For a while now, I've been working on replicating the Mindsword from Hawk the Slayer. It's been my dream to have this sword since I was a kid, and since I will likely never see the original in person, I decided to build it myself.
Here is the Mindsword from the film:
I first got screenshots of the sword and began work on sculpting the pommel. It took a bit of time to study the best screenshots available and stilling the movie itself on my tv to get as close as I could to the original. Unfortunately, the first attempt at making this was a little off scale and had some imperfections so I started a new one.
The second go-around was a lot better, and I got some nuances fixed along with the proper size by how it fit in the hand from studying pictures and screenshots.
I used a wire armature, sculpted around it, hardened it, and then cast it in bronze using the lost wax method. I went to the river and got a river stone to fit nicely in the hand.
Here is the finished pommel:
I've got the aluminum blade cut out and am just waiting for the other parts to all come together. I am currently working on the guard. As for the hilt, I sculpted it, stamped it with the various symbols I was able to gather from screenshots, and then it broke on me, so I have to start all over with that, which is a pain given all the stamping from scratch and measured placement on the hilt that I had done.
I'll post updates as I have them done. Hopefully there's a few people out there that find this project interesting!