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“Sith Katana” – An FT Visions Katana Re-wrap

Hello Everybody, I am sorry but today (and this past week) I have felt a bit below par so I don’t have as big an offering as I normally have. The reason is that I suffer with a long term medical condition that requires me to take some seriously strong medication to control the symptoms, and for the past two years due to COVID restrictions on hospital appointments and access I have had to reduce the number of tablets I’ve been taking (cos I couldn’t get refills) and in the past 6 months I have had no new meds, I have just this past three weeks gotten a new prescription and the medication is just getting back in my system – and the meds are a little bit nasty in their side effects! Nothing a Jedi can’t handle but I have slowed down a bit. SO…I just have a “re-wrapping” of the Star Wars Visions inspired Katana hilt to show you today. I did promise I would tinker with this hilt anyway and now I have a few renders in much better lighting so you can see the details a bit better. OK enough chatter, here is the Sith version of the Katana…

I changed the background location to a more light friendly outdoor scene. The changes to the hilt include a new blade colour which is now obviously on the Darkside of the Force Sith red. I also tweaked the colour of the leather Tsuka Ito wrap to be a nice “dried blood red” leather much better suited to a Sith Warrior’s weapon, and peek beneath the wrapping you will see that the actual handgrip has been changed from a green wooden handle to a now red and black marbled Ivory handgrip. The new exterior location for these pictures also help you to pick out the etching detail on the gold parts and the blade. The pommel and Tsuba handguard have delicate carvings on that didn’t quite show up as well in the dark moody images from the original seen here in comparison.

Actually, now that I am looking at the two the original images weren’t quite as bad as I thought, it just depends on the angle they’re viewed from. You can see the big difference changing from the black and green to the new red colour scheme makes, again it has a regal/noble or dare I say “Bling-like” look now – very high status.

Finally I just wanted to try and get some full length shots of the saber and I wondered if the background image with the lake would make a difference so I put the saber out over the water to see what effects it had…

Well, I figured why not have two sabers? The Sith have been known to enjoy overindulgence. Whilst taking these pics I did have an idea on what I could do next to this design and I may have 5 or 6 new versions I can work on as I recover.

And that I’m afraid brings me to the end of this post. I hope to be back 100% next week as I want to showcase my new Qui-Gon Jinn replica saber I was recently gifted, plus I have been digging in the hard drive of my laptop and found some designs that I never posted (I kept them because I hoped to submit them to a manufacturer should they ever hold a design contest but they didn’t). SO thank you all for checking out this “Re-wrap” design and I hope you enjoyed it. Please do call back to FTSabersite to see more in future posts. You are all much appreciated and remember to comment, maybe leave a like or two and if you really like what you see here…subscribe so you won’t miss a thing, Till next time….

“Sith Katana – FT Visions Katana” is a For Tyeth Editions creation and was modelled and rendered in Blender 3D by For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. The design, model and renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022.

Katana FT – For expands his Katana Collection

Hello Everybody and welcome to my new Star Wars Visions inspired design. I think I previously mentioned that I had watched Star Wars Visions, the anime inspired TV series but was finding individual characters to build a hilt for difficult. Most of the big characters already had sabers but I really wanted to build a Japanese inspired hilt from scratch so I modelled one for myself – after a bit of a struggle. I did make some Katana styled hilts before but they were either using the old Adaptive Saber Parts builder from Saberforge that I stopped using or the hilts I modelled in Blender didn’t have the iconic Tsuka Ito handgrip wrapping. Well today I set that straight. First however I need to explain the issue I had modelling that handgrip!

One of the reasons I hadn’t gotten round to modelling a Katana is the fact a Katana is very simple but very stylised. Almost everyone on the planet would recognise a “Ninja” or “Samurai” sword from the long narrow blade with a subtle curve and the diamond patterned handgrip made from a wrapping of silk. The blade I initially managed to model using a “Curve Modifier” that allowed me to model a straight blade with the cross section shape I wanted then I created a Curve Object to match the Katana blade’s bend then instructed Blender 3D to “bend” the straight blade to match the “Curve Object”. But the diamond pattern handgrip was a whole different problem. I have modelled a leather wrap before on a saber (such as my The Quartermaster and Nerf Frightener hilts) but that entailed curving a flat strip along a spiral path. Blender has a function called the “Screw Modifier” which like the Curve Mod takes an object and morphs it along an outline path except the Screw Mod curls the object into a spiral or screw like shape. (See picture 1)

Picture 1: Basic strip

The problem is that a Katana has a “criss-cross” pattern and it is easier to make using two long strips curled into spirals – so I duplicated the strip seen in Picture 1 and rotated it so it would overlap to form the criss-cross. Only problem? It didn’t because both strips just interlaced to form a nice looking regular wrap. This was because I needed an anti-clockwise strip to overlap a clockwise strip and no matter how I rotated or altered the settings in the Screw Modifier I couldn’t work out how to wind an object Anti-clockwise (See Picture 2 and 3).

Picture 2: Two strips but both wind clockwise
Picture 3: Two clockwise strips just interlace as one.

I finally turned to YouTube and looked up Katana modelling and in one video the 3D artist made one spiral strip rotating clockwise which he duplicated as I had done BUT here was the magic, he then RESIZED the strip so the height, width and length values were NEGATIVE.

Picture 4: One strip (L) wound clockwise and second (R)wound anti-clockwise after resizing it to negative

This resulted in all the geometry being twisted Anti-clockwise! I went back into Blender and duplicated my spiral strip then resized it into Negative values (Seen in Picture 4) and I had two strips which, when positioned together formed a criss-cross or plaited arrangement. I just had to tweak the size of the duplicate strip so it fitted over the original and gave the illusion of being woven or plaited. The final step was to add some thickness to the strips then apply textures to them. You can see the final result in Pictures 5 and 6.

Picture 5: Both strips overlapped, creating the “Diamond Pattern”
Picture 6: Strips with textures applied and adjusted to appear “woven”

Sorry if that explanation was long winded but it’s sometimes hard to describe something in 3D so that people can visualise what you are talking about. So I think you deserve to enjoy the Glamour Shots, here is Katana FT…

I am kinda proud of this saber as I can now say I’ve ticked another Iconic blade off my “To Do List”. On an actual Katana handgrip there are usually small metal plaques visible in the diamond cut-outs but I left those off as they are usually decorated to represent particular clans or families that own the hilt. I did add some etching on the gold accent parts – the pommel end cap and the oval handguard called a Tsuba. I also envisaged the activation switch would be incorporated into the handguard – by pressing one of the inlaid panels created by the etch meaning the switch is “hidden” in the pattern…but I did add my initials as a decoration on the pommel end cap (the letters FT are in Aurabesh which looks a bit like oriental text). And of course the blade has a plasma edging to it – I could have had a regular lightsaber blade but when you extinguish the power the blade disappears but with this Katana you retain the metal blade to allow you to sheave it in a scabbard.

And with that I think I have covered everything and I am coming near to the end of this post. As ever I’d like to thank you all for checking this design out and hope you liked it (ok maybe the design lesson was boring but it gave context to the design!) I sincerely hope you will al return for future posts as I have some more LEGO Forge builds including a Mandalorian ship and speeder bike! I also hope to have more news on my recent Nerf blaster purchases too. So again, thank you for calling in today, it is much appreciated. Till next time….

“Katana FT” is a For Tyeth Editions design and was modelled and rendered in Blender 3D. The model and image renders are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022. “Star Wars: Visions” is Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm ltd.

“Rhapsody Saber” – Inspired by Episode 2 of Star Wars Visions

Hello Everybody, today I have another new saber design to show you all while I wait for another delivery (EDIT: See update at bottom of post!). This time I was inspired by the recent anime style animation series called “Star Wars – Visions”. The series was 9 episodes long and each episode was directed/produced by a different Anime studio/artist. It was a very interesting and different take on what most of us consider Star Wars, The first episode was titled “The Duel” that featured a story mirroring a tale from feudal Japan of a village terrorised by a “gang” and saved by a mysterious “wanderer”. This episode also featured a Katana styled lightsaber and the now famous “Lightsaber Umbrella”. Well these are quite well known so I decided to look at Episode 2 Tatooine Rhapsody. It focused on a young padawan named Jay during the closing event of the Clone Wars , Order 66. Jay was chased by a horde of B-1 Battle Droids and during the chase he fell and damaged his lightsaber. Jay and the saber look like this:

Jay the fallen padawan
Jay’s damaged lightsaber after his fall(Disney/Lucasfilm)

Jay’s fall left him unconscious on the floor of a spacecraft and when he awoke found his saber no longer worked. He also discovered this when he needed the hilt to protect himself from a Hutt named Geezer. However Geezer was not hostile and Jay ended up accompanying the Hutt and even joined his band. Geezer was a musician in a touring band. Jay became the singer, and he repurposed his broken lightsaber to make a microphone! Well, I thought it needed to be repaired as a lightsaber and not gutted to make a microphone so I modelled a “factory fresh” version of his hilt. And I named it….Rhapsody….

This is a fairly simple hilt, but it is the simple ones that are the difficult ones to model and get right. This is because complex/detailed hilts can hide little mistakes but on a simple design the mistakes would stand out. Fortunately I think I nailed this pretty well, especially as I only had two decent screenshots to use as reference and they only showed one side of the hilt! The other side was always obscured. The hilt features a nice flared emitter with several recessed bands before narrowing to a thin neck section. The thin neck has multiple rings that give good grip and would make this a good saber for spinning/choreography. Most of the handgrip is a smooth cylinder with two slanted bands and an inlaid panel on the visible side I could make out. This meant I had to imagine what the other side had so here are a few more pictures to showcase what I cane up with…

I chose to keep it simple and just added two indicator LEDS in red and green to show the saber’s power mode. The activation switch is a sliding two position type. I kept it simple to keep with the anime style yet still be functional. The pommel end of the hilt is interesting however as it features four lozenge shaped fins reminiscent of the bulges and fins found on 1950’s/60’s style American sports/muscle cars (particularly like Chryslers and Cadillacs). Again to keep with the Anime style I modelled a basic pommel speaker vent.

In all I think I got pretty close to the subject matter with this hilt and still added my own little touches. I may return to this design and possibly add more detail or produce a few different colour schemes, but for now I am happy how it turned out. I am afraid once again I’m running out of time and will have to end this post shortly. I am awaiting the arrival of one of my sabers which I needed to send in for repairs and I am really excited to get it back.

I still have more new content to share in upcoming posts including more sabers and more LEGO digital creations, so I hope you’ll call back to check those out. Thank you for visiting and supporting FTSabersite, it means a lot and keeps me designing . Whether you are a new first timer or a regular visitor, you are all appreciated. I think I can hear a delivery person…well I hope….so I’ll end here. Till next time….

EDIT: Breaking news! Just after I finished typing this post and scheduling it to publish….my saber turned up at my front door. And from the limited time I have had to examine it, it is BETTER than it was before! I hopefully will do another post detailing the improvements.

“Rhapsody Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions creation inspired by the microphone lightsaber seen in “Star Wars – Visions”. The saber was modelled and rendered in Blender 3D and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. “Star Wars – Visions” and all names, images, logos and other related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.