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

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

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Image from “Star Wars Explained” on YouTube

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

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

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

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

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

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