a functional and comfortable hilt body. It has a pretty crystal reveal chamber with four oblong windows to let the crystal shine out. Then I had a spare emitter so I flipped it horizontally and vertically so it lined up opposite to the main emitter and used the second as a pommel! This gives the whole saber a forward leaning appearance a bit like this  [  /———-/  ] as opposed to this layout  [  \——–/  ]   The “/” represents the slant. The saber also features a full crystal chamber assembly and the windows now have a much nicer transparent glass texture thanks to the all new Blender.

As always I further “tinkered” with this base design and made a “Darkside” version in black and it looks sleek, sinister and has just a bit of elegance too I think. But again I will let you decide as I present my second gallery of Glamour Shots, this is Darkside Scratchbuilt…

The black aluminium texture really makes the green blade, switch and crystal “Pop” and probably would look really evil with a Sith red or purple blade. Maybe that will be a further modification for another post…I could add a few gold or silver accents too, hmm! One final modification I made for this version of Scratchbuilt was to combine two hilts to make a staff and here is the standard silver staff…S And D Silver Staff MK

A doubly dangerous design….and all from parts that I had almost discarded to the recycle bin! And believe it or not a real life custom saber manufacturer had some off cut and reject parts laying around in a pile of storage bins but instead of using their imagination to put the pieces to use, they bagged all the reject parts into 5 or 10 lbs bags and sold them off to DIY saber builders. However as my parts were digital I used my brain and put them into a new design. I am going to set up a procedure where I don’t delete rejected ideas straight away but store them and review the parts/models before committing them to the Recycle Bin…as it can be surprising what models you can come up with!

Anyhoo, that just about wraps up this post, I hope you enjoyed my journey into recycling! It’s true, you can put all sorts of things to use if you think “outside the box”. I hope to bring you all a few more “rescued” hilts in future. I also have an Obi-Wan Kenobi inspired hilt, a beautiful curved fencing hilt, and a few more totally original bespoke designs from my FT Model range I have started. Please be sure to call back to check these out in upcoming posts. But for now I’d like to send out a big thanks to all of you, my friends for all the support and kind comments/likes you have given me and my site. I have today passed 100 Subscribers (though I fear some may be bots) so thanks to you all, you are much appreciated. Till next time….

“Scratchbuilt Saber” and “Darkside Scratchbuilt Saber” are For Tyeth Editions designs and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. All designs and content within FTSabersite are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite or their respective owners and all Guest Designers’ content is used with permission.

“Warrior Saber” Inspired by Disney’s Mulan live action movie

Hello Everybody, today I am Blending a past design and a new rebuild (see what I did there? Blending?). Now last year around July news of a new Mulan live action movie based on the Disney animation broke and a few promo images and a teaser video released.

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Disney’a Mulan promo image (Copyright Disney Studios)

I saw the images and trailer and was interested as I saw that the film has swords in it and Katanas in particular. I knew there would be lots of people making 3D models of the sword so I thought I’d do my version of it. Due to circumstances and how busy I was over the last 6 months I didn’t get to post the design even though I did post this teaser…

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Mulan Saber teaser poster from last year!

And as you can see I pushed the limits of my model-building skills by creating an embossed/carved reproduction of the Mulan family crest/dragon on the handguard! But as you can see there are those pesky “Fireflies” or noise pattern on the image. This annoyed me but my old laptop and Blender couldn’t make the images look better without processing the image for hours on end. However fast forward 7 months and I have new hardware and the new Blender 3D v2.81 and so I figured, “I haven’t posted the design so why don’t I modify it and see how my new setup copes?” I reloaded the old Blender file and started to improve (I hope) on the original. Here is that new version, this is “Warrior”…

In my last version I attempted to use the techniques I used on my LOTR “Barad-Dûr Saber” to recreate a hammered metal look for the hilt handle and pommel ring. This made the hilt appear to be made of wrought iron with lots of hammer pockmarking and I also tried to recreate the dragon handguard. As I mentioned I managed it but the rendered images didn’t do justice to the model. I discovered I had made a few minor errors too in my fist build so I rectified those and added carvings around the edge of the handguard too…and I prayed to the Force that Blender’s new render “despeckle” function would work. Thankfully it did and I reckon the engraved detailing turned out nicely. I will admit the tassel hanging from the pommel still needs some work but with my new more powerful laptop I can use the “Hair” function to improve it. The “Hair” modifier recreates hair follicles but creates a lot of strands that need to be calculated and processed, my old laptop couldn’t manage that. Overall though I think this updated model looks OK and the final renders are a vast improvement. I am really pleased with Blender 3D and not only am I able revisit and tweak my old designs…I have already come up with around half a dozen new hilts….or one design a day! All of which I will be featuring in upcoming posts.

That just about wraps up this post but I would just like to point something out regards the movie’s release and more importantly the Coronavirus outbreak. I sincerely hope that a remedy for this terrible virus is found quickly and deployed successfully and my thoughts are with those already affected, those that have succumbed, and their families. I mention this virus outbreak as it may affect when the Mulan movie is released (it is scheduled for March 21st as of time of posting)…but the health scare could change that date.

Thank you for visiting FTSabersite today and I hope you liked my new updated “Warrior”. All of you, my viewers/readers are much appreciated, whether this is your first visit or you are a regular, thanks so much for your support. I hope you will all return to see what I have in the pipeline in upcoming posts. Till next time….

Oh! and p.s. Hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day yesterday…I made sure I got my card…I wrote it myself!

“Warrior Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions model and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. It is inspired on the weapon seen in the upcoming Disney live action adaptation of Mulan due out in March 2020. “Mulan” and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney Studios.

 

Upgrades! For Tyeth tries Blender 3D V2.81a!

Hello Everybody! Today is a BIG day as this is the start of a new era for me….I have upgraded Blender so I am running the new 2.81A version (as I type this I have seen v.2.83 has been released but that isn’t a stable release yet). This means I have access to a new modelling feature called EEVEE which is a “real-time renderer” so I can make a model and apply textures/materials to it as I go along and the new laptop automatically modifies the model and textures as I make changes. This means I can see how the finished version of a saber will look almost as soon as I have started building it! Oh, yes…did I just mention the words “new laptop”? Yes I did….my new toy has arrived! I now have an updated computer which is amazing compared to the computer I used before…x61s_dock

This is a Lenovo X61s 12 inch laptop and it has 1GB of memory and a whopping 64GB hard disk…it even ran on Windows 7 – real high tech! But now I have the big brother of this computer with a 14 inch screen, Core I5 processor, 8GB of memory and 500GB hard disk so I am able to run the latest versions of Blender! I installed Blender yesterday afternoon and within an hour I had built my first version 2.81 saber, would you like to take a look? Of course you would so here you go…

This saber isn’t based on anything specific or any particular hilt it is just a testbed, something that was in my head that I modelled. The new software is even more powerful than the last version I had. Almost 99% of the functions can be accessed from the studio/workspace screen so was able to build this so fast. But even if a needed function isn’t on screen then there will be a dedicated tab and secondary screen layout where it will be visible. For example the screen to model the object would be different than a screen for rendering (creating the images or videos) – but there are “hot keys” to switch between the various screens allowing you to preview your progress as you go along. This software is so slick and fast I think it could do the Kessel run faster than the Millennium Falcon!

Rendering is also something that is vastly improved with 2.81. I knew it would be better but I had no clue just how good it was gonna be. Some of my old renders had lots of speckles of light and looked “grainy” due to how the graphics chip recreated the lighting for the image but you may have noticed the pictures above were very, very focused and pin sharp with no little “Fireflies” – Blender users call the speckles fireflies! You can see them on the gold pieces on the hilts below…Steampunk Aeon 4 MK Blender has a new function similar to one developed by industry leaders in animating (Disney Pixar) that removes the speckles and sharpens the image, but when I installed Blender I wasn’t aware of it. Imagine my amazement when I saw the first picture I created! The difference was like watching a movie on a mobile phone, then seeing the same film on IMAX! So impressed was I, that I rendered a few more so here’s another gallery of some glamour shots, enjoy….

I am just lost for words…and the image I showed with the Fireflies above took 40-50 seconds to render, whereas these new pictures took much less time. I pressed the button to render the image and I counted 1…2…3…and it displayed onscreen. Less than four seconds! This will cut down my workload by about 75%. I don’t know how it will handle animations but if Blender works this fast for single images then videos will take a fraction of the time too. I will work on some animations once I have transferred all my files to my new set-up. I can’t wait. Here is one final “poster” I came up with and it has the Blender “Eye” logo looming over the planet like the Death Star!FTblender2point8 poster 1 MK

Well, that just about wraps up this post, I hope you liked it. I will be looking through my old Blender models and seeing which ones would benefit from being tweaked in this new version of the software while I work on new saber designs so I hope you’ll return to see all of that in future posts. Thank you all for your support of me and this site, whether you are a regular visitor or are new to FTSabersite – you’re all much appreciated. Till next time….

Blender 3D is available for free at Blender.org

“FT’s Blender 2.81 Saber” is a For Tyeth Edition design (built and rendered in Blender 3D v2.81!) and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. “Blender 3D”, “Blender” and the Blender “Eye” logo are Trademark/©Copyright of the Blender Foundation.

Beskar Breaker Saber – A PsychoSith design

Hello Everybody and welcome to today’s post. As I was rummaging round my warehouse last week I also discovered another fantastic design from my friend PsychoSith of the Ultrasaber’s forum. On this forum he posts what he calls his “Saber Doodles” – some fantastic pencil and charcoal sketches of lightsabers. Psycho is very modest about his art but he has great talent (as you can see from this post HERE ) and this saber I am about to show you is another example of his imagination. Psycho designed this as a a Zweihander or two handed sword as used in Europe, but Psycho envisaged this as a saber that could destroy objects and sabers made of Beskar! It is a large powerful weapon…..here are a few pictures…

These pictures show Psycho’s picture he posted on the forum and immediately you can see the hilt is a beast with a crossguard design and a second crossguard below the main blades. The word Zweihander translates as “Two-hander” and you’d need both hands to wield this weapon. The second picture is a test design of a slightly smaller version of the hilt for people that would struggle with the full size Beskar Breaker. But you want to see some Glamour Shots right? OK here you go I just happen to have a few….

In these pictures you really get to see all the little details that PsychoSith included in his design that made such a big difference! The aggressively knurled handgrip with trigger activation switch bar, the heavyweight pommel, the imposing crossguards and finally the menacing blazing red blades. Now I always think that a picture is good but a video is better, right? Alright here is a small animation I produced (and because this thing is so huge I just managed a few rotations before I tired myself out trying to swing it about!)….

Hopefully this video will have given you an indication of just how big this saber is…it is a beautiful big beast! i want to thank PsychoSith for sharing this design and allowing me to post it here. I hope to add a couple more of his designs in future (and I already have a Shoto version lined up to show you). But this just about wraps up this post.

I have been busy looking for inspiration and I have a few new sabers to post in the upcoming weeks including a few curved hilts with a regal feel and a couple of sabers inspired by Obi-Wan Kenobi’s classic saber from A New Hope. And I hope you will all return to see those. I will now thank you all as I always do, you’re support for me and my site is amazing and keeps me designing and posting. Whether you are a first time visitor or a regular reader/viewer then thank you very much, you are appreciated. Till next time…..

“Beskar Breaker Saber” is a PsychoSith Sabers design and is used here with permission. “Beskar Breaker Saber” and “PsychoSith Sabers” are Copyright of PsychoSith (member of the Ultrasaber’s forum – SaberForum.com ). The Blender 3D model and animation were created by For Tyeth/FTSabersite and are Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. 

“Mandalawrian Beskar Special Edition” Saber

Hello Everybody, welcome back. Yesterday I posted a quick announcement of a new project I am working on based on the new upcoming The Clone Wars Season 7 show, so I only have a short post today showing something I have been working on. Recently I have been in “negotiations” with the banking clans on Earth and I have decided to enter the world of stocks and shares, commodities and ForEx! But first I would need an investment or collateral sooo I went and had a rummage around my workshop to see if I had anything of value to trade. Well low and behold something appeared in an episode of the TV show “The Mandalorian” that reminded me of some objects I picked up many many years ago and those objects looked like one of these….Beskar Brick

This is an ingot made of Mandalorian steel which is also known as Beskar! Beskar is a very valuable (and treasured by Mandalorians) metal used to create battle armour. It is resistant to blaster fire and can even deflect lightsabers so it can be very useful making it valuable. Guess what? I found a crate FULL of these ingots buried under some boxes of lightsaber parts and I have these….Ingot Stash 1 MK

I have quite a stash and more than enough to start investing in financial endeavours….however, I have kept a few in reserve and done something special with those bars of Beskar…..I have forged a Mandalawrian Saber in solid Beskar! This very limited edition of my saber looks like this….

As you can see this hilt has the same texture as the bars/ingots of Beskar! And the pattern of wavey lines is known as a “Damascus pattern”. It is seen in metalworking found on Earth but has been a feature of Mandalorian metalwork for thousands of years. The metal is very versatile and can be forged, melted down to form a foam, hammered into plates, used in machinery and architecture….just about anything. So this saber has a very big advantage against other sabers….because of the properties of Beskar, it can as I mention above deflect lightsaber blades and momentarily disrupt that blade so the saber temporarily malfunctions. Imagine you have this Beskar hilt and your opponent makes contact with their blade on your hilt…their blade would shut down giving you a short time to counter attack. Your saber would also be less likely to get chopped in half! I kinda like this saber but I have other new stuff lined up so I will give you all a bit of a sneak peek.

As I posted yesterday I have modeled the new saberstaff seen in the trailer for The Clone Wars and one half of the staff is the remaining half of Darth Maul’s famous double bladed weapon, and the second half is made up of a saber owned by a former Sith named Asajj Ventress! You may have seen her in the Clone Wars cartoon as she was an apprentice of Count Dooku. She used twin red curved hilts but she also used a yellow regular saber hilt too. And I have modeled that to construct the new Maul staff I posted yesterday. Here is a pre-render preview of my progress on this Ventress hilt so far…Ventress MatCap 1 MK

There are a few tweaks I need to make but I feel this is a solid basis to improve on. I will feature this and an article on Ventress in a future post complete with Glamour Shots and maybe an animation! So that just about wraps up this post and my Beskar build, I hope you liked it, I think it is quite distinctive.

Thank you all for looking in on this design and for supporting me and my site. As always you are much appreciated and I am proud to say my viewing stats are rising meaning word of my efforts is spreading so thanks if you have told friends and family or social media about FTSabersite. I have more new designs to bring you including a couple of curved hilts, a saber that nods to Obi-Wan Kenobi and I may have a tribute to an upcoming movie with a beautiful sword! I sincerely hope you’ll call back to see those. Till next time…..

“The Mandalawrian – Beskar Special Edition” saber is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. It is inspired by Disney/LucasFilm’s “The Mandalorian” TV series. The names “Beskar” and “Mandalorian” along with all other images, logos and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.