Hello Everybody, today after the “Frightener” and things that go bump in the night I bring you a hero to save you from the darkness, a man who is bats! Yes today I bring a design inspired by Gotham City’s Batman. Whilst modelling the “High Republic” saber I noticed something about the shroud that reminded me of the Caped Crusader and that was how the blade when viewed from below looking upward I could almost make out the shape of Batman’s cowl.
If you turn you head to the side you can probably just about see the “shape of a head” and what appears to be a pair of ears pointing up just like Bruce Wayne’s headwear has! This prompted me to modify the “High Republic Saber” into a new Batman hilt. Now I say new Batman saber because a looong time ago I designed a saber for my friend Lady Revan from the lightsaber forum, who wrote a fantastic Star Wars story and I based the hilt on one of her characters, Alex Khaar. The hilt had a a long bayonet like steel blade as well as the plasma one and on the other end of the hilt it’s pommel looked like Obi-Wan Kenobi’s first saber. Well another friend named BatMike90 told me he was a Batman fan so I gave Lady Revan’s hilt a repaint which looked like this…
I thought this worked quite well, but you know me I always want to do better. I have to be fair however as this was an early Blender built hilt and I didn’t know all the tricks of 3D modelling then. Fast forward a couple of years and I can now bring you a totally bespoke Batman hilt with a special plinth…Here are the Batty Beauty Shots…
The Knight is a recoloured and streamlined “High Republic Saber” but this one has a snazzy bat logo base! This plinth was made using the invaluable Extrude function where I upload a bat logo and instruct Blender to thicken the image to form a 3 dimensional object. I then multiplied it a few times to form the cradle uprights. All the bat shapes were bevelled giving the parts an almost “Batarang” sharp edge (it’s not really sharp but the silver highlight on the edges emphasises the illusion). Ok I think it’s time for some detail shots…
The activation button has a bat logo embellishment just below it and of course the pommel needed some decoration. So I removed the mesh grill from the original design and placed another Bat into the pommel opening, all lined in silver.
Again I kinda liked this hilt and decided to mess around and try out a bit of art so to round out this presentation I have two “posters” I knocked up.
I couldn’t help but put the hilt “in” the Batcave to see how it looked and the second image is just a quick transparency overlay on a moody looking Batman.
That just about wraps up this offering but first I need to acknowledge that Batman and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne were created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger back in 1939. He first appeared in Detective Comics #27 dated May 1939.
I also have to acknowledge you, my viewers/readers and say a big thank you for visiting today and checking out “The Knight” and helping support me and my site. You are all very much appreciated, whether you are a here for the first time or if you are one of my regulars, If you like what you have seen then please leave a like, comment or subscribe if you haven’t already – I’d be happy to enjoy your company again. I still have a lot more to show everyone including some Star Wars Resistance inspired sabers so…Till next time….
“The Knight” saber design is a For Tyeth Editions design and is inspired by DC Comic’s Batman. The 3D model and all renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Batman”, “Gotham”, “Bruce Wayne” and all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of DC Comics 1939-2021.