Old Republic Dev Builds Another Stunning Lightsaber

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[i]Old Republic[/I] Dev Builds Another Stunning Lightsaber

Bradley W. Lewis uses his Jedi powers to put together a gorgeous new model at breakneck speeds.

Lewis, the senior visual effects artists for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and the man who built a lightsaber so good that Mark Hamill felt compelled to autograph it twice, is back with another replica, this time of Luke Skywalker's saber from Return of the Jedi.

This new saber represented a number of new challenges for Lewis, as the handle is much narrower than the previous models he's built, so it was much harder to fit everything in. Not only that, but the crystal chamber is spring loaded, and getting that mechanism to fit - and still work - presented its own difficulties. Finally, as the icing on an already tricky cake he used a new technique to build the blade, which he hoped would be much brighter than he previous efforts.

As well as lighting up, the saber also makes the appropriate lightsaber sounds - including that low "whummm" noise when you move the saber around. The build took Lewis just under two months, which is half the time he normally takes. This saber was built to a strict deadline however, and had to be done by Christmas. He doesn't say why he had to push himself so hard, but just knowing the speed with which it went together makes it all the more impressive. There are still a few finishing touches to do, but the saber is effectively complete.

If you want to read a very detailed account of how the saber went together, including dozens of photos showing the entire build process, you can find them on Lewis's blog. It makes for fascinating reading, whether you're a Star Wars fan, or just like seeing things being made.

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As Darth Vader would say himself: "Impressive..."

I really, really want one.
I still remember dueling with colored balloons, reenacting the fight between Vader and Obi-Wan, after I first say A New Hope so many years ago. Maybe when I have the time and resources I'll build one myself.

But mine will actually cut stuff.

That's really cool, I wanna build one as well!
And he probably wanted to give it to someone as an X-mas present.

o that is so damn nice! love the fact he spends so much time on Details that most of the time won't even be seen. He must really like pulling the sabers a part to show ppl the innards XD

This is damn brilliant. Can it cut through Titanium yet or what?!

What can i say but WANT!

Of course now the next step is to make it actually slice shit up xD

Logan Westbrook:
Bradley W. Lewis uses his Jedi power together a gorgeous new model at breakneck speeds.

You'd think that out of all the eager young applicants for this position, one of them could write a complete sentence for their pull-quote. This is getting more and more common here, and as a publisher club member, I'm starting to take it pretty personal. I don't like paying to support another person's illiteracy.

Is our Escapists learning?

UPDATE: Thank you. My eyes can uncross now.

I'm just waiting for the Darth Maul one...

I WANT ONE!
It'd be so cool, ten years from now, if I had swords and axes and all the medieval stuff hanging up in my house, and a god damn LIGHTSABER!

....Awesome. I want one really badly...

Gah...If i only had the skill to make one myself.

I am probably going to be legally required to stay away from those.

Can I buy this...or steal it...OR use the force to steal it O.o

cairocat:
Of course now the next step is to make it actually slice shit up xD

Soon. Soon it will be possible.

I really want one of these. Even if you don't like Star Wars at all you all have to admit that a lightsaber is the coolest weapon ever imagined.

GeorgW:
That's really cool, I wanna build one as well!
And he probably wanted to give it to someone as an X-mas present.

Or to taunt people after christmas at a new years eve party. He would have the most powerful glowstick at a rave.

SaintWaldo:

Logan Westbrook:
Bradley W. Lewis uses his Jedi power together a gorgeous new model at breakneck speeds.

You'd think that out of all the eager young applicants for this position, one of them could write a complete sentence for their pull-quote. This is getting more and more common here, and as a publisher club member, I'm starting to take it pretty personal. I don't like paying to support another person's illiteracy.

Is our Escapists learning?

I'll just quote this and let you re-read your own post. I'm curious if you can spot all your own mistakes before you condescend.

manythings:

SaintWaldo:

Logan Westbrook:
Bradley W. Lewis uses his Jedi power together a gorgeous new model at breakneck speeds.

You'd think that out of all the eager young applicants for this position, one of them could write a complete sentence for their pull-quote. This is getting more and more common here, and as a publisher club member, I'm starting to take it pretty personal. I don't like paying to support another person's illiteracy.

Is our Escapists learning?

I'll just quote this and let you re-read your own post. I'm curious if you can spot all your own mistakes before you condescend.

Actually, no, you should really point them out, since you're obviously so smart.

And, by the way, that's not condescension; it's derision.

I still don't get it. Is the light coming out of an actual ray? Am I correct to understand that there is no light bulb involved in all this?

All the usual, market stuff, usually have light bulbs, which kinda defeats the whole purpose and point. I saw the crystal and everything, but there is no video of the thing and it's hard to tell from the pictures which show it either on or off...

He used an led chain for the blade, and leds all over to get the crystal to light and the button handles. Go to his blog it goes into pretty good detail the hows and the whats of what he did at each step. Granted i think this is way beyond alot of people workshop skills, but i know some people out there will be ordering parts like tomorrow, to try and make this.

And really i think it is the most kick ass lightsaber i have ever seen the amount of detail and work he puts into them is amazing. no wonder hamill autographed them. most places you can buy machiened one that cost a few 100 bucks are not near that level of omg quality.

He's a visual effects artist, so basically a professional image creator... can you prove me that this awesome display of nerddom isn't photoshop?
Like... send it to me so I can have a closer look? Please?

I'm going to the London Comic-Con in a few months. I need a crack team of thieves as soon as possible!

You know, ironically his creation is probably better than the props actually used in the movies. Simply going by the movie props I've seen at places like The Smithsonian. Toy phasors and collector models being a lot better than the ones actually used in the original Star Trek series.

I could be wrong about that mind you, but the thought does cross my mind.

On top of that I remember reading about how when they did FX for the first Star Wars movie (even if this is the RotJ version) they scraped for some of the stuff, and apparently the surface of the death star was constructed using tons of pieces from battleship model kits and so on. :)

Wait, the Joker felt compelled to autograph a Lightsaber prop twice because of how awesome it is?

That's both confusing and awesome.

Most impressive...

Therumancer:
You know, ironically his creation is probably better than the props actually used in the movies. Simply going by the movie props I've seen at places like The Smithsonian. Toy phasors and collector models being a lot better than the ones actually used in the original Star Trek series.

I could be wrong about that mind you, but the thought does cross my mind.

Considering were in 2010 and the movies were made several, several years ago, that the art of prop making has improved should come as no surprise, I think.

This is the kind of thing that gets people chomping at the bit for remakes, but if episode 1-3 are any indication ... maybe its a good idea they're not going to do that :P

-Anti Flame Shield ON-

He can have something to do should this game bomb...

I can see the shock and horror now how this is...the WoW Killer...and I doubt that as its sold as an MMO but Ive hardly seen any MMO beyond PVP BGs...

Yeah a wookie is cool...if its some guy from NY who works as bouncer at a nightclub...not an NPC!

very nice. Its cool that his site shows how he built it.

SomethingAmazing:
Wait, the Joker felt compelled to autograph a Lightsaber prop twice because of how awesome it is?

That's both confusing and awesome.

Before he was the Joker, he was Luke Skywalker. It's not so confusing.

I will not be satisfied by this until all human wars are fought with lightsabers instead of guns (which includes the fucking laser guns, they are useless against lightsabers).

..However, it still is pretty fucking awesome, nonetheless.

SaintWaldo:

manythings:
[quote="SaintWaldo" post="7.254597.9509086"]Is our Escapists learning?

Actually, no, you should really point them out, ...

there's one.

OT: pretty awesomely made, someone who knows how to make games, can draw and knows how to work metal? I am impressed at effort that went into being creative.

Caiti Voltaire:

This is the kind of thing that gets people chomping at the bit for remakes, but if episode 1-3 are any indication ...

They'll be awesome? I agree.

I want one of those, and I don't even like Star Wars.

Rationalization:

They'll be awesome? I agree.

That is certainly one word for it.

Serris:

SaintWaldo:

manythings:
[quote="SaintWaldo" post="7.254597.9509086"]Is our Escapists learning?

Actually, no, you should really point them out, ...

there's one.

OT: pretty awesomely made, someone who knows how to make games, can draw and knows how to work metal? I am impressed at effort that went into being creative.

Would you like five cents to purchase either a sense of humor or historical context? That is a paraphrase of a famous misnomer by George W. Bush. That's called, "a joke". It makes the whole point. Thinking that is an actual mistake and not on purpose proves, at the very least, you aren't very good at correcting people.

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