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Posted: 26 August 2012 12:15 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hey, guys! Need your help finding a model or if one doesn’t exist to see if any of you modelers have some spare time to make some simple weapon for me smile

I’m rendering character art for a Pathfinder game and the character in question uses an “Aldori Dueling Sword” The description of which is a little vague:

“These slightly curved swords measure just over 3 feet in length”  The mechanics of the weapon indicate that it can be used either 1-handed or 2-handed which in my mind sounds much like a Katana. There are no “official” pictures of the weapon from the game that I have been able to verify, but of conceptual art this one is my favorite: http://i41.tinypic.com/52p9g.jpg

I know with the vast collective knowledge of the render community that someone knows a sword model floating around out there that’s similar lol

Thanks in advance!

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Posted: 26 August 2012 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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violentserenade - 26 August 2012 12:15 PM

Hey, guys! Need your help finding a model or if one doesn’t exist to see if any of you modelers have some spare time to make some simple weapon for me smile

I’m rendering character art for a Pathfinder game and the character in question uses an “Aldori Dueling Sword” The description of which is a little vague:

“These slightly curved swords measure just over 3 feet in length”  The mechanics of the weapon indicate that it can be used either 1-handed or 2-handed which in my mind sounds much like a Katana. There are no “official” pictures of the weapon from the game that I have been able to verify, but of conceptual art this one is my favorite: http://i41.tinypic.com/52p9g.jpg

I know with the vast collective knowledge of the render community that someone knows a sword model floating around out there that’s similar lol

Thanks in advance!

The description does indeed sound like a daito (standard katana), however the artwork you referenced is a single handed blade, based off of a sabre’s design.

There are many katana available, for both purchase and free.  The issue is going to be modeling the custom tsuba and habaki that would be required to match your reference.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 12:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Right. I could easily just use a katana, but that’s so cliche. And a katana already exists within the game system so I’m thinking that the reference is more accurate to the spirit of the weapon a “dueling” sword.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 12:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Currently I’m using an old saber model from back in the day, but being an older model it’s not all that pretty… Or fantasy lol http://imgur.com/9rruA

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Posted: 26 August 2012 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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violentserenade - 26 August 2012 12:32 PM

Currently I’m using an old saber model from back in the day, but being an older model it’s not all that pretty… Or fantasy lol http://imgur.com/9rruA

OK, here are some “real life” specs:

Minimum Handle length for 2 handed use is 7.5 inches, with 9-11 inches most commonly used.
Hardware for blade to handle attachment will take anywhere from 3/8” to 1” depending on ornaments
This leaves 24-28 inches for blade length going by the description.
24 inches is Wakizashi blade length, while 28 is mid-daito range.  So your sword probably would be in the ko-katana to chisa katana sizing arena if using an Eastern style blade reference.

One thing to keep in mind, again from a real-world perspective, is that the blade profile for a 2 handed sword is completely different than a single handed sword.  The stresses put onto the blade from a two-handed cut are significantly different.  A thin blade, like a rapier or foil, would shatter if exposed to the stresses of a dual-handed cut.  Similarly, the weight added to allow a blade to handle these stresses make for a sword that is unsuited for fast thrust-and-parry dueling.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 01:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Something like these gorgeous real sword by Rick Barrett would be cool.

http://pj.b5z.net/i/u/2154998/i/ravensclaw1a.jpg

http://pj.b5z.net/zirw/0/i/u/2154998/i/pdir/1141/i/2-dragonrider1.jpg

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Posted: 26 August 2012 02:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Merlin (Merlin Studios) does some excellent blades both in DAZ store and at Renderosity (mostly historic)

* edit * - almost forgot Valandar’s collection… http://www.daz3d.com/shop/greatswords

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Posted: 26 August 2012 02:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Oh very nice.

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Posted: 26 August 2012 06:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Actually anything like these would be perfect. THey’re from Lineage II http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/9276/2136662650837313a7cdoau8.jpg

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Posted: 30 August 2012 10:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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This freebie might be right up your street…

GAB-HuntersBlade http://www.renderosity.com/mod/freestuff/details.php?item_id=63533

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