Hello Everybody, A long time ago….43 years ago to be precise in a galaxy far, far away….well in 32 theatres in the United States of America….a phenomena was born! Yes it was today, the 25th May 1977 that Star Wars hit the cinemas and we were all catapulted into an adventure that spanned space and time. There was a space hobbit wizard, a farmboy, a scoundrel smuggler pilot and his half man half dog co-pilot… even a princess that needed to be rescued(?) from a large mechanical monster in black. Oh and there were “Lazer Swords” too! Star Wars was the brainchild of George Lucas the legendary director and film maker and his dream story has lasted till this very day.
I have been inspired and entertained by the franchise for as long as I can remember and as way of celebrating this 43 year birthday I attempted to do a bit of film making myself. Now I have done a few little animations recently, but they only lasted about 3 or 4 seconds (maybe a little longer) and only used one camera…well I have experimented and produced a TWO camera animation (Always Two there are….A Master and an Apprentice). I have used the Ebony coloured General Leia hilt I recently showcased and two cameras to make a mini masterpiece….oh and watch out for the Special Effects!….
So there is my mini movie! Ok I might not win anything at Cannes Film Festival with this but it was fun being the director and producer of a Fan-Film.
Thank you to George Lucas and ALL the folks behind the scenes that rarely get any praise who brought Star Wars to our screens and into our dreams. Thank you, my followers and viewers for checking out this little celebration and for all the support you give to me and my site, you are appreciated….always! Please call back for future posts as I still have much more to showcase. Stay safe and well, Till next time…..
Hello Everybody, today I have something to show you I never in a million parsecs ever thought you would see! As regular viewers know I have been having issues with Microsoft Windows 10 and it’s update scheme causing my laptop to crash several times and needing to be re-installed. Well after each crash my laptop refused to boot up and I couldn’t recover my files so when I re-installed Windows it wiped the laptop, Blender models and all….TWICE!…or so I thought!
However, having installed Win 10 for the third time I thought I better check how much of my hard drive had been used and delete any of the old system files that MS don’t delete in the process of loading the software again. They store these “waste” files in a folder named “windows.old” but when I checked my system folder there were THREE folders, “windows.old”…and two others “windows.000” and “windows.001”. Intrigued, I opened these folders and had the shock and surprise of my life….ALL and I mean all of my “lost” files were there in my system folder! All the 3D model files, all the texture and graphic files, all the reference images and all my renders! I was flabberghasted. But this means I have all my work and I have immediately uploaded EVERYTHING up to Bespin Cloud City to store my files there. With luck I won’t lose any more work as I will upload all new files straight away now. (I found a total of 5GB of lost data – yes that much!)
So now I have the pleasure of introducing you to a new little buddy of mine who was inspired by the droid seen in the recent Jedi Fallen Order computer game named BD-1. My buddy is named dROYd or ROY to his friends and has been excited to meet you but he is a little shy too…so here are a few in studio and wireframe pictures to start with….
Come on out Roy, it’s safe!
dROYd wireframe picture 1
dROYd wireframe picture 2
dROYd Clay sculpture test picture
As you can see, ROY is a little shy but from the wireframe images you can see he is a small bipedal droid but don’t let that fool you, he is very high tech! He can patch in to computer systems, open and close blast doors, project holographic images such as maps and schematics, he even tight-rope walks along cables to gain access to remote platforms etc and activate bridges. He has twin antennae so he can pick up First Order/Imperial transmissions, a multi-wavelength optic sensor eye (he can see “hidden” laser grid security beams and stuff) and even has card slots so he can store info from datacards! He is very versatile. Ok ROY, do you want to come out and let everyone see you properly…they’re my friends….yeah? Come on it’s time for your Glamour Shots!…
Er, Roy! We’re behind you!
That’s it turn round….
Ah, hello Roy!
My new little buddy Roy!
This is ROY! See he’s ok if he meets friends of mine. He has a rather nice white colour scheme with red trim, but if the need arises I can customise him and give him a makeover into any pattern I like! You can see on his front and rear body panels controls for his many high tech functions. You can even see his Input/Output sockets and card slot. Now ROY is a little insecure about his legs but it is his legs that make him so nimble and agile. He also says he can sense an “Evil Roy” that works for the bad guys. I don’t know if there is a “Bad Robot” but here are a few pics so you can compare how close I got to BD-1 from Jedi Fallen Order…
BD-1 in Jedi Fallen Order
My new little buddy Roy!
BD-1 the inspiration,
Wait! Who’s this it’s the Bad Robot…
Hey you’re not as advanced.
I think BD-1 and ROY look like droid brothers! And there WAS a bad robot version too. Luckily the bad robot isn’t as advanced, it lacks the flexibility and control panel ROY has so he shouldn’t worry. ROY you are a much better dROYd!
I think this just about covers today’s very special introduction. I hope you enjoyed meeting ROY I never thought you’d have the chance to be honest. But as I have recovered my files I have enough new models and stuff for about two months of posts now. There is too much to list here but I hope you’ll call back to see what else I have saved in future posts. Thanks for all your support whilst I struggled with Windows, you are all appreciated whether a new or regular viewer. Till next T.I.E……
“dROYd” is a For Tyeth Editions creation and was inspired by EA Games/Bio-Ware’s Jedi Fallen Order computer game character BD-1. “dROYd” is Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2020. Jedi Fallen Order and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/Copyright of EA Games/Respawn Entertainment 2019/20.
Hello Everybody and Happy Star Wars Day – May The Fourth Be With You! As today is a special day for Star Wars fans I felt I needed to do something to celebrate too…so I managed to transfer a classic model from my old laptop and add a bit of an animation to create a short May The Fourth e-card of sorts! I am afraid it is very short but I wasn’t sure my new laptop would handle anything more complex in it’s current state but I did manage to produce something (You know “Do or Do Not…there is no try!”)
I sincerely hope you all celebrate Star Wars in a safe and fun way (especially in today’s unique circumstances) So enjoy watching the films, or the TV shows and cartoons, take part in an online celebration – be it on YouTube, Twitch, Insta, FB or your preferred platform of choice. Thanks for your support all year round not just today. Till next time…..
Hello Everybody, hope you’re all well. Today we stay in the Star Wars universe but I am bringing you a design I came up with based on the iconic saber seen in The Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars – A New Hope, the saber owned by Obi-Wan Kenobi. General Kenobi was well known for “tinkering” and modifying his saber and designs, keeping the plans and technical details in a journal (this journal was reportedly what Luke Skywalker used to instruct him on how to build his green saber in Return of the Jedi). So I imagined what Kenobi’s saber may look like if he modified it (or maybe somebody else did….) and I managed to come up with an elegant hilt that still reminds you of the original hilt. I call this saber “Echo”…
Echo Saber picture 1
Echo Saber picture 2
I removed the “troublesome” activation box that so many fans that own a Kenobi replica hilt complain about and I extended the “Grenade Grip” ridged body section. I also slightly thickened the “Thin Neck” but attempted to retain the original look. The pommel is slightly redesigned and hints at Luke Skywalker’s green saber. Echo still retains the classic blue blade and has a matching activation button instead of the cumbersome clamp mounted switch I mentioned earlier. I said that I imagined how this saber would look if Kenobi modified it and I also hinted “What if someone else got hold of the saber, what would they do with it?” Well, sadly after Obi-Wan gave his life so that Luke, Leia and the crew of the Millennium Falcon could escape the Death Star, his lightsaber fell to the floor where he was slain and became Darth Vader’s property. Not much is known of what happened to it after this but rumours say Vader stored it in his castle on the planet Mustafaar. But what if Vader studied his old Master’s hilt and did some tinkering himself? Then the saber might look like this…
Dark Echo Saber picture 1
Dark Echo Saber picture 2
I think this looks sufficiently Sith-like, with it’s new shiny new handgrip which on closer inspection has a few little windows cut into it. Those windows reveal the inner workings of the saber and the crimson red crystal chamber (you might remember Vader’s crystal in my “The Destined One” design I built a while back). This crystal chamber is the dark heart of this Sith developed design and produces the crimson blade so famously wielded by the bad guys. Here are a few images of the internals….
Dark Echo Saber crystal chamber 1
Dark Echo Saber crystal chamber 2
Dark Echo crystal chamber revealed
Echo Saber crystal chamber revealed
Echo Saber crystal chamber deactivated
Again the crystal chamber forms the heart of this saber, Kenobi knew this and used the best technology he had to embrace it’s potential. However, I didn’t stop there. On the lightsaber forum where I post messages now and then one member asked the site owners if they had any new curved hilt designs. Well that triggered my imagination and I wondered what it Kenobi learnt something from duelling Count Dooku and he went on to build a curved hilt, how would that look? Something like this?…
Echo Bend Saber picture 1
Echo Bend Saber picture 2
Echo Bend Saber picture 3
I kinda like this one! I am not sure exactly how I managed to bend this but it worked (I used a modifier function of Blender 3D named “Bend Modifier but I didn’t know if the function could cope with the really complex structure that would create). A curved hilt alters the arc through which the blade follows when swung making it difficult for your opponent to predict it’s behaviour. Also if you grip the saber at various positions this changes the swings further, much like the way an Olympic class fencer can have dozens of angles of attack. If well practised then you as a saberist would have a distinct combat advantage if you used these techniques. However I know some saber purists would dismiss a curved hilt so I have one final straight version in a predominantly silver colourscheme and this is Echo Spirit…
Echo Spirit Saber picture 1
The legendary General Obi-Wan Kenobi
So that just about wraps up this offering, I hope you enjoyed it. I had fun re-imagining an iconic design and hope I did a fair job of it. I may return to re-imagine other classic hilts in future but I have been asked by certain members of a Star Wars community to create some X-Men themed hilts so I am working on those (hello WinstonMaul and Emxc from my friend Nothin’ Nerdy’s community). I hope you will return to see those (and other Star Wars stuff) in future posts. I again want to thank you all, my friends and followers for your un-wavering support in these difficult times, I appreciate you taking time out to support me and check out FTSabersite. Till next time, stay safe and well…..
Hello Everybody, today I wish to present something very different and very personal at this very crazy time in the world. As you know we are in the grip of a global pandemic and a lot of the planet is in lockdown to attempt to close the virus down. With this lockdown society has had to find new ways to entertain itself and one individual has gone about it in a very humble and genuine way. That person is an idol of mine and he is called Dr Brian May. Yes, the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. Brian has quietly gone about producing YouTube “Micro Concerts” and tutorials each and every evening to entertain and more importantly reassure us that there are folks out there that are thinking of you and me, so we don’t feel so isolated.
Now I have a very strong emotional connection with Queen and Brian’s work, the day I was born Bohemian Rhapsody was sat at No.1 in the charts, the first piece of music I remember hearing was the guitar solo from Killer Queen, I taught myself music and piano – starting with a Stylophone! I progressed to proper home keyboards when I convinced my parents I was serious I wanted to learn. I practised Bohemian for over 20 years to get to a “passable rendition” of it…still haven’t nailed it. I did become good enough to play in a band and performed the song around the clubs of the UK….and I even had the honour of performing on a stage that Brian, Roger, John and Freddie stomped on during their 1974 tour. I had serious goosebumps that night! But I realised when I saw the videos that Brian is now posting that I hadn’t really thanked him for what he (and Queen) had given me. This was partly due to not having access to social media and partly because I was shy about reaching out. Well that ends today. I have designed a little something as a “virtual gift” to Brian and it combines elements of his career, music, his love of Astrophysics…oh and he is a BIG Star Wars fan too. This is Red (5) Special….
Red (5) Special pic 1
Red (5) Special pic 2
Red (5) Special pic 3
Red (5) Special pic 4
This is Brian’s beloved guitar the “Red Special” or as she is sometimes called, “The Lady” modelled as best I can in 3D! Brian and his father famously built this guitar from scratch using parts such as a knife blade and a 100 year old piece of wood from a fireplace mantlepiece! Luckily I didn’t have to source parts but I did have a really difficult job recreating the beautiful shape of this instrument (and all the other parts). It has the selector switches, the rotary knobs, the famous triple Humbucking pickups, a tremolo arm…the tuning head with machineheads…and if you look on the back I even added the two black access panels/repair patches you don’t normally see! However, this isn’t 100% accurate as I intended this model to form a display stand for a new…lightsaber! Well Brian is a Star Wars fan so I imagined what a saber would look like with a guitar shaped display stand and realised I could expand the triple pickups to form a cradle to hold a saber…
Red (5) Special stand pic 1
Red (5) Special stand pic 2
Red (5) Special stand pic 3
Red (5) Special stand pic 4
And the saber is a design I modified from my Altenweg Shoto design I made last year as I realised it had a bit of a Flash Gordon look to it so was a perfect hilt to use. And I’m allowed to mention Flash Gordon on this website as Queen and Brian had a little role in it. It was a spectacular mash up of movie magic and magnificent music. And as I near the end of this offering I have a few more images to share…
Red (5) Special studio pic 1
Red (5) Special wireframe (note the backpanels!)
Clay sculpt preview image.
Red Specal replica
My Red Special poster.
It turns out a guitar makes a decent display stand and I have nearly come to the end of this post…Oh wait, you may ask what connection to Astrophysics does this model and guitar have? Look closely near the white switches and you’ll see Brian’s star logo to represent his love of astronomy and his Doctorate on the subject (He’s probably even used radio telescopes like Jodrell Bank!). And why is there a 5 in the name of this model? Red 5 was Luke Skywalker’s callsign in the Death Star attack in Star Wars of course!
I want to finish by saying thanks once more to Brian and I sincerely hope he likes this, it meant a lot to model it and is my small way of saying thanks for all he has done, is doing and will continue to do for all of us in the future.
Stay safe, well and keep rockin – we appreciate Everything You Do. For Tyeth.
And NO SYNTHESIZERS were used in the making of this design!
Hello Everybody, welcome back. Yesterday I posted a quick announcement of a new project I am working on based on the new upcoming The Clone Wars Season 7 show, so I only have a short post today showing something I have been working on. Recently I have been in “negotiations” with the banking clans on Earth and I have decided to enter the world of stocks and shares, commodities and ForEx! But first I would need an investment or collateral sooo I went and had a rummage around my workshop to see if I had anything of value to trade. Well low and behold something appeared in an episode of the TV show “The Mandalorian” that reminded me of some objects I picked up many many years ago and those objects looked like one of these….
This is an ingot made of Mandalorian steel which is also known as Beskar! Beskar is a very valuable (and treasured by Mandalorians) metal used to create battle armour. It is resistant to blaster fire and can even deflect lightsabers so it can be very useful making it valuable. Guess what? I found a crate FULL of these ingots buried under some boxes of lightsaber parts and I have these….
I have quite a stash and more than enough to start investing in financial endeavours….however, I have kept a few in reserve and done something special with those bars of Beskar…..I have forged a Mandalawrian Saber in solid Beskar! This very limited edition of my saber looks like this….
“Mandalawrian Beskar Special Edition” 1
“Mandalawrian Beskar Special Edition” 2
“Mandalawrian Beskar Special Edition” 3
“Mandalawrian Beskar Special Edition” 4
“Mandalawrian Beskar Special Edition” 5
As you can see this hilt has the same texture as the bars/ingots of Beskar! And the pattern of wavey lines is known as a “Damascus pattern”. It is seen in metalworking found on Earth but has been a feature of Mandalorian metalwork for thousands of years. The metal is very versatile and can be forged, melted down to form a foam, hammered into plates, used in machinery and architecture….just about anything. So this saber has a very big advantage against other sabers….because of the properties of Beskar, it can as I mention above deflect lightsaber blades and momentarily disrupt that blade so the saber temporarily malfunctions. Imagine you have this Beskar hilt and your opponent makes contact with their blade on your hilt…their blade would shut down giving you a short time to counter attack. Your saber would also be less likely to get chopped in half! I kinda like this saber but I have other new stuff lined up so I will give you all a bit of a sneak peek.
As I posted yesterday I have modeled the new saberstaff seen in the trailer for The Clone Wars and one half of the staff is the remaining half of Darth Maul’s famous double bladed weapon, and the second half is made up of a saber owned by a former Sith named Asajj Ventress! You may have seen her in the Clone Wars cartoon as she was an apprentice of Count Dooku. She used twin red curved hilts but she also used a yellow regular saber hilt too. And I have modeled that to construct the new Maul staff I posted yesterday. Here is a pre-render preview of my progress on this Ventress hilt so far…
There are a few tweaks I need to make but I feel this is a solid basis to improve on. I will feature this and an article on Ventress in a future post complete with Glamour Shots and maybe an animation! So that just about wraps up this post and my Beskar build, I hope you liked it, I think it is quite distinctive.
Thank you all for looking in on this design and for supporting me and my site. As always you are much appreciated and I am proud to say my viewing stats are rising meaning word of my efforts is spreading so thanks if you have told friends and family or social media about FTSabersite. I have more new designs to bring you including a couple of curved hilts, a saber that nods to Obi-Wan Kenobi and I may have a tribute to an upcoming movie with a beautiful sword! I sincerely hope you’ll call back to see those. Till next time…..
Hello Everybody! Well a new trailer for The Clone Wars Season 7 dropped recently (yesterday I think) and in it was an exciting new something! Guess what? I have already built that shiny new red double bladed object!
A full article with full colour Glamour Shot gallery (and just maybe an animation) will be posted here on FTSabersite very soon!
However this weekend I enter the world of commodities, stock exchanges and ForEx as I have found a few ingots of a very valuable material in the back of my workshop and decided to do something special to my “Mandalawrian” saber….you won’t want to miss it!
Thanks for looking in on this announcement and I hope you’ll return for my “Mandalawrian – Beskar Special Edition”.
Hello Everybody! Today is the day that I complete my The Rise of Skywalker saber collection so….
SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! Oops! Wrong franchise! If you haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie then you may not want to continue reading as this post may contain info on events and stuff that may or may not happen in the film ok?
If you are still with me then I assume you have seen the film and I can now say I have built the saber that appeared for about 10 seconds at the very end of The Rise of Skywalker. And I have to have a little boast because I did predict what happened way back in September of 2016! Let me explain, a long time ago when The Force Awakens was big news, I posted an article about the new character Rey and her staff and in it I predicted she would make a lightsaber out of her staff! I did! Here is the link to that post Scavenger’s Twins Lightsabers (a pair of sabers for Rey) Ok, I did give her new sabers a green and purple blade but this was before Disney changed the canon Lore that dictates lightsaber colours! I said that Rey would use the end of her staff to form the handle and I used an online virtual saber builder app (provided by Saberforge) to mock up how it might have looked like. I think I came pretty close (maybe I had a Force Vision!) but always knew I could do better and build a near exact replica so now I have Blender 3D I have and here is a gallery showing my 2016 attempts and a few preview images of my new 2020 Blender hilts…
A hint towards my next two sabers
Scavenger One Vertical Up
Scavenger Two Vertical Up
My 2020 Blender 3D Rey Crown Lightsaber
My 2020 Blender 3D Rey Crown Lightsaber 2
Wow! That was actually a bit of a scary flashback for me! To think how far I have progressed from the early days of FTSabersite and those basic pictures I produced. But back to the new saber, I modeled this as soon as I had finished the Leia saber when I got home from the cinema. I had both saber models built within 48 hours of watching the film but as I mentioned in the Leia post last week I couldn’t post the designs as I didn’t want to spoil anything for you all. However other members in the lightsaber manufacturing industry have posted their versions this past week or two complimenting themselves how fast they did it. Well….if you had read my year in review post and took a close look at the title image you might just see…Rey’s new saber!….Take a look behind the spectacles!….. Yep! There it is! Rey’s new lightsaber in all it’s glory and posted before my compatriots posted theirs. OK I’ll stop boasting now but I was kinda proud that I had come up with the designs so quick and that they are fairly accurate. But you will want to see a few close up Glamour Shots, so here they are….
Rey’s “Crown” saber first build
Rey’s “Crown” saber first build 2
Rey’s “Crown” saber with added leather wrap
Rey’s “Crown” saber with added leather wrap 2
Rey’s “Crown” saber with added leather wrap 3
The hilt is the end of Rey’s staff and has an emitter that is reminiscent of Darth Maul’s saberstaff. But Rey’s saber has a set of diamond shaped plates that hinge open and closed when the saber is switched on/off. These plates form the shape of a “crown” around the blade. The blade is in my renders, a yellow colour but there has been an argument online as to what colour the saber is, some say yellow, while some say it is amber….it is just like the Blue/Black or Gold/White dress incident all over again. But mine is “Optimism Yellow” which is the colour as described by the producers of the film. The hand wrap is made of a leather like material and is physically wrapped around the hilt handle as a strip! Finally there is the activation switch…that is the round cog shaped wheel below the emitter. Instead of depressing a switch or sliding a slider to operate the saber, you actually rotate the cog clockwise/anti-clockwise to switch it on or off. Want to see a video to demonstrate? Of course you do….so here you go another quick animation for you….
I managed to get away from just rotating the camera around the hilt and I even got some close up zoomed in detail shots of the “Activation Wheel Cog” in action! Plus I added some Snap!Hiss or sound effects as the saber lights up and switches off.
I am getting near to the end of this post and as I mentioned above this was the final hilt in my The Rise of Skywalker Collection so I thought you might like to see ALL my models in one place so I gathered them together and posed them for a family glamour shot….I hope you like it….
At the top is the famous Darkside Rey folding staff (see the post HERE ) below that is Rey’s repaired Graflex saber once owned by Anakin and Luke Skywalker (see that hilt HERE ). Next down on the left is Leia Organa’s saber from last week’s post (click HERE to view that) and of course finally we have Rey S….well, Rey’s new saber!
Phew! That was another long post but thank you so much for checking it out, I hope you enjoyed this series of designs. I really enjoyed building them but now I have to search the galaxy for new inspiration for designs as the Skywalker saga has ended…but I think I can find some new original designs in my head. I hope you will return to see those in future posts. Thank you so much for all the support, comments likes and follows you have left, whether you are a first time visitor or a regular to FTSabersite, you are all valued and appreciated. Till next time….
Hello Everybody, today I have a BIG SPOILER WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! There may be details in this post that might hint at events or situations in the new movie The Rise of Skywalker. If you haven’t seen the film and don’t want to know anything about what may have happened then I don’t mind if you stop reading here! But if you’d like to see one of the newest saber designs in Star Wars then read on, I have preview images, full colour renders and an animation of what I think is a very classical saber.
So, if you are still with me, part way through the film we see Rey attempt to escape her destiny, for a while, by flying back to Ach-too and hiding on the island. She destroys the ship she arrived in and as the ship burns Rey throws the Skywalker legacy saber into the flames. Only for a certain person from the past to catch the saber and hand it back to her so she could continue her training. Rey had been training with General Leia at the Resistance Base. The figure from the past convinces Rey to continue to her destiny and gives her something that his sister would have wanted Rey to use in her quest. That object was a lightsaber. And not just any lightsaber. It was so beautiful that I had to model it in Blender as soon as I returned from the cinema….this was what I came up with…
Now this is pretty close to the hilt seen in the movie considering I made it from memory! I had no reference pictures to work from but I knew there were a few tweaks I needed to make. Soon a few pictures were posted on forums and message boards and I saw how I needed to fix the switch and pommel. About twenty minutes work later I had come up with this….
As you can see I reworked the switch, reshaped the pommel and defined the triple ring bands around the hilt. I also took the opportunity to thicken the neck tube. I felt I had this design finished (I didn’t add the loop to hang it on a belt as it just gets in the way) so set to work making it the proper colours and materials. Here is my glamour shot gallery….
Leia’s Knightaber 1
Leia’s Knightaber 2
Leia’s Knightaber Emitter
Leia’s Knightaber handgrip rails and triple bands
Leia’s Knightaber top down view
Leia’s Knightaber Thin neck close up detail
Leia’s Knightaber pommel
Carrie Fisher wanted a pink/purple saber
The saber is elegant in rose gold and silver with the same blue blade as the Graflex. And it shouldn’t be such a surprise that this hilt is so beautiful…it was built and used by Leia! This is the weapon of a Jedi….and yes Leia trained with Luke after Return of the Jedi but when she saw a vision of a possible future stopped training and the hilt was kept in storage by her brother. But I mean, this saber looks so sleek and elegant. The ringed emitter and thin neck is reminiscent of Luke’s and Old Obi-Wan’s hilts. It is also this trinity of characters I think the banded rings represent, one for Luke, one for her “only hope” Obi-Wan and the third representing herself. I have also shown the saber with a purple/pink blade as Carrie Fisher always stated that purple was the colour she would have liked to wield had Leia been given a saber to use in the films.
And that brings me to the subject of films and video. I have managed to compile a little video and because I have learnt a new animating trick I can nearly double the length of the clip. So here is that new animation….
I am still getting to grips with cinematography so it is a basic orbit around the hilt but I feel that shows off the saber best. But I did try to find a suitable location to film this video at…it looks very much like the planet Ajan Kloss, location of the Resistance Base.Finally, I have a couple of Darkside versions, just because I had the thought “I wonder how the story might have panned out had Leia given in when she was tortured by Darth Vader on the Death Star all those years ago”…would she have turned to the Darkside? We know the answer, Leia was too strong and survived but here are the dark hilts for show…
Leia’s Darkside version 1
Leia’s Darkside version 2
Leia’s Darkside version 3
Leia’s Darkside version 4
Ok folks, I sincerely hope you like this model and the wait and the teasers were worth it. I certainly hope I did justice to the legacy of both Leia the character and the fabulous actor Carrie Fisher. I have so far now built three of the hilts seen in The Rise of Skywalker but I still have one final hilt to showcase that we see at the end of the movie which has caused some heated debates online. So I would be honoured if you would call back next week as I complete my Rise of Skywalker collection.
Thank you so much for checking this saber out, I hope I haven’t spoiled too much (I don’t think I did) and thank you for all your support. Whether you are a first time viewer or a regular visitor you are much appreciated as you have now propelled me past 16,000 views! Incredible. Till next time….
Hello Everybody and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Yes we have entered a new year and a new decade…we are in 2020! But before we dive into the new adventures ahead I thought I’d take a 20/20 hindsight review of 2019 (< See what I did there? 2020 hindsight? 😀 ) And boy was I busy during the past 12 months!
I counted my posts and the designs I had shared and I have posted over 45 sabers plus variations in the space of 52 weeks …so lets jump back to January and take a look at what I posted….
January started with a saber inspired from a Star Wars computer game known as Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic (SW KOTOR) and the first saber you build in the game. I also posted the first in a series of hilts inspired by Ralph McQuarrie’s Stormtrooper concept art, even a saber based on the 80’s TV show Charlie’s Angels. Finally I posted a lightsaber staff for Satele Shan, another character from SWTOR the sequel to SW KOTOR.
Padawan One Saber
Angelic Saber inspired by Charlie’s Angels
Satele-ite Saber inspired by SWTOR
Trooper Saber inspired by Ralph McQuarrie
February featured designs from Resident Evil, Lord of the Rings, a saber for Superman and a hilt for Padme Amidala. I particularly liked the Superman hilt I built for my friend TheVintageToyAdvertiser as part of a series of challenges, and the Lord of the Rings hilt because I had to make sure I did a good job and pleased both Star Wars fans and LOTR fans – Not Easy!
Alice Saber inspired by Resident Evil
Barad-Dur Saber inspired by LOTR
Supermobile Saber for Superman
Aggressive Negotiator for Padme Amidala.
Again I really liked the LOTR hilt as I got creative, making the pommel resemble the Eye of Sauron! However, even Padme’s hilt had custom etching and an activation swith made to look like her pendant given to her by little Ani!
Marching on in March,I presented my crossover hilt designs for another Sci-Fi franchise – Star Trek (yes I said it!). I created a hilt for the Klingon warriors and one particular half Klingon named B’Elanna Torres from the show Voyager. A new character appeared in the movie SOLO called Enfys Nest so I posted a design in her honour and back on earth I had another challenge from TVTA. He wanted a saber based on Starsky and Hutch and the famous red car, the Gran Torino!….
B’Elanna’s Blade for the Klingon Lady
Gre’Thor Blade for the Klingon Warriors
Swoop Saber for Enfys Nest
Starsky and Hutch Saber says it all!
The Swoop Saber had a hidden Crystal Chamber built into it, while the Starsky and Hutch hilt had a blue police light as the on/off switch and even had working headlights buried in all the chrome bodywork!
OK folks, that covers the first three months! To continue our journey through 2019 please click the link to go to page two where we will discover what April brought!…see you on page two…..