Vincent's Hall of Blades Jun 1, 2014 4:23:19 GMT
Post by Vincent Dolan on Jun 1, 2014 4:23:19 GMT
Overall Length: 35 13/16"
Blade Length: 30"
Blade Width: 2 1/4" @ base; 1 3/8" @ profile taper (3" from tip); 7/8" @ 1" from tip
Grip Length: 3 3/4"
Guard Width: 3"
Pommel Dimensions: 1 9/16"L x 2 1/2"W
Funny story: this is the Type X blade I was originally planning on using for my Sword of Tesni redesign, but since it would have basically just been the Albion Reeve with a curved guard, I went the direction I did and I'm glad; the finished design fits the character better in my mind's eye. Anyways, if I render something for a specific design, but for whatever reason, it doesn't fit the sword, I don't just delete it. Instead, I save it in a separate file with the rest of the unused fittings and blades that didn't work with whatever design I was doing at the moment.
I call this sword the Pearce after Michael "Tinker" Pearce because, for one, the man makes amazing swords, and for two, when I finished the base colors, I noticed that the general lines of the sword were reminiscent of the Hanwei/Tinker Pearce Viking. The hilt is a Petersen Type V in blackened steel with lacquered indigo diamonds the guard and roughly half the pommel. Outside of what I consider exceptional designs, I rarely go beyond the most basic of scabbards for swords unrelated to my novels; well, I considered this one exceptional enough to go beyond basic and, overall, I think it turned out quite nicely. I'm especially pleased with how the hilt came out.
Overall Length: 36"
Blade Length: 30"
Blade Width: 2 7/8" @ base; 2 3/8" @ profile taper (7" from tip); 5/8" @ 1" from tip
Grip Length: 3 3/4"
Guard Width: 3 1/2"
Pommel Dimensions: 1 3/4"L x 2 3/8"W
Here's an interesting little blade I designed back in February 2012, though perhaps "little" isn't exactly the best word to describe this beast. The blade is, both visually and proportionally, based on an antique quadara I found on Oriental-Art some years back. While the size was impressive, what struck me the most was the configuration of the fullers. They are, quite simply, very unique. They were also, equally simply, a pain in the ass to reproduce. Still, they came out excellently, particularly the outer pair. Rather than just recreating the whole thing as is, I decided to rehilt it with a viking style hilt; specifically, a Petersen Type H in bronze. Most of you will probably recognize this as the hilt style on Albion's Hersir model, though mine lacks the simple wire decoration of the Hersir. Rather, the charm on the grip is a throw back to the original sword this design was based upon, which had something similar, in silver, on its grip.
Overall Length: 40 3/8"
Blade Length: 31"
Blade Width: 2 1/4" @ base; 1 1/2" @ profile taper (2 3/8" from tip); 1" @ 1" from tip
Grip Length: 7 1/2"
Guard Width: 4"
Pommel Dimensions: 1 5/16"L x 2 3/8"W
Despite its more humble appearance compared to the previous two, this design actually has a rather interesting history that I only touched on in the original description when I posted it in January 2013. At the time, the Tilanzians from my novel, Dragon Fall, were going by the name "Order of the Broken Blade" and they were originally going to wield a two-handed sword that had a long (for the setting) blade that had been forged with the top 1/3 of the blade missing as an homage to the original broken sword that was used to form their order. That would have been this sword, a two-handed viking-style sword with a Petersen Type X (Earlier) hilt and a Geibig Style 2 blade. Due to how ridiculous the sword looked with the last third of the blade missing, I scrapped the idea, but saved the blade into my unused fittings file, where it languished for some time until I remembered that I wanted to do a two-handed viking sword with that hilt configuration and finally got around to doing it.