Hello Everybody, today I venture to the world of video games once more and the sequel game to “Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic” which I have mentioned recently. The game made by BioWare and LucasArts continues the story of the SW universe and centres around a character named Satele Shan. Satele Shan is a female Jedi who is a direct descendant of the characters Revan and Bastilla Shan. Satele however is very definitely her own Jedi and had some controversial beliefs that Jedi could “draw strength from attachments” i.e. using compassion and love to draw on to gain strength through the Force. This was frowned upon as it was a technique dangerously close to the Dark Side of the Force where the Sith gained power through anger and hatred…the opposite of love and compassion. Always a balance and opposites in the Force there is! And so too did Satele’s famous weapon have balance, a double bladed staff! I decided to build a staff inspired by Satele’s hilt and I have had to learn some more new skills, see if you can spot anything new that catches your eye as I present Satele-ite Staff…
Satele-ite Staff hilts in studio
Satele-ite Staff with textures
Satele-ite Staff hilts lit up.
Satele-ite Staff hilt activation switch and grip
As you can see (hopefully!) this weapon consists of TWO hilts…double the work yes? Well, no actually! There is a clever feature of Blender 3D that allows you to make duplicates of an object or model so that helps cut down my workload but I still had a lot to do. If you look very carefully these hilts have a smooth, rounded look, but there are still some sharp edges. This was achieved by using clever functions called “Edge Split Modifier”, “Smooth Shading” and “AutoSharp”. The smoothing function does as it says and rounds everything so the model looks less blocky. However there are fine details that need sharp edges and this is where “Edge Splits” and “AutoSharp” come in useful. They help identify and isolate ridges and edges preventing them from being smoothed out making the model look more realistically solid. But enough about the techniques, I hear you cry “this isn’t a staff!” Well I have a few more pictures for you to enjoy…
Satele-ite Emitter detail
Satele-ite Coupler and Etching
Satele-ite Staff 1
Satele-ite Staff 2
Satele-ite Staff 3
Satele-ite Staff fully assembled and lit
Using a further modifier called the “Mirror Modifier”, I can position the two hilts end-to-end and form the formidable staff weapon. In the pictures above you can see I also added some nice little detailing such as the gold support rods on the emitter and the buttons on the pommel area that form the staff coupler release catch. Inbetween the emitter and pommels you will have noticed that this staff is also etched with a tribal wing-like emblem. The yellow bladed version shown above is an early build I did before I learnt the smoothing and edge enhancing techniques to show how clunky it looked before! And to acknowledge BioWare and LucasArts who produced the game and art, here is a picture of Satele Shan and her staff (well you can see half of it!) taken from a famous screenshot of the game…
Satele became a legend when she was appointed as the Grand Master of the Jedi Order after helping save the galaxy around 4000 years before Luke Skywalker. With this staff I have built I hope to be on the path to being a Grand Master saber designer 😀 !
So with that I think I have covered everything and I can bring this post to an end. I hope you enjoyed this tribute to a Grand Master’s weapon and check out the games “Knights of The Old Republic” and “Star Wars: The Old Republic”. I’d just like to let you know I have a series of sabers coming up based on various Stormtroopers, a hilt for a Senator, a very large saber based on a very large ship and if that isn’t enough there is an extra special saber for a Norse God! I sincerely hope you will return to check all those out but for now it’s thank you time. Whether you are a first time viewer or a regular visitor to my site, thank you ALL for looking in on my work and for all the support you give me, I really appreciate it. Till Next Time…..
Hello Everyone and welcome to my first post of 2019! I wasn’t sure whether to post this weekend but I felt I would be depriving you if I didn’t. Plus I also have a few hilts still to show you all stacking up in my workshop! One of those hilts is a tribute to the fantastic role playing game “Star Wars The Old Republic” also known as SWTOR. And this hilt is my take on the first lightsaber you get to construct in that game. I call this saber “Padawan One” as a Padawan is a Jedi learner and this would be their first ONE they construct. Here it is…
Padawan One 1
Padawan One 2
Padawan One 3
Padawan One 4
I built this model after members of the Ultrasabers’ forum suggested this hilt to the owners of Ultrasabers as a possible future product and some folks were interested to see how it might look if built. So I built a replica of it but I did before I learnt the smooth texture technique so please forgive the slightly angular appearance. The saber does however have a nice “Old Republic” Amber coloured glow! It also features tiny screws to hold the parts together located on the control box and near the leather grip. You might also have noticed that the leather is “wound” around the hilt and has a raised textured look – another technique I have mastered. A ring of accent lights circle the upper part of the pommel. To finish the hilt I added a covertech belt clip. So how close did I get to the original? Well I made a few tweaks so it wasn’t a “carbonite” copy but here are two images, taken from the actual game, of the hilt as it is seen during the construction animation.
The computer game was written and produced by a company named Bio-Ware in conjunction with LucasArts (the computer/digital arm of LucasFilm). I think it was a nice design as it was reminiscent of the short sword that Roman Gladiators and soldiers carried yet still looked like it came from a “galaxy far away”. The red activation switch and box may not have been the most ergonomic but it did make the hilt distinctive. And I wondered what a double ended staff saber using this hilt would be like and I’d say it’s just as striking! I’ll let you decide, here is a picture….
Using a function named “Mirror Modifier” I was able to quickly duplicate the hilt and made a connector/coupler piece to slot between the hilts (and I even cut holes into this coupler so the sounds can still be heard if the hilt ever got built for real).
That just about wraps up this offering and I hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse of a classic computer game! I mentioned earlier that I still have many more hilts to come and two of them will give us a new glimpse into the other big space franchise. I also have a few hilts to display in conjunction with my friend TheVintageToyAdvertiser as part of our on-going series.
I hope you will return to see those in future posts but it may be a new year but I’ll end with the same thank you to all of you for your continued support, new or regular you are all appreciated! Till next time….
Hello Everybody, I have a quick bonus post today as I have recently been working on a design inspired by a talented storywriter I have met on the Ultrasabers’ Forum you may have seen me mention. One member, named Lady Revan wrote a piece of Fan Fiction based on a Star Wars computer game. The game is a first person style RPG with missions and objectives…oh and you have to build a lightsaber! Well Lady Revan’s story includes a character named “Alex Khaar” a Jedi Knight who joins forces with a female Jedi (Halin Chan) who vowed to protect her homeworld. This however brought the pair into conflict with the Jedi Council. In a passage of the story Alex Khaar is teaching some youngling Jedi learners, but all the children could do was ask him questions about how big he’d grown. Now I know Alex is BIG….so I decided to design a hilt for him based off this very limited description! This is what I came up with, this is “Khaarnage“….
Khaarnage build 1
Khaarnage build 2
Khaarnage build 3
Khaarnage build 4
Khaarnage build 5 (D-Ring)
As I mentioned Alex was described as BIG and so I felt he would need an equally powerful lightsaber. This I accomplished by giving it an aggressive forward looking claw, complete with integrated indentations to assist grip when performing power strikes. This is however still a weapon of a Jedi so can’t be too evil looking so I kept the colour scheme of the hilt as classic silver with black accent highlights. It also has the Jedi blue blade and a matching lit activation switch. The banded lower grip section allows Alex to use this hilt two handed as well as single grip. The hilt is finished off with a skull-crusher style pommel used as a counterbalance weight. However, there is a neat addition of a D-Ring loop used to attach the hilt to a hook on your (or Alex’s) belt. But of course if you are a big guy then one blade may not be enough for you so….how about TWO blades!
I removed the pommels from two hilts and screwed the two sabers together and made a Darth Maul style lightsaber staff!
I posted this design on the Ultrasabers forum as I now have a sanctioned Gallery section on their forum (Thank you Ultrasabers!) and it was warmly received by it’s members including Lady Revan herself (thank you LR!) The link to this saber on Ultrasabers’ SaberForum.com is here:
Well this just about wraps up “Khaarnage” except to say I have also built Darkside versions of this saber and staff which I will display in a future post. I will have to finish here because I am also posting a SECOND post today where we will be going “retro computer ganing” and paying tribute to a fantastic 1980’s film! Thanks to everyone who checked in on this design and I hope you will call back for part two of today’s posts. Till next time…..