Clive owens excalibur... finished and ready for killen stuff

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  1. irishamericanlad

    irishamericanlad Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    ever since i saw that movie i wanted this sword.. it was an idealized mix of 2 nations, and it is a beautiful sword. i did a alot of searching and searching for the original but nadda. so i decided to take matters into my own hand. i started scultping it myself but realized early that my talents were lacking for this particular cause so i sought out a good friend who took the job. I have been producing Jose De Braga's swords for a while and he was very interested in taking on this sword. we went back and forth with drawings until we agreed on this one. of course its not screen perfect but i think it is a great representation of it... we drew it up with conans atlantean sword sizes in mind, not huge but still very useable. i have David blue of savage swords doing the blade, hes going to etch the runes on it..
    anyway heres the start of one of the cooles things ive been apart of...
    the guard and pommell will be bronze but i am not sure on the handle.. maybe a mother of pearl resin... any ideas?
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  2. JediJayne

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    Re: Clive owens excalibur... my personal favorite

    Looks like a great start, can't wait to see it finished!
     
  3. xena10ares

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    Looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!
     
  4. anton the swede

    anton the swede Well-Known Member

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    Droool Very nice indeed will look forward to seeing this completed:)
     
  5. irishamericanlad

    irishamericanlad Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    yah im super excited... i will make sure the molding and bronze work is pictured for everyone...
     
  6. Ash

    Ash Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Good start. That excalibur reminds me of Conan's sword. I've always favored Sean Connery's excalibur from First Knight. But I'll be following along to see your progress on this one.

    -ash
     
  7. Chris Fields

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    Very cool, I know you've been working on this for quite a while!
     
  8. irishamericanlad

    irishamericanlad Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    i have been lol and i think a cast is headed to you if i recall
     
  9. DavidS

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    it looks like the grip itself is bronze in the film!

    whew! thats gonna be a heavy one!
    maybe some bronze colored resin?
     
  10. irishamericanlad

    irishamericanlad Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    i could do it the same way i do the kurgan helmets.. bronze powder... it would look like metal parts but be suuuper light...
    the film sword was a one piece deal.. maybe fiberglass or rubber..
     
  11. Apollo

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    Man you are just cranking out some beautiful pieces lately.

    Looking forward to seeing this done!
     
  12. reaper63

    reaper63 Sr Member

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    that is an amazing sword, very nicely done!!!
     
  13. Guri

    Guri Sr Member

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    Gorgeous work... I can't wait to see more!
     
  14. Ronan87

    Ronan87 Sr Member

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    Love that one :)

    You guys can have the sword, i'll take the girl :D
     
  15. theobeau

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    Impressive recreation of Owen's Excalibur. Will keep and eye on this thread to see how it turns out.

    I also really enjoyed the movie for its (novel for the cinema) Romano-British take on the Arthur story. Similar in some way to Bernard Cornwell's Warlord Chronicles.
     
  16. Stormgirl

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    "You guys can have the sword, i'll take the girl "

    lol
     
  17. L0cKe

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    That hilt looks amazing! Can't wait to see the finished product.
     
  18. Darth Brass

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    I wish there were a way to create these in resin or something similar to make just wall-hangers.

    Absolutely gorgeous work.
     
  19. hydin

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    Lapis Lazuli sphere for the pommel would be pretty awesome.

    Dude, that's amazing engraving work. Can't wait to see how this one turns out!
    Chris
     
  20. irishamericanlad

    irishamericanlad Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  21. Alan Castillo

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    is an astonishing work of art :eek
     
  22. irishamericanlad

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    Yah Jose has a talent no doubt..
    i am setting up the molds this week, ill take some pictures of the molds in progress :)
     
  23. irishamericanlad

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    i am having some discussion on the markings on the blade, it was pointed out by another member that the weapons armor, Tommy Dunn, was quoted saying “The blade bears an inscription, written in Ogham, an ancient form of Celtic lettering that says: ‘Defender of the Land.’
    however i did alot research and the markings appear, to me, to be more runes then ogham in nature...

    any thoughts? anyone know more than most about runes and ogham?

    i did send a few emails out to Dunn and also the Arthur historian that was used for the film.. lets see what they say
     
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  24. Guri

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    I hope you do get a response and can resolve it! That would be so cool if they did put the effort into making the inscription and let you know! People that put that kind of work into making the props accurate have got to get a kick out of the costumers interested in it. :)
     
  25. youngpaddy1

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    On the Ogham front unless there is a definite corner or sharp edge instead of the blood groove on the other side of the blade I don't see how they could have put any legible words on there.

    p.s. you added an extra unnecessary 'i' in the last rune set you've made the word sound like Keying.
     
  26. irishamericanlad

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    woohoo i got an email from John Matthews, a forerunner in arthurian lore and Celtic history, he served on teh film as a historian. he said they made 2 swords, one for film and one for pictures. the one in teh pictures was the first one and had runes, John said he told them that to make it more realistic they should use ogham and he wrote out the correct sentence, they then redid it and made it correct. so thats a great story and even though the runes would make a better look, im going with the ogham language...

    to be continued..
     
  27. irishamericanlad

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    and BAAM here it is.. what should go on teh blade... it will go on blade starting at the guard and reading up toward the tip of the blade...
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  28. Stormgirl

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    Cant wait to see this finished Irish!
     
  29. irishamericanlad

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    huuge update!
    i got oll the parts molded, i did a resin test and they came out fantastic! i took some advice from savage swords... i had to clean out the tang slot and actually cast the guard with the tang blank inside it, then tapped it right out. anyway heres some pictures of the resin handle put together, painted and weathered...
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  30. Kevin Gossett

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    Excellent!
     
  31. Judge Spartan

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    OMG!!! I'm speechless....
     
  32. EyeofSauron

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    i might have missed it but whatis the green stuff you used for carving the model?
     
  33. irishamericanlad

    irishamericanlad Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    thanks for the kind words guys... and De Braga used hard green carving wax... i actually used a 2 inch belt sander to grind out the tang slot, thats how solid it is...

    it will be in bronze hopefully soon... it will be beautiful...
     
  34. irishamericanlad

    irishamericanlad Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    i know i mentioned thos before but i wanted to get an idea of what the sword would look like with bronze fittings but with an ivory (esque) handle...
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  35. Stormgirl

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    Beautiful Irish!
     
  36. Tim9d9

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    Absolutely killer work, Irish!!! I've loved this sword since I saw the film, it's a stunning piece of work. KUDOS!! Really looking forward to that bronze!
     
  37. Contec

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    I never understood how the smiths in old times was able to make such detailed work on jewelry or swords. They can't have had wax at those times could they?
     
  38. Yellowjacket

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    Fantastic craftsmanship. You've captured the original design beautifully.
     
  39. smoothrat

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    Actually, lost-wax casting has been around for thousands of years: Lost-wax casting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
  40. irishamericanlad

    irishamericanlad Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    ok ok ok heres anoter update :)
    got the guard and pommell in wax :) the red wax is a bit longer lasting melted wax that i melt into the mold first to get all the details.. then backfill the mold with the green wax...


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  41. Chris Fields

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    Good question. Smiths used a variety of techniques through the ages to do all sorts of works most people would never think possible.

    Here is a great modern smith who uses many traditional techniques to make beautiful swords.

    TEMPL: Weapons - antiquity and early middle age

    I make swords as well, but usually do not go into the detail that Patrick Barta does.
     
  42. Chris Fields

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    looking good man!
     
  43. tahenytouchup

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    wow....brilliant work!!!
     
  44. irishamericanlad

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    thanks guys.. im plugging along with it :)
     
  45. anton the swede

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    Looks great irish

    I was looking at the extra material and the propmaker said that the sword had the writing defender of the land runnign down the blade
     
  46. darkchylde80

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    You sir are a master! That is stunning :)
     
  47. Stormgirl

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    How is it coming along Irish?
     
  48. irishamericanlad

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    ok heres an update , i finally got it poured in silicon bronze and started to clean it up...i havnt figured out what i will do with the handle yet but here it is in all its glory :)
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  49. Yellowjacket

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    Just. Wow.
     
  50. Stormgirl

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    Whistlessssssssssssss lol nice my friend.
     

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