Hello Everybody! Well a new trailer for The Clone Wars Season 7 dropped recently (yesterday I think) and in it was an exciting new something! Guess what? I have already built that shiny new red double bladed object!
A full article with full colour Glamour Shot gallery (and just maybe an animation) will be posted here on FTSabersite very soon!
However this weekend I enter the world of commodities, stock exchanges and ForEx as I have found a few ingots of a very valuable material in the back of my workshop and decided to do something special to my “Mandalawrian” saber….you won’t want to miss it!
Thanks for looking in on this announcement and I hope you’ll return for my “Mandalawrian – Beskar Special Edition”.
Hello Everybody and yes, you have read the title of this post correctly! I am announcing that my “Spoiler Free Zone” is being lifted and we will be able to chat about the movie….but don’t worry I will put WARNINGS at the top of the posts just in case you haven’t yet seen the film and want to avoid finding out details! The reason I am lifting the exclusion zone is that folks on the internet are talking about the film and some certain lightsabers in particular….WELL, I have modeled those sabers already and want to post them as I am quite pleased how they turned out. So here are the teaser posters for the two hilts I have coming up (I already built the Dark Rey folding hilt and Rey’s Graflex last year as they appeared in the trailers!). OK enough talk here are the teasers….
And if this wasn’t exciting enough, I have the big “secret” saber belonging to Rey everyone is talking about…
I will be bringing you these two hilts this weekend and Rey’s will appear next weekend! You won’t want to miss them….but if you have a good close look around my site you might see Rey’s saber hidden in plain view!
A can’t wait to post these and again I hope you will join me to see them. I need to say a big thank you to you, my friends because I am on the verge of breaking 16000 views! Word is spreading about FTSabersite and little old me so thanks for sharing links and telling your friends. Till this weekend….
Hello Everybody and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yes we have entered a new year and a new decade…we are in 2020! But before we dive into the new adventures ahead I thought I’d take a 20/20 hindsight review of 2019 (< See what I did there? 2020 hindsight? 😀 ) And boy was I busy during the past 12 months!
I counted my posts and the designs I had shared and I have posted over 45 sabers plus variations in the space of 52 weeks …so lets jump back to January and take a look at what I posted….
January started with a saber inspired from a Star Wars computer game known as Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic (SW KOTOR) and the first saber you build in the game. I also posted the first in a series of hilts inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s Stormtrooper concept art, even a saber based on the 80’s TV show Charlie’s Angels. Finally I posted a lightsaber staff for Satele Shan, another character from SWTOR the sequel to SW KOTOR.
Padawan One Saber
Angelic Saber inspired by Charlie’s Angels
Satele-ite Saber inspired by SWTOR
Trooper Saber inspired by Ralph McQuarrie
February featured designs from Resident Evil, Lord of the Rings, a saber for Superman and a hilt for Padme Amidala. I particularly liked the Superman hilt I built for my friend TheVintageToyAdvertiser as part of a series of challenges, and the Lord of the Rings hilt because I had to make sure I did a good job and pleased both Star Wars fans and LOTR fans – Not Easy!
Alice Saber inspired by Resident Evil
Barad-Dur Saber inspired by LOTR
Supermobile Saber for Superman
Aggressive Negotiator for Padme Amidala.
Again I really liked the LOTR hilt as I got creative, making the pommel resemble the Eye of Sauron! However, even Padme’s hilt had custom etching and an activation swith made to look like her pendant given to her by little Ani!
Marching on in March,I presented my crossover hilt designs for another Sci-Fi franchise – Star Trek (yes I said it!). I created a hilt for the Klingon warriors and one particular half Klingon named B’Elanna Torres from the show Voyager. A new character appeared in the movie SOLO called Enfys Nest so I posted a design in her honour and back on earth I had another challenge from TVTA. He wanted a saber based on Starsky and Hutch and the famous red car, the Gran Torino!….
B’Elanna’s Blade for the Klingon Lady
Gre’Thor Blade for the Klingon Warriors
Swoop Saber for Enfys Nest
Starsky and Hutch Saber says it all!
The Swoop Saber had a hidden Crystal Chamber built into it, while the Starsky and Hutch hilt had a blue police light as the on/off switch and even had working headlights buried in all the chrome bodywork!
OK folks, that covers the first three months! To continue our journey through 2019 please click the link to go to page two where we will discover what April brought!…see you on page two…..
Hello Everybody, today I have had to make a very quick change of plans! I was relaxing in my Coruscant apartment enjoying the holiday spirits when I decided to check out some videos on YouTube (there isn’t much entertainment on my cable package). Well I had a very pleasant surprise, my friend Frankie – aka Nothin’ Nerdy has posted a video to honour the saber I designed for her and I am speechless. It is a little unreal to hear your name being spoken in a video and for the person to be saying such nice things about you. I’d like to thank Frankie and to let her know it was my pleasure to design her saber and produce the accompanying artwork/animations. So to my loyal visitors, followers and friends, if you could spare a few minutes and check out Frankie’s YouTube, Twitch and Facebook pages I’d be very grateful. Here are the links:
And I decided to revisit Frankie’s sabers and gave it a new colour scheme…
Nothin’ Nerdy Saber Darkside Edition
Nothin’ Nerdy Saber Darkside Edition Lit Up.
Just a little modification to keep me entertained, and speaking of entertainment I also continued my work on a collection of sabers I gave you a sneak peek of last week. Those items that may or may not appear in The Rise of Skywalker. Well I refined some details and I thought a nice group picture would look cool so here is another quick sneak peek of my new collection…(Only in gold…as full galleries of these new designs will feature in future posts!)….
Two of the hilts you have seen already but they look good all together. I will end this post here as I had to type this off the top of my head, but I will have an end of year review of a few of my favourite designs I have showcased these past twelve months, there’ll be a bit of a mix!
So thanks once more to Frankie, I am really proud to have a friend like you and to my visitors, followers and friends that support me tirelessly here thank you too. Please call back to see future posts with more sabers and fun. Till next time….
He has broken cover and debuted on Disney+ and this Saturday he will make an appearance (of sorts!) here on FTSabersite! So if you are a lawbreaker, or you’re on the run or have a death mark on your head beware…this saber will bring you in alive or cold!
Hopefully all you law abiding viewers will join me this Saturday….Till then…..
Hello Everybody, well we are less than 58 days out from The Rise of Skywalker’s big release and today the final trailer for the final installment of the saga debuted! I watched it and er, well it looks big, it looks interesting but I am worried there is a lot to of issues to cover in a short time. There was also news of problems and re-shoots, I’m really not sure “how this is going to end”. So if the link works and doesn’t get taken down let’s take a look at the trailer shall we?….Lights!…..Popcorn!…..ACTION!
This trailer has all the usual cryptic teachings from a wise whispering Master (no, not me – they never asked me to) and we see Rey showing her agility in two locations…or is it really two Rey’s? Hmm! We see our heroes looking down onto the tent city we saw on the desert planet in the first trailer. There looks to be a massive space battle with Lando back in “his” pilot’s seat right in the middle of it. Rey is feeling lonely. Then Kylo turns up out of the spray. There is wildlife…in the form of space horses. And there is that evil cackle of a voice “Your coming together…..will be your undoing!” oh er! I won’t mention the Iron Throne as that’s from a different franchise, but I will say whoever that is sat in it “has the high ground” so things may not turn out great for the good guys and gals! (But at least the John Williams music sounds epic)
I’m not much of a film or trailer critic but I thought as this is possibly the final chapter of the saga that has accompanied me since I was a youngling I had to write this post. So thanks for looking in on it. Are any of you my loyal viewers planning on seeing the film and if so what do you think will happen? I plan to get my VIP tickets as soon as I can (well they are a belated birthday present) and who knows I might even see if I can take my saber with me for a final salute.
Again thanks for visiting and please call back this weekend for my scheduled post. Till next time…..
Hello Everybody, just a quick post to let you know I have been busy “tinkering” with my attempt to recreate the new “Switchblade” saber seen in the new teaser trailer for “The Rise of Skywalker”. I have managed to get a better resolution picture of the new saber/staff and so reworked my first attempt. Below is a “clay model” render to show the new build off (I feel like a car manufacturer showing of a new car shape with one of those clay sculpture models seen at motor shows!). In a change of schedule due to this new buzz there will be a FULL COLOUR gallery and post coming this weekend, but for now here’s that clay model picture just to get your attentions!
Thanks for looking in on this announcement and I hope to see you all this weekend for my post on this model. Till this weekend…..
Hello Everybody, yesterday a teaser video dropped for the new film “The Rise of Skywalker” and there was an immediate buzz about the last few seconds where we see something we are all dreading (unless you are part of the Sith!) – REY as a Darksider?
She has a double ended, folding staff lightsaber and dark robes which brings me to the reason for this impromptu post. I have two questions….
Will Rey turn to the Darkside? And second….should I keep working on this design to make it better?
Let me know! Thanks for looking in on this quick sneak peek…man I can’t wait for the 20th December now! Till next time….
Hello everybody, today I have had to change my plans once again because, as you can see from the title, I have been nominated for another blogging award! And again I have the nice young lady named Annlyel of annlyelonline to thank as she nominated me for the “Mystery Blogger Award”. (I think Annlyel may be spying for the First Order who are hunting me…she keeps asking me questions – maybe to gather intel on me?) Anyway thank you Annlyel, I do appreciate my nomination and to qualify for the award there are the usual rules and procedures to follow. As always I am going to struggle to name 5 or more blogs that I haven’t already mentioned as recommendations but I will do my best with the other segments.
The “rules” are as follows:
1.Put the award logo/image on your blog
2.List the rules
3.Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
4.Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
5.Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
6.Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers (if possible)
7.Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
8.Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
9.Share a link to your best post(s)
I have sort of put the logo image on my page because I thought I had to make my own version of it at first so used it for my title header image above ^^…but it kinda looks a bit “X-Files”. I didn’t know where to get the official image from then I thought “maybe the person who created and started this award has it on her site” so I visited the site and there it was! Rule 4 states I need to mention the creator so I will. Her name is Okoto Enigma, and her blog is Okoto Enigma’s Blog which can be found at: Okoto Enigma’s Blog
Now here are the three facts about For!
1) I have only been designing seriously since 2015 after I bought my first lightsaber. The company I bought my hilt from offered a product called “Adaptive Saber Parts (ASP)” where you could use an online virtual builder to “design your dream saber” . You choose different pieces to make your own design from a selection of handgrips, switches, blade holders and pommels. You could then buy the corresponding parts to assemble the saber at home. I spent way too much time using that website designing hilts like this..
The company then held a saber design contest on their forum which I entered and was fortunate enough to win. This convinced me I could probably design sabers as a hobby…I designed over 300 using that website.
But around a year ago the company updated their website and my laptop wasn’t able to access it any more so I had to learn how to use 3D modelling software to continue designing. The good news is that I can now design my own bespoke lightsabers from scratch and make them look like this…(this is just a few!)
2) I am a pianist/keyboard player and used to be part of a cabaret act! I had to sing, dance and play keyboards in bars and clubs around the UK. We also had a full stage show with lighting and costumes. One of the highlights of the job came when I got to perform at a club, on a stage, that my favourite band had played on. That band was Queen – Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon! And I got to play Bohemian Rhapsody – LIVE – on the very stage they had performed on! I got rather emotional that night.
3) As a youngling I had a very unusual claim to fame. I was one of only three people in my town who could operate the film projector in my local cinema! My father knew the chief projectionist as they talked to each other on “Citizen’s Band” radio. I was invited to check out the projection room lots of times and learnt how the projector worked. I knew how to load the machine and swap reels (which were approximately 1m/3ft in diameter, not the small decorative film canisters you can get for your home décor!) and even got to run a “show” for a paying audience while the official projectionist watched on!
I think I have to answer 5 questions including one “Weird” one….
(Weird) 1. What strange food combination have you ever experimented with and realized it was actually kind of delicious?
A) I did try Portion Bread with Peanut Butter spread once (Portion Bread is the green bread roll, or biscuits as they are known in the USA, that you might have seen Rey eat in The Force Awakens). But a strange real world food combination I used to eat was Sugar Sandwiches. As it sounds it was just two slices of buttered bread with a sprinkling of sugar as the filling. I suffered from bad health as a child and when I was ill I’d get so poorly I couldn’t eat proper food so I was given these sandwiches to keep up my energy. It was a “recipe” my grandfather used to make along with his “magic” Whisked Egg Milkshakes.
2. If there was any ancient civilization you could visit what would it be?
A) I think I’d like to visit ancient Egypt to see how the pyramids were built and compare them to the Jedi Temples like those on Yavin 4 and the Sith Fortresses like the one on the moon named Dxun.
3. What’s your favourite holiday movie?
A) I don’t really have a favourite holiday movie as I watch films all year round if I have the time. But I do like the National Lampoons vacation films!
4. What’s your idea of a dream vacation?
A) I like to get in my Naboo Star Skiff and fly out to Bal’ Demnic. It has mixed emotions for me as it is on Bal’Demnic that I was seriously injured in a battle trying to stop the Confederation of Independent Systems (CIS) from taking control of a Cortosis mine but the planet has some seriously beautiful ocean and forests away from the civilised/industrial areas. They also have great big Hawk-Bats swooping around in the misty atmosphere all along the coastlines. But I’ll be spending most of my time in future in my new apartment…nice huh?
5. Reality, drama, or comedy; what’s your favorite television show genre?
A) Tough one this as I like both drama (mainly sci-fi) and comedy. It depends on my mood but maybe comedy – just. I like crazy comedy like the British shows Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers, Dad’s Army, Allo’Allo’ and Only Fools and Horses.
Star Wars Trivia!…..Bruce Boa starred in an episode of Fawlty Towers titled “The Americans” as a tourist who stays at the Fawlty Towers hotel and tries to order a Waldorf Salad and a Screwdriver to drink. It is probably the most popular episode of the show. Well….Bruce Boa also played the part of General Carlist Rieeken, the Rebel Alliance commander on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back!
Finally I need to direct you to my favourite post or posts. I have a few posts I am proud of and would like to share them with you:
First up is “For Tyeth Tries Blender 3D!” where I began my real journey into designing using dedicated 3D design software and not have to rely on Third Party websites. It was where “The For Awakened” you could say! Here is the LINK
My second post is a post that caused me a lot of anguish as I had a design I was extremely proud of…but it was lost to a computer glitch as I attempted to save the files. I had to rebuild the saber from scratch using my memory. To see how I managed you can check out “New Asguard” – Inspired by Marvel’s Thor” by clicking HERE.
And lastly, I have “Furious – inspired by the Red Fury Stormtroopers” which I posted a few months ago. It shows how good my Force premonition is as Disney/Lucasfilm recently announced some new Troopers (and toy merchandise) namely the “Sith Trooper” and guess what? They wear red and black armour…just like my saber! To see how similar they are you can click HERE.
I still have many more sabers and designs to bring to you all and as a treat here is a sneak peek of the Master Series collection of hilts I announced last week. There is a Rey Graflex from the new Episode 9 film, Anakin’s saber from Episode 2, a hilt for Darth Vader….plus a saber for THE master…Luke Skywalker!
Thanks once more to Annlyel, I hope this post meets approval. I also hope you will all return to view future posts…as you have seen there is plenty more to come. Thanks for all the support. Till next time….