Tag Archives: Disney Cartoons

“Warrior Saber” Inspired by Disney’s Mulan live action movie

Hello Everybody, today I am Blending a past design and a new rebuild (see what I did there? Blending?). Now last year around July news of a new Mulan live action movie based on the Disney animation broke and a few promo images and a teaser video released.

Disney’a Mulan promo image (Copyright Disney Studios)

I saw the images and trailer and was interested as I saw that the film has swords in it and Katanas in particular. I knew there would be lots of people making 3D models of the sword so I thought I’d do my version of it. Due to circumstances and how busy I was over the last 6 months I didn’t get to post the design even though I did post this teaser…

Mulan Plate MK
Mulan Saber teaser poster from last year!

And as you can see I pushed the limits of my model-building skills by creating an embossed/carved reproduction of the Mulan family crest/dragon on the handguard! But as you can see there are those pesky “Fireflies” or noise pattern on the image. This annoyed me but my old laptop and Blender couldn’t make the images look better without processing the image for hours on end. However fast forward 7 months and I have new hardware and the new Blender 3D v2.81 and so I figured, “I haven’t posted the design so why don’t I modify it and see how my new setup copes?” I reloaded the old Blender file and started to improve (I hope) on the original. Here is that new version, this is “Warrior”…

In my last version I attempted to use the techniques I used on my LOTR “Barad-Dûr Saber” to recreate a hammered metal look for the hilt handle and pommel ring. This made the hilt appear to be made of wrought iron with lots of hammer pockmarking and I also tried to recreate the dragon handguard. As I mentioned I managed it but the rendered images didn’t do justice to the model. I discovered I had made a few minor errors too in my fist build so I rectified those and added carvings around the edge of the handguard too…and I prayed to the Force that Blender’s new render “despeckle” function would work. Thankfully it did and I reckon the engraved detailing turned out nicely. I will admit the tassel hanging from the pommel still needs some work but with my new more powerful laptop I can use the “Hair” function to improve it. The “Hair” modifier recreates hair follicles but creates a lot of strands that need to be calculated and processed, my old laptop couldn’t manage that. Overall though I think this updated model looks OK and the final renders are a vast improvement. I am really pleased with Blender 3D and not only am I able revisit and tweak my old designs…I have already come up with around half a dozen new hilts….or one design a day! All of which I will be featuring in upcoming posts.

That just about wraps up this post but I would just like to point something out regards the movie’s release and more importantly the Coronavirus outbreak. I sincerely hope that a remedy for this terrible virus is found quickly and deployed successfully and my thoughts are with those already affected, those that have succumbed, and their families. I mention this virus outbreak as it may affect when the Mulan movie is released (it is scheduled for March 21st as of time of posting)…but the health scare could change that date.

Thank you for visiting FTSabersite today and I hope you liked my new updated “Warrior”. All of you, my viewers/readers are much appreciated, whether this is your first visit or you are a regular, thanks so much for your support. I hope you will all return to see what I have in the pipeline in upcoming posts. Till next time….

Oh! and p.s. Hope you all had a Happy Valentine’s Day yesterday…I made sure I got my card…I wrote it myself!

“Warrior Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions model and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. It is inspired on the weapon seen in the upcoming Disney live action adaptation of Mulan due out in March 2020. “Mulan” and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney Studios.


Stitch Lightsaber -For the little blue Alien

Hello Everybody, I have had a busy day today so I apologise if I seem a bit tired! First off I had an appointment to check my Midichlorian levels (thankfully all normal). Then I had to get a meal out as I didn’t have time after my check up to go home before having to get to the cinema to see Rogue One again. Unfortunately the young lady I told you about yesterday wasn’t working and I had hoped to pass on my message personally but I will make another attempt later. When I got home after the movie (which is great even for a third time) I had to sort through my mail etc and look around the Internet to see the latest news. I also have to prepare another Blogger Recognition Award process post!

So today I am going to go back to an old design I was reminded of after watching the trailers for an upcoming animated  film. This saber is based on Experiment #626, the creation of the ruthless scientist Dr. Jumba Jookiba. #626 was a genetically engineered creature that was aggressive, strong and had only two weaknesses, he couldn’t swim and secondly, he couldn’t swim! Now technically I know that is only ONE weakness but it was so big I thought it was worth mentioning twice (sorry I’m paraphrasing a Sci-FI comedy show from the UK called Red Dwarf – it’s hilarious!). Er… back to the story, this creature was classed a failure, it’s creator was jailed by the Galactic Federation and #626 was due to be sent to a prison asteroid. But things never go according to plan when it comes to transporting alien creatures (ask Han Solo!) and especially when that alien is…. STITCH!

I tried to make this resemble the little guy as much as is possible with a lightsaber. I matched the colour scheme to the colours used by the animators, the grip representing his body colour and the blade matching his inner ears. Speaking of ears you may be able to guess which part they are. If you said the emitter with the blades you’d be correct. The only thing missing is the little nicked part though after a battle or two one might form. And there even appears to be a little face made with the round accents on the emitter and switch sections. The pommel makes up his little feet!

Stitch steals a police cruiser and ends up stranded on EARTH, but more importantly Hawaii, where he meets a Hawiian girl called Lilo who adopts him as her dog! The adventures continue with Stitch being hunted by the Galactic Authorities.Oh No, I just thought…what would happen if Maui from Moana were to meet up with Stitch? I’ve created sabers for both of them….

They’d probably fight…”Where’s Maui, I wanna duel!”

I think I had best bring this post to an end before chaos and mayhem breaks out in Hawaii and on my site. I hope you enjoyed this one and you will return for future posts. I have thought of a few more themes I can work on so there will be something to see!
Thank you for visiting and supporting FTSabersite. Till next time.

Stitch, Lilo,  Dr. Jumba Jookiba and all related names and material are Trademark/Copyright© of Disney Animations.

Maui’s Kakau Lightsaber (Present for a Polynesian)

Hello Everyone, in a little change to my scheduled posting I have a BRAND new design I came up with today! One follower of the site may have noticed a few wrestling themed hilts and I think she may be worried I am loosing focus. So I decided to be as up to date and “trending” as possible. I learnt that a new Disney cartoon has been released (23rd Nov) about a young girl who goes on an adventure to lift a curse on her island and help her friends. The film is Moana, and I read about it on A Blog of a Fangirl’s Life, written by my new friend Abby. Moana, the teen heroine of the film is the heir to the throne but prefers sailing. The island has some bad luck as a curse kills the crops…actually Abby describes the film better than me so check out her blog for more on the movie. One character in the film however is called Maui and attempts to imprison Moana when she tries to return a talisman to her island, lift the curse etc. This BIG Polynesian looking man has a large tribal looking fish hook which is nearly destroyed by a Lava God. What would have happened if it had been smashed? He’d need a proper weapon, he’d need a saber of course! Good job I have designed one for him, here is Maui’s Kakau…

This saber looks the part, imposing, powerful and pink…er yes, a pink blade to represent the state colour of the island of Maui (they make the famous Lei garlands from pink flowers!). The emitter looks like the top of a flaming torch found in tropical caves and movies. The two tone colour of the entire hilt hopefully resembles the tattoos (or Kakau) on this big guy. The switch is positioned out of the way near the pommel which also has a pink glow to it. Capping the pommel off is a plug that resembles an open flower, which the tropical islands are famous for. I hope the big guy approves of his new updated arsenal, it would stand out at tribal meetings!

So there you have it the latest design from…(what I’ve made a mistake?…How?…AWW! C’mon Man you have got to be joking!) I’m sorry I’ve just been informed I may have a little problem. You know this character is called Maui, well unfortunately he is voiced by this guy on the left…

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Maui on the right!

NOOOooo! That’s impossible! The one character I choose to make a saber for and he is voiced by a THIRD generation WWE wrestling superstar! I’m sorry Abby I tried to change the subject. Don’t worry I will have another design tomorrow and it will have nothing to do with wrestling so I hope you will all call back and check it out. Thanks to everyone for looking in on this site and for all the comments you leave, I do read, react and appreciate them! Till next time.

Moana, Maui(character name) are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney.