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The Official Lightsaber Hilt Thread

Discussion in 'Fan Films, Fan Audio & SciFi 3D' started by Evil-Henchman, Jan 27, 2006.

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  1. Vidina

    Vidina Jedi Master star 4

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  2. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    Looks dark to me.
     
  3. fjrsm

    fjrsm Jedi Youngling star 3

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    It varies from screen to screen. It looks dark to me.
     
  4. VaporTrail

    VaporTrail Jedi Master star 6

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    My kingdom for universal brightness/contrast!
     
  5. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    In my personal experience, as long as an NTCS non-interlaced CRT monitor is in proper working condition, the contrast should be at 100% and the brightness at 50%. Not sure what the optimal flat panel monitor settings are.
     
  6. Vidina

    Vidina Jedi Master star 4

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    We could just all agree to set the monitors at the same values, or use some presets that usually are available (software-stuff, not the knobs on the monitor itself), but I choose relatively high contrast, and relatively high brightness. I try to keep black as black as possible, whilst keeping white bright as.. well, white.

    Moving on.
     
  7. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    A good way to check if your brightness is set to high in Windows is to open up a DOS VM (Start, Run, type in CMD and press Enter). Then use Atl+Enter to full size the window (different form maximizing). Turn off all lights in the room. If the black is in anyway illuminated, your brightness is too high.

    Also, color management in programs like Photoshop = bad... very bad. At least in my personal experience.

    Back on topic... my latest saber will hopefully be done, with pics taken and posted, much later today.
     
  8. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    Below is my latest hilt. It is by far the hardest hilt I have made yet. Not counting the Covertec knob, blade retention screw or the rectangular plastic activation switch, the hilt consists of 20 pieces. Lots of JB Weld was used on this sucker.

    [image=http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/Evil-Henchman/ARKM%20Saber%20Hilts/Saber25-01.jpg]
    [image=http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/Evil-Henchman/ARKM%20Saber%20Hilts/Saber25-02.jpg]
    [image=http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/Evil-Henchman/ARKM%20Saber%20Hilts/Saber25-03.jpg]
    [image=http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/Evil-Henchman/ARKM%20Saber%20Hilts/Saber25-04.jpg]
    [image=http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/Evil-Henchman/ARKM%20Saber%20Hilts/Saber25-05.jpg]
     
  9. Vidina

    Vidina Jedi Master star 4

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    Although the design itself isn't appealing to my tastes, you did an outstanding job there.
     
  10. Sith-Man

    Sith-Man Jedi Master star 4

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    Very nice, I love it. Ahsokas?
     
  11. Robi-Wan

    Robi-Wan Jedi Master star 4

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    Not exactly.

    [image=http://www.diceyjayneproductions.com/DJP%20IMAGES/Light%20Sabers/Ahsoka%20Tano.jpg]


    Great work, Thomas!
     
  12. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    Thanks, however the pic you posted is also not Ahsoka's (great hilt though), the ones below are and are what I used for reference.

    [image=http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/Evil-Henchman/Various%20Pics/Ahsoka2.jpg]
    [image=http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/Evil-Henchman/Various%20Pics/Ahsoka.jpg]
     
  13. Sith-Man

    Sith-Man Jedi Master star 4

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    I was going by what is her page on the good 'ol wookiepidia... Which I'm assuming is the same as in the show...
    [image=http://http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/0/00/Ahsokas_saber_TCWVG.jpg]
    Grant it that it's not 100% exact, but when I see it, I still think "Ahsokas saber"... Well actually no, I thought "cool", but you get the point.
     
  14. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    Partially on topic...

    So... this guy named madcow on the TCSS and FX-Saber forums sold a lightsaber hilt for $2001... $2001.00! He originally had it on ebay and it got up to $1800 there before the auction was yanked by the guy that runs Hyperdyne Labs (or one of his representatives) for an alleged patent infringment on the sound board in said saber. Anywho, the seller contacted the remaining bidders (there were 3) and held a private auction and sold it for $2001. All I can say to madcow is "kudos" and "that's frikkin' awesome (and I'm jealous).

    The saber is absolutely stunning and I think it broke the record for sales price for a non-licensed lightsaber prop.

    Here's the saber...
    [image=http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb98/rpetkau/MHS%20Stuff/IMG_2776-1.jpg]

    ... and here's the link for a video of it in action.
    http://s204.photobucket.com/albums/bb98/rpetkau/MHS%20Stuff/?action=view&current=Ebaydemo.flv
     
  15. fjrsm

    fjrsm Jedi Youngling star 3

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    That saber is soooo coooool!

















    But I wouldn't pay 2001$ for it... :p
     
  16. darkpitaman

    darkpitaman Jedi Youngling

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    Hopefully I'll be using this in my LCC7 entry so look for it.

    Sorry that you had to weather it Tom but it looks great as a mantle piece, like a family heirloom ;)
     
  17. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    I made a saber awhile back that had an Obi-Wan pommel (Saber 22) that I posted pics of here.

    I bought some some Force FX sabers shortly before Christmas that I am gutting for the sound boards and clash sensors.

    Since I still hadn't parted with Saber 22 I felt that this was the next logical step (which I did last night)...

    [image=http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/Evil-Henchman/ARKM%20Saber%20Hilts/Saber22-Pommel-01.jpg]

    [image=http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y237/Evil-Henchman/ARKM%20Saber%20Hilts/Saber22-Pommel-02.jpg]

    I'll post more pics as I progress.
     
  18. DarthAltus

    DarthAltus Jedi Youngling

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    Heres a hilt I just finished designing in Wings3D, two different views of it.

    [image=http://blondepolack.deviantart.com/art/Dual-Saber-View-Two-116665843]

    [image=http://blondepolack.deviantart.com/art/Dual-Saber-View-One-116665682]

    there yah go, so whatdya think?

     
  19. Vidina

    Vidina Jedi Master star 4

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    As weird as this feels to say, I think you should port the model to blender and give it a proper Render. Last I checked, Wings 3d has no render engine.
     
  20. DarthAltus

    DarthAltus Jedi Youngling

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    gah yeah thats my main issue with this thing >.< I havent even worked with Wings for about a year...Never even heard of blender...

    EDIT: Lol nvm I googled it. downloading it as I type...

    EDIT2: I also have absolutley no idea how to work blender...
     
  21. DarthAltus

    DarthAltus Jedi Youngling

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    [image=http://s677.photobucket.com/albums/vv138/AltusWolf/?action=view&current=dualhilt.jpg]

    and that is what I have done so far in blender. I need to texture/render the thing, which I am still trying to figure out how to do.
     
  22. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    Image tags don't work here. Use the Image button this forum provides (when posting) instead.
     
  23. DarthAltus

    DarthAltus Jedi Youngling

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    thats the button I've been pushing...it asks for a URL so I give it one...
     
  24. Evil-Henchman

    Evil-Henchman Jedi Master star 4

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    Hmm, for some reason the [/image] is not being put at the end of the line. I just upgraded to IE7 from IE6 so it could be an IE7 incompatibility with this forum board's software or the forum is having issues at the moment. If you add [/image] to the end of the line it should work... I think.
     
  25. DarthAltus

    DarthAltus Jedi Youngling

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    http://s677.photobucket.com/albums/vv138/AltusWolf/?action=view&current=dualhilt.jpg

    okay if that doesnt work I'm just going to edit it till it does...

    EDIT: I cant get it to work, so I'm leaving it in a link format for now...
     
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