Like this sword without a cloud
Like this blade, pure and true
We shall become swordsmen, strong of heart!
Omg, it's done! I'm just so friggen happy with how this blade turned out!
While part of me wanted to keep this future cosplay a secret (at least on here), I cannot resist the urge to post up how this sword looked once done. So, here it is! The major prop for my Grandia 2 Ryudo cosplay! It's modelled after the sword he has in the various artworks and cut-scenes of the game (since, actually, he uses a different "normal" blade when in battles in the game...then of course he gets an awesome God-slaying sword that I was definitely not gonna make...).
So, overall, this was a rather easy sword to create. It's all made with poplar wood as the core, covered with some layers of balsa wood to give the blade its dimensions. While it crossed my mind (a while into making the blade) that I could have just painted all the detailing onto the blade and keep it flat, that would hardly have produced the look I wanted. Plus where would the fun be in making that?
The filing down of the balsa wood into the desired shape definitely took the longest. It left me sneezing and coughing for a bit from all the dust that was made xD The runes were a bit tricky to cut out, and even harder to get as smooth on the inside of the edges as I would have liked. The balsa wood even cracked a couple times while working on the runes...which didn't surprise me at all. After all the parts were in place, I primed the blade with gesso I had. But since that didn't get the look I wanted over the balsa wood, I ended up putting a very thin coat of wood filler over that to get it as smooth as possible. Much sanding down at this point.
Then I finally started to coat it with silver spray paint. 3 coats, with sanding down and patching up more areas with wood filler in between to get it as smooth as I could. At some point, I just have to get myself to stop once I get to this stage, 'cause it could seriously go on foreeeeeeever. So once the base silver paint was on, I added a very thin layer of black wood paint that I still have lying around so that it wasn't so friggen shiny. Wanted it to look a bit more like it had been used for a few years or something. I also made the areas I had cut out darker so they would stand out more in photos. Then I painted that area up by the hilt blue with acrylic paints. To finish off the blade, I cut some red fabric I had that happened to be the PERFECT shade of red for the job. It was wrapped around the handle tightly, using wood glue, actually, to keep it all in place. I haven't added anything on top, but if it starts to degrade or something, I'll probably coat it with something that'll dry clear so that it will stay nice.
This is the fifth cosplay sword I've made, and may probably be my favourite. Though I love my Noctis sword, it's a really close call with this one since this is easier to carry and maneuver with. Not to mention, it is probably the sturdiest and strongest of the blades I've made. Though I definitely won't be actually testing
that, there are no weak/flimsy parts like in my other swords.
I only took one “process” shot while working on this sword because it felt so simple to build that I did not document the creation (and that was after much of the difficult stuff was done). As such, I won't be posting a making of this sword here. But, if anyone has any questions about this sword, or any of my other swords, or just sword-making in general, ask away (in a comment or pm) and I shall do my best to answer
This will also be the only making-of shot for my Ryudo cosplay that I'll be posting on here. Everything else...you'll just have to wait and see when it's all done.Time to Complete:
Technically started it in the summer of 2010, and finished in the summer of 2011, but much of that time was with the blade lying on my table, waiting to be worked on. So I believe this could have been completed in a month, easily.Total Length:
52" The blade part takes up 38 1/2"Width:
4" for the blade, 12 1/2" for the sword guard.Weight:
About 2 lbs?
I just love this sword and cannot wait till I finish all of my cosplay and get to take shots with it!
Don't suppose there's anyone that lives between Hamilton and Toronto, or at least attends Anime North, that would like to join me in cosplaying characters from Grandia, huh?
For some future year...no idea when I'll be done.
(Everything crafted by me.)