Hello Everybody and welcome to another Bad Batch inspired saber…sort of. You see, the character that inspired this hilt made a recent appearance in the new animated series when something clicked and I felt compelled to create a design for him. That character is the bounty hunter Cad Bane. Cad was highly regarded as the best hunter in the business after Jango Fett’s death at the Battle of Geonosis (in Attack of the Clones) and it isn’t surprising he is so good as Cad trained with Jango for a while. Cad also had many skirmishes during the Clone War period including kidnapping Force sensitive children, hunting down Jabba the Hutt’s nephew , competing to win the job of kidnapping Chancellor Palpatine (only to be foiled by a heavily disguised Obi-Wan Kenobi) to name a few.
Cad was from the planet Duros and had blue skin and red eyes (similar to Thrawn) but had no obvious nose. Instead he had a flat plate running from his forehead between his eyes and down to his mouth. In case you haven’t seen Cad before here is a picture…
As you can see Cad has the face of a western style gunslinger complete with hat and toothpick! And his costume is quite cowboy inspired too with a space age twist. So I had best show you the saber I came up with for him….this is (literally) Bane….
I said that this saber WAS Bane! Cad’s look was so distinctive I just had to try and replicate him in saber form. Of course this isn’t designed for “real” use but as a showpiece hilt. I did, long ago create a “character saber” to look like General Grievous but that was just the cyborg’s head I modelled – this time with the bounty hunter I modelled the whole person! (You can check out “Kaleesh – A saber for General Grievous” by clicking this link: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2018/09/15/kaleesh-saber-a-design-for-general-grievous/ )
This hilt features a lot of details such as the buckles on his waistcoat (or vest for my US viewers) and below the vest are two belts of fake ammunition – all of which is 3D modelled. At the pommel you can see two sets of silvery cannisters which are meant to be Bane’s rocket boot thrusters…and wrapping all of this detail together is his “Duster Trenchcoat” forming the handgrip! Bane’s face can easily be seen just below the emitter. Here is Glamour Gallery 2 showing a few close up details…
Starting with picture 1 you can clearly see the vest buckles (which are in reality “plus and minus” control buttons for functions of the saber – press the left side of a buckle decreases a value, press the right hand segment to increase it) and the twin bandolier belts of gun cartridges. In pics 2 and 3 you can see the emitter with and without the blade – and the emitter and flange reflector plate form…his hat! Yes in picture four you get a full frontal image of Bane’s face – I decided that if I could model Iron Man’s mask on a saber (see it here: https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2019/04/06/mark-for-t-40-saber-inspired-by-marvels-iron-man-pt-1/ ) then I could model Cad’s features. Look closely and you will see two hoses project out from a sort of lower face covering. You may think these are some sort of breathing apparatus because he has no visible nose and you would be sort of correct – they do help him breathe but they have a very special purpose. Cad was renowned for bounty hunting Jedi for people like Darth Sidious and the tubes were to protect him from being “Force choked” by his opponent! Though I don’t know of any Jedi that would resort to choking as this is a Sith/Darkside ability normally…but he must have been choked at some point and had the tubes fitted! Anyhow, in this design the two hoses flex down and under the saber to connect to a control box which houses the red lit activation button. This allows Bane to activate the hilt with his trigger finger just like his blasters.
Ok, I will finish off by including a few extra mixed pictures of art and stuff…
The first two images show how I created the title header image and the final picture is of a figurine from a well known company called Sideshow Collectibles which I used as reference when modelling this hilt. I think I got pretty close again.
That just about brings me to the end of this post and it’s time for me to fly west into the sunset…like all good space western films finish but before I go I have a few thank yous and stuff. So thanks to everybody who has called in today it is much appreciated – whether this is your first visit or you are a regular caller, your support keeps me designing and posting. I still have quite a few designs to come in future posts…there is also news of some action figures I have bought…Jedi costume updates…and I have acquired a new starship but it isn’t quite what I thought I was going to be flying off in🤔 I’ll leave a teaser image for my ship below, but for now….Till next time…..
“Bane” Saber is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the Star Wars character Cad Bane. The design, 3D model and renders were created by For Tyeth and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Cad Bane”, “The Clone Wars”, “The Bad Batch” and all other Star Wars related names, logos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.