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“Chang Saber” – A Weapon for a Klingon General

Hello Everybody and welcome to another new design. This time I go back to the Star Trek franchise and the film “The Undiscovered Country” and after a comment made by my friend Resa. Resa commented on my last Star Trek hilt the “Horey’ So ‘Eth – Honour Blade” design and mentioned the fantastic actor Christopher Plummer who appears in “Undiscovered” as a Klingon general. This general is at the center of a conspiracy to frame the United Federation of Planets and scupper peace talks between the Klingons and everyone else. This event was known as the Khitomer Conspiracy and it involved Plummer’s character, General Chang using a special Bird of Prey ship with a cloaking device that allowed weapons to be fired whilst activated (which was not normally possible) and attack the Klingon Chancellor’s ship the Kronos One. The only other visible ship in the area was the Enterprise which was escorting Kronos One so it appeared as if Enterprise opened fire. When Kirk and McCoy transported aboard the Kronos, Chang arrests them for murdering Chancellor Gorkon. All very bad news as Kirk and McCoy are then put on trial and Chang “proves” his case against them. Anyhoo it’s a very sinister and clever plot that shows how cunning Chang is so I thought he would have a saber too, especially if the lower rank and file Klingons might have one. So here is the saber I designed, this is “Chang”….

This saber is in slightly better condition than the “Honour Blade” and has a fairly intact coat of paint, in a nice matte black. It also features a shorter leather wrapped handgrip that is separated from the emitter module by a thinner section wrapped in a cross-stitched material to mimic Chang’s battle armour. Oh I forgot I haven’t inserted a picture of General Chang so here he is….

As you can tell by the look in his eye, he is cunning and wily. He also looks slightly more human than Klingon, this is due to his family being infected by a virus that altered their genes and affected his appearance. His eye was lost during a blood duel against the usurper Kalnor who attempted to gain control of the Klingon Empire. You can see Chang’s padded armour clearly and I think the wrap I added looks similar. His outfit also has a bit of military “bling” so I added some gold decoration to this hilt in the shape of the Klingon Empire logo (aka the Kahless Blades symbol) and a gold skull crusher style pommel. But there are a few more details so here is Gallery Two…

Yes, I couldn’t help myself and added a logo on the pommel end cap too and it looks just right to finish the hilt off. The activation switch is borrowed from the Honour Blade design and is again meant to represent the Klingon cranial ridges. Now as Chang is a proud military man, he would probably have a nice display stand to cradle his hilt when not in use so I designed a stand as well. It is in a black woodgrain effect with gold Empire logos on each cradle upright and on the base. The base has an orange/brown section with a triangular grid like pattern which I used to represent the scanner screens on many Klingon ships (you know the radar that shows how far a Federation ship is in Kellicams). I think Chang would approve of this hilt.

That just about wraps this week’s offering up. I apologise there aren’t as many renders this time around but I have been getting carried away with that Lego Digital Design software I showed in a previous post. So far I have built my Interceptor, a new flagship Star Destroyer, a Mandolorian Infiltrator ship and I’ve built part of the city of Theed – complete with B-1 (Roger, Roger) Battle Droids and tanks! Those will all feature in upcoming posts along with a VERY special crossguard saber based on a special Star Trek ship I have already mentioned today! I hope you will all call back to see that. In the meantime I need to say thank you for checking Chang’s saber today and supporting FTSabersite. Your visits have kept me motivated to carry on designing for FIVE years on WordPress as I just passed my Blogaversary so thanks big time! Till next time….

“Chang Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the character General Chang from the film “Star Trek – The Undiscovered Country” The design, model and renders where created by For Tyeth in Blender 3D and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. Star Trek and all names, images, logos and related material are Trademark/ ©Copyright of Paramount Pictures.

“Frontier Saber” for the wilds of the Outer Rim

Howdy Everybody! Today we travel to the far reaches of the Star Wars galaxy where there are no rules….the lawless lands…..The Outer Rim (not unlike where I used to live actually but I’ve moved to a nicer region of the UK) And this post was inspired by my good friend Neil of Makeroommakeroom.com (https://makeroommakeroom.wordpress.com/) who commented a few posts back about a “lightsaber that shoots laser bullets too” well….I have now come up with a design that can do just that. I’ll admit that a lightsaber gun does already exist in Star Wars canon – the Jedi Librarian that told Obi-Wan “If something isn’t in the Jedi Archives then it doesn’t exist I’m afraid!” actually used a “Lightsaber Rifle” in one of the recent Marvel Comics. However that Lightsaber Rifle weapon had to have a regular saber inserted into it for it to operate and using it fried your lightsaber – not good! But my design is intended to serve as both a saber and ballistic launcher. Here is the saber pistol I call Frontier….

From these images (and I’ll add an extra , funny comment later about the pictures) you can see that it sort of resembles a revolver style cowboy pistol with a straight handgrip and red trigger. The hilt does have a revolving cylinder that holds four “shots” or crystal shards. These shards are energised and fired out of the weapon by the emitter instead of a regular blade. The energy builds up in the crystal to a certain point then it is ejected at great speed. When you have fired the four crystals you can refill the cylinder. It took me a while to model this segment of the saber as I had to ensure that each crystal would align with the “barrel/emitter” as the cylinder rotated and I don’t have an engineering background. However the parts do line up so I think we should have a few close up peeks, here is Gallery Two…

Hopefully you can see that I managed to get everything lined up and looking down the barrel you can see the first crystal ready to be charged and fired. I modelled this cylinder drum using the Boolean functions which allow me to make cuts into an object using another object as the “cutter” so I started with a cylinder then had to work out and position where the crystal bullets would sit within it then using another cylinder I cut into the drum to make the recesses – allowing the crystals to be exposed once I inserted them. Fortunately there is a function called the Array Modifier that allow me to duplicate an object then position them in a circular pattern which I could then use as the cutting object to cut all four recesses in one go. The drum also has an inset and recessed front face to make it appear less flat and boring. I then had to model the Swing Arm which is the strut that holds the cylinder drum in place and hinges outward to allow reloading. You see gunslingers click the cylinder out, put bullets in then flick their wrist so the drum pivots back into the pistol’s frame ready to fire – the Swing Arm facilitates this action. So I had to connect the drum to the swing arm and then to the saber handgrip whilst maintaining the barrel, chamber and emitter alignment. And the reason they needed to align is that when you run out of crystal bullets you can use this as a regular saber! Ignite the blade here are two final pics….

Of course you can always load three spare crystals into the open breeches so you can switch between saber and pistol functions – as long as one breech is open you can activate the blade…pretty neat! The handgrip I finished off with a wooden texture that I discovered recently and mentioned in a previous post (the advanced textures with the bumps I used on the Quartermaster hilt). The texture doesn’t have the crinkled effect because I wanted a polished wood to represent the handgrip cheek plates of an antique pistol.

Now the funny thing about this design…well I was going to add a few more details and maybe an etched pattern on top but I got sidetracked, as I often do, when I had the idea for my Klingon “Horey ‘So Eth” designs.(https://ftsabersite.wordpress.com/2021/07/17/horeyso-eth-saberstaff-honour-blade-inspired-by-the-klingons/) And silly me never got round to making the improvements and I forgot something else….to create any extra renders! I made two, just to test then was distracted….I then mentioned to Neil the other day that I had a saber that might cheer him up. THEN when I went to type this post up this morning (Friday 13th…) I discovered my mistake and realised I had no renders! SOO I have burnt the midnight, midday and back to midnight oil to create the images for today! I am slightly….exhausted but by the Force I managed. So I apologise if they aren’t quite up to my normal standard. But hey that’s Friday the 13th for you!

That just about wraps this gunslinging session up, I hope you enjoyed this one despite it being a bit rushed. However I hope you’ll call back to FTSabersite to see upcoming designs where I was a bit more focused! There is still lots to see including my new tunics, my action figure purchases and a few more StarTrek inspired hilts…(and to Experience Film, I will get those answers posted that you sent me ok!) Meanwhile I’d like to thank you for checking in today, it means a lot, whether you are a regular or first time viewer you’re all appreciated. Till next time…..

“Frontier Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and the 3D model/renders were created by For Tyeth and are ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2021. Star Wars, Jocasta Nu and all other related names, ogos, images and related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.

“Super Sonic Saber” – Inspired by a Blue Hedgehog

Hello Everybody, today I thought I would kick back and relax a little as I had worked hard resetting my laptop and learning about Linux. How could I relax? Well I figured I’d dust off my old gaming console (as I’d watched all my Star Wars DVDs) and play some classic scrolling arcade games on my SEGA! I happened to have the Star Wars game for the SEGA Game Gear and played that for a few hours but then I thought “I wish I had a Sonic the Hedgehog game….”. I don’t actually have a Sonic game but whilst building the GOTG Yondu saber I noticed something familiar in the fin and colour scheme I gave it. I realised that SEGA’s hedgehog was the same colour blue and had red trainers (aka sneakers to my USA followers). So I decided to build a saber for the little blue hedgehog. This is what I came up with….

I took the Yondu saber and made multiple copies of the head fin part and merged them together to form the spiky ridges either side of the emitter. They look just like Sonic’s spiky spine hairstyle! I also gave the fins a flash of red to represent his shoes. I gave the hilt some white highlights and a white blade, but of course in these studio preview pictures you can’t see it in technicolour so I think it’s time to Power-Up a Glamour Gallery….

I did a little research for this design and I discovered some really fun interesting facts. Firstly, Sonic appeared as a character as far back as 1988 in a technology demonstration concept, while some of his backstory revolved around him being a character used in a “Nose-Art” image painted on a jet fighter plane whose pilot was nicknamed “Hedgehog”. Sonic was developed by SEGA as competition to Nintendo’s mascot, Mario (and Luigi). SEGA wanted a fun relatable character that kids could draw and connect with, and they made a clever decision on the colour he was going to be. They chose a Cobalt Blue to match the SEGA brand logo, and the reason Sonic has red sneakers? Well they were inspired by Michael Jackson’s boots and Santa Clause. This resulted in Sonic being very bold and colourful (as well as fast) so I thought I’d turn my hand to a bit of art and try to come up with some Sonic posters. These images I found online on wallpaper download sites which I then added some effects and text layers on….

I think I’d buy the game and the saber if I saw these adverts! Sonic seems to like it. Hopefully you all like it too. I am drawing close to the end of this week’s post but as I usually do I’d like to invite you all back for future posts as I have a new collection of hilts inspired by a popular pair of Superheroes….and I’m working on new Star Wars The High Republic themed hilts (The High Republic is the new series of material Disney/Lucasfilm recently announced). So I hope you can join me to see those. But I’d like to say thanks for taking time to visit my site today and supporting me/FTSabersite. Whether you are a first time viewer or one of my regular callers, thanks so much you’re very much appreciated – especially in these increasingly hectic times. Till next time….stay safe and Sonic!

“Super Sonic Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is Copyright of FTSabersite 2016-2020. It is inspired by SEGA Entertainment’s character “Sonic the Hedgehog”. All images, names, logos and other related material are Trademark/Copyright of SEGA Entertainments 1988-2020

Alice Saber – Inspired by Resident Evil

Hello Everybody, today I bring you the hilt I have been teasing for the past month that is for the lead lady in a hugely popular film and gaming franchise. That person is Alice, who the heck is Alice? Well she is a product of the Umbrella Corporation, a shadowy company intent on controlling the world’s Biotechnology but as usually happens….that company was compromised and went out of control. Alice originally starts out as a Security Operative for the Corporation at a vast underground bunker facility called “The Hive”. An incident at the Hive resulted in the artificial intelligent computer system wiping out the human workforce and Alice and her “husband” Spence were the only survivors after being sent to investigate. One problem arose, a virus was stolen by Spence when he discovered Alice intended to stop Umbrella and close it down. A battle ensued, at the end of which a horde of zombies were created whilst Alice is captured by Umbrella scientists and placed in quarantine. When she awakes, Alice has no memory of previous events and has to recover her memory and fight her way out of the virus ravaged Racoon City…oh and stop Umbrella for good.

Through the 6 (I think 6, I’ve lost count!) movies she becomes a fighter for the non infected human race and tries to save them from a pathogen developed by the out of control Umbrella Corp. However Alice didn’t just try to stop a virus/pathogen she had to contend with various zombie creatures that were the result of failed testing, mutated dogs, giant hammer/axe wielding humanoids as well as the corporation’s supercomputer which developed a self awareness and saw Alice as a threat. So I thought Alice needed a saber and here are a few work in progress studio pictures….

Now my regular viewers may recognise this saber sort of, it is based on my “Angelic -Inspired by Charlie’s Angels” hilt but I have given it a new attitude and aggressive paint scheme! The Umbrella Corporation’s corporate colours are red, white and black and while I was experimenting to get the right colour for the Angels’ saber I stumbled on this colour combo. I also noted that the octagonal blocks I used as “wheel arches” were the same shape as the famous “Umbrella logo”. I had the idea to sneak an Umbrella logo into the pommel to cover the speaker vent. The crystals were turned red to look like three vials of the pathogen “T-Virus”, and as this hilt is intended for Alice I inscribed her name on the sides of the hilt in the Resident Evil font. No mistaking who this saber belongs to! Ok, I’ve rambled on so here are a few more Glamour Shots…

In these pictures you get a better idea of the new attitude and look! No messing! Now I couldn’t possibly go through the entire story of Alice, but her exploits take her to desert survivor outposts, an abandoned prison complex and even the frozen wastes of the north. I asked who is Alice, well I gave you an introduction to the fictional character but the actress who portrays her on film is the fantastic Mila Jovovich.

I am approaching the end of this post but as always I have housekeeping to do. I continue to design new stuff and have more Stormtrooper hilt designs, a pair of hilts for the Star Trek franchise, a pair of hilts for two exo-suited warriors, a massive three bladed hilt for a Norse god and I even have a saber that resembles a space mining ship! All of this and more will be in upcoming posts so I hope you’ll join me for them. And again thank you so much for visiting this site and supporting me, whether this is your first visit or you regularly drop in, it is much appreciated. Till next time!

“Alice Saber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. “Resident Evil”, “Alice”, “Umbrella Corporation” and the Umbrella Corp logo are all Trademark/©Copyright of Capcom Games./ScreenGems. “Resident Evil” is based on the video game from Capcom Games and is distributed by ScreenGems.

Trooper Saber – Inspired by Ralph MacQuarrie’s Artwork

Hello everybody, today we stay in the Star Wars Universe but travel this time into the genius mind and world of Ralph MacQuarrie – the world famous concept artist who created the “look” of Star Wars. Ralph MacQuarrie’s works could hang in any gallery and I find them fascinating, whenever I see one of his pictures I stop and study it. There were character designs for Darth Vader complete with battle armour and helmet/mask making him look like a space Samurai, there is an image of two droids walking on a sand flat…then there are the pictures of the Stormtroopers! We all know the Stormtroopers now, the shiny egg-shell white armoured foot soldiers but did you know they were supposed to have lightsabers in the beginning? Originally, George Lucas envisaged everyone would have “Lazer Swords”, the good guys, the bad guys and Stormtroopers! Mr MacQuarrie produced an image of two corridors, one with three Rebel fighters and in the adjoining corridor a group of troopers…the one nearest to us wielding a pure white plasma bladed lightsaber. However you can’t quite make out the hilt itself except it is short, so I decided now I have Blender to release my creativity, I would design a hilt that the Stormtroopers may have hung on their belts. This is Trooper Saber….

I took the approach that a saber for a trooper would be functional, compact and based off the image (seen in the title image above btw!) it would be similar to a hilt known as a Shoto. Shoto hilts are predominantly single handed weapons used in your non dominant hand as a defensive weapon. They tend to have a shorter blade too but I kept a regular blade as you will see later again in keeping with the image. The pommel I took inspiration from Obi-Wan Kenobi’s saber from The Phantom Menace, which according to sources houses an additional power cell. This saber just has a speaker vent but it does share the round skull-crusher style and the turrets or blocks around it’s circumference. The handgrip I made from two sections, an inner core and a perforated outer sheath/sleeve. I imagined that this outer sheath would be some sort of rubberised/textured material as this is a tactical weapon and grip would be important. Ok I have tattled on and you have still to see some Glamour Shots of the saber so here they are…

I think this design worked out ok (it is a slightly older design but it still checks out sir! 😀 ) I replicated the eggshell white colour of the troopers’ armour and accented sections in black to mimic their equipment belts (such as the ring of panels around the emitter). The handgrip again is in white but to avoid the hilt being lost in one colour I used black as the inner core so it can be seen through the sheath holes. The activation switch however is a bit special as it is modelled on the Imperial Cog logo which sometimes is displayed on the shoulder plates and pauldrons troopers wear. To finish the hilt is the pommel which as I mentioned earlier is loosely based on Obi-Wan’s saber but it also shares the spherical motif that the Empire employed. The Death Star was spherical, the fuselage of the Tie Fighter (more on this later) was spherical and so too is the pommel of this weapon! And the blade of this weapon is pure plasma white as Ralph Macquarrie imagined. Later rewrites of the story would replace the white blades with Blue ones for the good guys and Red for the bad guys…and the Stormtoopers got….Blasters! So uncivilised!

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Image Copyright of Ralph Macquarrie/LucasFilm

I suppose in a way it made sense that the lightsaber be withheld for the main special characters and not just everybody, it instilled the weapon with a sense of mysticism but it might have been fun seeing hordes of troopers with lazer swords…and I could have supplied them! But sadly that is another story and it is also time for this post to end. But as always before I go, I have a few bits to let you know about. I still have at least TEN more hilts to show you all (and maybe a Tie Fighter themed one) so I hope you will all return to see those in futures posts. And I have to say a big thank you to a gentleman named Lord_S_Gray from the Ultrasabers’ forum who kindly commented on my Satele Shan hilt that I “had truly recreated the weapon of a Jedi”. That means a lot. So to end I will say thanks to you my viewers and followers new and regular for all the support and kind words. Till next time!

“Trooper Saber” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2019. The Stormtrooper concept art is Trademark/©Copyright of Ralph MacQuarrie/LucasFilm 1977-2019.

 

Dark Khaarnage Saber- Will Alex Khaar turn?

Hello everybody, today I return to the fantastic fanfiction story I told you about written by a member of Ultrasabers’ Saber Forum, Lady Revan. I won’t go too far into the story as I am still reading through it and don’t want to spoil it for myself! However as I mentioned before, the story revolves around two main characters named Halin Chan and her companion Alex Khaar. The two are young Jedi knights who have to defy the Jedi Council to take part in a war to defend Halin Chan’s home-world. This obviously causes a disturbance and Halin begins to change personality the deeper into the battle she progresses. But does her right hand man Alex Khaar suffer these personality changes also? I don’t know but I built him a saber for his Lightside but should he turn he’ll need a new Darkside weapon. This is how I imagined his hilt may look if he was consumed by evil…this is Dark Khaarnage….

This is believe it or not the same hilt but with a menacing black colour scheme with silver accents. A helpful member of the forum named Lord_S_Gray, suggested I add highlights on my black hilts so I added pinstripes of silver around the edges of the bands on the grip section. The skullcrusher pommel also gets a coat of black with the stud like protrusions being highlighted silver. I described the “Khaarnage Claw” beneath the blade as having a set of indentations to assist grip, well I had been wracking my brain to think what the technical term for the grip was.. Fortunately another member came up with a suggestion. My friend Infinit01 described it as the “knuckle grip” which kind of suited it perfectly. The last picture shows a slight variation to the hilt. Some custom lightsaber owners like to use their sabers to do “Spinning” which is a semi choreographed routine of twirling the saber around in an impressive dance like way. Spinning requires a particular style of hilt that is balanced and has a “Choke Point”. The choke point is the section of the handle that narrows near the emitter (it is coloured silver on this hilt) and the wielder’s thumb and forefinger grip around this point and allows the hilt to pivot. However the  Khaarnage Claw would get in the way so I was asked to make a “clean” version without it.

But then some folks asked “What about a double bladed weapon Tyeth?” so I assembled a Darth Maul Staff like version…

I apologise this post is much more typing and fewer pictures but the Work In Progress pictures are the same as the ones for the Lightside version, all the work involved was in re-colouring the hilt …oh and adding a red switch and blade. I will have more pictures next time as I have a final variant that goes all out EVIL!

I hope you liked this potentially Darkside design and will call back to see more new hilts (including a hilt for three female detectives and one for an Agent Alice). Thanks to all of you for checking this saber out whether you are a first time visitor or a returning regular, you are appreciated……Till next time…..

“Dark Khaarnage” is a For Tyeth Edition design and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2018.

Bumblebot – A saber for Bumblebee (FT’s Blender Version)

Hello Everybody, today I have a bit of a buzz going on. I just received a couple of nice presents, a new copy of a Star Wars computer game known as “Knights of the Old Republic” and some fantastic movie posters! Well today’s hilt is inspired by a blockbuster Hollywood movie due out shortly and it is Star Wars inspired as all lightsabers are, But this hilt is for the heroic robot disguised as a car….Bumblebee!

I built this saber as soon as I heard there was a new Bumblebee movie due out and because recent Transformers films showed Bumblebee as a Chevrolet instead of the classic Volkswagen Beetle I based it on the new Chevy version. Then just my luck I find out that this new film depicts Bumblebee as a Beetle! Well I have a saber to show you all and I hope you like it, here is Bumblebot Version 2!

I tried my best to model this on a Chevrolet so much I even added a Chevy flag logo on the speaker grille. The pommel also features faux lens covers to imitate the rear brake lights and the black details represent the rear impact bars. There is also a colour co-ordinated Covertech Knob to attach the saber to your belt clip. Custom sabers usually obtain their power from replaceable batteries or  they have a permanently fixed rechargeable battery. The type that have rechargeable batteries need a socket to plug the wall charger into to charge up the hilt. This socket looks out of place on a saber so to disguise the socket I made a cover for it that looks like a fuel filler cap! A really nice feature are the on/off switches which I modelled to resemble the logos of the two warring factions in the Transformers universe. They are of course the good guy Autobots (this is the activation button) and the bad robot Decepticons (this is the deactivation button). The switch box represents the power bulge found on the bonnet/hood of  muscle cars. The emitter I made to look like the front end of the car and included headlights. And to finish the hilt off I gave it an overall yellow and black colour scheme to match the heroic little robot with the big heart.

The new Bumblebee movie is due out in December 2018 (26th in the UK) and I just happened to go and watch another film yesterday called “Bohemian Rhapsody” about the famous rock group Queen and it’s lead singer Freddie Mercury….but guess who I bumped into as I left? You’ll never guess….DSC_0590 MK

Yep it was the Autobot himself (sort of!) And talking of leaving, I’m afraid it is that time again where I have to bring this post to a close. I hope you enjoyed this saber design, maybe one day the film studio will decide to stick to one version of Bumblebee! Thanks to everyone of you for looking in and supporting my site. Your visits are very much appreciated and one final bit of news…you have all helped me reach 9000 views which is fantastic. Please call back to see future posts as I still have many more hilts to show you including another “Watery Warrior” themed saber linked to another new movie due out in December! Thanks and Till next time…

“Bumblebot Saber Blender Version 2) is a For Tyeth Edition design and is Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite. Bumblebee, Autobot/Decepticon, Transformers and any name or related material are Trademark/©Copyright of Hasbro Toys.

Bumblebee is produced by Hasbro Studios, Di Bonaventura Pictures and is distributed by Paramount Pictures.

 

Crimson – A Solo Star Wars Story inspired saber

Hello Everybody, I felt it was about time I got back to designing sabers that were Star Wars related and what better way than with a design inspired by the latest movie, SOLO – A Star Wars Story? Well I started my design process as I always do by looking for a suitable character who didn’t have a saber in the film. Well there was only one saber in the whole film so there was a lot of candidates. Chewbacca maybe? But I already made one for him, Lando? The same. Ok Han Solo? He could use a saber but I designed Bloodstripe. Right then Qi-Ra, how about her? Qi-Ra is a new character, doesn’t have a saber, looks as if she could handle one….yes I’ll design a saber for her! The next step was to look for design cues to link the saber to her. Colours, shapes and oh yes markings all went into this hilt and here is the result…

This hilt is one of the first I came up with when I began modelling in Blender using more than just adding building blocks and moving them around. The hilt is coloured a sort of velvety grey/brown which reminded me of the dress Qi-Ra wore at the drinks party aboard the villain’s starship yacht. The emitter is basic but has “windows” cut into it to allow light to shine through from the blade when ignited. The switch is basic but has a nice accent colour of gold to compliment the hilt. There are functions in Blender called “Modifiers” which help mould parts into more complex shapes. I used a “Wireframe Modifier” to create the hand grip ridges. The hilt handle then flares out slightly near the pommel to give a feminine shape and bit of interest to a basic tube! But the best part I feel is the pommel which I modelled on Qi-Ra’s tattoo and necklace. This emblem belongs to a criminal gang called “Crimson Dawn” and Qi-Ra may or may not be part of the organisation but one person most definitely is and this is his version of the hilt…

Yes, this hilt belongs to the kingpin of Crimson Dawn, the Dathomirian we saw in The Phantom Menace…Darth Maul! He is briefly seen with a an old damaged lightsaber and I thought if he was such a successful crime-lord he would have a better weapon. So this is what I came up with. With just a little change in colour scheme and reshaping the emitter I had another hilt. I added some triangular points around the mouth of the emitter to represent Maul’s horned head and darkened the hilt to a black handle with contrasting Crimson red accents….just like his tattooed face! I think he would approve of this weapon.

Oh and I nearly forgot to mention, I have been experimenting with screenshots and here is one final “glamour” shot of the hilt for my catalogue…Crimson Dawn Ignited MK

Phew, that post was slightly longer than I planned but I hope you enjoyed it. I feel it shows I am progressing in 3D modelling. I still have three droid inspired hilts, two vehicle themed sabers and the special TLJ inspired design I know somebody is eagerly awaiting. They will all appear in future posts and I sincerely hope you will come back and check them out. Thank you for visiting today whether you are a regular viewer or a first timer, I appreciate your support. Till next time….

“Crimson Saber” is a For Tyeth Edition and is © Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-18. “Crimson Dawn”, Darth Maul, Qi-Ra and all other names, logos and related material are Trademark/© Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm 2018.

Paladin Defenders Crystal Katana – for DK44 and his Younglings

Hello Everybody, and especially to DK44 and his younglings (hi guys!). Today is VERY, VERY exciting as not only do I have a completely new bespoke FT Editions design but I have learned there is going to be a new season of Star Wars – The Clone Wars which is mega news…and I may have been overdoing things a little, but more on that later. You all came to see a new saber so I had best get on with this post.

I have had a bit of a Voltron Legendary Defenders theme going after I was introduced to it by DK44. The group of five intrepid heroes lends itself to inspire new designs. I built an “inspired by” hilt (see it here) as a way to practise using Blender and I think I have the hang of it now. So here is a saber which came about through my conversation with DK44, where he asked “Are you making a Voltron Katana Tyeth?”…Er, yes I have and I have taken it step further, here is Voltron Paladin “Crystal” Katana…

So to tie in this design with the original Voltron saber seen in the cartoon I used the same style yellow/black handgrips for the body. I just straightened out the bend from the handgrip and added a few indents for grip and detail. The tsuba handguard is a basic hexagonal shape with faces that could have further details etched into. The activation switch sits in it’s own recessed cavity so users don’t accidently de-activate the blade during battle. And as a finishing touch I used the Robo Lion head models I previewed in earlier posts as a pommel piece! And I envisaged that each Lion Head would be colour coded to the Paladin that was using the saber, This means you could make five sabers in corresponding colours, one for each member of Voltron. (To save space I just displayed the yellow version but you can switch colours easily enough).

But I can hear you all say, “Hey Tyeth! Why is this a “Crystal” Katana? It isn’t made of crystal!”….Well no, it isn’t made of crystal but this saber does contain a “Crystal Chamber” which I made and slotted in! It is my first chamber so is basic but I know I can develop it and make it look more “techy” for use in future builds. And if you missed the crystal chamber in the above pics here is a second gallery of close-up pics…

Because I learned how to merge two model files into one, I was able to build the saber hilt in one file and a second file for the chamber. I tweaked the chamber and when I was happy with it I imported it into the file with the saber and positioned it into the hilt. This means I have so much more control as I can create any object then merge it into whichever project I am working on. And speaking of projects…remember I mentioned above I may have been overdoing things? I have gotten a bit carried away building and I have FIVE more brand new hilts waiting to be displayed!! I have two Solo movie inspired hilts, two droid replicas and a special TLJ inspired saber  coming up!

I am afraid I’m out of time for this Crystal Katana offering, I hope you all enjoyed it. Please call back to see my five new hilts in future posts (Now I don’t usually brag or show off about my creations but I have to say I think you will be impressed by the TLJ saber – I even impressed myself). I very much appreciate your support and comments. Till next time….

“Voltron Legendary Defenders” and all names, logos and related materials are Trademark/© Copyright of DreamWorks Entertainment. “Voltron Paladin Crystal Katana” is an FT Editions saber and is © Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-18.

Chopper Lightsaber – Inspired by C1-10P

Hello Everybody. Today I have to take us back to the Star Wars universe in a BIG way as the whole Star Wars franchise has been shaken to it’s foundations. It was the series finale for the popular animation Star Wars: Rebels and in that final episode it has been established that “Time Manipulation” is a thing! Yes Disney must have seen my Flux Capacitant Back to The Future(Back to the Future) hilt and now Star Wars characters can interact and alter timelines with the Force! This is big enough news as it is but it also drew my attention to the fact that I hadn’t created any hilts based on this section of Star Wars. So I have to rectify that and what better way than to create a hilt for the most popular droid in Rebels…C1-10P or as you may know him….CHOPPER! Now Chopper is the heroic, if somewhat ageing and cantankerous droid who acts as the maintenance team for the Ghost, the ship belonging to Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus and of course Ezra Bridger. Chopper may be older and irritable but he has many tools and gadgets to help him get any job done…but again this droid has no lightsaber…until now. May I present my saber for Chopper…

This saber I think would suit the eponymous droid nicely. I tried hard to match his distinctive colour scheme with the powder coating. The basis for this hilt is my Astromech hilt I used for R2-D2 and R2-KT (but don’t worry I know Chopper is a C-Series droid – just in case you thought I made a mistake!). So the saber has the same functionality and parts as my Sensorscope Saber and should compliment Chopper’s built in tools. He used his tools and gadgets on many missions including one to infiltrate the Imperial Naval Academy on the planet Lothal. He powder coated himself black to look like an Imperial droid – how ingenious was that?! And speaking of tools and ingenuity I have some personal news that is very exciting for me and I hope you think so too. I will tell you about it below…

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Wow! I can’t believe my optics, that saber looks like me! (Copyright Disney/Lucasfilm)

The big news I have to share is I am about to begin building my first saber! No, not one on a computer screen, but a real nuts, bolts and metal lightsaber with electronics and everything! I can’t afford all the parts in one purchase but I will be placing an order to buy the hilt itself on Monday. The other parts including the lights and sound making electronics will be bought every few months or so and when I have everything I will begin a  new section on the site charting my attempt to become a real lightsaber builder. It’s going to be a heck of an adventure! (And you may just recognise the lightsaber when it’s finished ; ) )

Well after that little bit of news I am afraid I am out of time. I wish to thank everyone for looking in on this design and for all your support of me and the site. I appreciate your company and I hope you will all return for future posts where I finally get to post the 80’s action cartoon inspired hilts I promised and maybe I ‘ll be able to post a few details about any saber part deliveries I receive in my mailbox! Till next time.

“Chopper Lightsaber” is a For Tyeth Editions design and is ©CopyrigtofForTyeth/FTSabersite 2018. “C1-10P, Chopper”, “Hera Syndulla”, “Star Wars:Rebels” and all other names charcters, images and logos are Trademark/©Copyright of Disney/Lucasfilm.