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For Tyeth’s Fine Art Gallery – Lightsaber Art

Hello Everybody, and welcome to the Grand Opening of my new virtual gallery of saber designs. It was suggested to me a few posts back that I compile a collection of some of my saber “Glamour Shots” to post and this weekend seemed a good time to do so. I have been very busy working on some animations and videos which ties up my laptop because when I render animations it takes all the processing power my laptop has. But I have a few pictures lying around my workshop and so will post those here today and there is a few new bits to show you all. So please follow me and enter the gallery….

First up is an early Blender 3D design and one I am surprised turned out so well as I must have made many mistakes building it. I call this hilt “Aquaman Bend

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“Aquaman Bend” a weapon for a watery warrior

I was really pleased that this design worked because I had a hard time working out how to achieve the “Bend” in the hilt, while making sure all the parts lined up after I had bent them! It also has a nice perforated handgrip shroud which when viewed from different angles looks like either Aquaman/Jason Momoa’s tattoos or the new scaly wetsuit seen in the sequel movie. Maybe Marvel liked the look of my saber and incorporated the pattern into the costume.

Next up is a design I made for my friend Lady Revan a member of SaberForum.com. Lady Revan cosplays as Revan from the Knights of the Old Republic computer game and also as Bastilla Shan another in game character. Lady Revan has been petitioning Ultrasabers to add a Bastilla hilt to their product line and so I built this 3D model to show them how it could look…and here it is…

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Bastilla Shan staff for Lady Revan

Now the focus point of the Star Wars saga was of course Anakin Skywalker, the young boy from Tatooine who was freed from slavery but would later become one of the greatest evils in the galaxy, Darth Vader. He later redeemed himself in Return of the Jedi as he saved his son, Luke Skywalker, but Anakin had some dark times in his life and used a couple of sabers. I built renditions of those sabers and here is one of the lightside sabers he owned….

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“Vengeance Saber” Anakin’s last lightside hilt

This hilt is the one he owned and used to slay the Tusken Raider clan that kidnapped his mother, Shmi Skywalker. Her treatment in captivity led to her dying and Anakin in a fit of rage killed the Tuskens, including the women and children. This act led Anakin down the path to the darkside of the Force and to his transition into Darth Vader. And Darth Vader had a new saber to represent his new darkside character and so i built one of Vader’s hilts (he had three versions, one in each film of the original trilogy)…

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Darth Vader’s hilt

Ok, I am at the halfway point of my first collection and next up is the latest “New” lightsaber staff that we saw in the trailer for The Rise of Skywalker which hits cinemas in December (2019). The hilt belongs to a character that looks like a darkside version of the heroine of the sequel trilogy, Rey. In the trailer we see a short glimpse of “Rey” holding a double bladed hilt which then hinges open and forms a double ended staff weapon..may I present Rey’s saberstaff…

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“Rey of Darkness” Staff lightsaber

The Rey staff is the latest canon saber in the Star Wars saga but I also have a new thing to show you all and that is a new technique I have learnt and been playing with. Now I don’t know where it will come in useful but I have learnt to replicate cloth in Blender. There is a function that modifies a flat plate and deforms it so that it bends and folds like a sheet of cloth. If that plate has an image pasted onto it  you get something that appears like a draped sheet (maybe a flag)….

 

The two sabers above are resting on an “L” shaped block which I have draped with a “cloth plate” to make it look like a sheet. And of course I pasted my website’s logo onto it. Maybe I could get some towels or flags printed with that design to sell! You may recognise the gold “Temple” saber but the silver hilt is a model of a modified Ultrasabers Aeon. I modeled the Aeon so the members on SaberForum.com could see how that hilt would look in different colours and with different custom parts.

So I have been busy designing while I have been animating and here is a teaser for an upcoming hilt for a mysterious new character that will appear in The Rise of Skywalker. There are clues in the Art Deco inspired text, the colours used on the cube and the textures so you might be able to guess who it is if you search the Internet for images of new characters. And this mystery character will get two hilts in a matching pair. Here is the teaser…Coming Soon Cube MK

I am nearly at the end of this post but as you can see I still have a lot more to come in future posts. There are the sabers for this new Mystery Character, my upcoming adventures in animation, more from my friend PsychoSith and his Saber Doodle artwork and if that wasn’t enough…there are the remaining “Master Series” hilts and more new original designs. I hope you will all return and see what I have in store – it’s going to be busy. But for now thank you for visiting my new gallery, whether this is your first visit to FTSabersite or you are a regular, you are all much appreciated. Till next time…

All designs and renders shown above are “For Tyeth Editions” or “Inpsired By” designs built and rendered by For Tyeth. They are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. “Rey”, “The Rise of Skywalker” and all other Star Wars related names, logos, images and other material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

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“Rey of Darkness” Saber – For Tyeth’s Edition

Hello Everybody, now technically as I type this it is 03:30 Friday morning in the UK, so it is the beginning of the weekend (sort of) but I am so excited I felt I had to post this now.

I have over the past 2-3 days been working on a 3D model of “Darkside” Rey’s new double lightsaber switchblade staff. I started off with a screengrab from the new trailer which was very blurry and didn’t show much detail, however I interpreted it as best I could and came up with this “windowed” version with a very poor looking hinge (that semi-circular black thing on the pommels)…

I thought it was OK as a base model to later modify and so I went crazy and spent most of the day “tinkering” to make it better and more accurate. I found a much sharper image of the saber and found that I had obviously made mistakes, the four windows were in fact part of a “Slotted” emitter with a circular “Glass Eye” window. A Glass Eye window is the round lens that is found near the emitter of a Graflex lightsaber which allows the light from the blade to shine through (In reality it was the lens for the light measuring mechanism of the Graflex camera flashgun handle). I realised I needed to tweak the proportions and thickness of the coloured bands, I also needed to add a few detail parts and REALLY needed to do something with the hinge. I believe that some film trickery helped how the saber looked in the trailer as it extends but I haven’t got that good to do an animation like that…yet! So here was my second build with a hinge I made based on a Universal Ball joint seen on drive shafts of cars…DarkRayStaff v2 Folded MKAs you can see I added a Universal Ball joint hinge, which is the two spherical pommels connected by a curved plate. The plate pivots 90degs at both ends so that the saber handles straighten out to point in opposite directions and form the staff. I also installed a couple of activation switches to match the blades, but I still knew I could do better so I worked on a more accurate hinge mechanism that looked like the one on screen (even if the bracket seen on screen can’t hinge!). I built the new hinge and that brings me to my final version which I present here. I am sure I have still gotten parts wrong but if I try and make more fixes then I might ruin what I have already (maybe when better footage/images are released I might revisit this hilt) Now onto the “Glamour Shots”…

I added a ring of Hexhead Wrench screws around the switch section along with a pair of switched (I am still not certain where the real switch position is so this could be changed later) Also added are the black rectangular blocks with the thumbscrews. The hinge, I suspect is an end cap for scaffolding poles used for mounting Amateur Radio enthusiasts’ antennae (this piece encloses/connects the bottom of the mounting scaffold pole and the bottom of the aerial tube itself). I think it looks like the one seen in the pictures and video. And now you want to see the staff version right? OK, here are the extended staff “Glamour Shots”…

Hopefully I have done a good job overall. This is the most intensive project I have done, both in detail and timeframe…a lot of detail in a very short amount of time to build. And I think I may have beaten the big names in custom saber manufacturers in displaying a version of this hilt!

Well that just about wraps up this post, except to say I am really looking forward to seeing “The Rise of Skywalker” in December (20th) and find out for certain whether Rey has turned to the Darkside or if this is a “Clone” of her, or even just a Force vision flashback/premonition (hard to see the future is, always in motion it is!). So as is my tradition, I’d like to thank you all for looking in on this design and for your support of me and my site. Whether you are a new visitor (and there have been a few recently) or a regular caller, you are all very much appreciated. If you liked what you saw please spread the word about FTSabersite to friends and be sure to call back to see many more new hilts and designs in future posts. Till next time…..

p.s. I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to have a rest over a long weekend now (Phew!) Back to work on Monday….

“Rey of Darkness” saber is a For Tyeth Editions rendition and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. The Rey “Switchblade” saber staff, and all Star Wars names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm ltd 2019.

Mystery Blogger Award 2019 – I’m Honoured.

Hello everybody, today I have had to change my plans once again because, as you can see from the title, I have been nominated for another blogging award! And again I have the nice young lady named Annlyel of annlyelonline to thank as she nominated me for the “Mystery Blogger Award”. (I think Annlyel may be spying for the First Order who are hunting me…she keeps asking me questions – maybe to gather intel on me?) Anyway thank you Annlyel, I do appreciate my nomination and to qualify for the award there are the usual rules and procedures to follow. As always I am going to struggle to name 5 or more blogs that I haven’t already mentioned as recommendations but I will do my best with the other segments.

The “rules” are as follows:

1.Put the award logo/image on your blog

2.List the rules

3.Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog

4.Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well

5.Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

6.Nominate 10 – 20 bloggers (if possible)

7.Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

8.Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)

9.Share a link to your best post(s)

I have sort of put the logo image on my page because I thought I had to make my own version of it at first so used it for my title header image above ^^…but it kinda looks a bit “X-Files”. I didn’t know where to get the official image from then I thought “maybe the person who created and started this award has it on her site” so I visited the site and there it was! Rule 4 states I need to mention the creator so I will. Her name is Okoto Enigma, and her blog is Okoto Enigma’s Blog which can be found at: Okoto Enigma’s Blog

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The Official Award Logo

Now here are the three facts about For!

1) I have only been designing seriously since 2015 after I bought my first lightsaber. The company I bought my hilt from offered a product called “Adaptive Saber Parts (ASP)” where you could use an online virtual builder to “design your dream saber” . You choose different pieces to make your own design from a selection of handgrips, switches, blade holders and pommels. You could then buy the corresponding parts to assemble the saber at home. I spent way too much time using that website designing hilts like this..

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This saber won a design contest.

The company then held a saber design contest on their forum which I entered and was fortunate enough to win. This convinced me I could probably design sabers as a hobby…I designed over 300 using that website.

But around a year ago the company updated their website and my laptop wasn’t able to access it any more so I had to learn how to use 3D modelling software to continue designing. The good news is that I can now design my own bespoke lightsabers from scratch and make them look like this…(this is just a few!)Collection Pic 2 MK

2) I am a pianist/keyboard player and used to be part of a cabaret act! I had to sing, dance and play keyboards in bars and clubs around the UK. We also had a full stage show with lighting and costumes. One of the highlights of the job came when I got to perform at a club, on a stage, that my favourite band had played on. That band was Queen – Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon! And I got to play Bohemian Rhapsody – LIVE – on the very stage they had performed on! I got rather emotional that night.

3) As a youngling I had a very unusual claim to fame. I was one of only three people in my town who could operate the film projector in my local cinema! My father knew the chief projectionist as they talked to each other on “Citizen’s Band” radio. I was invited to check out the projection room lots of times and learnt how the projector worked. I knew how to load the machine and swap reels (which were approximately 1m/3ft in diameter, not the small decorative film canisters you can get for your home décor!) and even got to run a “show” for a paying audience while the official projectionist watched on!

I think I have to answer 5 questions including one “Weird” one….

(Weird) 1. What strange food combination have you ever experimented with and realized it was actually kind of delicious?

A) I did try Portion Bread with Peanut Butter spread once (Portion Bread is the green bread roll, or biscuits as they are known in the USA, that you might have seen Rey eat in The Force Awakens). But a strange real world food combination I used to eat was Sugar Sandwiches. As it sounds it was just two slices of buttered bread with a sprinkling of sugar as the filling. I suffered from bad health as a child and when I was ill I’d get so poorly I couldn’t eat proper food so I was given these sandwiches to keep up my energy. It was a “recipe” my grandfather used to make along with his “magic” Whisked Egg Milkshakes.

2. If there was any ancient civilization you could visit what would it be?

A) I think I’d like to visit ancient Egypt to see how the pyramids were built and compare them to the Jedi Temples like those on Yavin 4 and the Sith Fortresses like the one on the moon named Dxun.

3. What’s your favourite holiday movie?

A) I don’t really have a favourite holiday movie as I watch films all year round if I have the time. But I do like the National Lampoons vacation films!

4. What’s your idea of a dream vacation?

A) I like to get in my Naboo Star Skiff and fly out to Bal’ Demnic. It has mixed emotions for me as it is on Bal’Demnic that I was seriously injured in a battle trying to stop the Confederation of Independent Systems (CIS) from taking control of a Cortosis mine but the planet has some seriously beautiful ocean and forests away from the civilised/industrial areas. They also have great big Hawk-Bats swooping around in the misty atmosphere all along the coastlines. But I’ll be spending most of my time in future in my new apartment…nice huh?

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5. Reality, drama, or comedy; what’s your favorite television show genre?

A) Tough one this as I like both drama (mainly sci-fi) and comedy. It depends on my mood but maybe comedy – just. I like crazy comedy like the British shows Red Dwarf, Fawlty Towers, Dad’s Army, Allo’Allo’ and Only Fools and Horses.

Star Wars Trivia!…..Bruce Boa starred in an episode of Fawlty Towers titled “The Americans” as a tourist who stays at the Fawlty Towers hotel and tries to order a Waldorf Salad and a Screwdriver to drink. It is probably the most popular episode of the show. Well….Bruce Boa also played the part of General Carlist Rieeken, the Rebel Alliance commander on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back!

Finally I need to direct you to my favourite post or posts. I have a few posts I am proud of and would like to share them with you:

First up is “For Tyeth Tries Blender 3D!” where I began my real journey into designing using dedicated 3D design software and not have to rely on Third Party websites. It was where “The For Awakened” you could say! Here is the LINK

My second post is a post that caused me a lot of anguish as I had a design I was extremely proud of…but it was lost to a computer glitch as I attempted to save the files. I had to rebuild the saber from scratch using my memory. To see how I managed you can check out “New Asguard” – Inspired by Marvel’s Thor” by clicking HERE.

And lastly, I have “Furious – inspired by the Red Fury Stormtroopers” which I posted a few months ago. It shows how good my Force premonition is as Disney/Lucasfilm recently announced some new Troopers (and toy merchandise) namely the “Sith Trooper” and guess what? They wear red and black armour…just like my saber! To see how similar they are you can click HERE.

I still have many more sabers and designs to bring to you all and as a treat here is a sneak peek of the Master Series collection of hilts I announced last week. There is a Rey Graflex from the new Episode 9 film, Anakin’s saber from Episode 2, a hilt for Darth Vader….plus a saber for THE master…Luke Skywalker!FT Master Series Collection 1

Thanks once more to Annlyel, I hope this post meets approval. I also hope you will all return to view future posts…as you have seen there is plenty more to come. Thanks for all the support. Till next time….

FTSabersite and all it’s content (including all saber designs and imaging)  is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. Star Wars related material is Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

 

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award 2019!

Hello Everybody, today I am honoured to say I have been nominated for the “Sunshine Blogger Award” by a very kind young lady named Annlyel from Annlyel Online. Annlyel has an awesome site covering a whole plethora of pop culture subjects. Whether you like blockbuster movies, artwork or fashion you will find articles written covering it and there are even Star Wars posts too. Longtime regular readers of my blog may remember Annlyel from a post where I designed a lightsaber for her named after her favourite lipstick….Moondust.Moondust Plate SIG MK

To follow the guidelines of the Sunshine Blogger Award I need to thank and acknowledge Annlyel and provide a link to her site (done^) and answer the 11 questions posed by her. Next I will need to nominate and link to 11 further bloggers and ask them 11 questions in return. However as I will explain below I might not be able to do that, instead I will make some recommendations of some other great sites. So I had best get on and answer some questions…Ok Annlyel first question please…

A: If you can, which movie is your favourite of all time?

FT: Well apart from my life story which I’m working on, I guess it would have to be the Star Wars saga. Technically I know that the question asks which movie is my all time favourite but I see the story in SW as a whole and it covers more than just the one film.

A: Have you been to Disney World? If so, what’s your favourite park?

FT: No sadly not, since Disney bought out Lucasfilm there are a lot of Stormtroopers and even Kylo Ren sneaking around the parks and they don’t like Jedi types like me much!

A: Who’s your favourite Star Wars character?

FT: It probably doesn’t come as big surprise if you know me but my favourite is Qui-Gon Jinn. He was a great Jedi who didn’t always stick vehemently to the rules but he always bent them for the best reasons.

A: Who’s your favourite Marvel superhero?

FT: Spider-man. Peter Parker and Spidey have been my favourite since I was a youngling wall crawler.

A: Who’s your favourite DC Comics superhero?

FT: That title goes to Batman for this question. I was fortunate enough to get to read quite a few of the original comic books where Batman was much grittier and relied on his martial arts skill and brains rather than gadgets. The characters were also very complex especially if you look at the personal lives of people like Commissioner Gordon etc….far from clean cut.

A: What’s your favourite guilty pleasure, pertaining to food?

FT: I quite like 1/4 pounder beef burgers with cheese and relish (and of course side salad) but I have read that they may not be the healthiest food on this planet. However they do taste so much better than the food capsules the Jedi quartermasters issue and I only have burgers now and then, not every day!

A: What city is on your bucket list to visit?

FT: I need to visit New York/Gotham City…..I know Batman quite well and he lives in New York/Gotham and does a great job running his YouTube channel.

A: What’s your favourite pastime activity?

FT: Some people may know that I am a keyboard player and have performed live on stage. I toured around the UK and even travelled to Poland to perform I also helped teach music technology to younglings in my neighbourhood.

A: Wakanda, Coruscant, or Hogwarts; which of these fictional worlds would you love to visit?

FT: Well, I have been to Coruscant so between Hogwarts and Wakanda, hmm, probably Wakanda. I am a fan of technology but at the same time I like the natural environment too so seeing all the desert, dunes and landscapes merging as one with the tech would be an experience.

A: What’s your favourite novel of all time?

FT: I read “Sherlock Holmes – Hound of the Baskervilles” when I was young and it has stuck with me.

A: What’s your favourite sporting event?

FT: I really love watching MotoGP motorcycling, how people like Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso can control a 200mph motorbike without the benefit of the Force is amazing to me.Executor Poster 1 MK

Now I have to nominate 11 fellow bloggers for the award, however I know from past experience that most of the people I would nominate have been voted for already or would be too busy to participate. So to get round this problem I will just post a few recommendations for sites you might like to visit.

I have a couple of artistic themed recommendations for two sites, the first is a blog that highlights the world of street art and is run/produced by a young lady named Resa. The site is named Graffiti Lux Art and More. There you will find an explosion of colourful street art photography and Resa has recently started to post fictional writing inspired by the artwork on the streets of Canada.R2D2 Falcon Poster 1 MK

The second is Darksider Confessions and a young chap named Xen. Now normally I wouldn’t recommend folks visit a Sith minded individual but Xen has just taken his first steps into the larger world of graphic design and started studying an online course. It would be great if you could go and give him some encouragement. He edits images and makes animated versions of the originals (including Jedi character pictures hence why I  am adding his site!).

And as I have been nominated by Annlyel…I should also give a shout out to her extremely talented sister Uzuri who also has a blog, named Uzuri Art. Uzuri has recently posted a series of Star Wars inspired images and her Princess Leia portrait is shear perfection. So please go check Uzuri’s fantastic site too.

If you are a fan of reading then you may like to visit the The Beachy Reader which is a book review site that is run by my longest blogging friend Gigi (though to me Gigi will always be a Princess 🙂 ) Gigi reviews a range of genres so there should be a book recommendation for you somewhere on her site.Opela Moraf Revanchist Poster 1 MK

And now I will introduce you to my good friend and collaborator TheVintageToyAdvertiser and his sidekick Wooof! TVTA and Wooof! run a blog dedicated to all things advertising, be it adverts for Scandinavian kitchen suites, LEGO sets, action figures all the way through to comic book covers and movie poster artwork. All meticulously scanned and presented with a great sense of humour. I also have to mention this duo as it is TVTA and Wooof! who challenge me to come up with lightsaber designs based on various pop culture themes such as Charlie’s Angels, Starsky and Hutch and have provided me with fantastic feedback and crticism to help me improve my designing. Thanks guys!StarskyHutch Plate MK

My final two recommendations are for two young ladies who are big Star Wars fans. They are Kiri and Mei-Mei, who both write great articles about the “Galaxy Far Far Away” and they also have a long running art project where each lady colours in a Star Wars Mandala image and compare their results with each other.

Kiri can be found at starwarsanon.com

Mei-Mei can be found at JediByKnight

Aquaman Bend Poster 1 MKOh, and I very nearly forgot two more ladies I know of who have a great site dedicated to graphic novels. Nancy and Kathleen run the site Graphic Novelty2 and as you may have guessed write articles reviewing comic books and graphic novels. They range from Marvel and DC Comic favourites all the way through to more obscure independent artists and writers such as Jeff Lemire. Nancy and Kathleen are also fully fledged librarians so they know their stuff!

Again I apologise that this post doesn’t adhere to the Sunshine Blogger guidelines but I hope you enjoyed my answers and have fun checking out my recommendations. As a treat I did add a few never before seen images from my virtual saber collection that I have been working on recently. Thanks again to Annlyel for my nomination and don’t forget to visit her site. Now I have to get ready for this weekends’ post and will have to leave you….busy, busy, busy! Thanks for checking this post out. Till next time….Dishonoured Photo 2 MK

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Sorry everybody, disaster has struck! (But at least I’m still here)

Hello Everyone….

I am not in my usual jovial mood today as I have a bit of bad news. Luckily I am still here but one of the sabers I have been teasing you with and was hoping to post this weekend has been lost.

Let me explain….as some of you know I have a really old laptop and I have been struggling to keep it running. Well I had been saving all my designs onto USB stick drives because the laptop kept reporting it had no memory left. I fixed this problem by doing a full system and drive clean up but I still had my designs stored on USB. I was busy this afternoon creating the title header image for my Thor inspired crossguard hilt and had the folder open which I had it stored in. As I attempted to save this image to the USB stick I got a message saying “Write Protect is active cannot save”. I tried several times but it wouldn’t save so I removed the drive and re-inserted it. The laptop immediately reported an issue on the drive and asked did I want to scan and fix it. Before I had a chance Windows proceeded to do the disc scan and “fixed” the problem. ONLY PROBLEM WAS….IT ALSO DELETED THE FOLDER THAT THE THOR SABER WAS IN!. I feel as if I have been run through the chest with a saber myself….I had worked on that design for more than a month and now it’s gone.

And yes, stupid rookie mistake, I only had the design on ONE USB stick not both that I own. Even worse (or a good thing depending on how you look at it I suppose) it left all my other work intact. So I will still be posting a design this weekend…just not the one I was really planning for. I am going to post the two teaser images I did upload to WordPress and I will set about bringing the Thor saber back to life….I WILL REBUILD IT SOMEHOW!

I feel sick to the stomach to be honest, but I just want to say sorry to everyone who was looking forward to this design…I was just as much, as I was especially proud of it…..hopefully you will return this weekend when I will post a surprise saber!

Thanks for your support and looking in today (it’s very much appreciated after today’s events) Till this weekend…..

For Tyeth (p.s. to self….Back up your Backups!)

For Tyeth’s 2018 Review

Hello Everybody and welcome to the end of year review! It has been a rollercoaster rocket ride this year for me. Not so much physically but more mental and emotional. I had a lot to learn these past 12 months. This is going to be written on the fly so if I forget anything sorry but I’m getting older too 😀 So here we go way back to January.

I was fortunate enough to begin my year with a nomination for a “Unique Blogger Award”! I have had a few over the past three years but it’s always nice to start a year with an honour like this. However I was on a roll with my saber designing and created a design for a very talented Cosplayer called Allure Cosplay. Allure has an outfit depicting a Sith Lady named Darth Talon, and I created a special hilt in the same red and black colour scheme. I was also able to share the images with her and I think by her reaction she liked it.

At this time I was using an online application called the ASP Builder, provided by an American lightsaber company named Saberforge to create my designs but using the preview images I edited them in Photoshop to add the coloured layers of paint. The Saberforge application could only produce silver, black or aged looks. However I didn’t just create Allure Cosplay’s hilt…I mocked up designs for Comic Book Super heroes including “The Flash” and “The Hulk” And funnily enough my images seemed to have attracted the attention of a certain saber manufacturer….More on this later as big news was about to break….

That news was the announcement that on Apirl 30th, the forum I used to frequent  and post my designs on before starting my blog here, Saberforgeforum, was going to be shut down by the owner of the company. Mr Isherwood the “Owner” decided that it wasn’t cost effective and stretched his vast resources so shut it down. This meant a lot of unhappy forum users but it allowed the owner to better control the narrative about his company by using Facebook groups which he could (and does) censor. I posted about the sad closure as I had a lot of contacts on that forum, you can read about it by clicking HERE: (Saberforge Forum is no more)

But that was just the beginning of the BIG NEWS! I will tell you more on PAGE 2 just click the button below to meet me there….

Just a quick update, don’t worry I’m still here!

Hello Everybody….I  haven’t disappeared and am still here but work on my review of 2018 is taking a little longer than I anticipated. I knew I had done quite a few things this year but looking back over my year’s posts it’s hard to know what to include or not!

So as a progress report I am about three quarters through typing it up and as I am writing it without a script I have to insert links and images and tidy things as I go, but I should have it finished for the 31st December. I hope you will look in on FSabersite and share a trip through my past year’s adventures on New Years’ Eve!

Till next time….here’s a little Meme to test if you are a true Star Wars fan!Roger Roger

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Happy Holidays From FTSabersite!

Hello Everybody and Happy Holidays to everyone who celebrates at this time of year. This time of the year resonates with me quite a bit as I bought my first fully custom saber three years ago and it arrived on December 24th. I had hoped it would arrive a week earlier as it was bought for my birthday present actually but I can’t complain! The saber is a hilt called the Disciple from a US based company known as Saberforge, but I quickly renamed it the “Bal’Demnian Blade” as part of my backstory. The Bal’Demnian accompanied me on many adventures and is still serving me well. As it was this hilt that got me into the Lightsaber hobby and community I felt I should celebrate it’s third birthday too. Now I did post an article about 3D modelling using Google/Trimble’s SketchUp application which I tried and used it to recreate my personal hilt and here are the pictures….

I managed to build something akin to my hilt but it was far from perfect and it took me TWO weeks to make this model because the software was so tricky to use and certain functions were limited. You can see that the curves are not very nice looking and it is also very flat and cartoon like in colour and shading. Fortunately though I discovered my laptop could run a piece of 3D modelling software called Blender and I have been using it since June of 2018 (basically six months) and I felt my homage to my saber needed updating so here are two new images and models I made using Blender to show how good this software is and the progress I have made…

I think this version looks much more realistic! It features near photo-real textures, the curves are nice and smooth, I have all the little details….I even added a recharge port and a Covertech Knob belt clip but the nicest part is that it has a proper smooth shiny skin. Oh that and the fact I can now add proper leather like handgrips! And you would think this model took a long time to create wouldn’t you? Well….I built it in around 3 hours!

The last three images above are the real Bal’Demnian that I own just for comparison! I think my new homage is pretty close to the original but it isn’t my design….however I do still have around TEN NEW hilts to show you in next years’ upcoming posts. There is the promised Charlie’s Angels themed hilt, a Resident Evil weapon, THREE Stormtrooper based blades, a Senator, a Fossil, and a new Tri-Bladed sword for a comic book God. I hope you will join me for those, and for my look back at 2018 in my New Years’ Rewind. Thank you so much for checking out this post and for your support, as always whether you are a first time festive visitor or a regular follower –  your comments and support is much appreciated. Happy Holidays and Till Next Time….

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“Khaarnage” a saber for Alex Khaar – Inspired by Lady Revan’s FanFiction

Hello Everybody, I have a quick bonus post today as I have recently been working on a design inspired by a talented storywriter I have met on the Ultrasabers’ Forum you may have seen me mention. One member, named Lady Revan wrote a piece of Fan Fiction based on a Star Wars computer game. The game is a first person style RPG with missions and objectives…oh and you have to build a lightsaber! Well Lady Revan’s story includes a character named “Alex Khaar” a Jedi Knight who joins forces with a female Jedi (Halin Chan) who vowed to protect her homeworld. This however brought the pair into conflict with the Jedi Council. In a passage of the story Alex Khaar is teaching some youngling Jedi learners, but all the children could do was ask him questions about how big he’d grown. Now I know Alex is BIG….so I decided to design a hilt for him based off this very limited description! This is what I came up with, this is “Khaarnage“….

As I mentioned Alex was described as BIG and so I felt he would need an equally powerful lightsaber. This I accomplished by giving it an aggressive forward looking claw, complete with integrated indentations to assist grip when performing power strikes. This is however still a weapon of a Jedi so can’t be too evil looking so I kept the colour scheme of the hilt as classic silver with black accent highlights. It also has the Jedi blue blade and a matching lit activation switch. The banded lower grip section allows Alex to use this hilt two handed as well as single grip. The hilt is finished off with a skull-crusher style pommel used as a counterbalance weight. However, there is a neat addition of a D-Ring loop used to attach the hilt to a hook on your (or Alex’s) belt. But of course if you are a big guy then one blade may not be enough for you so….how about TWO blades!Alex Khaar Staff 1 MK

I removed the pommels from two hilts and screwed the two sabers together and made a Darth Maul style lightsaber staff!

I posted this design on the Ultrasabers forum as I now have a sanctioned Gallery section on their forum (Thank you Ultrasabers!) and it was warmly received by it’s members including Lady Revan herself (thank you LR!) The link to this saber on Ultrasabers’ SaberForum.com is here:

“Khaarnage” saber on SaberForum Gallery

Well this just about wraps up “Khaarnage” except to say I have also built Darkside versions of this saber and staff which I will display in a future post. I will have to finish here because I am also posting a SECOND post today where we will be going “retro computer ganing” and paying tribute to a fantastic 1980’s film! Thanks to everyone who checked in on this design and I hope you will call back for part two of today’s posts. Till next time…..

“Khaarnage – a saber for Alex Khaar” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2018.

TSWG 10K Saber for That Star Wars Girl

Hello Everybody, today I have a surprise extra post and it is dedicated to a young lady I was introduced to around the start of August. Her name is Anna and I got to know about her when YouTube recommended one of her videos (the recommend function is really slow to pick up on interesting stuff!). Anna is known on her channel as “That Star Wars Girl” and is a lifelong fan of the films we all love. Anna passionately defends and promotes Star Wars. In the first couple of videos I watched Anna was feeling a bit sad about what happened in “The Last Jedi” and the direction the franchise was going in. She explained why the SW films were so special and why the latest one (and Disney) had got it wrong. Anna did so in a very powerful manner. I watched another video and learned that Anna was a fan of “World of Warcraft”, “Orcs” and fantasy characters of role-playing computer games. She displayed a few pieces of art she had created and I was impressed.

Because Anna was feeling down and as a way to show support and let her know there are other fans out there I decided to design a saber for her based on Star Wars and “WoW” and try to personalise it for her. This is what I came up with…Works in progress folks!…..

I tried to push my skills (remember I had only been using Blender for 4 weeks) but was able to come up with this hilt. It featured prominent claws which are more aggressive than the ones on my Black Panther hilt. The claws just looked like something out of “WoW” or Lord of the Rings. The grip has a perforated sleeve to provide grip and decoration. Then there is the pommel…I think this is a real “Skull Crusher” type pommel complete with nasty looking points like a medieval mace! The saber I coloured gold and black to make it stand out and look as if it belonged to a high ranking warrior protector!

I watched a few more videos and Anna’s sense of fashion stood out. Anna chatted about being professional and courteous and as an example was rocking a smart business suit and a bowtie. I thought this look was great but it provided me with an idea. See if you can pick out what I did in these next pictures….

Did you spot my little attempts to personalise this hilt? Well the activation switches kinda look a bit like a bowtie…from a certain point of view! And the second thing I added to make this hilt uniquely Anna’s was to add her name and initials onto the hilt using the Star Wars lettering called Aurabesh! It actually reads “Anna TSWG”

Well I was quite proud of this early attempt at building a hilt and I tried to contact Anna by email to ask if she would like me to send her the pictures. Sadly I don’t think my mail got through. (I can’t do Social Media as I have too many Imperials and the First Order after me 😀 ) Anna posted a few more videos and I learnt her favourite character was Darth Vader, but I had just created this golden hero saber! I also found out that Anna was a professional concept artist and I sort of felt unsure whether or not to try and share this with her (her talent is amazing, check out her site links below!). However I thought “The Force is with me” and I decided I’d try again but I would include a couple of variations to my design…

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Well, long story short communication couldn’t be established so I have posted the design here anyway and will send Anna the link to this page. I hope she likes my efforts.

Another reason I posted this today is that Anna’s YT channel just passed the 10,000 subscriber mark and so this a way to congratulate her for that milestone as well. So please check out her YouTube channel, Here are the links:

ThatStarWarsGirl YouTube channel: Click Here

AnnaMelloDesigns.com art website:  EDIT: Sadly this link is no longer active (Date:19/04/2019. checked by For Tyeth)

Sorry folks I am running out of time with this post, I hope you enjoyed it (it was a bonus one after all!) I sincerely hope Anna likes this design and I wish her well and continued success in defending Star Wars. Thank you again to all my viewers and followers for your continued support. Please call back on Saturday the 29th as I will return to my usual schedule with another new design. Till Saturday…

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