Sword of Fili build, the Hobbit.

Craious

New Member
Thought I'd share this build with all you superb craftsman out there as a small contribution in return for all the amazing information you lot post for us all.

My daughter wanted a Fili sword for cosplay purposes and I had a look at the one available to purchase. Apart from the fact that they're quite expensive I was not happy with many of the proportions. They seemed too skinny for a Dwarven weapon, made for human hands sort of thing so I started doing some sketches and estimating measurements from film and online pics.

My aim here was to build a master mould to produce the two swords Fili has.

Once happy with the sketches I made a tech drawing to work from. Tried various ways of sculpting using firstly medium NSP clay but found it hard to smooth properly despite using lighter fuel like recommened and then kept damaging it doing the next bit!

Then tried blue closed cell foam and bondo which worked well but I found cutting it at the correct angles quite a challenge as there are many angle in the handle.

In the end I saw an idea used by Volpin props using card stock to create the correct shape and filling the void with bondo which I found sooooo much more achievable. Cheers Mr Volpin Sir and quite envious of your amazing workshop!


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The plan and some of the card stock cut out.
 

Craious

New Member
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Some pics of the prototype ready for casting. I love the feel of this so far as it's, for me, the right size unlike the mass produced which seem to be a lot smaller than this. This feels Dwarven!

Cheers BlindSquirrel, I thought I was posting for myself as I'd had encouragement from anyone! :-(
 

FrontaLittle

Active Member
Love the level of detail, especially on the pommel and the precision of these ornament pieces. And your hands look unharmed, I would have cut myself several times working with such tiny bits
 

Craious

New Member
Been a busy bee so far on everything else but the sword. Will post more progress soon. Cheers guys n gals.
 

dipti

Jr Member
Good work!! The sword looks exactly same as that of the real one I must say. I am also a fan of cosplay weapons something like which are made up of Larp or Latex material. Not recently but some times ago a purchased one of the same kind of sword from the online website and it looked fine (not up to the price). Since that time I prefer to the handmade crafts like you had made. These are quite easy to built with low price. No need of spending too much of money on such pieces and its really worth it!!
 

Craious

New Member
Thanks for all the comments guy n gals, please forgive the delay. I'll get back on posting the results asap - been sooooo busy!

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Love the level of detail, especially on the pommel and the precision of these ornament pieces. And your hands look unharmed, I would have cut myself several times working with such tiny bits
Yeh, sometimes I feel I bit off more than I could actually do but its going well thus far, cheers.

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Thanks Fabrik.

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Cheers One Bean

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Cheers dipti. Well worth it.

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Thanks BlindSquirrel, great praise indeed from someone of your calibre. Appreciated.
 

RedbirdXlll

New Member
How did you go about putting your blueprints together? I'm trying to do it digitally and I'm having a hell of a time finding reference images that are at a high enough resolution for what I'm trying to accomplish.
 
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