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The Durasteel Dove by PsychoSith Sabers – A new guest contributor!

Hello everybody and welcome to a big day on this site. The reason it is such a momentous day is that I have the honour and privilege of introducing a Guest Designer! As I have mentioned I belong to the Ultrasabers forum and on that website are a group of very enthusiastic and, in the case of my Guest today, talented individuals. My guest uses the forum name of PsychoSith and  he is a talented artist but PS is a wizard with pencil, paper and tons of sketching skill. PS designs and sketches lightsabers and has a real eye for designing interesting hilts with lots of neat details. He then posts his work in a gallery on the forum and always receives well deserved praise. One hilt that PsychoSith came up with was a very distinctive saber with four aggressive looking claws and spines yet the hilt was named “The Durasteel Dove” and here are the sketches that PS posted…

This saber caught the attention of the forum members and rightly so. They loved it and so do I. It was here that things started to get interesting….as both PS and I designed sabers but in different mediums, one member commented he’d be interested to see what the “Dove” would look like if I modelled it in Blender. PS kindly commented that he liked my work and would be  intrigued to see that too. So we chatted and I offered to do my best on building a Blender replica of his hilt. I was apprehensive because I had to do the design justice but was determined. At first I only had the first image to work from (the top down view) and not the Isometric/perspective view but I managed to block out a base model. And it looked a bit like this…

As you can see I made not just one version but three in total as I couldn’t quite work out the shape of the shroud plates that circled the emitter. At first it appeared to have four spines, but then on closer inspection the spines formed a “V” shaped cutout but that wasn’t possible as the spines were spaced too far apart. So I built new shroud plates but again it didn’t look “right”. Then PS kindly sketched the Isometric image that showed the shroud much clearer and after a quick chat I came up with the final version. This version was much closer, and here are the Glamour Shots….

As PsychoSith sketches in pencil and ink, I had no colour or material references to work from except for his fantastic shading/shadowing. As a result I opted for a grimy silver and brass look to fit with PS’s backstory for the hilt’s history. It was well used and worn in places, having been handed down through several owners. Each person added their own touch to the hilt. I used a silver texture with a distortion pattern mixed into it to create dirt/grime effects. The material also complimented the orange blade. And the blade which has the colour of molten Durasteel  is now surrounded by four really distinct claw shrouds. The shrouds have a kinked spike and then the shroud widens with small tabs to surround the emitter cone. The shrouds also have inlaid panels stretching down their length. The large X-Guard claws have battle damage and feature chipped edges, while the handgrip/body has a broken lanyard chain that would have looped to the pommel cap. Now complete I offered it to PS to check out. In the meantime I also produced a few “arty posters” for the design…

I am so pleased and honoured to say that PychoSith approved of my efforts and posted the pictures on the forum and they created quite a stir with the other members, PsychoSith’s Dove had come to life off the page! It is absolutely beautiful and I kinda wish I had designed it…but I did get to build it so had a little hand in it’s conception! And so this is how the collaboration between PS and myself came about and it has been a pleasure working with him.

If you would like to see more of PsychoSith’s awesome art (and it is art in the real sense of the word) then you can visit the Ultrasabers forum and his gallery pages by clicking the link HERE . You will be amazed by his skill with a 6B pencil.

I’d like to thank PsychoSith for allowing me to display his hilt here it is an honour and I’m pleased to say that there will be more of his designs coming in future posts in the Guest Designer gallery! However this just about wraps up this offering and I just need to thank you my viewers and followers for checking this post out. Your support as always is much appreciated and I hope you will return to see future posts…there is so much more in the pipeline! Till next time…

“The Durasteel Dove” is a PychoSith Sabers design and is ©Copyright of PychoSith Sabers used here with permission, FTSabersite and all it’s content including Guest Designer contributions are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019.

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“Lost Veridian” – Inspired by Lady Revan’s SW Fan Fiction Story

Hello Everybody, today I have a new saber inspired by the great fan fiction storytelling of a friend of mine from the Ultrasabers SaberForum.com. Her name is Lady Revan and LR has written a fabulous Star Wars story based on the characters found in the Star Wars games I have been inspired by recently (those games being Knights of the Old Republic [KOTOR] and Star Wars The Old Republic [SWTOR]). I have already designed a hilt based on a character from LR’s story, that hilt was for a person named “Opela Moraf” but this one I’m not sure who it belongs to! I chatted with LR and she spoke of a mysterious “viridian green coloured saber” which had been lost/rediscovered in her story. The chat went on and LR sort of suggested she’d like to see a For Tyeth 3D model built from her description, so I went to work. My first attempt was OK but looked a little short and stubby but I did make it in less than 30 minutes and was just a test build…. it looked a bit like this…

LR told me the saber was a long lost relic so I needed to keep the design fairly simple but interesting at the same time. To achieve this I used a clawed emitter and added a pommel that had similar spines. I also built a “primitive” crystal chamber section too. This chamber though is more complex than it looks! There are two halves, created from one part mirrored to form a whole chamber. It also has two crystal spheres to create the pearl like gem located in the chamber…oh and it has transparent plexiglass panels to enclose the upper sections. However, as usual I wasn’t 100% happy and felt it needed stretching a bit (I felt it a little too short) and it was too linear. I went back to work on it…

Lost Veridian Studio MK
Lost Veridian Saber test rebuild

I rebuilt the hilt and realised whilst doing so that the pommel was too cluttered so I removed some of the spines. This resulted in the emitter and pommel having the same number of claws/spines and provided some continuity. And to add the necessary length I added a fluted section between the chamber and pommel. I felt this made the saber more elegant but not look too advanced. The saber was now more balanced, had a D-Ring attachment to hang it from a belt hook and I recoloured the blade to make it more “silvery green”. OK enough chatter, it’s time for a few Glamour Shots, here is Lost Veridian deep in the depths of a distant jungle…

You may have noticed I added a new texture that is semi glossy and some nice pinstripe detailing on the emitter and pommel’s spines. The pommel has a new speaker grille added and the “Krayt Dragon pearl” has an updated speckled appearance to make it look more organic. Hopefully this hilt should fit the bill for Lady Revan’s story…But wait! There are always two sides! So here is a Dark Lost Veridian that may have been corrupted by the Dark Side of the Force and a few more  Glamour Shots of this saber’s dark sibling….

And that just about brings me to the end of this post…but first I have to say a big thank you to Lady Revan for the great story “Only Light Can Cast A Shadow” (which you can read on SaberForum.com by clicking HERE . However please be aware the story has adult themes and may not be suitable for younger Padawans!) I hope you like the Lost Veridians.

I also need to thank all of you my viewers and followers, new and regular, as always your support is fantastic and much appreciated. Hopefully you will call back to see future posts and my upcoming saberstaff designs and my recently announced “FT Master Series” builds! Till next time…..

“Lost Veridian Saber” and “Dark Lost Veridian” are For Tyeth Edition designs inspired by the fanfiction story written by Lady Revan, and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019.