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“The Quartermaster” Saber – Inspired by The Mandalorian’s “The Armourer”

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

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…..

“The Quartermaster” saber is a For Tyeth Editions design and the 3D model and renders were created by For Tyeth in Blender 3D. These designs and images are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. The design was inspired by the character “The Armorer” who appears in Disney/Lucasfilms’ “The Mandalorian” tv show. All Star Wars and The Mandalorian names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm ltd.

Jeremy Bulloch – Another Legend passes

Hello everybody, today I logged onto the web and was brought the sad news that the world and Star Wars community has lost another legend. Mr Jeremy Bulloch has sadly passed away after a long battle with Parkinson’s, he was 75 years old. As you will know Jeremy was the body actor for the now legendary character of Boba Fett, THE bounty hunter in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. What some people may not know is that Boba made an on-screen appearance many years before back in 1978! Boba appeared in animated form in the Star Wars Holiday Special….but George Lucas kept Boba’s character in mind and brought him back for ESB. And Jeremy Bulloch was the gentleman to bring Boba to life. And what a job he did. Boba famously only had five lines of dialogue in the film but with his mannerisms and mystique created such a fan movement that he earned his place in Star Wars lore and got his own action figure, spaceship and inspired The Mandalorian.

The character of Boba was so great that I created a saber in his honour as part of my MandaLAWrian series of hilts I created. The Boba Legend looked like this…

BOBA Legend Saber

I wish I had had the opportunity to meet Mr Bulloch but unfortunately never got the chance, but I did meet his alter-ego sort of. This is my “meeting” with Boba…

I think Boba wants my saber!

My thoughts and prayers go out to Jeremy’s family and friends, and I want to say I appreciated all that he gave to the Star Wars family and community.

May the Force embrace the Original Bounty Hunter

R.I.P. Jeremy Bulloch 1945-2020

“Mandalawrian Beskar Special Edition” Saber

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….Beskar Brick

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….Ingot Stash 1 MK

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….

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…Ventress MatCap 1 MK

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…..

“The Mandalawrian – Beskar Special Edition” saber is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2020. It is inspired by Disney/LucasFilm’s “The Mandalorian” TV series. The names “Beskar” and “Mandalorian” along with all other images, logos and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/LucasFilm.

BOBA Legend Saber – The man with five lines

Hello Everybody, today I bring you the second of the Mandalorian inspired hilts I have made and this one is based on the original Mandalorian bounty hunter we saw in a Star Wars film or series. That man is Boba Fett, the mysterious bounty hunter that cashed in Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt. We first see Boba in Empire Strikes Back when he is hired by Darth Vader to hunt down Han and the Rebels. However, believe it or not, Boba Fett despite all his popularity only spoke FIVE lines of dialogue in all the time he was onscreen. He also met an unfortunate end whilst fighting Luke Skywalker on Jabba’s Sail Barge skiff when a semi-blind Han inadvertently struck Boba’s jetpack and sent him out of control into the Sarlacc Pit.star-wars-boba-fett-facts In a book which has been released since Return of the Jedi came out hints that maybe Boba survived this ordeal as a set of Mandalorian armour was found on Tatooine near the famous Sarlacc Pit…so if Boba is alive he may be looking for some new weaponry…how about a saber? Well…I just happen to have one he may like…here is BOBA Legend Saber…

This is the same hilt as the “Mandalawrian” hilt I built but there are some subtle differences. As you can see it has been re-coloured in Boba’s famous green, grey, red and black. I added a yellow panel on the side of the hilt to represent his shoulder pauldron/armour but I think my favourite modification is the new visor area. I re-coloured one of the chrome ridges to red and it looks just like his helmet face plate…boba-fett12jpg

And in the image above you might just be able to make out a dent over his left eye, and I even added a dent on my hilt…it’s just under the letter “D” of editions in my watermark…

The saber has a Mandalorian logo on the handgrip but interestingly it has been reported recently that George Lucas has stated that Boba and Jango Fett (his clone father) aren’t actually native Mandalorians. I can’t be 100% certain of this as I have only seen one YouTube video on this topic but I will look for further details to find the truth. And speaking of YouTube, FTSabersite may be featured in a big way on that social media platform soon – however secret negotiations are ongoing and I’ll let you know more when details have been finalized – but keep your eyes open!

I’m sorry this post is a little shorter than usual but this hilt only needed minor tweaks to create it’s new looks. I hope you still enjoyed the design however and rest assured I am continually working on new designs and models. I have a pair of matching hilts for a mystery lady from The Rise of Skywalker, some bespoke designs based on a classic Original Trilogy hilt, a few sabers for my friends including a very Nerdy friend and….I have the final Master Series hilt with glamour shots and animations galore all coming in future posts.

Please call back to see all of that and maybe even more but for now I’d like to say a big thank you for your visit today. Due to all your support I am fast approaching the 15.000 views mark which is unbelievable so, whether you are a first time visitor or a regular viewer/follower thanks so much it is really appreciated. Till next time….

“BOBA Legend Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. “Boba Fett”, “Jango Fett” and all other names, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

The Mandalawrian Saber – He’s here to take you in!

Hello Everybody, today I have a special saber based on the new Disney/LucasFilm TV series which has just debuted on Disney’s new streaming service Disney+….The Mandalorian. Now I don’r have access to Disney+ as it hasn’t launched in the UK (boo!) and I can’t afford the subscription even if it was available here. However from the trailers I have been able to see on YouTube and pictures seen online I gathered this show centers around a mysterious character known as The Mandalorian, who is a bounty hunter during the time between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. He seems to be a modernised version of Boba Fett the famous bounty hunter that eventually captured Han Solo for Jabba the Hutt. The Mandalorian has similar gadgets, body armour and iconic Mando style helmet as seen here…

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Copyright Disney/LucasFilm 2019

The Mando is armed with an imposing blaster rifle but I felt a character like this needed a saber….well you know me, I built one for him! And here are a few images of that saber. I call it the MandaLAWrian!…

The hilt is modeled to represent the Mamdalorian’s body armour and helmet and is a pale blue and silver in colour (the images look dark blue but that is the environment image casting coloured light onto my model- look closely on these models and you can even make out reflections of the scenery sometimes).The Mando BLue 8 MK The emitter has ribbed panels that mimic a rifle barrel both inside the emitter and on the outside while below that on the hand grip is a symbol called the Kyr’bes, the logo of the Mandalorian clans. The symbol depicts a skull of a Mythosaur. The Mando BLue 5 MKThe pommel is quite interesting, I don’t know if this particular Mandalorian has one but Boba Fett was famous for having a jet pack, so I modeled the pommel to represent the exhaust nozzle of such a backpack…

And the “crowning glory” of this hilt is the activation switch that I modeled to be a touch sensor shaped to look like the Mandalorian’s helmet and visor details. The black “visor” segment is a touch panel like those on your smart phones…just swipe your thumb up the “visor” to activate and sweep down to switch off! I even modeled the little lugs found over the “ears” of the helmet. Boba Fett’s helmet actually had a radio transmitter built into these parts. I’m not sure if the Mando has radios in his but here are a few closeups of the helmet/switch section and one final full length glamour shot….

As I say I haven’t seen the new show but I think I have created something suitable for the biggest baddest bounty hunter this side of Black Spire! Now he is fully equipped to round up the rogues of the galaxy and bring them to justice.

That just about wraps up the Mandalawrian Saber, thank you so much for checking it out. I really appreciate all the support and kind words you leave in the comments section, so whether you are a first time visitor or one of my loyal long time followers, thank you so much. Please remember to click to follow if you haven’t already so you will know when my next sabers are posted, you won’t want to miss them…I have My Master Series hilts to come, another Mando saber for Boba, a few new Obi-Wan Kenobi inspired sabers, one for a mystery lady in The Rise of Skywalker…..and one for Rey! That’s a lot of hardware!….Till next time…..

“Mandalawrian Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. “The Mandalorian” name and image along with all other Star Wars related material is Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm 2019. “The Mandalorian” is available now on Disney’s new streaming service Disney+