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“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.

“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.

“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.