Hello Everybody, today we enter the shadowy world of The Watchmen again with this nice design from my friend Roger Redux. His design has a distinctly Ornithological theme to it as it is for the character called Nite Owl. Nite Owl is Daniel Dreiberg who was born in 1945 and would later become the second superhero to carry the Nite Owl name. Dreiberg was fascinated with technology and aviation. With his knowledge he created gadgets to aid his crime-fighting exploits, rather than relying on brute strength and force. He created a flying vehicle nicknamed “Owlship” and numerous other bits of kit. Roger however felt that Nite Owl needed a lightsaber, the pinnacle of elegance and technology, so designed this hilt, here is NITE OWL: GLAUX…
Nite Owl Hilt
Nite Owl Emitter
Nite Owl Emitter 2
Nite Owl Switch
Nite Owl Body
Nite Owl Pommel
Nite Owl Pommel 2
Nite Owl Vertical Up
Nite Owl Horizontal
This certainly has a look of an owl to it, I can just imagine an owl sitting in a tree when I see the hilt held vertically. The emitter with it’s pointed spines look like the tufted feathers that stand up on an owl’s forehead (if they have a forehead that is!). The weathered finish of the hilt gives it a mottled appearance similar to the flecks and camouflage of the night hunter’s plumage. And to finish the hilt off, there is a beautiful brown leather wrapped body capped by a pommel which has strakes that give the impression the saber has talons!
Roger named the hilt after the Watchmen character, but also after a Greek coin. Roger informed me that the word Glaux translates as “Little Owl” in ancient Greek or simply “Owl” in modern Greek. The Owl appears on the back of one of the Athenian coins!
As usual I am running out of time for this post so may I say Thank You to Roger for allowing me to share this design with you all. As always I want to say thank you to all the visitors both regular followers and new viewers (I saw that some folks came from India and Indonesia this past week!). Your support is very much appreciated. I will end here so I can work on a few more new hilts. Till next time.
Hello Everybody, Today I bring you the second of Roger Redux’s designs in his Watchmen series of sabers. Following on from Dr Manhatten Lightsaber, Roger designed this saber based on the character Walter Joseph Kovacs. Walter Kovacs was born in the slums of New York and was brought up by his mother, his father missing. Kovacs believed that his father was on some sort of secret mission for US President Truman, as a result of the story his mother told him. This wasn’t true as his father left five years before Truman came to power. This “white lie” began the process of cracking Kovacs’ trust and regards for his mother. The mother worked as a Prostitute and often beat the young Kovacs, which eventually led to him being taken into care after he assaulted two bullies in self defense. These early events began Walter’s descent into becoming the vigilante crimefighter called Rorschach and this is Roger’s saber design for him….
Rorschach Emitter 2
The saber is built using Standard Dual Tone parts, and to good effect. Kovacs later went on to work in a Garment Factory where he befriended a young woman, this woman had a dress made for her but didn’t like it. The dress was made from a unique material of two layers, between which were two chemical liquids. These liquids were such that they never mixed together but swirled around in an ever changing pattern of black and white patches. Kovacs took the discarded dress and when he discovered that the young woman had been brutalised and killed he decided to take action. He crafted a mask from the dress’ material and changed his name to Rorschach! The mask reminiscent of the famous Psychology Inkblot test images. Because of his insecurities Rorschach chose the masked visage over that of his own given face, saying the mask best represented him and his humanity. The Dual Tone black and silver work perfectly to replicate the mask and Inkblot images. The blade is purple which matches the headband that circles Rorschach’s fedora hat, the only exception to his drab and downtrodden appearance. Rorschach became a nightcrawler and a very successful crimefighter.
I think the use of the monochrome look on this saber is perfect for the character that inspired it. I hope you enjoyed this offering from Roger as much as I did. He has more designs based on the Watchmen franchise which will appear in future posts. You can learn more about Walter “Rorschach” Kovacs by watching the movie and reading the graphic novels! I want to thank Roger for sharing this design with FTSabersite.
Well I am afraid time has caught up with me again and I will have to bring this post to an end shortly. But first I want to thank all of my viewers and followers for the continued support. I hope you will all return to see the upcoming designs from my friends and I. Till next time.
Hello Everybody, I have a surprise for you all today. From the above title you may have guessed I am about to introduce another Guest Designer! His name is Roger Redux and is also a member of the same forum as I am. Roger has posted a few designs which caught my attention as you could see the thought that had been put into each. He created this design based on DC Comic’s Watchmen character Dr Jonathon Osterman, the physicist who as a result of a freak accident was physically erased from existence. Dr Jonathon Osterman survived however in a scattered form and over time his body “reformed” causing his colleagues to think the laboratory facility was haunted. Not surprisingly, as Dr Osterman’s first appearance consisted of just his dismembered eyes, brain and nervous system! Further re-appearances occurred as more of Osterman’s body parts reconnected. Eventually a fully formed humanoid Jonathon Osterman emerged but he was bald and his skin glowed a shade of blue. I will continue the story after I present to you Roger Redux’s Dr Manhatten Lightsaber…
Dr Manhatten Hilt
Dr Manhatten Emitter
Dr Manhatten Switch
Dr Manhatten Bodies and Coupler
Dr Manhatten Pommel
Dr Manhatten Hilt 2
Dr Manhatten Horizontal
Dr Osterman was now an ethereal being with superpowers and as always happens, the US Government discovered him and coerced him to work for them. He was given a new outfit and a new name…Dr Manhatten, after the Nuclear Scientist. Dr Manhatten discarded the helmet he was given and instead branded his forehead with a simplified image of a Hydrogen Atom. These little details are captured in this design. The emitter projects a Manhatten Blue blade just like the unearthly glow of the man himself. The body sections have interlinking ovals which represent the “Theory of Relativity” that his father studied. His father then forced Dr Osterman to study physics which in turn lead to the accident and the change into Dr Manhatten.
Dr Manhatten Version 2
Dr Manhatten Version 2.1
Over time Dr Manhatten discarded his outfit only wearing it in public situations and to reflect this Roger discarded the silver body sections and replaced them with two leather wrapped parts that have the same shade of blue as Dr Manhatten glows. I liked this as it showed Roger’s thought process behind his design!
I would like to thank Roger Redux for allowing me to share this design with you all and I am pleased to say he has a few more hilts which I will be showcasing in future posts! So Thank You Roger and thank you to my followers and viewers for checking out this talented designers’ saber! I hope you will all return to see more new sabers from my friends and I. Till next time.