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“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 £5! 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.

“Horey’So ‘Eth” saberstaff – Honour Blade – Inspired by The Klingons

Hello Everybody, wow it seems strange not to be showcasing a Bad Batch saber this week but I hope you’ll like this offering just as much. I mentioned a few times that the ideas for the Bad Batch hilts came all at once in a burst and I quickly modelled/rendered them – well this afforded me a bit of time to “relax” as I had a supply of material to show you all. In this “downtime” I tried watching a bit of TV and discovered that one of my cable channels had a Star Trek movie marathon on (yes I mentioned Star Trek again!). I figured a change was as good as a rest and decided to watch a few Trek adventures and saw something in ST6 The Undiscovered Country – a Klingon weapon…sort of. Captain Kirk and Dr McCoy are framed for murder in the film and sent to a penal colony named Rura Penthe. During one of the scenes I saw a Klingon prison guard use a type of shock baton (cattle prod). I attempted to model it in Blender from memory but it wasn’t good and lacked a lot. THEN it hit me…what if I doubled the weapon and connected them to form a Maul style staff? I set to work and came up with “Horey’so ‘Eth” or Honour Blade…

I made a nice looking, balanced staff but it still needed detail so taking inspiration from my B’Elanna’s Blade” and “Gre’thor” hilts I reworked the image of the Klingon cranial ridges to form the cut-out windows on the emitter. I then (I think) cleverly used the same model piece I used as a cutter to create the windows to form the activation switches too! I scaled the piece and switched it from having a plain material and gave it an emission to make it glow – resulting in the red chevron shaped switches. And just to enforce the link to the Klingons I 3D modelled another Empire three bladed logo to act as a decoration on the switch section and emitters.

I also had chance to play with some settings I don’t use much in Blender and those are controls to create ultra-real looking textures using multiple layers of “paint”. The staff above has 4 “layers” starting with a Base Material. This is just a plain photographic texture image and makes the object look coloured but flat and lifeless. However applying the remaining 3 layers changed that. The next layer, Metallic, controls how shiny various parts of the Base Material are then next is the “Roughness” layer which adds chips and scratches – finally a layer named “Displacement” adds a special 3D shadowing effect to trick the human eye into thinking the texture has a raised surface. This technique is sometimes known as “Bump Mapping” used to add details like rivets and screw heads to models. OK enough chatting again, it’s time for Glamour Gallery two…

I realised that the first batch of images were a little dark as I tried to add a bit of “mood lighting” but that meant the details didn’t show too good so I turned up the lighting and while I was modifying I figured I’d add a couple of gold accent rings to hold the leather handgrip in position and I added this colour to the logos so they stood out better too. Hopefully you will be able to see the much more detailed material textures – the red paint almost looks like it is peeling off for real. Finally I decided to build a ceremonial or regal version of the staff and gave it a classic black and gold scheme. Gallery three…

Again this colour scheme uses the advanced texture settings and you should be able to see what appear to be machining marks as if this staff was carved from solid metal on a lathe or CNC mill (a computer controlled manufacturing machine used by saber companies to cut aluminium bars into empty lightsaber handles).

I really enjoyed my break from building Star Wars hilts and am pleased how this design turned out. I think it will look good in my Star Trek gallery which you can find here: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/tag/star-trek/

I am drawing to the end of this post but first I’d like to mention what’s coming up in future posts. First I have received a few parcels, one regarding my recent costume build and another couple of packages containing some collectibles which I’m excited about (I had to buy two of these collectible items so I can keep one boxed and display the other!) Hopefully pictures will follow of all my purchases. And in saber designs, I still have a Star Trek ship inspired hilt along with a Bounty Hunter and a Blacksmith saber from the Star Wars universe – basically plenty to entertain you all.

That’s it for today, thanks so much for your visit and support – all your comments, likes and subs are much appreciated. Whether a new caller or one of the FTSabersite regulars please call back for future posts. Till next time…..

“Horey’so ‘Eth” is a For Tyeth Editions design and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. They were inspired by the Paramount Pictures and CBS Television franchise “Star Trek” and “Star Trek VI – The Undiscovered Country”. All Star Trek names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Paramount Pictures/CBS Television.

Tech’s “Terminal Saber” – inspired by The Bad Batch

Hello Everybody and welcome to mystery saber number four in my collection. And this time it was a mystery as to which saber I had to reveal today as nobody remembered to vote! So I took “Executive Action” and ordered that saber 2 in the list be next up. Saber 2 is designed for Bad Batch member “Tech” the clone trooper that was given enhanced scientific, engineering and technical skills and abilities when he was created on the planet Kamino. These skills included rapid problem solving, understanding of complex computer and mechanical systems, linguistic skills and translations…oh and a habit of blurting out information to whoever he is talking to relating to any situation they are in – without necessarily being asked for such info! Tech appeared different to the other Bad Batch members, being slimmer in build, with fairer complexion and looking younger than the normal Jango Fett template the clones were derived from. And talking of looks that brings me to the first gallery of Glamour Pics so here is “Terminal Saber”…

I think this is another striking design and quite a “High Tech” looking hilt too. It comes in Clone Force 99 colours and has a thin neck style. The emitter is mounted on a thin neck that has four power conduit cables that glow. The thin neck attaches to the upper handgrip which has two data display panels on either side, which mimic his customised helmet visor. His helmet is a modified Scout Trooper version with a special tactical awareness and data screen built into the visor (a bit like Google Glass!) I imagined that just like Echo’s saber last week had extra functionality so should Tech’s…and I had the idea that his helmet and saber could link wirelessly and share info back and forth. Tech likes gadgets and has a hobby of recording all manner of sounds into a database (this sound database actually assisted in a daring escape in one episode of the Clone Wars show) and this saber can receive audio data and play it back too. On the underside of the upper grip a Clone Force 99 logo can be seen. The lower handgrip I quite like as I was able to create a neat 3D checkerboard patterned grip, with recessed squares to provide the grip texture. The handgrip is capped off by another CF99 logo pommel decoration.

“But how do you switch the saber on and off?” I hear you say…well there is a “hidden” activation slide mechanism that also reveals other controls for power and blade settings, as well as a micro LED screen. And it kinda works like this…over to you Tech….

Due to having had a burst of inspiration a few weeks back and I built all these hilts in record time I was able to film a small demo video of how there is a sliding cover over the setting controls which also acts to switch the saber on and off. Quickly sliding the cover back and forth either activates or deactivates the hilt or you slide the cover fully open to access the settings…as Tech said…”simple really!” And if the video was too quick then here is a second gallery of images of the saber and switch section…

Pairing this saber with Echo’s “Data Splice” hilt and you have nearly every possible computing or technical task covered, Echo can splice into any system and Tech can then run diagnostics and reprogramming of any network. And if they encounter any Hostiles…they have sabers too!

Once again I think that just about covers everything with this design. I really liked working on this one and fortunately (fingers crossed) I managed to get this current laptop to create another animation (ok maybe not up to Disney/Lucasfilm levels but not too bad 😎) I hope you al enjoyed this one just as much as I did. And that leads me to next week’s not quite so mysterious saber – as there is only one left in the collection (or is there more?…..) you won’t need to vote this week. I will just leave the “reveal board poster” here showing the hilts so far and you can imagine what the final one will turn out like.

So it is that time where I have to end, but first as always I need to say thanks. Thank you to everyone that visited and checked out this latest design, your support for me and my site is greatly appreciated. New or regular visitors, you keep me posting and I have a few more sabers lined up for future posts including a Bounty Hunter themed hilt and a weapon for a Blacksmith. I hope you will all return to check those out too. In the meantime stay safe and please spread the word about FTSabersite. Till next time….

“Tech’s Terminal Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the character Tech from Star Wars: The Bad Batch. The design was modelled, rendered and animated in Blender 3D by me, For Tyeth and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Tech”, “The Bad Batch” and all other names, logos, images and related Star Wars material is Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm 2021.

“Demolisher” Saber – for Wrecker of the Bad Batch – Mystery Saber 2

EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 25TH JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE NEXT REVEAL POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!

Hello Everybody and welcome to the reveal of “Mystery Saber” number two! I hope you all liked my previous hilt “Tracker” that I built for Hunter of the Bad Batch last week. Unfortunately the day after I posted it I saw the latest episode of this new series and Hunter’s knife was on show and in much better focus and I saw that it had an etched, glowing circuit pattern on the side of it’s blade which I didn’t see in previous episodes. But at least I added an LCD display screen to my design so it was a bit different. However, the star of the last episode (called “Battle Scars” in case you want to check it out) was the character whose saber viewers have voted to see next…Wrecker!

Ooh Great!

I get a saber too?

As you can see Wrecker embodies his name perfectly – he is big, strong and has a love of breaking things and opponents apart! But deep down he is a softy and loyal. Unfortunately clone troopers have a weakness and that is a mind controlling microchip in their head, implanted when they were “grown” on Kamino the cloning planet. This chip ensured they followed orders and one very dangerous instruction – ORDER 66! Order 66 as you will know was the order given to the clone troops to kill the Jedi when Palpatine wanted to take over the Senate and galaxy during The Clone Wars…and in the last episode Wrecker’s chip activated…not good! I won’t reveal more than this but I will reveal the new saber I have designed for him. I call this the “Demolisher” saber…

This is the weapon for a guy built like a bulldozer…it is large, powerful and has three blades for extra damage potential! It is shaped to also try and mimic Wrecker’s body shape with the side emitters “hunched” slightly to represent his broad shoulder armour. The saber has an overall Bad Batch armour colour scheme as Hunter’s saber also had, and features Clone Force 99 insignias. This weapon is so powerful it needs a good handgrip and I modelled ridges for Wrecker’s fingers to grip the hilt with ease – we wouldn’t want it flying out of his hand now. The saber also shares the same white blades. OK now for a few more close up details…

So in this gallery there are a couple of pictures of the pommel showing off the Bad Batch/Clone Force 99 logo which I’m really happy how it turned out. And the next two images display the emitters and the matrix mesh that produces the blades. Because of the amount of power this hilt has I had to create a new mechanism to emit and recollect the energy used to form the blades. I imagined a mesh basket would work as it features a lot of surfaces to transmit and receive energy flows. It also looks quite pretty in gold – just a little bling for the bulldozer! The last image shows the ventilation grilles circling the massive pommel cap that allow the heat produced out. So I think it is about time I present Wrecker his new saber…

Pretty! Three blades….three times the damage! Thanks Tyeth.

And again a happy customer…I think he likes it, I hope you all do too. This just about wraps up saber number two of this series and you may have guessed by now that the collection is centred around The Bad Batch members and there are three more to reveal. It is down to you to work out whose saber is whose and which you’d like to see next. You can decide this by leaving a comment below and voting for the one you’re interested in. Here is the collection so far…

Thank you so much for checking out “Demolisher” and I really hope more of you will vote for the next reveal. Again I will take votes up till midnight (12:00 GMT) on Thursday so I have Friday to type up the article for the winner. I also have a bit more news to come about my Jedi costume I have assembled so stay tuned for that. In the meantime I’d like to say I appreciate all the support from viewers new and regular to FTSabersite, and please comment, like and/or subscribe…if you really like what you see here maybe tell your friends so they can visit too. Till next time,…..

EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 25TH JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE NEXT REVEAL POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!

“Demolisher” Saber is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the character “Wrecker” in Disney/Lucasfilm’s “The Bad Batch” animation series. The design was built and rendered in Blender 3D by For Tyeth and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Wrecker” and all character names, images, logos and related material linked to The Bad Batch are Trademarks/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

“Tracker” Saberknife – Inspired by The Bad Batch’s Hunter

EDIT: Please be aware the voting for the next Mystery Box Saber has ended. The next saber to be revealed will be posted on Saturday morning at 00:00 GMT!

Hello Everybody and welcome to the reveal of the first saber in my new collection! Apologies readers didn’t have long to vote for which saber they wanted to see but I wanted to keep to my Saturday morning posting schedule. However, my friends Neil and TheVintageToyAdvertiser both picked hilt number one (and one also voted for number three) so I might as well start with mystery hilt 1. And as the title suggests it is a different type of light weapon inspired by the new Disney/Lucasfilm animation The Bad Batch – and one character in particular….Hunter!

I don’t want to get too deep into explaining Hunter’s backstory as his storyline is still quite new and may contain spoilers. I can say he first appeared in The Clone Wars where he and his team helped Anakin Skywalker defeat a Separatist Commander named Admiral Trench. Hunter is the commander of a bunch of clone troopers that differ from regular clones in that they were genetically modified to develop heightened “favourable abilities”. Hunter has exceptional tracking skills and can detect electromagnetic fields and disturbances, allowing him to pursue and track quarries. He is also skilled with a knife and it is this combat knife that I have re-imagined. This is “Tracker” Saberknife…

I recreated a combat survival type knife and gave the handgrip the same colour scheme as Hunter’s battle armour, dark grey, white and red. I also included a 3D modelled insignia of the squad “Clone Force 99” – a skull atop two numerals written in the Star Wars language Aurabesh. The two numerals are 9s shown as underlined Zeroes. These two pictures were of the first attempt at modelling the knife but as always I liked the idea…I just thought I could do better so I tweaked a few bits here and there. Here is a second gallery of Version 2…

Hunter’s knife in The Bad Batch just looked a little plain and not very high tech, so I amped it up a bit and gave my blade an extra sharp lightsaber-like cutting edge – hence the white glow. The energy in the blade can be activated by pressing the squad logo just below the blade and if you press each of the “9” indices you scroll the weapon through various modes and functions (like an up/down arrow control). But to control the functions you need a display screen or lights right? Well this blade has an electro LCD display on the side of the handgrip illuminated in blue. It shows values such as Battery Level Indicator (Power), Setting (Lo/Med/Hi) and an approximate runtime before the hilt needs a new battery or recharge. The pommel of the blade has two more skull insignias, one either side and in the end cap I added a slot and post to attach a lanyard or belt hook. And just to reinforce who this Saberknife belongs to I added a red band around the base of the blade to represent Hunter’s trademark headband!

Ok! That just about wraps up this hilt, the first of my “Mystery Box Sabers”. I again apologise to viewers who didn’t get to vote but you have another chance between now and Thursday midnight (GMT) to leave a comment and vote for which hilt you’d like to see next. If some of you are saber experts you might just be able to work out who the hilts were inspired by! I will also include one vote for number three that TVTA cast earlier….so number three has a one point lead. Will it change? You can decide…I hope you’ll vote and return next week for the next reveal.

EDIT: Again please be aware the voting for the next Mystery Box Saber has ended. The next saber to be revealed will be posted on Saturday morning at 00:00 GMT!

In the meantime, I’d like to thank you all for checking out “Tracker” Saberknife today and for all the support you show me and my site. It is all very much appreciated, whether a new visitor or a regular caller. I’ll leave you with the updated image of reveals so you can pick the saber silhouette of the hilt you’d like to see next. Till next time….

“Tracker” Saberknife is a For Tyeth Editions design and was modelled/rendered in Blender 3D. “Tracker” and it’s design, model and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “The Bad Batch”, “Hunter” and all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

“The X-Saviour” Saber – A K26 Saber for Captain Xavier

Hello Everybody and welcome to another exciting episode of For Tyeth Editions where I take an idea for a lightsaber and see if I can build it and if not, I discover what I can build. This isn’t quite my usual intro but a slight parody of the intro to a series of videos I have watched on YouTube since getting interested in NERF blasters. The YouTuber and NERF fanatic is named Captain Xavier and he is both informative and very funny and he has a series of videos where he takes various foam dart blasters and dismantles them to see if they can be “upgraded” with more powerful springs. The springs that come in dart blasters can sometimes be inefficient and so the NERF community discovered a variant of spring called K26. This replacement spring gives varying results and sometimes the spring won’t fit inside the blaster being tested/upgraded but Captain Xavier tries anyway and makes it fun to watch. You can check out the Captain’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/c/CaptainXavier

Or check his Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/CaptainXavier

Captain Xavier also posted a video showing his NERF battle shield and a melee sword but…it had an Obi-Wan Kenobi handle! He’d converted a Hasbro lightsaber, sooo I thought what if I designed a saber for him and fitted a K26 spring? How would it look?….Maybe a bit like this….

Captain Xavier is well known at NERF wars and get togethers for his black and orange colour scheme so it seemed fitting to replicate that on this saber. Also as his current melee sword is a Thin Neck Kenobi style hilt I came up with a similar configuration. Now I had come up with a saber and in the pics above you can see a length of coiled spring – in fact a piece of K26 (which some don’t know refers to Kyber 26 😎) but where could I use the spring on a saber? Well, if you have sharp eyesight you might just have seen part of a spring on the thin neck between the handgrip and the emitter! I think the Captain would be pleased I incorporated K26 but I can do better as this hilt has a few “surprises”….here is an inside view of the saber and it’s workings….

Upon removing the upper handgrip shroud you discover the K26 spring extends through the hilt and helps contain the power of the blinding white blade! The Kyber spring helps focus the energy of the blade by coiling round it like a snake forming a containment cage. But it gets better still as, when you unscrew and slide the lower hand grip and pommel downward, a crystal chamber is revealed – pretty neat. I think this is an impressive saber, but I know the Captain likes to have a pair of whichever weapon he is using (he has two NERF Stryfe blasters like me!) so I made a second matching hilt. In this final batch of pictures you’ll see a few detailed close ups and I know if I ever got to build this people would try stealing it so to personalise it I added a Captain Xavier logo to the pommel…fully 3D modelled! Here’s the last gallery…

The first picture shows the hilt in both open and closed configuration, whilst picture two reveals the crystal chamber arrangement with the two tone metallic finish – you can also see the cut-out windows that allow the crystal to shine out when the hilt is closed. Then finally, the last two images show off an ever so slightly simplified Captain Xavier logo attached to the pommel cap. And this logo is again a fully formed 3D part. The pommels should clearly identify who these were designed for if the colours don’t.

That just about wraps up this edition of For Tyeth Editions and for those of you keeping score….this saber can indeed take a K(yber) 26 spring! I hope everyone enjoyed this design and I really hope the Captain likes it – I am just sorry it isn’t a viable creation that I could build. I am grateful to him for imparting his knowledge in a fun entertaining way and I’ll finish here by adding his social media links again so you can all check out his work: The Captain Xavier YouTube channel can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/c/CaptainXavier whilst his Facebook page is located here: www.facebook.com/CaptainXavier

Thanks to everyone for your visit today and the continued support I receive for the site, you are all very much appreciated. Please comment, like and subscribe if you like what I do here and spread the word about FTSabersite. I have a whole “Batch” of new saber designs straight out of Blender this week for my upcoming posts so I hope you return to check those out too. Till next time…..

“The X-Saviour” Saber is a For Tyeth Editions design, designed, modelled and rendered in Blender 3D by For Tyeth. The design and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. All other Trademarks and Copyrighted names, logos and related material belong to their respective owners.

“Colossal Saber” – Inspired by SW: Resistance – The Colossus

Hello everyone, this post will be quite short as I have had more issues as my mouse has died. No, not a pet rodent but my laptop’s mouse has broken – the wheel/third button has snapped and collapsed into the shell so I can’t scroll within Blender how I’d like. Luckily I had a design already partly rendered so I will show you that while I await delivery of my new peripheral. Sooo , today I return to the animated show “Star Wars: Resistance” and the world of Air/Space Speeder Races and the heroes Kazudo Xiono, Yeager, Neeku and Tam Ryvora. Their activities take place on the watery planet Castilon and an aircraft refuelling platform named the “Colossus”. The Colossus was originally an Imperial facility but after the fall of the Empire it was inhabited by regular folk who developed a love of Air Speeder racing (a bit like airplane pylon racing here on Earth). The Colossus had communal areas above the ocean surface, including a market place, a tavern, add to that numerous “workshop hangars” for the racing teams and a store to get spare parts. Unseen beneath the waves there were the Engineering Bays for the station. Sounds like a great place and it looked like this…

Unfortunately as with most good things, this station attracted the attention of Pirates and suffered from attacks. Due to these attacks security needed improving and the First Order learnt of the troubles and offered their “help and assistance” to keep the station secure – in other words they took over. Kazudo was sent by the Resistance to secretly gather intel on the First Order and report it back. Obviously his mission didn’t run smoothly.

So as mentioned the station held air races and in the first few episodes I saw the Colossus and from the angles I saw, imagined it operated like an off shore oil rig found on Earth. I figured the main platform was probably triangular and supported on a submerged leg – and I thought that might lend itself to a saber hilt! The platform could form a handguard and the leg would be the main handgrip. So this was what I knocked together…

It worked better than I initially thought! The upper platform formed a Tsuba (handguard) that I added elements to represent the “hangar bays” which housed the Air Racers – I even added “landing light strips”. Atop at the emitter I added a ring of windows to replicate the “control tower” where the administrator of the station, Captain Imanuel Doza, lived along with the “Elite” flyers on the station. The handgrip features a basic activation switch and leads down to the pommel. As I mentioned I hadn’t seen much of the station structures and nothing below water so I figured it was somehow attached to the ocean bed so I modelled the pommel to look like some type of anchor mechanism. Little did I know that later we would discover the Colossus was MOBILE and not just floating around on the ocean. The station has a Type 2 Hyperdrive and that leads to some dangerous situations and dilemmas involving the First Order and…a famous female Stormtrooper.

Later in the series after I had built this saber I saw this angle of the station and realised it wasn’t triangular. But I’m not sure this diamond arrangement would have worked as well anyway. The station in real life was designed by veteran Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) model maker Bill George. The Colossus was also present during the Battle of Exegol in “The Rise of Skywalker”!

Well that just about wraps up this post, hopefully I will have a fully functioning mouse by the time I post next week and I can bring something more up to my usual level! But thank you all for checking this design out and for all the magnificent support you show me and my little site. It is appreciated. Just in closing I may have a few “arty” fashion pictures to share as well as a modified lightsaber with a “K 26 spring”….Puzzled? Keep tuned and all will be revealed! Thanks again and till next time….

“Colossal Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by “The Colosssus” station seen in “Star Wars: Resistance”. The design, 3D model and renders were built in Blender and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Star Wars: Resistance”, “The Colossus”, “Kazudo Xiono” and all related names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm 2020-2021.

“Tempered Saber” – In the Heat of Battle Effect

Hello Everybody, wow these posts seem to come round quickly – it only seems like yesterday that I posted “The Knight – Gotham’s Greatest”. Well maybe I have just been busy and time flew by. I received an email from Lord Draconical, the famous Nerf blaster expert and YouTuber in which he expressed his liking of my hilt I designed for him (check it out here: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2021/03/27/the-drac-onian-for-lorddraconical/ It was nice to hear from him as Lord Drac has built/modified some awesome blasters and is an artist so I’m pleased he liked it. Again you can check out Drac’s channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5IY3wtFVRFBI7bCFv_U-5w

I also did my usual trip around social media and somebody on Facebook was asking “Are there any new curved lightsabers around?” and I thought, “Haven’t you seen my collection?”. However I couldn’t leave a comment as I’m not registered with FB but it got me thinking I should come up with a new curved hilt so set to work modifying my Mamba hilt from last year…

I took the Mamba hilt with the hooked fang claw and started twisting and stretching bits of the hilt and then pulled parts around…and as I did something strange happened. All of this manipulation of the emitter in particular caused it to heat up…the “metal” started to change…and a strange but rather pretty special effect took shape. The emitter started to show “Heat Blueing” or as it should be called the metal started to become “Tempered”. This manifests as a discolouration that begins with the base metal then as you move along the affected area the colour changes through the colours of the rainbow and appears as a rainbow stain in the metal. You may have seen it on the side exhaust emitters of Kylo Ren’s crossguard saber. His saber over heats and the side emitters vent that heat out so his crystal doesn’t completely destroy itself. This excess heat “blued” the metal – but I never knew I could replicate it in Blender. Enough chat, I’d like to show you this neat new effect so here is my “Tempered Saber”…

I think this looks rather neat and I posted multiple angles so you can see that this isn’t just some fancy Photoshop filter effect but I have actually modelled the hilt and textured it so it has the effect “baked” into it (the effect is fully 3D so I can scroll/move around the hilt and as you can see the Tempering follows accordingly). I didn’t have time to render a video of this new technique but it does look pretty as you move around the saber, the colours seem to be translucent and shimmer just like an oil slick on a puddle of water but you can tell the rainbow is “burnt” into the material.

I love this effect as it is so lifelike and another beautiful thing I have seen recently is the new Star Wars animation, “The Bad Batch”! So far I have seen all three episodes and am well impressed. Some of the scenes almost look cinematic film quality, especially the wide snowy forest scenery of the first episode. But there are some interesting characters so that means I am working on designs for them so keep tuned to FTSabersite to catch those and maybe a review of the show itself.

I am nearing the end of this post as time is against me. I’d like to thank Lord Draconical once more for his kind email (and Drac you don’t have to be shy ok!)….and to all of you my viewers, readers and friends, thanks for your fantastic support – it really keeps me going. I would ask if you like what you see here then please tell your friends and spread the word about FTSabersite, everyone is welcome. And I still have tons more stuff to showcase. Till next time….

“Tempered Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and was built and rendered in Blender 3D by For Tyeth. All 3D models and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021.

“The Knight” Inspired by Gotham’s Greatest

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.

Not-a-Nerf Saber: The Frightener – For’s Third Mod

Hello Everybody, I hope you all enjoyed “May The Fourth Be With You” day and survived the “Revenge of the Fifth” day, I know I had fun revealing my new costume but now I have to get back to sabers. To do this I have the third of my Nerf inspired saber modifications and I was going to attempt to replicate my most recent Nerf blaster acquisition but I realised there would be an issue. The problem was my 5th blaster is the Nerf Fortnite SP-L silenced pistol but it has a yellow and black colourscheme and I thought it would look too much like my Bumblebee (Transformers) hilt. So, as we had hordes of Sith rising on the 5th May it felt like a horde of Zombies attacking…which leads me to “The Frightener“! This is my Nerf Zombiestrike range inspired design. Nerf brought out a series of blasters and crossbow arrow launchers in a Zombie theme with toxic greens, oranges and brown colours. Other details included fake circular saw blades that spun as you fired the blasters and bandage wrappings on the handgrips. They looked a little like this…

Not only have my recent hilts been Nerf inspired but I mentioned that these hilts had internal “Chassis” parts that held the electronics in place to stop them rattling and getting damaged – well the Not-A-Nerf sabers have that chassis and I thought it time to show you it….

Now a chassis is basically a cylinder that secures the LED (light bulb) into the emitter, holds the electronic circuit board that produces all the sounds and effects, the battery to power the hilt and finally the speaker is mounted near the pommel. The LED is seen in picture 1, the speaker can be seen in pic 2 and finally the complete chassis is in picture 3 which also shows the activation switch and mounting posts to which the hilt and the chassis are connected. There are various different circuit boards made by numerous companies so I didn’t model a circuit board on the chassis I built but I would cut a small rectangular recess to slot the board into – along with a battery slot for the appropriate battery. But enough chat about the insides, you want to see “The Frightener’s” outsides so here is the Ghoulish Gallery….

PLEASE NOTE THIS SABER IS NOT AN OFFICIAL NERF PRODUCT AND IS NOT AVAILABLE TO OWN…OK!

The Frightener“! I tried to replicate the toxic acid like colours of the Nerf Zombiestrike range but again the colours turned out slightly different due to the metallic textures I used and the scenery lighting (I used a background image of a factory used in the movie Terminator – the scene where the metalworking presses are). But I still had a grimy, murky green and orange paintjob which I embellished with brown and black accents that sorta resembles the blasters I took inspiration from. I even added a white cloth “bandage wrapping” on the handgrip to imitate the pistol grips. And to make this build a bit more challenging I attempted to model the wrapping as a 3D part, so the white spiral wrap you see is actually a three dimensional piece and not just coloured graphics. I took a long thin rectangle object, then instructed Blender to divide it into multiple panels forming a bendable strip. I then created a spiral object as a guide and used a function in Blender that mapped the strip onto the spiral forming the “bandage”. As a result I can add or remove the wrapping, here is a picture of the hilt without it…

That just about “wraps” up this design but it turns out this hilt was so popular even the undead wanted to “get their hand on it”…here is a quick picture I came up with as a bit of Zombie Art…

Created with GIMP

I think it looks right at home in this spooky setting! I wonder if that is Luke’s right hand? 😁 I don’t know but I know I have reached the end of this week’s post so it’s thank you time. As always thanks to everyone who visited FTSabersite this past week. You help keep me designing and I appreciate the support you show. If you enjoy what you see here then please leave a comment, like or even better subscribe if you haven’t already. I still have so much more to show in future posts and I have managed to watch the first episode of Disney’s new Star Wars animated series “The Bad Batch” so I may post my thoughts on the show soon. I hope you’ll all return to check all of it out. Till next time….

“Not-A-Nerf Saber: The Frightener” is a For Tyeth Editions design and the 3D model and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Nerf”, “Zombiestrike” and all other names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Hasbro Toys.