Blender Sabers pt3

OK, I’m finished with this thing.  I’ll probably move onto something more complex next, possibly some kind of space vehicle.  In the meantime, here are a couple of full-sized (my normal full-size, that is) renders of the ‘saber.  I added a cheesy base with some stupid writing (my first text in Blender) and a simple “wood” texture that I made in Gimp.

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Blender Sabers pt2

This is pretty much it for the first craptastic saber.  It’s not meant to be anything that beautiful, I just wanted to try modeling something in Blender and I did.  It resembles Obi-Wan’s lightsaber too much for me to call it my own and it’s not accurate enough for me to call it Obi-Wan’s lightsaber.  So, I’ll leave it be.

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Blender Sabers pt1

Well, technically, it’s part 2 but since part 1 had a different title, it’s still part 1.  So, we’ll pretend that it’s part 1 but we’ll know in our hearts that it’s really part 2.  😉

Instead of modeling today, I focused on materials and textures.  It took a while but I learned how to apply a texture to the meshes.  I also found out how to bump map.  It’s amazing how many options there are in the material settings compared to even the newest version of trueSpace.  I can do so many things I never could before (like the slightly distorted reflection in the “floor.”)

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Image of the Day: More Lightsabery Goodness

I was bored last night, so I threw together another lightsaber image.  This was the last hilt I built in my most recent series of hilts before I lost interest in building hilts due to the fact that I bought some new video games.  😉  Anywho, the concrete texture came with the 3D software.  However, since it’s Star Wars, we’ll call it permacrete or duracrete (same thing.)  Everything else is all me.  🙂

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The Force is strong with this one Pt. 4

The madness continues.  😉

I built two more hilts. They’re both designs I’ve never tried before, the double bladed hilt (Ala Darth Maul) and the hook-hilt saber. (Ala Darth Bane, Count Dooku, Ventriss, etc.) I figure the big double blader is wielded by a Jedi Master and the hook hilt is carried by his/her Padawan. Hence, the same unusual color scheme.

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Lightsaber Showcase

Here are some of the lightsaber hilts I built last year. Most of them are from the prequel trilogy, though one is from the original movie and two are my own designs.

Image 1: Prequel trilogy hilts. Most of these designs were used by many of the “background” Jedi but all are associated with a specific Jedi Master who wielded one of those designs.

Hilt 1: Obi-wan Kenobi Jedi battle arena hilt. This hilt was used by Obi-wan in the Battle of Geonosis after his own lightsaber was presumably taken from him by Count Dooku. It’s a modified version of the Adi Gallia hilt.

Hilt 2: Anakin Skywalker Jedi battle arena hilt. This hilt was used by Anakin in the Battle of Geonosis after his lightsaber was destroyed in the battle droid factory. It’s a modified version of the Ki-Adi-Mundi hilt.

Hilt 3: Plo Koon hilt. This hilt was carried by Jedi Master Plo Koon. As far as I know, he carried it in all 3 prequel movies.

Hilt 4: Ki-Adi-Mundi hilt. This hilt was carried by Jedi Master Ki Adi Mundi in all 3 prequel movies.

Hilt 5: Kit Fisto hilt. Interesting note on this hilt; it was actually carried by Jedi Master Mace Windu in Episode 1. However, since they built a new, special hilt for Windu in Episode 2, I chose to call this one the Kit Fisto hilt because it was carried by Jedi Kit Fisto in both Episode 2 and Episode 3.

Hilt 6: Adi Gallia hilt. This hilt was carried by Jedi Master Adi Gallia in Episode 1. To my knowledge, that was the only movie in which that character appeared. However, this hilt was widely used by many of the “background” Jedi at the Jedi Temple and the Battle of Geonosis. But, I still like to associate it with Adi Gallia. Interesting note: Adi Gallia apparently had a red Adegan crystal in the hilt of her lightsaber, though it was never activated in The Phantom Menace (but it was in the game Jedi Starfighter.) Had she used the ‘saber on screen, she would have been the only canon Jedi from the movies to carry a red bladed lightsaber since red blades are typically associated with the Dark Side. It would have been interesting to have seen that, though they might have decided to leave her character out of Attack of the Clones so as not to cause confusion for the more casual Star Wars fans who immediately associate a red blade with the Sith.

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Left to right: Obi-Wan's Geonosis hilt, Anakin's Geonosis hilt, Plo Koon's hilt, Ki-Adi-Mundi's hilt, Kit Fisto's hilt, Adi Gallia's hilt.

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The Force is strong with this one Pt. 1

I know, it’s been a while since I posted. I just wasn’t in the mood for 3D modeling or rendering for a while. Since I don’t get paid for this stuff, it’s up to me to motivate myself to do 3D and there are times when I just don’t feel like it, so I usually retreat into the world of gaming.

For those who don’t know, I don’t like that much Sci-Fi (compared to some. ;)) My favorites are Star Wars, Star Trek, Super Heroes and Battlestar Galactica (in that order.) Anywho, I recently bought Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the Playstation 2. It’s an awesome game, I beat it and now I’m playing it again looking for hidden stuff that I missed the first time through.

So, now I’m on a Star Wars modeling kick. I’m starting with one of the coolest inventions ever: the lightsaber. I love lightsabers. I love the fact that each individual lightsaber is unique to the Jedi who built it, so there are no limits to what you can do with one. And, from time to time, I like to build hilts from the movies or design my own (more on that later.) This is one that I started building yesterday. It’s pretty simplistic but I figure it’s either one that belongs to a Jedi who likes to keep things simple or it was built in a hurry (a skilled Jedi can whip up a new hilt in just a couple days, provided they have adequate parts and a colored Adegan focusing crystal.) The next hilt I do will be more complex. I just have a few more parts to add to this one before it’s complete. 🙂

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