Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Master Sword build

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Jm419, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Jm419

    Jm419 Sr Member

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    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.

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    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:

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    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:

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    It turned out pretty well, I think. The blade's mediocre, with a blunt tip:

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    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:

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    And now on to the hilt.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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. :)

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    So, tell me what you think! Pardon the not so great photos, I didn't clean my camera lens properly. :behave

    Thanks for looking, folks.
     
  2. Jm419

    Jm419 Sr Member

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    No Zelda fans here?
     
  3. Talisen

    Talisen Sr Member

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    Looks great! I've seen that sword around at convention dealers and didn't like the hilt colour. But yours looks quite a bit better, mind you if I do something like this, I might lean more towards blue, more than purple, but thats a personal choice.

    Nice work.
     
  4. MooMooEgg

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    I wanted to do the same thing you just did. That cheap one is relatively accurate, and your paint job is great.

    I never liked the purple on the hilt, and never understood why Nintendo moved away from OoT blue. If I did dod a similar repaint, I'd want to either use some kind of prismatic purple paint to make it look ethereal or a metallic blue.
     
  5. NintendoLiam

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    Looks nice!
    A great prop to have
    Personally im inclided to prefer the classical blue as it matches the shield and the whole world more,
    But this looks great! :)
     
  6. Jm419

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    Yeah, it's a bit too purple for my tastes as well, I was hoping for more of a purplish-blue finish. Still, it's a cheap finish for a cheap sword, and I think it came out all right, anyway.
     
  7. NintendoLiam

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    The pics are not all that great quality colour wise, (It proberly looks better in real life =3)
    It looks kinda purple blue,
    It should look good enough as you said for the pupose
    Much more accurate anyway!
    The hilt looks great by the way , the handle wrap looks more defined
     
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  8. Jm419

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    I was just thinking I ought to snap some better photos. I'll do that when I get home this evening.

    The color's pretty spot on in the photos, but sharper images won't hurt. :)
     
  9. Owens8176

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    Nice I Like it! Partial to blue but this is awesome!
     
  10. Jm419

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    Actually, I'm gonna try and get a better shot of the purple. Two Zelda experts told me today it's just about right on.
     
  11. thehalfboy

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    That looks really impressive. I've always been a little disappointed with the Master Sword. The blue/purple just looks so out of place for a weapon. I always wanted to make a more realistic Link outfit. I was thinking something along the lines of a Ranger costume for sneaking through forests, with a separate outfit that was more armour based for battling through dungeons.
     
  12. Coop

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    I like it a lot. Excellent make-over!
     
  13. deadbolt

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    Nice paint job! Now it looks like a master sword. :love


    -Carson
     
  14. MechMechanic

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    I think it looks great, now what are you waiting for man... go defeat Ganon!
     
  15. Nintendophile

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    Really awesome paint job! Nice and clean. The purple you chose looks nice, but I agree with previous posters that I, myself, would lean more towards blue. I feel that the blue in the shield should be the blue of the sword, so they match nicely. Again, just as a personal choice.

    It's nice to know that the replica you bought can be made much more authentic-looking just by repainting it! ^_^
     
  16. NintendoLiam

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    Just a thought, Mabey you could buy a big block of crafting foam,
    And then Carve it up to make it look like the pedestal from the Temple Of Time
    Would make for a cool display!
     
  17. Nintendophile

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    That's too cool of an idea NOT to do! Even if you don't use it as a display stand, it'd definitely make for some awesome pictures!!!
     
  18. MitasTouch

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    Aren't you going to paint the green crosses around the handle?
     
  19. Jm419

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    Wow, look at all these comments. :D

    That'd be cool to see. Be sure to post a thread if you ever get around to doing it!

    Thanks, guys. The compliments mean a lot.

    LOL, yeah. Booking my trip to Hyrule right now.

    Yeah, the sword really did turn out a lot better when the paint was applied. Overall, it just looks more like the late ingame versions, and I like how it worked out. It's a pretty simple project, to be honest.

    Actually, I don't think crafting foam would work out too well; the sword is quite heavy. I was, however, considering making a wooden mold and pouring one out of cement. What do you guys think?

    Nope. I think the purple and green clash horribly, so I'm going to keep the black grip - which is more like the Twilight Princess version than the Skyward Sword, but hey - I'll make it the way I think it should be. The gem ain't red ingame, either, but I think it looks better this way. :lol
     
  20. NintendoLiam

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    The cerment would work just as well if not better!
    Did not suggest as some people seem to not want to make anything out of real materials :D
    If you have the means that would be epic,
    Just make sure to line the sword slot
     
  21. Jm419

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    No kidding, lol.

    The crafting foam would be an issue, as the sword would want to tip. ;)
     
  22. NintendoLiam

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    crafting foam would need slots cut in the bottom for weights ,
    Do able but possibley more hassle than concrete which already has the correct finish ^^
     
  23. Jm419

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    Exactly. I'd have to think about how to seal it, but hey - it'd already be almost done, when I unboxed it.
     
  24. Astrokid248

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    A note on accuracy: the Master Sword has actually been the purple-blue since Ocarina. It has never been royal blue. The discrepancy occurred because of the graphic limitations of the N64. The correct color is the color in the logo and artwork. The sheath and shield match, but the sword should not. Additionally, the wrappings on the TP hilt are exactly the same as the wrappings on the SS hilt. Both have green strips crossed down the handle. The TP strips are a bit darker green, but that's the only difference.
    Personally, I like what you've done. I'm tired of blue Master Swords and crappy, inaccurate proportions. It would be nice if the blade was more accurate, but I don't think an accurate steel blade will ever exist. $125 is a pretty good price, too. Kudos.
     
  25. Assassin9

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    Fantastic job! I have this same sword (default colors) and have been hanging on to it for the day that I could somehow develop the skills to re-paint it. Thanks to your thread, I see this is not only conceivable, but very possible.

    I love what you did, and had a few questions if you were willing/able.

    - Did you do any prep work on the hilt prior to using that Ace Hardware purple gloss (sanding/coating/etc.)?

    - Did you do any post paint work in terms of preserving the application/paint (some sort of seal)?

    - Do you have any general tips for folks wanting to do this?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  26. Jm419

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    Hey, glad to see this build is getting some love!

    Actually, this was a super simple paint job. Basically, I disassembled it as much as I could before painting, but did no prep work to any of the parts aside from cleaning them from any oils by wiping them with a clean cloth.

    You'll find that the pommel unscrews into two parts, then the black plastic grip slides off. After that, I believe the upper bowl on the guard disassembles as well, but I didn't remove the plastic wings before painting, as they seem to be glued in. The blade is permanently attached to the lower part of the hilt, so I just masked the gem and the blade carefully and trimmed the tape with an Exacto knife. Then, I just painted the parts in my front yard, a few hours between coats, then waited for them to dry fully before reassembling.

    No post work aside from touching up the details (which I just overpainted because, as I'm sure you've noticed, they needed to be redone anyway. I hand painted those with a brush, because I don't have an airbrush at my disposal. The paint is chipping a bit on the edges of the pommel, so I would recommend some sort of sealer to prevent that from happening on yours.

    All in all, it was a pretty simple build. Just go slow and take your time. I got mine done in an evening, so it didn't take me all that long even when I was taking my time. It's just a simple repaint, but boy does it make the sword stand out.

    If you have any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them as best as I can.
     
  27. Assassin9

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    Thanks a lot for all your info/help Jm419! I am with you on how much better it looks once re-painted, and you really did a fantastic job! Thanks again for everything!
     
  28. Jm419

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    Happy to help. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. :)
     
  29. Trek920

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    yes you did a fantastic job on yours too!
     
  30. Jm419

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    Hey, thanks, man. It means a lot. ;)
     
  31. CT7567

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    Nice Job! I'm going try this on mine but I haven't really tried taking it apart yet. Does the handle just unscrew on the pommel?
     

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