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Merry Christmas from For Tyeth

Hello Everybody, as I type this the time has just run into Christmas Eve so may I wish you all a happy holiday season however you choose to observe it. This year has been hectic and chaotic…and this past month an interesting one for me. I’ve been extremely busy with some personal issues so I nearly didn’t get to make a card for you all this year. However I managed and here it is….

I’d like to thank all of you for the fantastic support and friendship you have shown me and this site, it really does mean a lot. It keeps me building and designing and at this time of year, makes me feel grateful.

This card has some old special hilts I’ve built (the new and old Graflex sabers) and there are four newer designs. And I really went to town with this card to make it look a bit more realistic…because it is in fact fully 3 dimensional….as this picture shows I set up a full “photoshoot” !

Behind The Scenes of FT’s Card

I am now going to set to work on a retrospective post of the past year, which should be interesting (unfortunately I didn’t do much adventuring but there should still be some highlights!).

So enjoy the rest of the holiday season, stay safe and take care of your nearest and dearest…thank you all once again for all you have given me and Till next time…..(New Years’ Eve)…..

For Tyeth/FTSabersite’s Christmas Card 2021 was created by For Tyeth and the 3D models are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021.

DarksaberFTE – Exit light….Inspired by the Mandalorian Darksaber

Hello Everybody. today I have a saber that has been a long time coming although I only just built it! Last week I had an interesting afternoon where I got stuck in a lift (or elevator for American viewers) for over five hours and I had time to think some things over…and I realised I hadn’t built a Darksaber yet. Many long time visitors may recall when I first started using Blender that I made a hilt with a “Flat Blade” but I never got round to building a version of the hilt that inspired my Acrylic Blade model seen below.

And of course it comes in Green!

Well, as I was a little shook up by my little emergency (which did result in the Fire Brigade getting me out) I needed a few days to unwind and I decided to shut off and just play with Blender. And in less than 24hrs I had built a Darksaber variant. Now other people and companies make replicas of the hilt…

On the left is Ultrasabers’ new “inspired by” replica and on the right is Hasbro/Lucasfilm’s “Official” Black Series hilt. I figured mine was just as good, but I’ll let you decide….here is Gallery One of DarksaberFTE (aka Exitlight)….

The original Darksaber was first seen in animated form in the Star Wars cartoon The Clone Wars, and was a basic object model that was “squared off” or blocky to assist animating it in the show. It later appeared in live action TV and The Mandalorian show where it had been “reworked” to be more svelte and rounded. So I modelled mine somewhere between the two. It still features a sloped emitter port with a slim vertical opening, the emitter is then separated by a distinctive Tsuba handguard. The Tsuba is positioned diagonally and is bent into an offset “L” shape, but what I am pleased with is the panelling and rounded bevelling on it’s edges. Beneath the lip of the Tsuba you can see three windows cut into the emitter that have become iconic on this lightsaber.

The first image shows off those emitter windows quite nicely along with the silver Hex-head bolt. In the show this bolt is sort of decorative but in a real ilfe replica this could be used to secure the blade into the hilt emitter socket. I just noticed the sloped face of the emitter looks a little plain so I may return to this and add a bit of detail – maybe an etch or ridge around the blade opening. Next behind the Tsuba is the activation switch with white illumination to match the borders of the famous black core blade. There is also a sliding ridged oblong control used to set the blades’ power. The rest of the handgrip is basic but has nice ridged detailing that runs along the length of the hilt before looping around to “saddle” the grip. I omitted the series of rings seen on the original props as those took away from the sweep of the horizontal ridging. The pommel has a basic opening but has a special feature that I haven’t seen used in any other “Darksaber” and that is a staff connector. The connector is a mechanism to connect two hilts together to form a battle staff with double blades! And when two DarksaberFTE hilts are linked they look a bit like this…

Connecting two hilts give the staff a distinctive asymmetrical look…and as I mentioned I don’t think anyone has linked two Darksaber hilts in this way before! Finally if you take a close look at the dark core section of the blades you will see there is actually a faint “lightning” pattern etched into the surface to replicate the “crackled” appearance of the original.

And that just about wraps up this design and I hope you liked it, it was relaxing to model it (and boy did I need to relax after last week!). I am getting old and as some of you may know this time of year is when I celebrate(?) my “Level Up Day” and become a year older so I am going to take a break for a week or two between now and New Years’ . I do this every year but I will still post a “Holidays Greetings” card and while I relax I’ll work on a review of 2021 to post ready for New Year (that should be fun considering the past year we’ve had…).

So for now I’ll end here and thank you all for checking out DarksaberFTE and all of the support you have shown me and my site. I am still working on the Star Wars “Visions” hilts, I hope to have some more costuming news and maybe, just maybe a new saber purchase or two in the New Year so I hope you will join me for those future posts. I shall chat again when I post my “Greeting Card” so….Till Next Time….

“DarksaberFTE – aka “Exitlight” Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and model inspired by Disney/Lucasfilm’s The Darksaber seen in The Clone Wars animation and The Mandalorian live action TV show. My model and renders are original workings and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “The Darksaber” and all Star Wars related materials are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm. The “Ultrasabers Darksaber” image is owned by Ultrasabers and Hasbro Toys/Disney/Lucasfilm own the rights to the Black Series replica image. (Phew!)

FT’s Traveller Trading Ship – Built in Blender 3D

Hello Everybody, wow I swear this year is disappearing fast – we are already nearly halfway through November! Maybe it’s because a lot of things have been happening for me recently. I bought a new lightsaber, I won an online draw and received a Babu Frik plush talking toy….and I may have another exciting bit of news I’ll let you in on at the end of this post…in the meantime I’d like to reveal a new starship I have built! This time I modelled the vessel in Blender 3D and not in LEGO and I kinda like this new ship in a hulking sort of way! Here are a few images of what I built….this is FT’s Traveller….

This is my new workhorse vehicle for wandering the galaxy and obtaining parts for my saber building exploits. It is nothing fancy but was once a bulk transport ship that has had “a few modifications” installed by it’s previous owners. They were involved in the Slave trade and used the ship to transport their unwilling passengers to various planets. I was sent by the Jedi Council to investigate and ended up liberating the slaves and the ship. As the ship was large and could carry my usual ship, my Jedi Interceptor, onboard the grateful and now free citizens bestowed the ship to me to use. And it is quite nice now I have cleaned it out and made it comfortable. It has a Hyperdrive, automatic navigation and piloting systems so I can fly single handed….and it has workspaces and storage for my saber building. Everything I could need….oh and a few laser cannons on the dorsal roof section – just enough for line defence.

Well that’s the backstory/history I am giving to this ship. In reality I modelled this in Blender 3D using an Add-On plug-in created by Michael Davies (find a link here: https://www.blendernation.com/2016/06/23/spaceship-generator/ ) that allows users to create randomly generated ship hulls. You can specify options such as making sections symmetrical or not, the number of sections used and the dimensions (how many sections in length, width and height). The Add-On then generates a ship from a library of “blocks” unique to your numbers. This ship appeared from the values I put in and the only “tweak” I made was to rotate the forward fuselage cube with the “flight deck” windows by 90 degrees so the windows were horizontally aligned. I think it turned out quite nice and looks useable for the story I have given it. I may flip the two forward swept protrusions near the engines so they sweep backwards later but it is on a mission at the moment in America. Anyhoo the images in space are always a little hard to see so I visited Portland Oregon to test out their landing pad! Here are a few more in-atmosphere daytime pictures…onto Gallery Two….

I think the scale is a little off but it is difficult to work with the background images within Blender. The image is pasted “inside” of a virtual globe and wraps 360degrees around so the model sits in the center surrounded by the picture. When you look through the camera viewport you can see the “environment” but if you try to scale the environment image it warps out of shape! But I think you get an impression of what my new ship looks like. And it is carrying a package for me….I have another new toy coming! I am currently checking my ship’s Tracking and it has just departed Miami Florida with a new saber. It should reach me within the next week hopefully….I may have to wait for the local parcel delivery company to bring it to my door when it enters the UK. But I should have an unboxing to show you soon.

On this exciting news I will bring this post to a close, I hope you liked my new ship, I will try my hand at making a few more and will post them in future articles. I sincerely hope you will call back to see those and the new lightsaber designs I am working on, the LEGO building fun I’m having and just maybe some more cosplay stuff. Thank you so much for your visit to FTSabersite today and supporting me, it is much appreciated and keeps me inspired to design. So till next time…..

“FT’s Traveller Trading Ship” is a For Tyeth Editions Shipyard design, built and rendered in Blender 3D, It is Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. The “Spaceship Generator Script” was created by Michael Davies for Blender 3D and is Copyright to him.

“Electronic Core Collection” – A range of “Plug and Play” sabers

Hello Everybody, hope all of you are in good form. I know I am in a good mood as I have news of yet another “new arrival” at For Tyeth Towers and I have a new collection to showcase today. More on the new arrival later but first to my new collection of hilts which I gave a small sneak peek at (I think it was a few months back) when I did my Nerf inspire range. These sabers are a collection of basic hilts that have a modular or “Core” design where the electronics are housed in an interchangeable chassis system, a frame to hold the internal components securely). The chassis as mentioned holds the circuit board, battery, speaker and LED bulbs securely to prevent damage but the chassis also allows you to remove these parts and quickly install them in a new hilt. Sometime this type of tech is known as “Plug and Play”. Anyhoo whichever name is used a chassis looks a bit like this:

This system makes it slightly more cost effective to build up a collection of sabers because you can buy/make one Chassis Core and then mulitiple “empty hilts” or modular parts to interchange making your own distinctive style. A few custom saber companies make these “Empties” and modular parts so I decided to come up with a range of my own. So here is my FT Electronic Core Collection:

Long time viewers/readers may just remember these preview images I posted back in April! I went for a mixture of lengths from Youngling/child friendly one handed hilts to full length double hander hilts with the option for two blades! But all utilise the chassis system so one Core could be used for all the hilts (of course one hilt at a time 😀). Here are a few more close up Glamour shots with each hilt separately:

Next up the twin “Black Sun” sabers:

And finally the Silver Streak family:

I am kinda drawn to the twin “Black Suns” hilts personally but I think all of them have a charm about them. Then again, I DO have a bit of a thing for dark hilts at the moment – which brings me to my news of a new arrival….

You may remember last December I revealed my “Ultimate Works Flyte” lightsaber I purchased, well I discovered another very nice and slightly more advanced saber at a great price and….I bought one! This new saber has some very “trick” custom technology installed in it called “Xenopixel ” which means it has the ability to do some amazing effects my normal sabers can’t. This is because the “Xenopixel Blade” has 122 LEDs mounted along the inside of the blade tube and these can be triggered individually so you can program them to appear on/off at different times creating scrolling effects – sort of like the scrolling LED shop window signs. The saber I ordered came in on Wednesday (21st Oct) and I have been amazed how good it is! It also sounds awesome too with the ability to install numerous different sets of sounds to replicate different character’s hilts. I bought the saber from Padawan Outpost in the UK and here is one of their product images of the hilt named the IOTA:

Courtesy of Padawan Outpost

I tried to get a few pictures of my own but this saber is BRIGHT and my camera phone had difficulty photographing it…then I needed to charge the saber fully so I hope to have a full review and maybe a video of this beauty in action with my Flyte hilt soon – they make an awesome matching pair!

That just about wraps up this post and my “Electronic Core Collection”. Thanks so much for checking them out and I hope you will all call back to see my upcoming new saber review. I also have a few “Visions” – designs inspired by Disney/Lucasfilm’s new animated series of Anime shows…and a few more LEGO creations to showcase. But for now I’d like to thank you all whether a long time reader, or a newcomer, you are all much appreciated. If you like what you see here then please comment, like and if not already subscribe so you miss nothing and spread the word about FTSabersite! Till next time….

“Electronic Core Collection” is a collection of designs by For Tyeth/FTSabersite built and rendered in Blender 3D and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. The product image of the “IOTA” saber is from Padawan Outpost. I AM NOT IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH PADAWAN OUTPOST – I AM JUST A SATISFIED CUSTOMER – AND I HAVE RECIEVED NO REWARD OR PAYMENT FOR MENTIONING THEM HERE. (OK legal bit covered!)

“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 £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.