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“Temple” and “Fortress” sabers – For Tyeth Editions

Hello Everybody, first off today I have to say a big thank you to all the viewers/followers who commented on last week’s “Guest Designer” offering by my friend PsychoSith from the Ultrasabers forum, SaberForum. I was so happy that you were able to see his talent on show and enjoyed it. So thanks to PsychoSith and yourselves for making a great post….but I guess I had better get back to posting some of my designs (but don’t worry there will be more PsychoSith designs in future).

Now you may remember a month or so back I posted a hilt named “Dishonoured Saber” that was based on the saber seen in an upcoming computer game, “Jedi Fallen Order”, well I did some tinkering with some of the parts I made for it. I particularly liked the twin shrouded emitter and used the shroud plates on another basic emitter shaped piece and I came up with a part I called the “Temple Emitter”. Of course an emitter needs a hilt to fit on and I thought it should be sleek and elegant so, as I was working on building double ended staffs I built a staff body. Here is a picture of a base model of the staff in Blender….

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Temple Staff base model in Blender 3D

Having a double fluted handgrip gives this weapon an elegant “hourglass” shape and so there is plenty of gripping positions for the user. The gold and black is an elegant colour combination and as I had been working on designs that could exist during the Old Republic era, I gave the blades a golden/amber colour. The blades project from my modified Temple Emitters and you will see a Jedi Order logo embossed on the upper shroud plate. This logo is a 3D modelled part, but here is the clever bit, it is moulded onto the surface so that it curves with the plate! This used a technique in Blender called, “Shrinkwrapping”. This modifier takes a flat sided object and merges it down onto a curved object so it clings like Shrink-wrap/Saran Wrap. It is great for creating embossed logos.

Now some staff weapons are made from one solid body part with two emitter sockets, however some are also made from two separate hilts which connect together to form the double length body and staff form. So I made this weapon as a double saber model, and here are a few shots of the single saber section…

Now I named the base models as the “Temple” range because I imagined these may have been used in the Jedi Temples around the galaxy (either as defensive armoury or as a ceremonial weapon). But there is always an equal and opposite and so too  this saber/staff combination has an equal and opposite  version. What if the Sith had this weapon to protect their sacred places or just as a weapon of devastation? It might look like this…

A quick colour change and a switch around of the logo used to emboss the emitter and you get the Sith based “Fortress Saber”. It is in a Sith black and silver colour scheme but has a striking red Sith Empire emblem on the emitter and pommel to match the crimson blade colour. This model came about as a request from another friend and member of Ultrasabers’ forum named Darth Logos, so I hope he likes it when he sees it (I’m all about balance).

I also modelled another version that represents the Galactic Empire itself and has a Galactic Empire Cog logo for decoration. Here it is…I call this hilt the “Stronghold Saber”…

There is a subtle difference with this hilt as the cog logo isn’t embossed but actually “cuts” into the shroud plate to create a “shine through” window. OK, I’m nearly finished but I have one final batch of images for the twin sabers in classic Jedi silver/black with blue blade and of course the three staff versions of “Temple Staff”, “Fortress Staff” and “Stronghold Staff”…

Phew! Sorry that was a lot of renders but I had to prove I had been busy! I hope you like my “Temple” range of hilts, they were great fun to build. I am nearing the end of this post but I just have my usual last minute messages before I end.

I’d like to thank you, my viewers/followers once more for looking in and supporting me and this site. Whether a newcomer or a regular on the site you are much appreciated and if you liked what you see here then please be sure to call back to see future posts. I have more of my “Master Series” hilt designs, more bespoke original designs, more from PsychoSith, more of, well a lot more of everything! I hope you’ll join me again. Till next time…

“Temple Saber”, “Fortress Saber” and “Stronghold Saber” and their staff versions are For Tyeth Editions and ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. All content and this website is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. Any third party Trademarks/©Copyrights belong to their respective owners.

 

 

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Vengeance Saber (AOTC) – My first Master Series hilt.

Hello Everybody, today is a big day because I have decided to showcase the first of my “Master Series” models! And the first one up is the hilt belonging to Anakin Skywalker in the movie Attack of the Clones! (Ep.2). I built this model way back when I made my “The Destined One” hilt for Vader but it was just a solid model. I also made a small mistake in the shape of the emitter as I based it on one of Vader’s hilts but Anakin’s is much more sleek so I remodelled it. Here are two pictures of my first attempt you may have seen in my “Upcoming Sabers” posters I posted a few months back…

I wasn’t happy with the accent LED lights on the side of the saber either, so a rebuild really was necessary. I decided to tidy up the interior of the model and reshape the emitter and replace the LEDs. And as this is a special saber I thought “let’s give it some WOW factor while I’m at it!” You have seen sabers I have modelled that have “crystal chambers” but this one has what is known as a “crystal reveal”. But before I show you what a “crystal reveal” is I will post a couple of studio pics and the remodelled non-reveal pictures…

The hilt has a D-Ring to hang the saber from a belt hook, and just below are two control knobs used to alter power and blade settings. These may look familiar as earth objects as the prop makers used electrical components called “terminal post screw and caps” which consisted of a threaded post which you wrapped bare copper wire around then you screwed a thumbscrew to fix the wire in place. They make great detail parts. The emitter has also been reshaped, and the LEDs improved. And did you see the crystal? No?….Oh I forgot….I need to do the big reveal!

I said this hilt was a bit special, not only does it have a crystal…it has TWO crystals and the saber unscrews to slide open to reveal them all lit up! I made the crystal chamber parts as interchangeable modules which fit inside the model (this was why I had to “tidy up” the interior so they would actually fit inside). The two crystals have special functions in Star Wars lore, the one in the handgrip helps power the saber while the one in the emitter helps “focus” that power into a blade.  I also went to town and added quite a bit of tiny detail into these modules as you can see in the following pictures…

This weapon as I mentioned, is the hilt Anakin owned in Ep.2 and has a sad legacy as it was the weapon he used to slay the Tusken Raiders in retaliation for the death of his mother, Shmi, at their hands. The quote above in the title image comes from the film where he describes his frustrations and actions to Padme on Tatooine. This moment in the film was the tipping point where Anakin became more like his alter ego Darth Vader. He took out “Vengeance” on the Tusken Raiders and hence my saber model’s name.

This just about wraps up my first “Master Series” offering and I hope you liked it. I am always trying to push my modelling skills and this hilt really tested me. And I couldn’t just build one so I have FOUR more “Master” hilts to show you in the run up to The Rise Of Skywalker. I hope you will return to see those (and many more) designs in future posts. Plus next week I will be joined by a very talented artist with the nickname “PsychoSith”. Thank you so much for checking this saber and post out, your support is always amazing and is much appreciated. Till next time….

“Vengeance Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design based on Anakin Skywalker’s hilt from the movie “Star Wars Ep.2 Attack of the Clones” and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. “Star Wars”, “Attack of the Clones”, “Anakin Skywalker” and all other Star Wars names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm. 

Starkiller S-Curve Saber – Inspired by Galen Marek and TFU 1+2

Hello Everybody, first off the bat I apologise if I sound a bit congested and sickly but I have been battling a nasty chest infection this past week! I normally don’t complain about being ill and just try to get on with things but this is the worst case I have had. But I have used it to my advantage and really concentrated on 3D modelling to distract myself from runny noses, headaches and wheezy coughs…and I think it was worth it. I had already built a base model of this hilt owned by Galen Marek, who was Darth Vader’s secret apprentice in the Playstation computer games “The Force Unleashed” and “TFU 2”. Marek was a “Force Sensitive” as a child and caught the attention of Darth Vader who killed Marek’s Jedi parents and kidnapped the boy to train him as his right hand servant. He was trained in the Dark Side of the Force and forgot his roots and real identity as he attempted to gain the official position of Vader’s apprentice. But before he could do that he had to build his saber and here is a picture from the game of him doing just that…

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Copyright of LucasArts ltd and THQ Games.

So I had to build a version of this hilt as it is quite popular within the saber community and is thought of as a “holy grail” design, but, as I have mentioned before I struggled to make smooth sweeping geometry and parts with previous software but when I discovered Blender I had more control. The problem was, the shape of the emiiter is iconic and in engineering terms complex to get right. The emitter is known as an “S-Curve” and the edge of the opening curves in all three axis and the shape has to be symmetrical! I just couldn’t do it, so ended up with a slanted emitter as seen here…

I liked the saber but I was annoyed by the emitter as I had to leave off some details which would only work with the much more elegant and curvy shaped S-Curve. I tried numerous times to create a tube, then shape another “block” to use as a form and cut into the tube to achieve the shape. No luck. I eventually had to resort using an engineering trick to cut pipework and use a template to wrap around the part and cut to the template. Well I couldn’t attach a real template but I did use an image of a template as a guide like I did with my recent Star Destroyer hilt. I then dragged and positioned the individual points (known as Vertices) that connected the surface faces of the model into the right places. This was very tedious and had to be exact and so with this chest infection I decided to concentrate 110% on modelling the emitter and forget my illness….and I think it worked! Here are a couple of studio work in progress pictures…

In the wireframe images you may be able to make out the blade socket and the “mouth” of the emitter and see a curved line that moves from left to right, front to back and which wraps up and down around the blade. That is the S-Curve and there is now a band, around 20mm wide that forms a collar which was missing from my original. This is important as the saber was modelled after a photographic flashgun handle known as the “Graflex” (but more on that later. Now enough talking Starkiller needs to get this saber ignited and I need to show you the Glamour Shots…

As I mentioned the tube for this design was inspired by the 1930’s-40’s style camera flashguns seen used by newspaper reporters in old movies. They were called Graflex flash handles and LucasFilm used one to build Mark Hamill/Luke Skywalkers’ saber from Star Wars. The funny “Bunny Ear” shaped bits are actually the release mechanism for the flashbulb and the metal band held the bulb when pressure was released on the “Ears”. The Graflex flashgun however didn’t have a crystal chamber, that is strictly a Star Wars inspied detail. The other details include low profile activation switches on the ridged box, a pinched in “wasp-waist” midsection and the four rails running the length of the handgrip. Oh and a copper plated band!

Galen was raised as a Sith Apprentice so you may wonder why I have a blue blade on this hilt? Well, Galen was double crossed and betrayed by Vader during a particular mission and left for dead (Vader was testing Marek to see if he was worthy enough to be his apprentice…a do or die test) But Marek survived and later learned of his real identity, the son of Jedi Knights and turned to the light side. However as he was originally a Dark Side user and his saber was red once I made a few pictures showing his Sith version along with the Jedi hilt…

I thought I would take this hilt outdoors and see how it looked… er sort of, just a Blender image trick but I think it looks alright out in the wild. I have nearly finished this post but I have to let you know about some upcoming designs. The first and biggest news is that I have recreated an absolute ICON in Star Wars…the aforementioned “Graflex/Skywalker Lightsaber” The Graflex is a holy grail for saber collectors, builders and 3d modellers and I have achieved building one myself through the efforts I put in for this Starkiller hilt. The Graflex will be coming soon but I also have a few double bladed staff weapons (and the single hilt versions) so I hope you will return to see all these new designs in future posts. I really need to say a big thank you once more to all of you, my viewers/readers/followers as you keep supporting me and this site to produce more. You are all appreciated… Till next time….

Oh Wait! You may be wondering why the name Starkiller? Starkiller is the codename given to a clone of Galen Marek that Vader and the Emperor created after Marek died saving some Rebel fighters including Mon Mothma (Leader of the Rebel Alliance who gave the speech to the Rebels about Bothan Spies stealing the Death Star plans!)

“Starkiller S-Curve Saber” is a For Tyeth Design inspired by the saber seen in LucasArts/THQ Games’ “The Force Unleashed” series of video games. It is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. The original design and all names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of LucasArt/THQ Games.

 

 

“Furious” Saber – Inspired by the 709th Red Fury Stormtroopers (Sith Troopers)

Hello Everybody, I hope you all enjoyed last weekend’s post and the little animation I dabbled with. Today I don’t have a new animation (but I have worked on one which I’ll post soon) however I do have the final version of my Trooper series of hilts. The inspiration for this redesign are the 709th Red Fury Stormtroopers, a legion of crack commando troopers of the First Order. The 709th were Kylo Ren’s private squad of troops (around 800 of them at full strength) and the equivalent of Darth Vader’s 501st Legion (known as Vader’s Fist). The 709th are best known as the troopers who were stationed on the planet Batuu, which you may have heard of as this planet was the inspiration for the new Disney “Galaxy’s Edge” theme park! It was also rumoured that these crack troopers would be appearing in The Rise Of Skywalker due out this December, this has yet to be confirmed (as far as I know) but a YouTuber known as Star Wars Explained posted a video about the Stormtroopers and their distinctive appearance.

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Image from “Star Wars Explained” on YouTube

I was really taken by the new camouflage striping and thought that would look sweet on a saber handle. But how to include the stripes and make them “Pop”? Well, I had learnt how to create ribbed sections so I could make a vertical striped handgrip…however I also learnt how to “twist” those ribbed sections so the ribs wrapped around the handle in a spiral style. I thought the spiral ribs looked like the diagonal “Zebra” stripe camouflage. So, here are a few work in progress studio pictures…

The pommel is shared from previous Trooper hilts but the handgrip needed to be remodelled and as you can see in the wireframe image it sort of resembles a Harlequin! But those diamond panels are just the flat surfaces (known as Faces) that the 3D model is made from. Carefully positioning and rotating the Faces creates the spiral effect (like a screw fastener or Helter Skelter ride). Add the textures in alternating colours and you get the effect I am about to show you in the Glamour Pictures…

As you can see using the techniques I mentioned above you get a striking look! I imagined that the black raised ribs were a tactical high grip material to prevent the saber from slipping from the trooper’s grip when raiding wet planets (or just on a messy battlefield in general). The red and black form an intimidating look especially as Stormtroopers usually wear white armour (The Imperial DeathTroopers from Rogue One and Captain Phasma’s chrome look being the two other non white armours). I have also started to add details in the mouth of the emitter to represent the in-universe components where the plasma blade projects from. I am really beginning to push my limits now adding more and more details and learning new functions of Blender. One of which is animations as mentioned above and I can say I have a very special hilt for Luke Skywalker which I will post nearer the release date of The Rise Of Skywalker which features animated details!

And as this is my final Trooper hilt I thought I would just add a gallery of the hilts together…

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Sadly this wraps up my series of Trooper inspired hilts (well till Disney and LucasFilm bring out a new trooper type!) I hope you have enjoyed them all. I am moving on to more new designs including some inspired by the computer games Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic (SW KoTOR) and Star Wars The Old Republic (SWTOR). I still have the hilt belonging to Darth Vader’s secret apprentice to show you all so I hope you will return to see those in future posts. But for now I have to say a BIG thank you as I have now broken 12,000 views, so if you are a regular viewer or a first time visitor thanks for all the support. It is very much appreciated. Till next time….

“Furious” Saber is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. The “Trooper” series of designs were inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s original Stormtrooper concept art. All Star Wars names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

 

Annihilator Saber – Inspired by the Empire’s Star Destroyer

Hello Everybody, hope you are all well. I have a BIG saber to show you all today and not just a saber, but if you don’t like this design as a lightsaber you can remove the handle and use it as a model! (Plus I have a bonus item at the end of this post to check out!) The inspiration for today’s hilt is the awesome Star Destroyer. The Star Destroyer was the second ship we ever saw in the Star Wars universe and movies as it chased down Princess Leia’s transport ship the Tantive IV. That opening scene where the destroyer overflies the camera (and us) was phenomenal, the ship seemed to be never-ending. These ships were big, powerful, and could destroy planets (or at least wipe the surface clear of any inhabitants). They also carried dozens of TIE Fighters and hundreds of troopers. So I figured I should try and replicate an SD ship in saber form. So here is a work in progress picture of the basic outline model..Executor Wireframe MK

Now as you can see there are a few differences between the space ship and the saber, firstly there seems to be a long handle sticking out the back end (sorry, stern of the ship) and a big tube for the blade extending out of the bow. But I did try to make this model accurate as far as the basic shape was concerned and I used a set of blueprints I found on the net to help build the model. In Blender you can import and display images to act as reference guides, then you build the model “on top” of the pictures, pulling and shaping parts till they match the outlines. The blueprints I used look like this…Star_Destroyer_Blueprint_SWCT

Ok so you have seen the studio WIP pictures, it’s time for the Glamour Shots gallery and you will notice I have a very special backdrop for the model this time…a 3D Space Panorama!….

I recently perfected the trick of adding a 3 dimensional background for my models so thought a star scene would look better than a plain backdrop. From the images you should be able to pick out details such as superstructure which I etched into the body, the two secondary hangar bays on the port and starboard sides along with the forecastle (or bridge as it is sometimes called). I placed the red activation switch on the rear of the bridge structure. The pictures also highlight that I included a crystal chamber to represent the main shuttle hangar bay on the underside of the ship. Finally, on the handgrip I added a pommel that represents the SD’s “Shield Generator Globes”. These globes are the emitters for the shield and were originally located on the top of the bridge structure but after watching SOLO – A Star Wars Movie and seeing a Star Destroyer being assembled on Corellia I thought the globe would look great as a pommel. You can see the Generator Globe being lowered into place in this screenshot…

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Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm Ltd.

Alright, that just about….WAIT! I still have a bonus to show you all yet! Not only have I learnt to add 3D backgrounds to my models but I have been working on my ANIMATION skills. I did a small animation of my TY Silencer Saber and thought the Star Destroyer would look “Impressive…most impressive!” animated with a space background so, if my video works….here is my animated Annihilator Saber (CAUTION!! There may be a Flashing Image issue for some people so if you are Photo Sensitive please be aware!!)

If the animation doesn’t work please let me know (but I tried it on YouTube and it seemed to display). I know it is a basic orbit and lasts a few seconds but I kinda liked it. However I have a much more advanced animation for my upcoming saber for the most famous Jedi Master ever, Luke Skywalker.

This time that does wrap things up for this post. I hope you enjoyed this design and I’d just like to say thanks to the developers of Blender 3D….because tomorrow marks the anniversary of my first Blender model based post. You can check out my first model by clicking HERE . I have only been using Blender for 365 days and it has allowed me to create sabers, pictures and animations like this ^^. And Blender makes it soo much fun!

So to you my viewers and followers, new and regulars, thank you soo much for joining me on my 3D modelling/saber designing journey and thanks for the continued support, it really means a lot me reading your comments and thoughts. Till next time…..

“Annihilator Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. The “Star Destroyer” and all Star Wars related names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm Ltd.

Dishonoured Saber – Inspired by EA Games’ Jedi Fallen Order

Hello Everybody, I was going to post a hilt based on the famous Star Destroyer ship today but I have had a change of plans. The reason being that I have been working on a hilt inspired by the upcoming computer game by EA Games and Respawn Games, named Jedi Fallen Order. There has been a trailer posted online advertising it and numerous pictures of the cover art for the game featuring a damaged hilt with wires hanging out of it and a blue blade projecting from a distinctive emitter.

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Box Cover Art Copyright of EA Games and Respawn Games

Well news of this game buzzed the Internet and Social Media and the very day these images were posted certain individuals set to work “creating” their own 3D take on it. I liked the design and wanted to complete the hilt as it looks as if part was missing. so I set to work and came up with my own version. Well, it turns out one professional saber designer posted his design and complimented himself on how quickly he had built “his” model – within 24 hours. I built the base model of mine in roughly the same length of time but didn’t post it as I was going to post it nearer the release date of the game. However the designer works for one of the big saber manufacturers in America and they have started selling the model and people have started receiving them, so I felt I should post my version now as twin pronged emitters seem to be popular right now. So here are a few work in progress images…

As you can see it has a distinctive double prong emitter (my own modified design), a nice thin necked section, the Knurled handgrip section but it has my own designed pommel part. The original emitter had two flat plates above and below the blade but I made an inset and raised it to make the plate seem embossed up. The pommel I also made to reflect the emitter having a twin pronged opening and some nice inlaid segments, not visible in these pics but there is one that show the details below in the glamour pictures. The knurling on the handgrip are properly aligned on my design and appear as “blocks” (as per the original EA/Respawn version) rather than the “diamond” shaped cutting on the other designer’s model. However enough chat, you want to see a few more pictures so it is time for the Glamour Shots….

You can now see that the pommel has some nice inlaid sections filled with an accent colour. You will also be able to see the two tiered plates on the emitter making them look like medieval shields. And there is also some etched circuitry patterns located between these plates – just like EA/Respawn’s original. But to demonstrate I am not just copying a design and that I am always trying new stuff I made a few variants of the design and I have finally worked out how to add 3D image backgrounds so here are a few more pictures for you to enjoy…

I have a Dishonoured Saber in the Falcon! You can also see my original model I made which I called “Orderly” as in Fallen ORDER but I thought “Dishonoured” fit better as a name. There is also my Darkside versions with Sith red blades and a much darker and sleek black and silver colour scheme. The next picture shows a prototype model that was built by EA/Respawn Games’ design team to evaluate “THIER” design. The picture was circulated on the internet after the lead designer (allegedly) posted it on his Social Media – I included this to give credit to EA and Respawn Games for their work. Finally the final picture shows how I have modified my own design and modelled a new emitter named “Temple” with silver and gold and a Jedi symbol embossed onto it. (This will feature in another new build of mine in the near future!)

I think that just about wraps up this offering. I want to thank EA Games and Respawn Games for creating the original design. It was fun testing my skill in making this tribute of sorts. I hope you enjoyed it and I will post the Star Destroyer hilt next week as I have gone overboard with the 3D image backdrops. I want to thank you, my viewers/readers, whether a regular or new first time visitor I really appreciate your support as it keeps me designing and building. Till next time…..

“Dishonoured Saber” is a For Tyeth Edition hilt inspired by “Jedi Fallen Order” and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth?FTSabersite 2016-2019. “Jedi Fallen Order” is an EA Games/Respawn Games developed computer game due out in November 2019. All names, logos, and related materials of the game are Trademark/©Copyright of EA Games/Respawn Games.

Trooper TPE Tie Pilot Edition saber

Hello Everybody, today I had better get back to business after the very nice surprise I had last week with my nomination for the “Sunshine Blogger Award”. I’d like to just thank Annlyel once more for that honour, it is really humbling to know I impress, inspire or entertain people with what I do and makes it worth the effort, thank you.

Today I bring you a few unseen designs in my Trooper inspired range of sabers, and this time I have a repaint for the famous Tie Fighter pilots…and they would probably welcome a saber, The reason I say this is that the Tie Fighter, which was built by Sienar Fleet Systems was a very, very basic starfighter…with no shields! The Empire rejected shields on the ships to make them quicker and more agile but also made them fragile, even a glancing hit could destroy a Tie. But even if the Tie Pilots were deemed expendable, they looked menacing and cool in their gloss black flight suits and masked helmets (oh yes, these were necessary because there was no artificial atmospheric equipment on board either and the pilots needed Life Support Suits!).

So as I mention this is a final repaint of the previous Trooper hilts before I move onto a couple of very special hilts I’ll discuss later but first here are the work in progress pictures….

By using a different material setup I was able to replicate a semi-glossy black coating and a metallic silver colour on the hilt to match the life support suit which looks like this…sw4script766

And the hilt looks like this, Glamour Shots….

I think I got pretty close to the textures found on the pilot’s outfit. One thing I might have done to this design would be to add a few Imperial Cog logos, but I built this a while ago now before I learnt how to add transparent graphics (you may remember I first did transparent textures with my Finn inspired Trooper – TFA Saber – First Order Trooper Saber hilt). It isn’t much but I feel the red Cog ignition switch just adds a bit of interest. However I have one final Stormtrooper inspired hilt in my collection and it has a LOT of red on it as it is based on a rumoured squad of troopers known as the 709th Red Fury Stormtroopers. I also have a “Super Star Destroyer” for them to fly around in…sort of, well it’s a new saber based on the Destroyer and some eagle eyed viewers may have seen it show up already in a sneak peek last week. But I just have one more image to share based on the Trooper hilt and another squad of troops known as the 501st Legion, Vader’s personal squadron of troopers. This hilt was done as a joke….the 501st mkI realised that Vader’s squad of troops shared the same number as a famous brand of denim jeans, so I textured the hilt in a denim coating…complete with fashionable ripped knee detail and if you look on the emitter it even has the famous Red Tabs! Wow, I have entered the fashion world!

Well on that lighter note, I think that just about wraps up this offering. I just have time to remind you what’s upcoming in future posts. There will be two hilts based on famous ships, one is the Star Destroyer and the TY STRIKER RETURNS. But this time it has been remodelled and is in The Rise of Skywalker colours! And of course there is the 709th Red Fury. So I hope you will return to check these three out but for now I have to say thank you all for visiting and supporting myself and FTSabersite today. Whether you are regular or first time visitor you are much appreciated. Till next time….

p.s. By the way….a little trivia fact I forgot to mention…The Tie Fighter is named after the acronym Twin Ion Engine Fighter I<O>I

“Trooper TPE Tie Pilot Edition Saber” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. “TIE Fighter”, “Stormtroopers” and all other Star Wars names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

A Tribute to Peter Mayhew – Wookie Berserker Lightsaber

Hello Everybody, as promised last week I am dedicating this post to the great Peter Mayhew and Chewbacca. Ironically I had been working on a saber for Chewbacca for a month or two as a request by a member of Ultrasaber’s forum. I worked on an initial design but thought it could be improved upon and just as I finished it and was getting ready to post it the sad news of Peter Mayhew’s passing broke. So this hilt has become a tribute and memorial to Mr Mayhew.

Peter Mayhew was born in 1944 and suffered from Marfan Syndrome which resulted in his great height. At his tallest Peter measured in at 7 feet 3 inches (2.2 m) tall. And apparently he also had large feet, which led to his career taking off. Peter worked as a hospital orderly but an appearance in a local newspaper article about men with large feet brought him to the attention of a film company who needed an actor of large stature to portray a half man, half bull….or Minotaur. That film was Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. In the same year George Lucas was holding auditions for Star Wars and Peter decided to try out for a part. Originally Lucas was going to cast David Prowse as Chewbacca but Prowse took the role of Vader instead. This left a big Wookie shaped hole in Lucas’ cast. Then Peter turned up to audition for the part of  “a large hairy alien”. Peter was seated as Lucas and other execs approached him but just by standing up to his full 7″3′ height earned him the role, so imposing was his physique and movement. Chewbacca and Peter Mayhew became one and the same.

My friend on the Ultrasabers forum asked me if I had or could, make a hilt inspired by Chewbacca and the Wookies and I said I had done one a few years ago (see it HERE). However I said it needed updating as I’d used the old designing software I had access to. This meant I had to model a new Blender design from scratch. After a day or two I had this as a base:Wookie Berserker Version 1 MK

But as you can guess I wasn’t quite happy with it and knew there was something I could do to improve it. It needed an iconic part that would link this to Chewie and that part came courtesy of Chewie’s actual weapon he used in Star Wars, the Bowcaster blaster rifle. The weapon looked like this:

I looked at this rifle and realised the part was right there, the crossbow arms and the spheres on each end! I thought they would make a really unique Tsuba hand guard and so set about modifying the emitter. And the very moment I added the bow I knew I had something that might work. Here are the “Glamour Shots” then I’ll talk you through the details…

Wookies come from the planet Kashyyyk, which is covered in forest and lakes so I thought a green blade would be appropriate and that blade erupts from a windowed emitter with the Bowcaster Tsuba.The Tsuba has the iconic energy spheres found on the blaster as well as a nice insert strip in a brown colour reminiscent of Chewie’s fur. The switch has a matching green light and is situated on a LARGE double handed grip section which features turreted blocks and silver accent bands. The handgrip is capped off with a special For Tyeth Edition lighted pommel. The pommel features a green crystal that I imagined contained some energy or essence of the forest and glowed when in use. When viewed from certain points of view the saber actually looks like a Bowcaster, but without the pistol handgrip and shoulder stock.

I thought this saber captured the character of Chewbacca and the Wookie species, in that it was aggressive looking when needed but also spiritual and mystical at the same time. Chewbacca was exactly the same, he was a loyal friend and peaceful ally but when needed he could be a powerful fearsome Berserker who “can rip your arms out of their sockets”. And Peter was a gentle giant himself, loyal, caring and gave back to his fans. He made numerous appearances as Chewie outside the films visiting children’s hospitals. He also stood up (all 7 foot 3) to bullies too, as one time he became aware of a young girl who was bullied at school for being a Star Wars fan. The girl suffered terribly because the boys said stuff like “you can’t like Star Wars…you’re a girl!” and “Go and play with your dolls, you’re not cool”. Well, upon hearing this story Peter and a charity arranged to meet the girl in person and prove the bullies wrong and let them know the girl was “Chewie’s friend”. The girl was soon considered cool afterwards! But most of this and his writing talent went unheard of. I think the biggest “news story” that involved Peter was when airport security stopped him at the check-in desk because he had a walking cane shaped like a lightsaber (that might have been used as a weapon)! Peter loved his fans and even as his health faltered he battled on playing Chewie up till The Force Awakens. Eventually he had to stop and didn’t appear in The Last Jedi, but did act as a consultant and mentor to Joonas Suatomo, the actor tasked with filling his role. Peter passed the Bowcaster to Joonas with dignity and class. And I wish to pass on this design in his memory. So I have two final images, the first is the memorial picture I posted last week and the second is a last minute edit I made to the design. Chewie became our big furry friend and so I had to make a “furry” version of this hilt and you can see it in the second image:

So I think I have covered this hilt and I hope you all enjoyed it and sharing a few memories with me. I wish to extend my condolences to his wife, Angelique Luker and their children Katy, Sheryl and Kathleen. May the Force be with all of you.

Thanks for looking in on Wookie Berserker, till next time….

“Wookie Berserker” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. “Chewbacca” was created by George Lucas and is a Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.