Hello Everybody, now as we get ever closer to the Endgame (Marvel’s latest Avengers movie) I have two more Iron Man inspired hilts for you before the BIG reveal next weekend of my new Thor hilts. So today I need to introduce you to James Rupert “Rhodey” Rhodes, a Lieutenant Colonel in the military and friend of Tony Stark the billionaire creator of the Iron Man exosuit. In the comics Rhodes was a Marine Corp pilot serving in Southeast Asia, when he was shot down and stranded in enemy territory. He happens to meet up with Tony Stark whilst in the jungle as Stark attempts to escape a nearby prison camp. Stark was in his prototype Iron Man suit (I believe it was nicknamed the Iron Monger suit as it had been hammered out and assembled in a cave using blacksmithing tools). Stark and Rhodes battled their way to freedom and became friends. Later when Stark suffered worsening health, Rhodes assumed the Iron Man suit and stood in for Stark. Things didn’t quite go to plan as the neural link between suit and man caused Rhodes to have severe headaches when using the suit. A second modified suit was built for Rhodes and was nicknamed as War Machine, and it had a new look. Well this saber is my Mark For-T (40) Saber but it has War Machine colours! Because you saw the studio/work in progress pictures last week I will procede straight to a few “Glamour Shots”…
War Machine For-T
War Machine For-T ignited
War Machine For-T Faceplate
War Machine For-T emitter
War Machine For-T Pommel
War Machine For-T Hilt 1
War Machine For-T Hilt 2
As you can see this War Machine version comes in a nice military spec Blue/Grey and silver colour scheme just like the exosuit itself. The blade and Arc Reactor have been re-coloured red (no he is not a Sith) to represent the suit’s Repulsor weapons. War Machine’s eyes also glow red so I had to use that colour I guess! The hilt in this colour scheme sort of reminds me of a cannon or piece of artillery. War Machine also has interchangeable weapons that mount on his shoulders so maybe I was inspired by that too.
James Rhodes and Tony Stark were embroiled in many battles and had many ups and downs during those times but they were great friends and together they were almost unstoppable. Here they are together…(sort of!)….
However War Machine has a very complicated history and in the Gambit series of comics [Gambit (Vol. 3) #13 May 2013] we see War Machine in a slightly different version…known as The Iron Patriot. This version is even more colourful and I have a matching saber for this incarnation too. As this is a slightly shorter post I may upload the “Iron Patriot” version and post it midweek if I have time as I have to finish polishing my new Thor crossguard hilt which I am posting on the 20th ready for the release of Avengers: Endgame.
I think that wraps this post up, thanks once more for checking it out. Whether this has been your first visit to FTSabersite or you are a long time viewer/follower remember you are very much appreciated. Till next….WAIT!! Breaking News!!!
It has come to my attention that there is a big Star Wars event taking place at the moment called “Star Wars Celebration” in Chicago…and there is news of a new Star Wars game due out which means there might be some new lightsabers to talk about. There will be a new video and details revealed at the event and so I started to work on this…
I wonder what this hilt is? Hmm, I hope you’ll come back to check out a future post to find out as it will be centre stage! Ok folks, Till next time……!
“War Machine Saber” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. It is inspired by Marvel’s “Iron Man” and “War Machine” characters. “Iron Man” and “War Machine” are Trademark/©Copyright of Marvel Studios.
Hello Everybody, I have been hearing rumours that there is a BIG blockbuster movie coming out soon that may mean the END(Game) for us all. Well I had best post these next two sabers quick before it comes out. They are inspired by the Marvel characters Iron Man and Tony Stark, the billionaire industrialist. This design also stems from my “recycling” efforts I have made recently where I try to improve on my old concepts. Now, long time followers of this blog may recall I made a design for Iron Man before using the old software I had access to. I really liked that design but always felt as nice as it was, it wasn’t really truly mine as I used pre-fabricated parts from a real life saber manufacturer. So I worked on a fully bespoke Blender 3D design and as a base for this design I thought, “Why not modify my first ever Blender build?” That hilt was basically a cylinder with a few bevel-edged accent pieces added and looked a bit like this…
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I had no idea what I was doing back then (June of 2018) but still was able to produce these shapes, which convinced me I liked Blender and could do 3D modelling. The “hilt” sort of reminded me of something but didn’t quite know what so left it undeveloped. Fast forward to March 2019 and after watching “Iron Man 2” I decided I wanted to revise my Iron Man design. It was then I thought about my first ever model and I worked out what it reminded me of. It looked a bit like a futuristic cannon barrel. So I set to work on modifying my first model using the skills I had learned to morph it into an Iron Man hilt and this is what I came up with…the Mark For-T….
Mark For-T pic 1
Mark For-T pic 2
Mark For-T ignited pic 1
Mark For-T ignited pic 2
Mark For-T pommel
Mark For-T “Arc Reactor” blade plug
Who is this? Iron Man?
Hopefully you can see the original lines of my first build in this hilt. I used the skills I have learned to add definition to the shape, making the emitter more pronounced and sharper with added ridges. The pommel cap has “turreted” blocks around it’s circumference. There are two recessed grooves running down the sides of the handgrip to prevent it slipping (though I doubt Iron Man would have difficulty holding onto this weapon). The whole saber has a new shiny metallic red and gold skin (my original model had no graphics applied to it, the green and yellow were just the basic colours used to differentiate parts in the 3D build space) The activation button is illuminated and there are two little accent lights in the eyes of…an Iron Man mask decoration. This face plate is modelled in 3D and isn’t just an applied texture or graphic. When the saber is switched off you can see an “Arc Reactor” inspired blade plug in the emitter socket which is also lit up. Oh, and I added a Covertech Knob attachment so Iron Man can wear the hilt on his hip.
That, I think just about covers everything for the new Mark For-T hilt. I feel I can now say the design is truly mine. I also have another “repainted” version I will post next weekend for Iron Man’s compatriot, War Machine. After that will be the week Avengers: Endgame will be released so I hope to post my BIG saber, the newly rebuilt Thor crossguard hilt and shoto design. But for now the end of this post is rapidly approaching so I have to close with my usual “thank yous”. I have just passed the 11,000 views milestone so an extra big thanks goes out to all of my viewers/followers, new and regular…your support made that possible and keeps me designing and posting. It is very much appreciated. Till next time….
“Mark For-T (40)” is a For Tyeth Editions design and ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite. It is inspired by Marvel Studios character “Iron Man” created by Stan Lee. All names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Marvel Studios.