In honor of the restoration of the site domain, I'm going to post a thread about my most recent build, my Legend of Zelda Master Sword, modelled after what I thought the Master Sword ought to look like. This sword is based on two different representations of the Master Sword, or the "True Master Sword," whichever term you prefer - the sword from Twilight Princess, where most of the structure is based on, and the sword from Skyward Sword, which is how I chose the paint scheme for the gold accents.
The Master Sword has always been a bit special to me because of the history I've had with the games. From playing Ocarina of Time at a friend's house to duking it out with my buddies on Super Smash Bros, I've always loved the look of the sword and the story behind it. To avoid spoilers, all I'll say is that the Master Sword has always played a central role in the modern Legend of Zelda games, and in the play-style of the game's protagonist Link - who has gone on to become one of the most recognizable video game characters ever, and has been featured in many other, out-of-universe games, including the SoulCalibur series and the Super Smash Brothers series.
Anyway, on to the actual build. I've recently built up a hilt from scratch in my garage, and that was a very, very difficult project for me to do. Since I'm in school, and don't have a great deal of time on my hands, I chose instead to purchase a cheapo replica of the sword from an online retailer. When I got it (it cost me about $60), I was a little surprised by how good the quality of the hilt was. Generally, it's a bad idea to get cheap swords, but since I was going after this with a rattlecan, I didn't want to mess up a sword on the caliber of a UC replica. In any case, I was presently surprised with what I received.
I took no photos of my own, unfortunately, but busted out the paint immediately. Here is a stock photo of what I ordered:
Not a bad replica, right? Just needed a repaint - especially those "gold accents," which were dabbed on yellow paint that looked awful.
Anyway, three hours later:
It turned out pretty well, I think. The blade's mediocre, with a blunt tip:
But it's really wide: probably two and a half inches below the ricasso, and it's all steel. It's poorly ground, and the blade is fairly patchy, but when I get time to polish it properly, it'll be a bit nicer. The blade does have this detail, though:
And now on to the hilt.
This paint, is, believe it or not, Ace Hardware purple gloss. That's it. Cheapo paint for a cheapo sword, but it turned out pretty well, considering I'm awful at painting anything at all.
The detail is hand painted gold (model paint), and the rubies are just plastic gems. They look pretty good up close, though. I chose to retain the black grip from Twilight Princess, as I think the purple and green layered grip of Skyward sword looks silly. However, I ignored Twilight Princess' gold accents on the blade, and stuck closer to the Skyward Sword version for the detail work.
You can see the paint is quite glossy. It's not quite believable as metal - it is, after all, purple - but it shines like it should.
So, overall, I'm pretty darn pleased with this hilt once I did some detail work to it. There really aren't any good Master Sword replicas available, but this one had the detail I was looking for, and was a nice looking sword to begin with. I just had to make it the right color. Most of the hilt is steel; the grip and the wings are plastic, but everything else is steel - including the rat tail tang.
So, tell me what you think! Pardon the not so great photos, I didn't clean my camera lens properly.
Thanks for looking, folks.