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Lau'Ren's Lightsaber by MagyarEagle Lau'Ren's Lightsaber by MagyarEagle
This is lightsaber belonged at one point to Darth Lau'Ren during the height of the Great Sith Empire. Among the many she would use throughout her lifetime, this piece may have been the first constructed by her own hand. Though better known for her political skill and cunning, Lau'Ren was known as an efficient and capable fighter, having ascended to the throne of one of the largest Sith factions by the age of 26. She was also the lover, and later wife of Darth Drakhen, although it has been speculated by some historians that their marriage was political. Born of Hapan nobility, she witnessed first hand the decimation that the Jedi wrought on the Sith'ri colony world of Tarra Minor. Harboring a deep hatred for the Jedi, she nonetheless was opposed to the expansionist policies favored by Darth Dajihl. She was presumably killed along with Drakhen and the rest of their followers during the battle of Andar towards the end the Sith Civil War, the beginning of which marked the end of the Golden Age of the Sith.
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JaceNebular Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Am I correct in assuming that you were inspired by the Dark Woman's lightsaber?
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
You are correct. The basic design was indeed inspired by her saber.
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djcoincs Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010
exelent my saber rate is a joke lol
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Darkveit Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
very nice
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice job on this, might I inquire on the method for the filigree?
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
It took me several tries to get it right, but ultimately what I did was to use splines, outline the pattern, and then apply a project spline modifier in Cinema 4d. I then did an extrude nurbs on the spline, with everything extrusion setting set to 0, and then turned it into a polygon object, creating a flat outline, on the surface. I then extruded the polygon. The reason for doing this was so that it would extrude equally along the normals, not just a single axis. And then I textured them, using a simple cylindrical (with caps) method of projection. Hope this was helpful. If you want, I could make a tutorial for this method.
Anyways, if you have any questions, or if I wasn't clear somewhere, please feel free to let me know.
Cheers!
B.Szoke

P.S. I love your gallery
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh different method but hey it worked ;) I was thinking you might have used ZBrush, which enable you to sculpt gorgeous detail into something like this ;)
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Nah, that entire piece was pure C4D. :) I might try it next time, but Zbrush would have lacked the precision of tracing a pattern like that, and increased the polycount through the roof lol ;)
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
LOL true the poly count would be slightly higher, but not much if you follow certain steps ;) As far as precision goes you can use the mask tools in ZBrush, and adjust the level of softness to get very precise cuts, like a laser, and when ready to export this now high poly mesh you use a tool called "Decimation Master" and adjust the "poly resolution" ;) It keeps the detail but leaves the poly's behind ;)
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2010
Yeah, but at the time I wasn't nearly as familiar with Zbrush as I am now. Now, I would have probably used the topology tools to get the exact lines I wanted, and only used decimation master on the final step. Masking is always another alternative, as you pointed out. With my current pieces, Zbrush usually, but not always, enters the equation at one point or another. Especially with their UV Master, which has greatly eased the work of UV mapping complex characters. That, and the topology tools, are probably my favorites at this point. I still need to play around with Zspheres, and learn how to use those effectively, lol
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2753Productions Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh yes, well I still use version 2 of ZBrush lol, so some of those things you mentioned don't work with mine ;)
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Krodil Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice render, nice light
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Thank you!
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Krodil Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
u welcome
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silverbeam Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
the color scheme is a little random. But I really do Like the model.
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
I'm glad you liked the model.
I tried several different color schemes, that was the one that simply worked the best. Any suggestions would be more than welcome! :D
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silverbeam Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I would just loose one of the colors, I find a 3 color scheme usually works best.
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2010
Thanks for the input. I will keep that in mind the next time I do a lightsaber.
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ilikbl00d Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
[link] if you look closely, there's a cord that links to an external power supply.
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ilikbl00d Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
If it was during the height of the Great Sith Empire, shouldn't it have a power cord attached an external power pack?
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
This series is set before the comics, and in fact is deliberately set earlier than any canon. If you look at canon, you will see that the galaxy is a technologically static place, and in some cases the the technology actually gets worse, take for example the fact that the tech in Knights of the Old Republic is in some cases far more advanced than any of the movies.
The foundation of the Golden Age is the the idea that cycle of empire and anarchy has happened again and again in the course of civilization. At this point in time, the Korribani are slaves to the Sithri, and after the destruction of their masters begin calling themselves Sith. This is the era of the First Republic, which is the successor to the last Galactic Empire. Lightsabers in this era are advanced in large part due to the force powered technology of the time, and in the nearly 50,000 years between this and the battle of Yavin, tech ebbed and flowed. There will be more from this series coming soon.
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ilikbl00d Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Cool.
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MaraxxusEredexa Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is so very very well made... Win for you.
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Thanks! :D
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Lord-Malachi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Very well done! Great rendering and backstory! :)
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Thank you for the comment, I'm glad that you like the backstory. With intense modifications along the way, its been with me in one way or another since junior high. Maybe someday I'll write out the notes in fanfic form.
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Lord-Malachi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh that would be very interesting :)
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ErickZelaya Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Awesome job, great details and interesting design, has a lot of character
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Thank you! I'm glad you like it :)
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Silverlion Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Very nice. I like the hilt design.
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Thank you, it took a while to get the engravings right, but I was quite happy with the overall result.:D
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Utao Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Student General Artist
Ezek a történetek rajongói találmányok? Ne érts félre, nagyon olvasmányosak és érdekesek, és valójában lényegtelen is, de szeretném tudni, vajon hivatalosak-e. Amúgy a ké.ped megint nagyon tetszik, megható, hogy a régmúlt Sith ereklyéit szinte kézzelfogható közelségbe hozod. Komoly rajongó vagy!
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Koszonom nagyon szepen!
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Raverunner Featured By Owner May 4, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I love the designs and shape, as well as the render of it. All that is very good, though one problem. There is no technology in it. As such an advanced weapon that uses lasers and light, and all that, you would most likely at least need an on/off switch tops. This is supposed to be at least before Luke Skywalker and Darth Vadar, right? Yet this seems 10,000 times more advanced then both of their lightsabers. Everything is sleek and hidden. But like I said, I do love the fantasy earthy vibe it has.
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Lord-Malachi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe she used the force to press an internal button? Just to show off?
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Lord Malachi is right, different lightsabers in this era use different methods of activation. Some, such as this relied on being in the possession of a force sensitive in order to activate.
In my piece Side By Side Lightsabers, you can see a large black crystal in the base of the saber. That was the activation mechanism.
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Lord-Malachi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooo neat :) I like it when I'm right, especially when me being right makes something even more awesome that it already is lol
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kakefat Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
This is really a beautifull model.
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Thank you! :D
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F-e-n-n Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
I like the details. :)
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MagyarEagle Featured By Owner May 4, 2008
Thanks!
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F-e-n-n Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
No problem.
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