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Marshall Law Saber – Inspired by Cara Dune

Hello Everybody, today after all the excitement of last week’s video post (aren’t I getting technical?) I return to a new saber design. This time it is a hilt for a character from Alderaan and was a Shock Trooper who after the Battle of Endor gave up military life and became a mercenary. She didn’t like the Empire, not surprising as it was the Imperials and the Death Star that destroyed her home world and killed all the people that were dear to her…so any chance she got to “take out” any ex-Imperials she took. These Imperials became Warlords and tried to control isolated planets and systems. During this time Carasynthia used her skills to help the downtrodden. But you may know her as Cara Dune…

Cara(synthia) Dune – The Mandalorian: ©Copyright Disney/Lucasfilm.

Yes, Cara Dune. Cara was a member of the “Alliance to restore the Republic” and fought with them for a while but eventually became disillusioned with the “boring” jobs of escorting delegates, suppressing riots and eventually went mercenary. It was during this time she met with Din Djarin (the Mandalorian) and Grogu…and had a few skirmishes with the ex Imps I mentioned. In one adventure Cara and Djarin managed to destroy an AT-ST Chicken Walker that was being used to terrorise/control a village. They accomplished it by using her military know-how and guerrilla warfare tactics. Another adventure led to Dune travelling to the planet Nevarro in an attempt to overthrow another Empire remnant and Cara needed little encouragement. After helping to settle the situation on Nevarro, Djin departed and Dune stayed behind and became The Marshall….she even got a Jedi Star badge, oh and I thought she needed a saber sooo I designed this one, Marshall Law….

I thought that the saber Cara would favour would be a no-nonsense and easy to use battle ready design. So I came up with a design that had good ergonomics and grip, a tough armoured shell but I did just add a small amount of bling with the activation switch. The emitter has a grid like portion that allows Cara to grip the saber with both hands to allow powerful strikes and just below the emitter is a smaller diameter “choke point” which allows her to single handedly use the saber with spinning techniques. The handgrip has a recessed leather panelling before returning to an armoured metal finish. Around the lower hand grip is a series of black coloured bars that represent the tattoo around Cara’s upper arm -almost bar-code like. Then a vented pommel finishes the hilt. I intended to replicate the colour of Cara’s costume but some glitch turned the greenish blue I intended into a more pure blue, but I think it still looks ok. I made up for the error with the activation switch however and incorporated the Marshall’s Star emblem into the switch. The Marshall’s badge looks like this…

This is the badge of the law, and yes I made a 3D representation of it too! I altered the red and white markings a little and flattened the actual Firebird logo so that I could also use a smaller version of the badge as the activation switch but the badge is fully 3D. To be honest I don’t think Cara really needs a saber as she is highly trained in using military equipment and tactics but in the finale of Season 2 of The Mandalorian, she saw a wise Jedi Master with a green lightsaber wipe out a whole ship full of elite Dark Troopers…..so she might just want a saber after that! (And no the Jedi wasn’t me, despite the fact I wield a green saber!😎).

And that I think just about wraps up this week’s design. I have been busy entertaining myself (with Babu Frik’s arrival last week) and watching a new animated Star Wars series named “Star Wars: Visions” which is a non canon series of stories set in the Star Wars theme and produced by some of the great Anime studios. These cartoons have been awesomely beautiful and varied…and yes they have some sabers which I have worked on trying to recreate for future posts. So please stick around to see those, along with a mix of new LEGO builds, maybe some cosplaying and….maybe…..another light up unboxing! (<EDIT! There will be an unboxing – an order has been placed!)

In the meantime, thank you to everybody who checked out this post and supported my site. As always whether you are a regular visitor or a newcomer you are appreciated and keep me posting. Don’t forget you can comment, like and if you haven’t already, subscribe so you don’t miss anything. Till next time….

“Marshall Law Saber – Inspired by Cara Dune” is a For Tyeth Editions design and was 3D modelled and rendered in Blender 3D. The 3D model and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Cara(synthia) Dune”, “The Mandalorian” and all Star Wars names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

For Tyeth’s New Condo – I built it brick by brick

Hello Everybody, today I return to the world of brick building and the Lego Digital Designer. I recently posted how I got a Jedi Interceptor made of Lego and I thought I needed a place to park it when I wasn’t out and about saving the galaxy (or visiting the local corner shop for supplies!). So I decided to build myself a landing pad and condo. I wanted it to have facilities for my Interceptor along with space for a workshop and a nice area to live in. This is what I came up with…(but be aware it is a work in progress and will be expanded soon…)…

This new complex has two “islands” as it were, one is the Interceptor “hangar” facilities area and across the bridge there is the living quarters. The landing pad has a nice raised landing cradle that supports the ship in it’s landing configuration and also allows access for maintenance. The landing pad has “runway” lighting and guidance equipment to make landing easier. There is a twin level garage and storage facility which I will soon be filling with various equipment and stores but you might be able to see one equipment rack already installed holding a spare lightsaber and a blaster rifle for defence, I will need all the space I can get soon so I decided I needed a second “wing” to my abode and so added the second “island” for habitation purposes. Here are a few more pictures of my living quarters…

In the first picture you can see a close up of the equipment rack I mentioned before, but the rest of the pics show some of the other facilities. First up is a “Home Cinema” with widescreen TV and rows of seating. This is useful in case I need to do any briefings for Jedi missions – I can use my home cinema as command centre. Don’t worry if you have realised that the walls seem to be missing, there is an “X-Ray” function in Lego’s Digital Designer software that allows a user to toggle the visibility of various parts to ease building and for taking screenshots of interiors. My father in law was a highly regarded builder and brick layer so I know how to construct a house! In the next image you can see my new lightsaber workbench where I will be assembling all my “virtual” lightsabers. I even added a soldering station and testing module (the white console on the right side of the desk….and ooh there’s another saber on the floor!). The fourth image shows a nice little sleeping chamber – and no it’s not for me…that bed is WAY too small to fit me…this is for the new addition to the Tyeth family. I will talk about the new arrival in a moment. The last image was just a picture of yours truly looking out to the horizon awaiting delivery of my new friend!

And to news about my new friend, well the little one has left the Gulf Coast of America, visited Miami and has been flown across the Atlantic and arrived in London. I am currently waiting for UK Customs to clear my friend then the postal service can deliver my new guest. And you will love the new addition….I do already and they will be very helpful when it comes to building my sabers – they are VERY tech savvy! I’m sooo excited.

Anyhoo, that just about wraps up this Lego themed post so thank you for checking it out. As I mention I will be making modifications to my Lego home in future. I am also working on some Mandalorian themed lightsabers and I am of course working on a Welcome Post for my new friend so there is still more to come in future posts. Thank you for your support today, whether you are a new caller to FTSabersite or one of my regulars you’re all very much appreciated. Till next time….

“For Tyeth’s Condo” is a Lego Digital Designer model MOC (My Own Creation) and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. Lego, “Lego Stud”, the “Lego Digital Designer” and all related names, logos, images and related materials are Trademark/©Copyright of the LEGO Group.

Krall – A Saber for a Sith

Hello Everybody and welcome to another new saber showcase. Not only do I have a new saber to show you all today but I can hint at some awesome news I have gotten this week…the sound of tiny feet may soon be echoing around For Tyeth Towers (aka my cave!). However it’s not quite what you might expect but more on that in possibly a week or two’s time when things are finalized. Back to today and I have a saber for a new character that has appeared in Marvel Comics by the name of Darth Krall. I haven’t been able to find much information about this guy except that he was one of the famous “Lost Twenty”, a group of fallen Jedi that turned to the Dark Side and are immortalised in statue form in the great Jedi Library on Coruscant. You might have seen their bronze bust sculptures in the background during Attack of the Clones when Obi-Wan visited the library looking for information about Kamino. Here is a picture from the comic book cover of Darth Krall…

As I mention I couldn’t find much info about this person and I don’t have the comic but I do know his former name when he was a Force Sensitive affiliated to the Jedi was Radaki. He believed that Jedi should be allowed to retain their wealth and family relationships upon passing their trials – but this was against the beliefs of the Jedi Order and code of having no attachments. He fell out of the Order and became a Sith follower. And as you can see from the picture he was intimidating and had a very ornate golden coloured lightsaber. It was this saber I tried to recreate so here is my design…. Krall….

I think this saber would class as being ostentatiously ornate – very much unlike the humble designs usually adopted by the Jedi. The hilt is probably made of Electrum, the same material that Master Mace Windu adorned his hilt with (which upset a lot of the sitting Jedi members at the time). This saber has a slanted and windowed emitter seated on a slender silver thin neck choke point section (which helps gripping the hilt). The handgrip features fluted ribs with ornate scrollwork etching at either end and followed by a slightly wider silver power pack section with a decorated pommel end cap. Time for a few close up detail pictures, onto Gallery Two!….

I again made use of the Blender3D function that allows me to replicate embossed/etched textures and applied a complex Celtic style border around the hilt grip and switch section which has an illuminated switch with a delicate bezel ring with a claw setting to hold the jewel button (I have been watching a lot of jewellery auction shows on television recently and am picking up design ideas from these jewellers). The emitter is circled by a ring of tiny but elegant windows that allow just enough of the red blade to shine through. Now finally I will showcase the pommel and it’s decoration….Gallery Three!….

The pommel cap is adorned with a centrally positioned Sith Order emblem and I placed further copies around the edges which formed a sort of web look. I made the metal of the cap appear darker as if it were some medallion that had been set into the pommel. The final image shows the Sith Order logo representing a “Black Sun”. Oh yes, and there is a D-Ring belt loop to hang the saber from Krall’s utility belt.

And once more that just about wraps this design up. It was fun trying to build a saber based off just that one single image I showed above, all I could see was an emitter and part of the pommel! I think I did ok.

I am now getting really excited about the new addition to the For Tyeth Family…hopefully I can let you all in on the joyous event in the very near future…but in the meantime I should have some more designs from The Mandalorian and I will be working on a new set of hilts from the newly released series of Star Wars cartoon/anime shows known as “Visions” which have been produced by several large Manga/Anime studios and give the Star Wars universe a whole new artistically gorgeous look. I hope you will return to check all this out in future posts. But as always thanks so much for visiting today it is much appreciated (and to the viewer from Hungary thank you for boosting my views on the 17th – you viewed over 100 items just by yourself!). Whether you are a regular viewer or a newcomer to FTSabersite….MTFBWY and Till next time….

“Droid memory go blank……Blank! Blank!”………Shhh! Not yet…..secret!

“Krall – A Saber for a Sith” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the character Darth Krall who appears in Marvel’s Star Wars comics. The 3D design, model and renders were created in Blender 3D by For Tyeth and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Star Wars” and all other names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm ltd.

“The Darksider” for Darksiderconfessions aka The Silver Fern saber

Hello everybody and Julie G! Today I take a wander down under to the land of Middle Earth….wait! Yes the country of New Zealand did act as the backdrop for the Tolkien Lord of the Rings saga movies but more importantly, it is also the home of Darksiderconfessions….Julie G. Julie has become a good friend of mine and supporter of this site, and is a graphic design artist specialising in “Motion Art” images (animated GIF pictures). You can check her artwork out and Julie’s articles on all things Star Wars related here: https://darksiderconfessions.blog/

Julie has commented on many of my designs and provided me with great feedback and advice. One day Julie was a little under the weather and I thought I should design a saber for her to cheer her up. One problem, I didn’t know exactly what to make but when I learned Julie lived in New Zealand I thought about doing a NZ inspired hilt. But nothing I started building really clicked as special by which time Julie was already feeling a bit better. So I put the idea on the back burner until I created the Quartermaster. That hilt gave me an idea…I stripped all the decorations off to leave the basic handle and I added a new colour scheme to it. Then a few bits of bling and finally I added an iconic logo of her home country. This is what I finally came up with “The Darksider” – aka The Silver Fern saber ….

OK….can anyone see the special “Icon”? Yes, I incorporated the famous fern leaf into the handgrip as an inlaid panel. And as you move around the saber the light reflects off the etching and gives the leaf a silvery outline. It took me ages to carve that logo into the grip 😉 Actually I didn’t really carve the leaf out, I used a bit of a trick in Blender that does the same job! However I had to find the right shaped image to use to create the etch pattern then size and position it to fit. I think it worked ok. Here is a close up of the handgrip.

The saber also sports an “All Black” paint job with a few red and silver accents which together also mimicked Julie’s website…until she decided to revamp the theme and went more towards monochrome. There is another little detail that links this design to Darksiderconfessions.com’s branding….see if you can spot it in Gallery Two….

Did you spot the Darksiderconfessions logo? Congrats if you said the electron cloud/Atom insignia. I 3D modelled an electron cloud to use as a pommel decoration/speaker vent and it fitted nicely into the endcap of the hilt….but it is also hidden elsewhere! Look closely at the activation switch and you will see another of these electron cloud logos circling the button to form a bezel setting – with the button in the centre it looks like the nucleus! It kinda looks familiar….

Again you can find Darksiderconfessions here: https://darksiderconfessions.blog/ Please check it out and help support Julie and the site.

So that just about wraps this design up and it is ready for Julie to take into battle should any Hobbits or…..<sorry I did it again…I mean in case any Stormtroopers or Sith Lords attack her…though with the name Darksider I am slightly worried Julie might come after me! (Well I am a Jedi 😁).

Anyway I hope you like the design Julie, and sorry it took me a while till the saber “spoke to me”. And I hope everyone else enjoyed this design too as I really had fun when it began to take shape. Thanks to everyone for checking this design out and please be sure to return to FTSabersite for future posts as I am always drawing up new creations. I also have an action figure to reveal and another ornate saber for the first ever recognised Sith Lord! So thanks to you all and to Julie – you’re very much appreciated…..Till next time….

“The Darksider Saber -for Darksiderconfessions” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. It was designed, modelled and rendered in Blender 3D.

To Freddie….on your birthday….

Hello everybody…I have been a little busy recently and very nearly forgot that today, the 5th of September, is Freddie Mercury’s birthday. If Freddie was still here with us he would have been…75 years old. So I wanted to post this short post to show I hadn’t forgotten Fred and I made him a replica of his iconic microphone which you can see in this image….

Some of my long time viewers may also recall way back in 2016 I made a lightsaber sceptre which I named “Mercurial” to mark his birthday back then…

These small tributes still don’t add up to the massive debt I owe to Freddie for all the great music and inspiration he gave me as an aspiring keyboard player back in my younger days. And no…..I still haven’t perfected my rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody yet….but maybe one day I will. And if it wasn’t for that song I wouldn’t have had the chance to perform at a venue Freddie and Queen played during their 1974 tour and stand on the same stage as Freddie had. That was a magical night for sure.

So to Freddie, thanks again for everything and happy 75th…..I’m off to put my copy of “Live at Wembley” on repeat for the rest of the day so…..till next time…..READY FREDDIE?

B’rel Nach – Bird Saber Inspired by the Klingon Bird of Prey

nuqneH! Hello Everybody….as you might have guessed from my little bit of Klingon we are headed back to Federation Space today for another Star Trek saber. To be specific we are headed to the planet Genesis where we find Captain Kirk attempting to recover the “body” of his friend Mr Spock in the hope of restoring the Vulcan to life. This is the plot of Star Trek III – The Search For Spock and as you can imagine things don’t go smoothly for our Fed heroes. The Federation are surveying the newly regenerated planet Genesis and a survey team beam down to the surface when they discover signs of life on their scanners. Whilst the scientists (including Kirk’s son David Marcus) investigate some unwelcome visitors stealthily arrive to try and obtain the Genesis data and equipment to use as a weapon -The Klingons led by Commander Kruge!

So Kirk, you are going to try time travelling? I did that once in the future..or was it the past?

This is Commander Kruge, a very harsh, imposing and not to mention ruthless Klingon (played by Doc Brown actor Christopher Lloyd!). Kruge killed his own crewman gunner when the gunner “misplaced” a disruptor beam and destroyed a ship….oh and Kruge killed his girlfriend too when she revealed she’d seen the Genesis data! Now Kruge and the Klingons arrived in their ship and as I mentioned attacked (and destroyed) a ship which was the USS Grissom the Fed science research vessel resulting in Kruge having to also beam to the planet surface to try and capture the “away team” of Lt Saavik and Dr Marcus. All this happens just as Kirk, McCoy, Sulu and Scotty arrive in a newly stolen Enterprise. But how did the Klingons arrive and remain undetected?

Well they were flying in a B’rel class starship more commonly known as a Bird of Prey! This ship had a very distinct appearance and a very special feature. So today I present my B’rel Nach or Bird Saber….

Yes, I have immortalised the Bird of Prey in lightsaber form and it is a sort of crossguard hilt. I tried to replicate the basic outline of a Bird of Prey by giving this saber a pair of “wings” either side of the emitter. In the tips of these wings are small lights which represent the BoP’s Disruptor cannons and look closely and you can see hull plating to replicate the “feathery” details the real ship has on it’s wings. The BoP is very special as some people don’t know it is actually a Romulan design! Back in the 60’s series of Star Trek one episode named “Balance of Terror” established that ships painted with bird designs were Romulan. One small line of dialogue in the movie though explains the Klingons stole this Bird of Prey! Back to the saber and the emitter represents the bridge module of the ship with windows to allow blade shine through, but look on top and you can see I modelled a basic “bridge cupola” and that has tiny windows circling it! The emitter mouth is the launch tube for the Photon Torpedoes which are replaced by the saber blade. Here is Gallery Two …

In these pics you can see the “Photon Torpedo Saber Blade” and the raised bridge cupola atop the emitter. You can also see that this saber has a lot of grime and streaks of rust on it’s surface. The tail or aft section features the leather handgrip from my “Quartermaster” hilt (https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2021/07/24/the-quartermaster-saber-inspired-by-the-mandalorians-the-armourer/) and is adorned with a Klingon Kahless Empire logo. The last two pictures show the saber back on Kronos (the Klingon home planet) and at rest on it’s display stand – this time borrowed from my “Chang” saber. (https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/chang-saber-a-weapon-for-a-klingon-general/) However this time I modified the stand so I could place the hilt at an angle to show off it’s lines. You will also notice the wings have folded downward into their rest position.

Now I mentioned a special feature of this ship and it explains how this ship approached and destroyed the Grissom without being detected…the answer is the BoP has a “Cloaking Device” making it virtually invisible. The BoP has to deactivate this shield in order to fire it’s weapons and it was this small disadvantage that allowed Kirk and the Enterprise to survive an attack (at least for a little while). Kirk realising the situation sets a trap for the Klingons and he and the crew beam to Genesis…where Kirk comes face to face with Kruge, and a young Vulcan. I won’t spoil the final scenes of the film just in case some of you still haven’t seen the movie….so this would be a good place to bring this post to an end but as always my usual thanks and messages before I go where no-one has gone before….

Thanks so much for checking this design out, I hope you have been enjoying the change of pace with these Star Trek designs – they have been fun to build. And as always thanks for the continued support you show my site and I hope you will return for more new saber designs. I have Star Wars Sith sabers, a saber inspired by the silver fern and maybe a few modified Quartermaster hilts. Oh and I might even add a few Lego models too. There is still so much more to come in future posts. Till next time…..Qa’Pla!

“B’rel Nach” saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the Klingon “Bird of Prey” ship from the film “Star Trek III – The Search for Spock” The design, model and renders where created by For Tyeth in Blender 3D and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. Star Trek and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/ ©Copyright of Paramount Pictures.

“Chang Saber” – A Weapon for a Klingon General

Hello Everybody and welcome to another new design. This time I go back to the Star Trek franchise and the film “The Undiscovered Country” and after a comment made by my friend Resa. Resa commented on my last Star Trek hilt the “Horey’ So ‘Eth – Honour Blade” design and mentioned the fantastic actor Christopher Plummer who appears in “Undiscovered” as a Klingon general. This general is at the center of a conspiracy to frame the United Federation of Planets and scupper peace talks between the Klingons and everyone else. This event was known as the Khitomer Conspiracy and it involved Plummer’s character, General Chang using a special Bird of Prey ship with a cloaking device that allowed weapons to be fired whilst activated (which was not normally possible) and attack the Klingon Chancellor’s ship the Kronos One. The only other visible ship in the area was the Enterprise which was escorting Kronos One so it appeared as if Enterprise opened fire. When Kirk and McCoy transported aboard the Kronos, Chang arrests them for murdering Chancellor Gorkon. All very bad news as Kirk and McCoy are then put on trial and Chang “proves” his case against them. Anyhoo it’s a very sinister and clever plot that shows how cunning Chang is so I thought he would have a saber too, especially if the lower rank and file Klingons might have one. So here is the saber I designed, this is “Chang”….

This saber is in slightly better condition than the “Honour Blade” and has a fairly intact coat of paint, in a nice matte black. It also features a shorter leather wrapped handgrip that is separated from the emitter module by a thinner section wrapped in a cross-stitched material to mimic Chang’s battle armour. Oh I forgot I haven’t inserted a picture of General Chang so here he is….

As you can tell by the look in his eye, he is cunning and wily. He also looks slightly more human than Klingon, this is due to his family being infected by a virus that altered their genes and affected his appearance. His eye was lost during a blood duel against the usurper Kalnor who attempted to gain control of the Klingon Empire. You can see Chang’s padded armour clearly and I think the wrap I added looks similar. His outfit also has a bit of military “bling” so I added some gold decoration to this hilt in the shape of the Klingon Empire logo (aka the Kahless Blades symbol) and a gold skull crusher style pommel. But there are a few more details so here is Gallery Two…

Yes, I couldn’t help myself and added a logo on the pommel end cap too and it looks just right to finish the hilt off. The activation switch is borrowed from the Honour Blade design and is again meant to represent the Klingon cranial ridges. Now as Chang is a proud military man, he would probably have a nice display stand to cradle his hilt when not in use so I designed a stand as well. It is in a black woodgrain effect with gold Empire logos on each cradle upright and on the base. The base has an orange/brown section with a triangular grid like pattern which I used to represent the scanner screens on many Klingon ships (you know the radar that shows how far a Federation ship is in Kellicams). I think Chang would approve of this hilt.

That just about wraps this week’s offering up. I apologise there aren’t as many renders this time around but I have been getting carried away with that Lego Digital Design software I showed in a previous post. So far I have built my Interceptor, a new flagship Star Destroyer, a Mandolorian Infiltrator ship and I’ve built part of the city of Theed – complete with B-1 (Roger, Roger) Battle Droids and tanks! Those will all feature in upcoming posts along with a VERY special crossguard saber based on a special Star Trek ship I have already mentioned today! I hope you will all call back to see that. In the meantime I need to say thank you for checking Chang’s saber today and supporting FTSabersite. Your visits have kept me motivated to carry on designing for FIVE years on WordPress as I just passed my Blogaversary so thanks big time! Till next time….

“Chang Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the character General Chang from the film “Star Trek – The Undiscovered Country” The design, model and renders where created by For Tyeth in Blender 3D and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. Star Trek and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/ ©Copyright of Paramount Pictures.

“Frontier Saber” for the wilds of the Outer Rim

Howdy Everybody! Today we travel to the far reaches of the Star Wars galaxy where there are no rules….the lawless lands…..The Outer Rim (not unlike where I used to live actually but I’ve moved to a nicer region of the UK) And this post was inspired by my good friend Neil of Makeroommakeroom.com (https://makeroommakeroom.wordpress.com/) who commented a few posts back about a “lightsaber that shoots laser bullets too” well….I have now come up with a design that can do just that. I’ll admit that a lightsaber gun does already exist in Star Wars canon – the Jedi Librarian that told Obi-Wan “If something isn’t in the Jedi Archives then it doesn’t exist I’m afraid!” actually used a “Lightsaber Rifle” in one of the recent Marvel Comics. However that Lightsaber Rifle weapon had to have a regular saber inserted into it for it to operate and using it fried your lightsaber – not good! But my design is intended to serve as both a saber and ballistic launcher. Here is the saber pistol I call Frontier….

From these images (and I’ll add an extra , funny comment later about the pictures) you can see that it sort of resembles a revolver style cowboy pistol with a straight handgrip and red trigger. The hilt does have a revolving cylinder that holds four “shots” or crystal shards. These shards are energised and fired out of the weapon by the emitter instead of a regular blade. The energy builds up in the crystal to a certain point then it is ejected at great speed. When you have fired the four crystals you can refill the cylinder. It took me a while to model this segment of the saber as I had to ensure that each crystal would align with the “barrel/emitter” as the cylinder rotated and I don’t have an engineering background. However the parts do line up so I think we should have a few close up peeks, here is Gallery Two…

Hopefully you can see that I managed to get everything lined up and looking down the barrel you can see the first crystal ready to be charged and fired. I modelled this cylinder drum using the Boolean functions which allow me to make cuts into an object using another object as the “cutter” so I started with a cylinder then had to work out and position where the crystal bullets would sit within it then using another cylinder I cut into the drum to make the recesses – allowing the crystals to be exposed once I inserted them. Fortunately there is a function called the Array Modifier that allow me to duplicate an object then position them in a circular pattern which I could then use as the cutting object to cut all four recesses in one go. The drum also has an inset and recessed front face to make it appear less flat and boring. I then had to model the Swing Arm which is the strut that holds the cylinder drum in place and hinges outward to allow reloading. You see gunslingers click the cylinder out, put bullets in then flick their wrist so the drum pivots back into the pistol’s frame ready to fire – the Swing Arm facilitates this action. So I had to connect the drum to the swing arm and then to the saber handgrip whilst maintaining the barrel, chamber and emitter alignment. And the reason they needed to align is that when you run out of crystal bullets you can use this as a regular saber! Ignite the blade here are two final pics….

Of course you can always load three spare crystals into the open breeches so you can switch between saber and pistol functions – as long as one breech is open you can activate the blade…pretty neat! The handgrip I finished off with a wooden texture that I discovered recently and mentioned in a previous post (the advanced textures with the bumps I used on the Quartermaster hilt). The texture doesn’t have the crinkled effect because I wanted a polished wood to represent the handgrip cheek plates of an antique pistol.

Now the funny thing about this design…well I was going to add a few more details and maybe an etched pattern on top but I got sidetracked, as I often do, when I had the idea for my Klingon “Horey ‘So Eth” designs.(https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2021/07/17/horeyso-eth-saberstaff-honour-blade-inspired-by-the-klingons/) And silly me never got round to making the improvements and I forgot something else….to create any extra renders! I made two, just to test then was distracted….I then mentioned to Neil the other day that I had a saber that might cheer him up. THEN when I went to type this post up this morning (Friday 13th…) I discovered my mistake and realised I had no renders! SOO I have burnt the midnight, midday and back to midnight oil to create the images for today! I am slightly….exhausted but by the Force I managed. So I apologise if they aren’t quite up to my normal standard. But hey that’s Friday the 13th for you!

That just about wraps this gunslinging session up, I hope you enjoyed this one despite it being a bit rushed. However I hope you’ll call back to FTSabersite to see upcoming designs where I was a bit more focused! There is still lots to see including my new tunics, my action figure purchases and a few more StarTrek inspired hilts…(and to Experience Film, I will get those answers posted that you sent me ok!) Meanwhile I’d like to thank you for checking in today, it means a lot, whether you are a regular or first time viewer you’re all appreciated. Till next time…..

“Frontier Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and the 3D model/renders were created by For Tyeth and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. Star Wars, Jocasta Nu and all other related names, ogos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

“Bane” Saber – It’s Bane…Cad Bane

Hello Everybody and welcome to another Bad Batch inspired saber…sort of. You see, the character that inspired this hilt made a recent appearance in the new animated series when something clicked and I felt compelled to create a design for him. That character is the bounty hunter Cad Bane. Cad was highly regarded as the best hunter in the business after Jango Fett’s death at the Battle of Geonosis (in Attack of the Clones) and it isn’t surprising he is so good as Cad trained with Jango for a while. Cad also had many skirmishes during the Clone War period including kidnapping Force sensitive children, hunting down Jabba the Hutt’s nephew , competing to win the job of kidnapping Chancellor Palpatine (only to be foiled by a heavily disguised Obi-Wan Kenobi) to name a few.

Cad was from the planet Duros and had blue skin and red eyes (similar to Thrawn) but had no obvious nose. Instead he had a flat plate running from his forehead between his eyes and down to his mouth. In case you haven’t seen Cad before here is a picture…

“I’ll take on any job…if the price is right!” Cad Bane

As you can see Cad has the face of a western style gunslinger complete with hat and toothpick! And his costume is quite cowboy inspired too with a space age twist. So I had best show you the saber I came up with for him….this is (literally) Bane….

I said that this saber WAS Bane! Cad’s look was so distinctive I just had to try and replicate him in saber form. Of course this isn’t designed for “real” use but as a showpiece hilt. I did, long ago create a “character saber” to look like General Grievous but that was just the cyborg’s head I modelled – this time with the bounty hunter I modelled the whole person! (You can check out “Kaleesh – A saber for General Grievous” by clicking this link: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2018/09/15/kaleesh-saber-a-design-for-general-grievous/ )

This hilt features a lot of details such as the buckles on his waistcoat (or vest for my US viewers) and below the vest are two belts of fake ammunition – all of which is 3D modelled. At the pommel you can see two sets of silvery cannisters which are meant to be Bane’s rocket boot thrusters…and wrapping all of this detail together is his “Duster Trenchcoat” forming the handgrip! Bane’s face can easily be seen just below the emitter. Here is Glamour Gallery 2 showing a few close up details…

Starting with picture 1 you can clearly see the vest buckles (which are in reality “plus and minus” control buttons for functions of the saber – press the left side of a buckle decreases a value, press the right hand segment to increase it) and the twin bandolier belts of gun cartridges. In pics 2 and 3 you can see the emitter with and without the blade – and the emitter and flange reflector plate form…his hat! Yes in picture four you get a full frontal image of Bane’s face – I decided that if I could model Iron Man’s mask on a saber (see it here: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2019/04/06/mark-for-t-40-saber-inspired-by-marvels-iron-man-pt-1/ ) then I could model Cad’s features. Look closely and you will see two hoses project out from a sort of lower face covering. You may think these are some sort of breathing apparatus because he has no visible nose and you would be sort of correct – they do help him breathe but they have a very special purpose. Cad was renowned for bounty hunting Jedi for people like Darth Sidious and the tubes were to protect him from being “Force choked” by his opponent! Though I don’t know of any Jedi that would resort to choking as this is a Sith/Darkside ability normally…but he must have been choked at some point and had the tubes fitted! Anyhow, in this design the two hoses flex down and under the saber to connect to a control box which houses the red lit activation button. This allows Bane to activate the hilt with his trigger finger just like his blasters.

Ok, I will finish off by including a few extra mixed pictures of art and stuff…

The first two images show how I created the title header image and the final picture is of a figurine from a well known company called Sideshow Collectibles which I used as reference when modelling this hilt. I think I got pretty close again.

That just about brings me to the end of this post and it’s time for me to fly west into the sunset…like all good space western films finish but before I go I have a few thank yous and stuff. So thanks to everybody who has called in today it is much appreciated – whether this is your first visit or you are a regular caller, your support keeps me designing and posting. I still have quite a few designs to come in future posts…there is also news of some action figures I have bought…Jedi costume updates…and I have acquired a new starship but it isn’t quite what I thought I was going to be flying off inđŸ€” I’ll leave a teaser image for my ship below, but for now….Till next time…..

I’m not sure this is the ship I was shopping for!

“Bane” Saber is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the Star Wars character Cad Bane. The design, 3D model and renders were created by For Tyeth and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Cad Bane”, “The Clone Wars”, “The Bad Batch” and all other Star Wars related names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

“The Quartermaster” Saber – Inspired by The Mandalorian’s “The Armourer”

Hello Everybody, today we return from an Undiscovered Country back to the Galaxy Far, Far Away….and to the show “The Mandalorian”. Now I haven’t seen any of the Mando shows but I do know there is a character that is quite important to Djn Djarin (The Mando) and that character is “The Armorer”. Yes I know I mispelt the name in the title image above but that was due to English/American differences in spelling – I hadn’t realised the named was Americanised. Anyhoo, I am talking about the blacksmith that gathered and melted down Beskar to re-forge it into Mandalorian armour. Beskar is extremely valuable to Mandalorians and is difficult to work with so Mando armour is also considered prized possessions. The Armorer is a very distinct looking individual as seen here…

The Armorer

The Armorer lived on the planet Nevarro in an underground complex known as a covert along with Din Djarin and Paz Vizsla. Folks familiar with Star Wars history will recognise the name Vizsla as the famous Mandalorian family that laid claim to the Darksaber lightsaber (the one with a black blade with glowing white edges). Vizsla was very conscious of his family and Mando culture and was angered when Din obtained Beskar from the Empire. They began fighting until The Armorer intervened and separated the two. Now, I thought that The Armorer could have used a lightsaber in this situation but they didn’t own one (instead the Armorer used blacksmithing tools!) so I took inspiration from the images I had seen and designed a hilt for the blacksmith. I call this hilt “The Quartermaster”…

I really went to town on this design and it took a little bit longer to finalise than my normal hilts take…but I am so pleased how this turned out. I think I nailed the colours of the textures – the burgundy, the brushed gold and the black. Then there are the decorative pieces I added which are 3D modelled. On the emitter and pommel are shrouds which are shaped to represent the Armorer’s distinct Mando helmet design (which in turn looks almost earth bound Spartan/Preatorian in design).

The images above show the helmet design from different angles and on the right is a .PNG format image. It is this black and white image that I imported into Blender then instructed the software to create a “physical object” based on it’s outline. This formed a flat layer which I thickened using a tool called “Extrude” which stretches the layer/object along a particular path or axis. This formed a thick plate which I then applied a curve to so it wrapped around the emitter and pommel. I placed two of each so the hilt was symmetrical. The emitter shrouds actually sit over two small windows that allow light from the blade to escape and illuminate the shroud through it’s cutouts. Also inside the emitter is a cone shaped emitter matrix that the blade projects from. OK, enough chat…here is Glamour Gallery Two….

In this gallery you will be able to see the shrouds in closer detail. You’ll notice there are lots of “sharp lines” on the shrouds – this is due to the way Blender and 3D software make objects using a “mesh” made from numerous smaller triangles. Fans of 80’s video games will remember “Space Invaders” with the triangular wire frame fighters, well this is the same process Blender uses to create geometry. I could smooth out these lines but it is necessary to have these facets to allow the object to be “bent” into the curved finished piece, But I think it makes the shroud appear to have carving marks where it has been chiselled and beaten into shape! I used a further “helmet” object as an activation switch and added a Covertech Wheel (the round knob on the pommel end used to hang the saber from a belt). By now I was getting carried away but there were two more details I’d like to share with you…Gallery Three…

I inserted a nice looking grille into the pommel vent to represent the Armorer’s forge fire pit…and I added a “real” leather handgrip! If you zoom in on this handgrip you will see it is “wrapped” around the hilt and has a grain and texture to it! Finally, I have to sing my own praises here and say this is one of my best sabers I have created and it needed a special something, so I constructed a display plinth for it complete with an embossed gold name plate – all of which is 3D modelled. It is also textured with a Black Ash wood grain like texture to set off the colour scheme. I am really happy with this hilt.

And finally, whilst doing a bit of reading up on this character for my write up I discovered two striking images, one of the Armorer in the forge and one of the actress that portrays her…

As I mentioned I haven’t seen The Manalorian yet so I was unaware the Armorer was a female! And the young lady that portrays the character is called Emily Swallow.

Well this just about brings me to the end of this post, but first I need to let you know what’s coming up and say a big thank you. In future posts I have a hilt for a Bounty Hunter, a gun-slinging hilt inspired by that Bounty Hunter, along with news on my Jedi costume, some action figures and a new Jedi Interceptor I have acquired for ÂŁ5! So please stay tuned for those articles here on FTSabersite. And here is the BIG THANK YOU…thanks to your support this website has surpassed 30,000 views – which for a little corner of the galaxy is phenomenal! Thank you so much for your visits, likes, comments and subscriptions…all are much appreciated. It is your support that keeps me designing and posting. Till next time…..

“The Quartermaster” saber is a For Tyeth Editions design and the 3D model and renders were created by For Tyeth in Blender 3D. These designs and images are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. The design was inspired by the character “The Armorer” who appears in Disney/Lucasfilms’ “The Mandalorian” tv show. All Star Wars and The Mandalorian names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm ltd.