Hello Everybody, today I have a slightly shorter post than normal and it is one that I have been meaning to post for about a month but I had quite a few sabers already scheduled before I could publish this one. And today we enter the world of Collectible Action Figurines and in this case the Hasbro Star Wars Black Series. Now in a recent batch of new characters there was one that stood out and caught my attention…and I kinda wanted one. The figure was of course the new 50th Anniversary of Lucasfilm release of Qui-Gon Jinn because I am a big QGJ fan (if you hadn’t guessed!). The figure seemed to me to be expensive because I don’t earn a lot designing sabers but I finally convinced myself I had to get one. The reason being that the figure was SO accurate and looked just like Liam/Qui. Here are a couple of product shots…
The detail on this figure is amazing – beyond amazing. So much so that my camera phone couldn’t handle the awesomeness and glitched hence the reason I am using Hasbro’s pictures. However believe me that my figure I received is just as impressive and exactly as in the promos. It is fully articulated at the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, it has double folding knee joints as well as hip and foot/ankle rotation. You can position him in any pose – including the famous kneeling meditation position from the Duel Of Fates scene. The figure comes with a lightsaber with a detachable blade so you can clip the hilt to Qui-Gon’s belt (via a small peg on the hilt which presses into a socket on the belt). Unfortunately this figure doesn’t have a robe but I am going to get a third party one off ETSY I think. But I really can’t fault this figure and it came within a week of ordering it!
So as you can see my camera phone glitched and went haywire, blurring the pictures I had taken 😞. But from these two pics you can see how well it was packaged and how nice the blister pack and card look. It has the “vintage” The Phantom Menace branding with Darth Maul’s image in the corner and a “Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary” insert. Now I just had ONE big problem…I sooo wanted to be able to open the figure and really get a good look at him so, yep you guessed it I went and purchased a second which for me is a huge investment for a “toy”. Anyhoo I ordered a second and it too was perfectly delivered and equally awesome. And this time whilst opening the figure’s packaging I decided to try and get a picture of the new head sculpt which everyone was raving about how good it looked….and something weird happened. Take a look at these next two pictures and you’ll see…
This is how accurate the figure’s head and face is…but did you see the anomaly? Just check the first image again and tell me who that is! The Force is strong with this one!
So to sum up this shortened post I would definitely say these figures were worth the price. I am so happy to have my fave Jedi in my collection (actually I do have two 3.75in Qui-Gon figures but they aren’t quite up to comparison to the Black Series 6in versions). However those 3.75 Qui-Gons were a birthday present Mrs Tyeth got me a few years ago so I cherish all of them.
That wraps up this post and I hope you enjoyed what I was able to show you all. Again this figure is superb and has got me thinking about adding a few more Black Series to my collection when I can afford it. Thanks for checking this out and please call back for future posts where I will have more new saber designs including a hilt for the first ever recognised Sith Lords and I’m working on a few Mandalorian designs oh and more LEGO models. I appreciate all your support whether you’re a newcomer or a regular visitor….Till Next Time…..
Howdy Everybody! Today we travel to the far reaches of the Star Wars galaxy where there are no rules….the lawless lands…..The Outer Rim (not unlike where I used to live actually but I’ve moved to a nicer region of the UK) And this post was inspired by my good friend Neil of Makeroommakeroom.com (https://makeroommakeroom.wordpress.com/) who commented a few posts back about a “lightsaber that shoots laser bullets too” well….I have now come up with a design that can do just that. I’ll admit that a lightsaber gun does already exist in Star Wars canon – the Jedi Librarian that told Obi-Wan “If something isn’t in the Jedi Archives then it doesn’t exist I’m afraid!” actually used a “Lightsaber Rifle” in one of the recent Marvel Comics. However that Lightsaber Rifle weapon had to have a regular saber inserted into it for it to operate and using it fried your lightsaber – not good! But my design is intended to serve as both a saber and ballistic launcher. Here is the saber pistol I call Frontier….
From these images (and I’ll add an extra , funny comment later about the pictures) you can see that it sort of resembles a revolver style cowboy pistol with a straight handgrip and red trigger. The hilt does have a revolving cylinder that holds four “shots” or crystal shards. These shards are energised and fired out of the weapon by the emitter instead of a regular blade. The energy builds up in the crystal to a certain point then it is ejected at great speed. When you have fired the four crystals you can refill the cylinder. It took me a while to model this segment of the saber as I had to ensure that each crystal would align with the “barrel/emitter” as the cylinder rotated and I don’t have an engineering background. However the parts do line up so I think we should have a few close up peeks, here is Gallery Two…
Hopefully you can see that I managed to get everything lined up and looking down the barrel you can see the first crystal ready to be charged and fired. I modelled this cylinder drum using the Boolean functions which allow me to make cuts into an object using another object as the “cutter” so I started with a cylinder then had to work out and position where the crystal bullets would sit within it then using another cylinder I cut into the drum to make the recesses – allowing the crystals to be exposed once I inserted them. Fortunately there is a function called the Array Modifier that allow me to duplicate an object then position them in a circular pattern which I could then use as the cutting object to cut all four recesses in one go. The drum also has an inset and recessed front face to make it appear less flat and boring. I then had to model the Swing Arm which is the strut that holds the cylinder drum in place and hinges outward to allow reloading. You see gunslingers click the cylinder out, put bullets in then flick their wrist so the drum pivots back into the pistol’s frame ready to fire – the Swing Arm facilitates this action. So I had to connect the drum to the swing arm and then to the saber handgrip whilst maintaining the barrel, chamber and emitter alignment. And the reason they needed to align is that when you run out of crystal bullets you can use this as a regular saber! Ignite the blade here are two final pics….
Of course you can always load three spare crystals into the open breeches so you can switch between saber and pistol functions – as long as one breech is open you can activate the blade…pretty neat! The handgrip I finished off with a wooden texture that I discovered recently and mentioned in a previous post (the advanced textures with the bumps I used on the Quartermaster hilt). The texture doesn’t have the crinkled effect because I wanted a polished wood to represent the handgrip cheek plates of an antique pistol.
Now the funny thing about this design…well I was going to add a few more details and maybe an etched pattern on top but I got sidetracked, as I often do, when I had the idea for my Klingon “Horey ‘So Eth” designs.(https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2021/07/17/horeyso-eth-saberstaff-honour-blade-inspired-by-the-klingons/) And silly me never got round to making the improvements and I forgot something else….to create any extra renders! I made two, just to test then was distracted….I then mentioned to Neil the other day that I had a saber that might cheer him up. THEN when I went to type this post up this morning (Friday 13th…) I discovered my mistake and realised I had no renders! SOO I have burnt the midnight, midday and back to midnight oil to create the images for today! I am slightly….exhausted but by the Force I managed. So I apologise if they aren’t quite up to my normal standard. But hey that’s Friday the 13th for you!
That just about wraps this gunslinging session up, I hope you enjoyed this one despite it being a bit rushed. However I hope you’ll call back to FTSabersite to see upcoming designs where I was a bit more focused! There is still lots to see including my new tunics, my action figure purchases and a few more StarTrek inspired hilts…(and to Experience Film, I will get those answers posted that you sent me ok!) Meanwhile I’d like to thank you for checking in today, it means a lot, whether you are a regular or first time viewer you’re all appreciated. Till next time…..
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…..
Hello Everybody, today we return from an Undiscovered Country back to the Galaxy Far, Far Away….and to the show “The Mandalorian”. Now I haven’t seen any of the Mando shows but I do know there is a character that is quite important to Djn Djarin (The Mando) and that character is “The Armorer”. Yes I know I mispelt the name in the title image above but that was due to English/American differences in spelling – I hadn’t realised the named was Americanised. Anyhoo, I am talking about the blacksmith that gathered and melted down Beskar to re-forge it into Mandalorian armour. Beskar is extremely valuable to Mandalorians and is difficult to work with so Mando armour is also considered prized possessions. The Armorer is a very distinct looking individual as seen here…
The Armorer lived on the planet Nevarro in an underground complex known as a covert along with Din Djarin and Paz Vizsla. Folks familiar with Star Wars history will recognise the name Vizsla as the famous Mandalorian family that laid claim to the Darksaber lightsaber (the one with a black blade with glowing white edges). Vizsla was very conscious of his family and Mando culture and was angered when Din obtained Beskar from the Empire. They began fighting until The Armorer intervened and separated the two. Now, I thought that The Armorer could have used a lightsaber in this situation but they didn’t own one (instead the Armorer used blacksmithing tools!) so I took inspiration from the images I had seen and designed a hilt for the blacksmith. I call this hilt “The Quartermaster”…
I really went to town on this design and it took a little bit longer to finalise than my normal hilts take…but I am so pleased how this turned out. I think I nailed the colours of the textures – the burgundy, the brushed gold and the black. Then there are the decorative pieces I added which are 3D modelled. On the emitter and pommel are shrouds which are shaped to represent the Armorer’s distinct Mando helmet design (which in turn looks almost earth bound Spartan/Preatorian in design).
The images above show the helmet design from different angles and on the right is a .PNG format image. It is this black and white image that I imported into Blender then instructed the software to create a “physical object” based on it’s outline. This formed a flat layer which I thickened using a tool called “Extrude” which stretches the layer/object along a particular path or axis. This formed a thick plate which I then applied a curve to so it wrapped around the emitter and pommel. I placed two of each so the hilt was symmetrical. The emitter shrouds actually sit over two small windows that allow light from the blade to escape and illuminate the shroud through it’s cutouts. Also inside the emitter is a cone shaped emitter matrix that the blade projects from. OK, enough chat…here is Glamour Gallery Two….
In this gallery you will be able to see the shrouds in closer detail. You’ll notice there are lots of “sharp lines” on the shrouds – this is due to the way Blender and 3D software make objects using a “mesh” made from numerous smaller triangles. Fans of 80’s video games will remember “Space Invaders” with the triangular wire frame fighters, well this is the same process Blender uses to create geometry. I could smooth out these lines but it is necessary to have these facets to allow the object to be “bent” into the curved finished piece, But I think it makes the shroud appear to have carving marks where it has been chiselled and beaten into shape! I used a further “helmet” object as an activation switch and added a Covertech Wheel (the round knob on the pommel end used to hang the saber from a belt). By now I was getting carried away but there were two more details I’d like to share with you…Gallery Three…
I inserted a nice looking grille into the pommel vent to represent the Armorer’s forge fire pit…and I added a “real” leather handgrip! If you zoom in on this handgrip you will see it is “wrapped” around the hilt and has a grain and texture to it! Finally, I have to sing my own praises here and say this is one of my best sabers I have created and it needed a special something, so I constructed a display plinth for it complete with an embossed gold name plate – all of which is 3D modelled. It is also textured with a Black Ash wood grain like texture to set off the colour scheme. I am really happy with this hilt.
And finally, whilst doing a bit of reading up on this character for my write up I discovered two striking images, one of the Armorer in the forge and one of the actress that portrays her…
As I mentioned I haven’t seen The Manalorian yet so I was unaware the Armorer was a female! And the young lady that portrays the character is called Emily Swallow.
Well this just about brings me to the end of this post, but first I need to let you know what’s coming up and say a big thank you. In future posts I have a hilt for a Bounty Hunter, a gun-slinging hilt inspired by that Bounty Hunter, along with news on my Jedi costume, some action figures and a new Jedi Interceptor I have acquired for £5! So please stay tuned for those articles here on FTSabersite. And here is the BIG THANK YOU…thanks to your support this website has surpassed 30,000 views – which for a little corner of the galaxy is phenomenal! Thank you so much for your visits, likes, comments and subscriptions…all are much appreciated. It is your support that keeps me designing and posting. Till next time…..
Hello Everybody and welcome to my fifth and final (?) Bad Batch inspired saber design. Can you believe how fast the past four weeks have gone? Well Ihave reached number five and that means only one member of Clone Force 99 is left and he is known as CT-9904 or “Crosshair”! Crosshair is the clone that developed heightened vision and as a result became a skilled marksman with his higher than normal accuracy. He was a complete opposite to the rest of the Batch, being sarcastic, judgemental, argumentative and had a real chip on his shoulder (not to mention the Inhibitor Chip in his head!) That Inhibitor Chip also separated Crosshair as different because when Order 66 was issued, he was the only CF99 member to react to the command and attempted to kill the Jedi forces they were meant to be fighting alongside. Upon returning to Kamino the cloning colony homeworld, Crosshair attracted the attention of Governor Wilhuf Tarkin and he was subjected to a surgucal procedure to INCREASE the effects of the chip in his head. This lead to him pledging himself to the newly formed Empire and abandoning the Bad Batch. Crosshairs’ reward? Promotion to Clone Commander.
Crosshair was assigned a mission to test his allegiance where he was tasked with wiping out some insurgents including the famous Rebel mercenary, Saw Gererra. However it turned out when he got to the rebel camp only civilians were left. He ordered his trooper ES-01 to execute one civilian but he disobeyed leaving Crosshair to kill the person himself…then he killed ES-01. Crosshair doesn’t sound like the sort of person I should really be designing a hilt for but I had to to complete the collection. And I have chatted too long so here is the first Glamour Shot gallery of the saber called “Reticle”…
Now this hilt looks simple and to be fair it is but that’s due to the fact I came up with this shape after seeing Crosshairs’ sniper rifle in the show. I noticed a section of the blaster that looked like a Thin Neck saber – part of the barrel and the attachment known as a muzzle brake or suppressor. Here is a picture to show you what I saw…
As you can see the end of the barrel made a neat saber when detached! The image above is of a 3D printed replica I found online so I needed to recreate the model and then add details to it. The first thing you’ll notice about the hilt is the familiar red, black and silvery white colour scheme of Clone Force 99. Also on the emitter I added an “iron sight” lug, the little tombstone shaped object used to aim weapons with. Along the lower handgrip section you will see a strange ridged strip on top and below. This feature is to replicate a device known as “Picatinny Rail” which is a rail with teeth-like blocks which you can attach tactical aiming scopes and flashlights (or many other attachments) onto your blaster. And I also made it out of a rubberised material for comfort. You can see some real world examples below.
This I felt reinforced the sharpshooter theme for Crosshair’s character. The saber has a CF99 logo activation switch mounted on the side of the hilt and if you were wondering how I named the saber, the answer lies on the pommel. I modelled the pommel endcap to resemble the crosshair reticle image you see down a gunsight. The reticle can also be seen as a scar on Crosshair’s face over his right eye.
As I type this the story of The Bad Batch leaves Crosshair tasked with hunting down the remaining CF99 members and recovering the young female clone named Omega, the batch are protecting – she seems to be the key to the story. Sadly this just about wraps up not only this saber offering but the whole collection! It has been great fun building these hilts as the story and characters are so strong. However I may have one or two “bonus” designs linked to this show so stay tuned. And of course I couldn’t leave this post without a group picture or two….so here you are!
Phew! I think I have finished now. It just leaves me to thank you all for checking out these new designs and I hope you liked the series. I also want to say thanks for all the continues support you all give my site, whether you are visiting for the first time or you’re a regular you will always be welcome and please comment, leave a like or two if I’ve earned one and if you really like what you see, then subscribe so you get an email notification when I post new content. Stay safe and from me and the Bad Batch…Till next time….
Hello Everybody and welcome to mystery saber number four in my collection. And this time it was a mystery as to which saber I had to reveal today as nobody remembered to vote! So I took “Executive Action” and ordered that saber 2 in the list be next up. Saber 2 is designed for Bad Batch member “Tech” the clone trooper that was given enhanced scientific, engineering and technical skills and abilities when he was created on the planet Kamino. These skills included rapid problem solving, understanding of complex computer and mechanical systems, linguistic skills and translations…oh and a habit of blurting out information to whoever he is talking to relating to any situation they are in – without necessarily being asked for such info! Tech appeared different to the other Bad Batch members, being slimmer in build, with fairer complexion and looking younger than the normal Jango Fett template the clones were derived from. And talking of looks that brings me to the first gallery of Glamour Pics so here is “Terminal Saber”…
I think this is another striking design and quite a “High Tech” looking hilt too. It comes in Clone Force 99 colours and has a thin neck style. The emitter is mounted on a thin neck that has four power conduit cables that glow. The thin neck attaches to the upper handgrip which has two data display panels on either side, which mimic his customised helmet visor. His helmet is a modified Scout Trooper version with a special tactical awareness and data screen built into the visor (a bit like Google Glass!) I imagined that just like Echo’s saber last week had extra functionality so should Tech’s…and I had the idea that his helmet and saber could link wirelessly and share info back and forth. Tech likes gadgets and has a hobby of recording all manner of sounds into a database (this sound database actually assisted in a daring escape in one episode of the Clone Wars show) and this saber can receive audio data and play it back too. On the underside of the upper grip a Clone Force 99 logo can be seen. The lower handgrip I quite like as I was able to create a neat 3D checkerboard patterned grip, with recessed squares to provide the grip texture. The handgrip is capped off by another CF99 logo pommel decoration.
“But how do you switch the saber on and off?” I hear you say…well there is a “hidden” activation slide mechanism that also reveals other controls for power and blade settings, as well as a micro LED screen. And it kinda works like this…over to you Tech….
Due to having had a burst of inspiration a few weeks back and I built all these hilts in record time I was able to film a small demo video of how there is a sliding cover over the setting controls which also acts to switch the saber on and off. Quickly sliding the cover back and forth either activates or deactivates the hilt or you slide the cover fully open to access the settings…as Tech said…”simple really!” And if the video was too quick then here is a second gallery of images of the saber and switch section…
Pairing this saber with Echo’s “Data Splice” hilt and you have nearly every possible computing or technical task covered, Echo can splice into any system and Tech can then run diagnostics and reprogramming of any network. And if they encounter any Hostiles…they have sabers too!
Once again I think that just about covers everything with this design. I really liked working on this one and fortunately (fingers crossed) I managed to get this current laptop to create another animation (ok maybe not up to Disney/Lucasfilm levels but not too bad 😎) I hope you al enjoyed this one just as much as I did. And that leads me to next week’s not quite so mysterious saber – as there is only one left in the collection (or is there more?…..) you won’t need to vote this week. I will just leave the “reveal board poster” here showing the hilts so far and you can imagine what the final one will turn out like.
So it is that time where I have to end, but first as always I need to say thanks. Thank you to everyone that visited and checked out this latest design, your support for me and my site is greatly appreciated. New or regular visitors, you keep me posting and I have a few more sabers lined up for future posts including a Bounty Hunter themed hilt and a weapon for a Blacksmith. I hope you will all return to check those out too. In the meantime stay safe and please spread the word about FTSabersite. Till next time….
EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 1ST JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE NEXT REVEAL POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!
Hello Everybody….everybody…..body…..Is there an Echo in here? Wow! I can’t believe I am halfway through this collection of hilts already. As you know in previous weeks I have shown you the hilts I designed for Hunter and Wrecker of Clone Force 99 – aka The Bad Batch. Today at the request of The Atomic Mage we will see the hilt I made for cadet CT-21-0408 who is a former Republic era Clone Trooper that has had a hard life. CT-21-0408 or “Echo” as he was nicknamed was created on the planet Kamino and belonged to a group known as “Domino Squad”. This squad was evaluated by the Jedi and the Kaminoans cloning experts because the DNA used to create these troopers was believed to be deteriorating and dangerous to use any more. After the evaluations Echo managed to pass and joined the ranks of clone troopers. He fought in a battle to save Kamino, then he was promoted to the 501st Legion commanded by Anakin Skywalker. But during a mission to rescue a captive Jedi Master from the Separatists – Echo was involved in an explosion that led his comrades to believe he was dead. This wasn’t the end of his story though and so I have designed a hilt for him and I call it (as I will explain later) “Data Splice”…
This I think is a very unique looking hilt and really represents Echo. You see, Echo wasn’t killed in the explosion during the rescue mission but seriously injured and taken captive. Worse yet was that he was sold to another faction known as the Techno Unionists, a group that specialised in high tech weaponry and technology (they were involved in the design/construction of the first Death Star). The Techno Union and a character named Wat Tambor kept Echo alive albeit in an unconscious state and turned him into a cyborg, who they connected to a massive Droid Control System. They hoped Echo’s knowledge and memories could be tapped into and used to gain an advantage in the war against the Republic Clone Army. Captain Rex later suspected his friend was still alive when a mysterious code kept repeating in a data stream intercepted from a Droid Control Centre on the planet Skako Minor. The code? CT-1409….CT1409….CT-1409. Again I will explain the code later, but here is gallery two….
This saber has an unusual emitter which looks like a cylindrical coil antenna and has windows cut into it to allow the blade to shine through between each coil. The emitter is mounted on an elegant Thin Neck connected to the main handgrip which has an illuminated activation switch on top and a Clone Force 99 logo on the underside. The pommel features a distinct two-toned spike shaped cone that also doubles as a computer terminal probe, used when Echo needs to remotely access a computer. He can insert the lightsaber into the terminal and use the saber as a relay transmitter. Finally the handgrip has some symbols embossed onto it…the Aurabesh symbols….CT-1409. This number is the trooper number Echo was given when he graduated to the Republic Army!
Upon learning of the Droid Control Centre and this mystery code Anakin Skywalker, Rex and a group known as The Bad Batch launched a mission to shut down the Centre and defeat Admiral Trench, the Techno Unionist commanding the droid offensive. The mission was a success but a bitter sweet discovery was made – Captain Rex’s hunch was proven correct that Echo was indeed alive and he managed to rescue his fallen friend. But his friend was more machine than man, however Echo was a survivor and after emergency surgery and rehabilitation was brought back from the edge of death. If you haven’t seen The Bad Batch, Echo looks like this..
Echo has suffered but has also survived. Hunter as leader of the Bad Batch invited Echo to join with them as he was an outsider too. Echo accepted and helped many times in their subsequent missions. You will notice Echo has many cybernetic appendages and look closely at his hand – that is a SCOMP connector used to interface with computer terminals (like Artoo Detoo can) allowing him to “splice” into any data system and communicate with it. Hence I called his saber “Data Splice” – Echo can communicate with the saber wirelessly enabling him to be in “two” places at the same time. Neat!
So I hope this saber suitably represents the heroic Echo…Echo….Echo….Sorry I couldn’t help myself 🤣 Seriously though this wraps up the Data Splice, I hope you liked it. That leaves two hilts left in the collection to be revealed and again I leave the decision up to you which will be next by leaving a vote and comment below. Last week I only got one vote from The Atomic Mage so please leave a vote – you have till midnight (GMT) on Thursday 1st.
EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 1ST JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE NEXT REVEAL POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!
Thanks for checking this saber out and for visiting FTSabersite today. Whether it’s your first visit or you regularly call back it is most appreciated. I still have the two remaining hilts in this collection and I have a saber for a blacksmith coming soon so please call back to see these and more in future posts. Till next time….
EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 25TH JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE NEXT REVEAL POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!
Hello Everybody and welcome to the reveal of “Mystery Saber” number two! I hope you all liked my previous hilt “Tracker” that I built for Hunter of the Bad Batch last week. Unfortunately the day after I posted it I saw the latest episode of this new series and Hunter’s knife was on show and in much better focus and I saw that it had an etched, glowing circuit pattern on the side of it’s blade which I didn’t see in previous episodes. But at least I added an LCD display screen to my design so it was a bit different. However, the star of the last episode (called “Battle Scars” in case you want to check it out) was the character whose saber viewers have voted to see next…Wrecker!
I get a saber too?
As you can see Wrecker embodies his name perfectly – he is big, strong and has a love of breaking things and opponents apart! But deep down he is a softy and loyal. Unfortunately clone troopers have a weakness and that is a mind controlling microchip in their head, implanted when they were “grown” on Kamino the cloning planet. This chip ensured they followed orders and one very dangerous instruction – ORDER 66! Order 66 as you will know was the order given to the clone troops to kill the Jedi when Palpatine wanted to take over the Senate and galaxy during The Clone Wars…and in the last episode Wrecker’s chip activated…not good! I won’t reveal more than this but I will reveal the new saber I have designed for him. I call this the “Demolisher” saber…
This is the weapon for a guy built like a bulldozer…it is large, powerful and has three blades for extra damage potential! It is shaped to also try and mimic Wrecker’s body shape with the side emitters “hunched” slightly to represent his broad shoulder armour. The saber has an overall Bad Batch armour colour scheme as Hunter’s saber also had, and features Clone Force 99 insignias. This weapon is so powerful it needs a good handgrip and I modelled ridges for Wrecker’s fingers to grip the hilt with ease – we wouldn’t want it flying out of his hand now. The saber also shares the same white blades. OK now for a few more close up details…
So in this gallery there are a couple of pictures of the pommel showing off the Bad Batch/Clone Force 99 logo which I’m really happy how it turned out. And the next two images display the emitters and the matrix mesh that produces the blades. Because of the amount of power this hilt has I had to create a new mechanism to emit and recollect the energy used to form the blades. I imagined a mesh basket would work as it features a lot of surfaces to transmit and receive energy flows. It also looks quite pretty in gold – just a little bling for the bulldozer! The last image shows the ventilation grilles circling the massive pommel cap that allow the heat produced out. So I think it is about time I present Wrecker his new saber…
Pretty! Three blades….three times the damage! Thanks Tyeth.
And again a happy customer…I think he likes it, I hope you all do too. This just about wraps up saber number two of this series and you may have guessed by now that the collection is centred around The Bad Batch members and there are three more to reveal. It is down to you to work out whose saber is whose and which you’d like to see next. You can decide this by leaving a comment below and voting for the one you’re interested in. Here is the collection so far…
Thank you so much for checking out “Demolisher” and I really hope more of you will vote for the next reveal. Again I will take votes up till midnight (12:00 GMT) on Thursday so I have Friday to type up the article for the winner. I also have a bit more news to come about my Jedi costume I have assembled so stay tuned for that. In the meantime I’d like to say I appreciate all the support from viewers new and regular to FTSabersite, and please comment, like and/or subscribe…if you really like what you see here maybe tell your friends so they can visit too. Till next time,…..
EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 25TH JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE NEXT REVEAL POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!
Hello Everybody, I think the title and the image above says it all…there is a new collection of sabers on the way. I have had a burst of energy and inspiration and built FIVE hilts and rendered them in just over four days!
Of course you can’t see them at the moment but here is the image again and I’ll let you all comment on which “outline” interests you the most.
These will be posted over the next 5-6 weeks which hopefully will enable me to finish off the other designs I have had on the back burner for a while.
EDIT: VOTING CLOSED AT 00:00 HRS (GMT) 11TH JUNE SO I HAVE THE TIME TO TYPE UP THE POST WHICH WILL PUBLISH AT 00:00HRS (GMT) SATURDAY MORNING!
Thanks for checking this announcement and I hope to see you this weekend when the first of this batch will be revealed. Till next time….
Hello Everybody and HAPPY MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU day! Yes today is the big day for Star Wars fans and the Jedi like me living in exile in this universe. And today is a very significant day for me as I finally complete a Star Wars Bucket List accomplishment. About 18 months ago I won a battle with the Banking Clans in the UK and got some money back and bought myself a new laptop after which I had some spare credits left over. Then the COVID scourge hit and everything shut down so I knew I wouldn’t be spending that credit on going on holiday to Bal’Demnic as I usually do and on Earth there would be no social gatherings such as Comic Cons or Sci-Fi Fests, so what could I spend my cash on? The answer is….I decided to assemble a Jedi costume! I have mentioned little bits about making a “cosplay” outfit but now I have completed the base parts and could appear in public with it. So today I reveal what I bought and how I look! Ok first up, the base tunic set.
This basic Jedi Tunic Set I purchased from a well known Cosplay costume company known as CosplaySky and it is a base outfit to modify into a real nice costume. The fit was good but I did need to add a few alterations using “Hook and Loop” fasteners to hold the tunic closed and on the shoulders I sewed “Press/Snap Fasteners” so I could attach the over shoulder tabards in place more secure (they can slip down your arms when spinning/duelling with your saber). However as this was only a basic set the belt and robe weren’t quite “movie quality”. The belt was “pleather” and fastened with velcro -not very strong to hang a saber off, and the robe was made of polyester which was thin, semi-transparent up close and was too lightweight. They needed replacing and I needed an under garment to replace the dark brown “scarf collar” attached to the tunic.
Now I wanted to emulate my “spirit Jedi” that is Qui-Gon Jinn as I have been likened to him in the past and Qui-Gon had sandy coloured tunics not with a dark brown collar, so I had to buy a loose fitting under garment and eventually found this top on a fashion webstore. It had the long scrunched sleeve look and an open V-neck for the “relaxed look”. The Hummus colour went perfectly with the outer tunic. And I was ever so fortunate as I bought the last one in stock! But that was just the start, I had to replace the belt and robe…how would I do that?
The answer to my belt problem came from a fantastic online webstore I found on ETSY named Leather3DNeon, run by a young craftsperson named Eugen. He makes numerous leather costume parts like Mandalorian blaster holsters and belts but it was his Jedi Master belt I was interested in. As soon as I saw it and knew I could afford it I bought one. And I’m so pleased I did….this belt is perfection. It arrived from the Ukraine far quicker than I was expecting and when I opened the packaging (which felt ceremonial with the wrapping paper and red ribbon bow seen in the top image) I discovered a beautiful piece of unbelievably crafted leather. The belt was a nice 3mm (known as 10oz leather) thick band and had the iconic Chicago Studs which held the thinner second belt in place. The buckle on the front was also metal. But the real beauty laid at the back of the belt where I found the belt fastened using more of the metal studs which fitted into “Keyhole” shaped holes. There are six size positions too just in case I eat too many food pellets and gain weight I can let the belt out a little. Then to cover the gap the belt has a wrap-around sleeve which is embossed with the Jedi Order symbol…just awesome detailing. Then as a final touch of class, in the picture you can see an oval shaped tag with a split ring? Well that is an extra little gift of a Jedi Keyring! Thank you Eugen, you are a Master!
Now I needed some footwear as the costume I bought was only the “soft parts” and boots weren’t included. Here I had to push the boat out and spend quite a bit of money. I could have bought a “costume quality” pair of boots that might have lasted a year or two but I also have weird feet and need good shoes. So as I had just received my money back from the Clans, I was persuaded by Mrs Tyeth to purchase a pair of Qui-Gon replica boots I had seen but until then were out of my price range. The boots came from the company Gladiator-Polo, and are the closest boots you can buy to the ones worn by Liam Neeson – they are so good they automatically get approval from the Star Wars costume groups like the Rebel Legion Trooping Group and the 501st Squadron who do charity event appearances. Again I have mentioned these boots before so here is just a quick reminder…
That meant I had my tunic, under tunic, pants, belt and boots but all Jedi costumes need a robe, a great robe and I think I found a perfect robe! Again I scoured the net and I came across a webstore on ETSY once more. This time it belonged to a UK based lady named Linda Reece and her store was titled Creativesewandsew! And boy was I glad to have found this craftperson’s site. Her products are above and beyond. I mentioned I wanted to make my costume “movie quality” well the robe I purchased measured up to that level – and then some. It is a wool mix blend (wool and polyester) so it is very hard wearing yet has a soft draping feel and texture. The hood is enormous and hangs just as a Jedi hood should. The sleeves extend down to my knuckles, exactly as the guidelines say they should and when you wrap the material around yourself boy is it warm! I may suffer wearing it in summer but it looks just too good not to. Anyhoo here is the product image (of course I got a brown one not this black one!)
This robe as I say is almost beyond words, but it didn’t come without a little drama! I ordered the robe and sat happily awaiting delivery notification when I received an email from Miss Reece titled “Regards your recent purchase…” OH NO! I thought it was gonna say “Apologies Master Tyeth but….” and it was going to be delayed or worse…..cancelled but I had a major pleasant surprise. Apparently the price listed on the site was wrong and I was being given a refund to reflect the correct price! I was astounded and want to thank Miss Reece for it. Of course when the robe arrived I was blown away by it’s quality. Proper overlocked stitching, that gorgeous textured material, the absolute perfect fit (and I only stated my height regards fitting yet it felt made to measure!)…and I had to try it on. I looked terrible due to lockdown in the UK meaning I hadn’t been to the barbers’ shop so I won’t show the pics of me trying it for the first time but here is the Glamour Gallery of how all the parts come together….
May I introduce myself…I am Master For Tyeth…now a properly attired Jedi! And before I go any further I have to say thank you to Mrs Tyeth for her camera work which wasn’t easy using a mobile phone in my flat’s hallway, and I did photo edit the mess that was my hair a little but you get the picture of how I look. And even though I have the skills to make the saber look “real” the images’ blades have not been altered…the camera just makes it look like this.
So finally I want to thank all the companies and craftspeople that I bought my parts from for making my dream a reality. I’ll leave links to each vendor’s websites and stores but don’t worry I am not being paid or rewarded in any way for this if you click to check them out, I am just a grateful Jedi passing on my knowledge.
I haven’t added the link to ASOS designer fashion store as it sold out of the top I bought so I didn’t forget them. But again I want to say a big thanks to all that contributed to my costume. I just need a few accessories now like belt pouches and food capsules but I will collect those in the next couple of months hopefully – all ready for when Star Wars get-togethers can safely resume.
Now that brings me to the end of this bumper costume reveal, I hope you enjoyed it and are enjoying May The Fourth Be With You day (ok and Revenge of the Fifth for the Sith Star Wars fans!) Thank you for visiting today and I sincerely hope you’ll call back for future posts where I’ll get back to saber designs…and maybe soon some Convention appearances! Till next time, here’s the best dressed Jedi Master….