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Steampunk Lightsaber *now complete, not for 56k*

Postby CaptainChewbacca » 2006-10-20 01:19pm

A friend of mine makes movie props as a hobby, and I'm his "idea man" for inspiration. One we've been kicking around for a while is a 'steampunk' lightsaber, in the vien of the SW Jedi the found near Nal Hutta in Dark Empire.

Today my friend emailed me a concept sketch:

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I think it looks pretty sweet, and would like to hear what y'all think. BTW, this is the same guy who did my "viking" saber found in my sig.
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Postby Einhander Sn0m4n » 2006-10-20 01:24pm

I think it's awesome, even if I hate Adobe Illustrator with a passion. :P
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Postby salm » 2006-10-20 01:26pm

Haha, a steampunk lightsabre. That kicks ass. :lol:
I´d love to see some rivets.

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Postby Gil Hamilton » 2006-10-20 02:12pm

As a lover of steampunk, that rocks my pants. Thank you, Chewie. :)
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Postby Einhander Sn0m4n » 2006-10-20 02:52pm

Gil Hamilton wrote:As a lover of steampunk, that rocks my pants. Thank you, Chewie. :)

Oh definitely. My pants are suddenly tighter too. :lol:

I'd love to see it 3d- or physically modeled.
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Postby CaptainChewbacca » 2006-10-20 02:53pm

I don't know about 3D rendering, but he's gonna BUILD it :-p
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Postby Einhander Sn0m4n » 2006-10-20 02:58pm

CaptainChewbacca wrote:I don't know about 3D rendering, but he's gonna BUILD it :-p

Einhander Sn0m4n wrote:or physically modeled.

Hawt!
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Postby CaptainChewbacca » 2006-11-01 02:07am

New draft based on some collaborative discussions I had with my friend:

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The thought was to replace the mesh with a sort of lantern design, with brass piping between the panes and on the anchor collars.
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Postby Ford Prefect » 2006-11-01 03:11am

I'm just saying, when this is made it will basically be the most ultimate thing ever.
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Postby CaptainChewbacca » 2006-11-01 03:14am

Ford Prefect wrote:I'm just saying, when this is made it will basically be the most ultimate thing ever.


I think it is going to be a christmas present for my brother. And no, you can't be my brother. ;)
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Postby Vympel » 2006-11-01 03:39am

Nice, but where're the buttons?
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Postby Ford Prefect » 2006-11-01 03:40am

CaptainChewbacca wrote:I think it is going to be a christmas present for my brother. And no, you can't be my brother. ;)


Dammit Chewie! :D
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Postby Utah Jak » 2006-11-01 04:52am

Steampunk Lightsaber?! That is fucking awesome. :shock:

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Postby Dalton » 2006-11-01 10:47am

Vympel wrote:Nice, but where're the buttons?

Buttons? Wouldn't valves be more appropriate?
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Postby CaptainChewbacca » 2006-11-01 11:08am

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Vympel wrote:Nice, but where're the buttons?

Buttons? Wouldn't valves be more appropriate?


Valves would be hard to do. I'm going to ask him to do a slider and some sort of dial which connect to the core through the gaps in the lower rings, sort of like an afterthought.
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Postby Vanas » 2006-11-01 11:40am

Very nice looking deisgn. Still, lt needs to at least emit steam from somewhere...
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Postby Rye » 2006-11-01 12:40pm

A cool clockwork mechanism would be good, too. Like just have a few bits with turning rods on or that turn the crystal bit or something.
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Postby salm » 2006-11-01 07:34pm

The first version looks cooler. The asymetric part doesn´t fit the steam punk theme.

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Postby CaptainChewbacca » 2006-11-01 08:00pm

salm wrote:The first version looks cooler. The asymetric part doesn´t fit the steam punk theme.


Which asymmetric part? The lantern is hexagonal. Also, steampunk is usually full of asymmetry.
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Postby salm » 2006-11-01 08:13pm

I mean the thing on the top. Looks more modern than steampunkish to me.

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Postby CaptainChewbacca » 2006-11-01 08:32pm

salm wrote:I mean the thing on the top. Looks more modern than steampunkish to me.


Oh, the emitter disk? Well, its gonna be steel-and-brass, so that'll give it a bit of a look. The main inspiration for this saber is the steampunk-ish world from Dark Empire, which among other things featured a lightning-gun and a steam-powered starship. Its going to look somewhat modern by function of the fact that its a lightsaber. If you follow the link in my sig, you'll see a viking-style saber which combines old look and 'high tech'.
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Postby CaptainChewbacca » 2006-11-02 03:34am

Update: I talked to the guy on email, and he can have it done by the end of the month for $60-75 (mostly for parts). He loves to make these, but he can't keep them all or he'd run out of room to live, so I guess I'm just blessed to have a friend who shares my passions and interests.
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Postby Spanky The Dolphin » 2006-11-02 03:47am

I'd ditch the lantern, personally. It makes it look way too delicate and empty. The cooling jacket worked better, visually.

Really, I think it turns an interesting design into looking like crap.
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Postby Winston Blake » 2006-11-02 08:36am

CaptainChewbacca wrote:
Dalton wrote:
Vympel wrote:Nice, but where're the buttons?

Buttons? Wouldn't valves be more appropriate?

Valves would be hard to do. I'm going to ask him to do a slider and some sort of dial which connect to the core through the gaps in the lower rings, sort of like an afterthought.

Maybe a tiny knife switch?
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Postby CaptainChewbacca » 2006-11-02 12:17pm

Ok, here's the 'nearly finished' design:

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Its got a slider w/fabric-covered wires, and an old-style radio knob. I admit, I can't decide if I like the style-points of the lantern or the badassitude of the cooling jacket in the first sketch. Thoughts? Votes?
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