Hello Everybody, last week I posted my version of a Katana inspired lightsaber and it had a “Traditional” style Tsuka Ito handgrip wrap. I mentioned that I had struggled for a looooong time to get the wrap to work as I couldn’t get Blender 3D to curve the wrapping anti-clockwise. I eventually turned to YouTube and I found a tutorial by a gentleman named Mac Coyzkie who modelled a Katana and, most importantly, showed a trick as to how to wrap the handle. So as thanks to him I’m posting his video here and I’ll leave links to his YouTube channel so you can check out his other material (a lot of computer/tech related stuff not just 3D modelling). Ok so here is the video…get your popcorn out….
It was really that simple! All I had to do was create a duplicate curled strip and then resize it so it’s geometry co-ordinates were set to negative values! However, there wasn’t any clear instructions in Blender or on any forum as to how to achieve the effect. But I was able to follow these instructions and think I made a decent job of recreating Mac’s wrapping technique. So thank you very much Mr Coyzkie.
I like to give credit where it’s due and I thank Mac once again, but the fun doesn’t end here for today….No I have another LEGO Forge creation to reveal in my second post of the day…and it’s a new spaceship! Hope to see you in Post 2!
Mac Coyzkie is a computing and tech enthusiast and this video and many more are available on his YouTube channel (linked above) The video is his property and Copyright of Mac Coyzkie.
Hello Everybody, today I’d like to introduce you to a young gent I met ecently through my friendship with Frankie, aka Nothin’ Nerdy. His name is The Inspector Who Reacts. He also hosts a channel on YouTube (click HERE to go to his channel) where he posts videos in which he reacts to various franchises and nostalgia such as the American anime series RWBY, Stranger Things, horror movies and of course…Doctor Who!
He is a great guy with a sense of humour and a vast knowledge of Whovian details. Just ask him what a Chameleon Circuit is and I bet he’d know. Well as I had designed a saber for Frankie, I felt that as he got on with her and seemed friendly like her that I should design a hilt for him. And of course not just any saber but a Doctor Who inspired hilt. As he is steeped in nostalgia I thought I would go “Old School Who” and I travelled to Gallifrey for inspiration (it’s just a short hop from one galaxy to another in my Jedi Starfighter!) And this was the hilt I came up with…
Pryndonian Saber picture 1
Pryndonian Saber picture 2
Pryndonian Saber picture 3
Pryndonian Saber picture 4
The hilt is modelled to resemble the costumes that the Time Lords wore with the large fan like back collars and the skull caps. You can see the type of costume I mean in the famous Trial of a Time Lord episodes starring Colin Baker as The Doctor.
The hilt is also in the colour scheme of the “Pryndonian Academy” – a school for Time Lords and at one time was considered the most prestigious of the Time Lord academies. The Doctor was schooled at Pryndorian Academy and I hope The Inspector has brushed up on his Gallifreyan so he can read the text in the first image (those circular symbols are Simple Gallifreyan text!) Oh yes and those symbols etched around the middle of the saber? Those spell out his name!. As I don’t have any studio work in progress pictures as I built this hilt rather quickly and I have a bit of a surprise object to reveal further into this post I thought it best to leave these teaser images here I produced…
Pryndonian Teaser Poster 1
Pryndonian Teaser Poster 2
Pryndonian Teaser Poster 3
I think The Inspector also has a thing for time travel and retro styling as four years ago he had a haircut just like John Deacon’s hairstyle from the 1980’s…John Deacon was the bass guitar player in the band Queen for our younger readers!
The Inspector has even been seen sporting a bow tie now and then…very sartorial.
However Inspector doesn’t get everything right… I mentioned The Inspector has a TARDIS sized knowledge of all things Whovian, well unfortunately in his reaction video for “IT Chapter 2”, the Inspector has the wrong Sonic Screwdriver! We all know that Tom Baker had the best Sonic so…as a way of apology for likening his hair to John Deacon’s I decided I’d build him a Sonic Screwdriver (the one owned by the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker) to go with his saber! Here they are together…
Now you may have seen that little blue block with the little symbols on it’s faces, well those were a couple of pieces of masonry that I found on Gallifrey and they have the Inspector’s initials on….I, W and R standing for Inspector Who Reacts! He must have attended Pryndonian Acedemy too.
I hope you will all take time and check out The Inspector’s YT channel but please be aware that some of the material may not be suitable for very young Padawans (such as the horror movie reaction vids). You can find his channel by clicking HERE .
Well I think that just about wraps up this time travelling tribute to The Doctor and the Inspector. I hope The Inspector likes the design and my extra little “virtual gift” in the shape of a new Sonic Screwdriver. I hope all of you, my viewers/readers also enjoyed what you saw and I’d like to thank you once more for all the fantastic support you have shown me, new or regular visitors – you’re all very much appreciated. I sincerely hope you’ll all call back to FTSabersite as I have an Obi-Wan Kenobi inspired pair of hilts, my set of bespoke original hilts and my new side line of designs including new droids, starfighters and Holocrons all still to come! So till next time (or dimension in space!)…..
“Pryndonian Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is inspired by the TV show Dr Who. “Pryndonian Saber” is Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. Dr Who and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark and Copyright of BBC TV (UK)
Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day to you all! This is an unplanned post as I didn’t think I would be celebrating today but I have two good reasons to now!
Firstly I have been shown some love from Mr & Mrs NW at Navigating Worlds, as they have nominated me for a “Liebster Award” so thank you very much for that. My acceptance post will be uploaded this weekend (I’m finding it hard to think of ten questions!) I will include links for everyone to go and visit their fantastic site in my post.
Secondly I have had a shout out on YouTube from a friend of this site, The Silent Ghost Reaper! Yes SGR mentioned me in his “Valentine’s Day Love” video. It is so strange but cool hearing my name mentioned on the Internet. You would have thought with all the interplanetary communication I have done I would be used to it but no, it is still special! So again, as SGR may be feeling the effects of the changes made by YouTube recently and needs supporting I will include a link here to his fantastic YT channel where he reviews tech and gadgets, with a healthy dose of humour! Here is the link:
And I have one final exciting piece of news, someone has shown an interest in obtaining one of my designs and may be buying one of them soon. Hopefully if they do, I will ask for some pictures so I can see what it looks like for real and not just some computer graphics! And I hope I will be able to share the pictures here too.
So I hope you all have a wonderful day with your loved one and even if you haven’t gotten any cards, remember someone out there loves you, me! Thanks for supporting me and this site and please join me for my next post, the Liebster Award Acceptance! Till next time.
Hello Everybody, and may I wish you all a Happy New Year!
Yes it’s that time of year when we close one chapter and venture forth into the next, and here at FTSabersite I am looking forward to the New Year too! What a year it has been, both amazing but also disappointing (but I’ll get onto disappointing later!). Who can remember all the way back to January? Well it was in January I brought you a design for Chirrut Imwe, his Force Staff, my good friend Borommakot showed us his Zodiac inspired Capricorn Lightsaber. Then I returned with Baze Malbus and his FirePower Lightsaber pair of sabers, Savannah95, another good friend of the site, displayed her Berserker Lightsaber hilt and to finish the first week I brought Bodhi Rook’s Rogue Pilot Lightsaber to the show! That was just week one, and in total I have posted approximately 166 of my own saber designs over the year!
This brings me to my next “highlight”, that being my 3-Part Katana hilt collection. I posted a design on the 13th Jan for Kiki called Cherry Blossom Katana, a Katana style saber that had the main hilt and an extension, giving the saber 3 handgrips.
Saberforge, a company that makes and sells custom sabers and developed the ASP Adaptive Saber Parts builder which I utilise to create my base models then released their own “3 Part Katana” called the RONIN on the 15th Jan! I will be honest and say I had heard that the RONIN was going to be released but I hadn’t seen any images of it as Saberforge don’t release pictures of upcoming products – in case someone steals their ideas. This means my Cherry Blossom design was independently arrived at!
FTSabersite SOTY – Saber Of The Year Award!
However, a friend of mine Dauntless7 (whom I introduced to you recently) bought a RONIN but felt it was a little bland, so decided to modify it. This brings me to the FTSabersite SOTY’s! Yes I am having a Saber Of The Year award. Having seen the amount of effort and the results that went into the modifications I felt that this hilt called Agony deserved to be my saber of the year and here are two more pictures of it:
Dauntless7’s “Agony” SOTY
Dauntless7’s “Agony” SOTY 2
This hilt is nothing short of outstanding, and if you would like to see more and learn why it is so impressive, then you can read the article by clicking HERE. Thank you Dauntless for allowing me to showcase this beauty!
Comic Con and The Sentinel Squad UK
In July yours truly got to go to his first Comic Con! It was only a local convention not one of the big 2-3 day events but it was great fun and provided some highlights. The first being that I got to meet a few stars, including Sophie Aldred who played ACE in Dr Who, plus the gentleman who portrayed BOSSK in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Mr Alan Harris! I designed hilts for both Sophie and Alan and had the chance to show them off. You can again read about the experience by clicking HERE. I also met a great group of Cosplayers called Sentinel Squad UK (facebook link) who do appearances and charity fundraising. It turned out that I knew one of the members, he is a member of one of the forums I used. His name was Takamatsu and he dresses up as …yep, BOSSK! So I got to meet Bossk twice sort of! I was so inspired by the Squad that I decided to create a hilt in their honour and it turned out to be my most viewed design, due to the fact the Squad’s founder recommended his troops visit and support my site for my effort! So a massive thank you to The Sentinel Squad UK (Twitter) and everyone please check out the provided links to their Social Media pages or use the links in the sidebar. They are amazing people!
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Hello Everybody, this is just a quick shout-out and bit of fun post. Firstly, I’d like to point out my prediction about the lightsaber duel in The Last Jedi being epic looks as if it was correct. You will have seen the recent “Lightsaber Feature” going round the net showing the rehearsals for Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver. In it they discuss the brutal workload for the fight scenes and we get to see Daisy do some moves, and guess what? She’s taking on THREE opponents! Just as I predicted! (Whether that particular sequence is included in the film is yet to be seen, it might have been cut but probably unlikely being as it’s in the new video!) Here is the image I saw 3 months ago:
Now this isn’t the first time I have predicted an event in the Star Wars films, two years ago in the build up to The Force Awakens I created a Meme and posted it on the lightsaber forum I belong to. This was the image I posted two weeks before the film was released!
But now I need to draw your attention to a fairly new blog which has been brought to my attention. It is the blog called the SW Shadow Council which is run by a group of eight Star Wars enthusiasts. They discuss everything Star Wars related especially theories and philosophies. A few of their contributors also write for Wookiepedia and a Reddit page. Here is a brief outline of what the Council members say about themselves:
Robotical712 is a 32 year old father of two. He was a big fan of Star Wars in the late 90’s, but left the fandom in 2000 and rejoined when TFA came out. He got his start in the speculation community on reddit, but has since branched out and created r/StarWarsReference, a subreddit backed wiki for curating and analyzing Canon. His favorite eras are the Rise of the Empire and Galactic Civil War.
Marvelstarwars has been a member of the r/StarWarsReference community since January, 2017. End statement.
Dremora is the group’s token foreigner, being from the Realm of Oblivion (a.k.a. New Zealand). She has been a member of the Reddit communities since early 2016. She loves Star Wars for its focus on family and friendship, its simple but effective themes and narratives, and on top of everything else being fun. Always looking for a good mystery to solve, her current favorite era is the ST era.
Pale is an 18 year old father of zero who first got into the Star Wars fandom in February of 2016 through the speculation community on Reddit. Soon, he branched out into being a wiki editor of /r/StarWarsReference in January of 2017, helping curate the continuing Star Wars meta. Pale enjoys the more rogue-ish side of Star Wars, rather than the mystical side. His favorite Star Wars movie is The Empire Strikes Back and his favorite era is the Galactic Empire era. Pale also reviews and rates music on rateyourmusic.com.
When she isn’t working on real space ships HypersonicHarpist enjoys stories about fictional ones. She first became a Star Wars fan in 1995. She enjoyed the old Expanded Universe novels (now Legends) back in the day and is now really enjoying the new Canon.
Sprinkles is a freelance theater artist and graphic designer from Seattle, Washington. She became a Star Wars fan in her teenage years, after getting so grossed out by the tauntaun guts scene in The Empire Strikes Back when she was eight that she refused to watch the series for almost a decade. She is most interested in the myth and folklore roots of the series, particularly how it relates to the work of Joseph Campbell. She chose her username because she was making rainbow sprinkle Chex Mix the same day she started her reddit account, and the rest is history.
JoseyFish (F.T. er, I think JoseyFish needs a bigger Bio!)
So if this sounds of interest to you then please go and check them out, I am sure they will appreciate your visit (beware though some content could be classed as “Spoiler” material as they do delve deep into their topics of discussion and I haven’t been able to read all of their posts yet!) Here is the link again SW Shadow Council (or use the one conveniently placed in the sidebar! >>)
I am nearing the end of this impromptu post but as always I’d like to thank you all for looking in today. I think I have one more design to bring you before the new film releases, so I hope you will return to see that hilt then we can all enjoy The Last Jedi! Thanks again…Till next time.