Since the Tuyet contest is probably going to begin in the next few weeks or months, I was trying to figure out a good sword design that would satisfy the largest portion of the community.
It would be ideal for a new weapon like this to have a new design that doesn’t use too many pieces or it would look too bulky and heavy for what will most likely be a metru scaled toa. I would personally opt for a new custom piece, but unfortunately, many don’t have access to a 3D printer (me neither) or would rather only use existing parts.
So, how could we satisfy both sides of the community?
What I have in mind is a cross between an existing piece and a custom one. Very similar in shape to the official part to be interpreted by purists as if it was one (replace it) and at the same time, custom enough to make it look like something new that would add some personality to the winner moc and could fit with the sword’s description.
This was the result:
I took Lewa phantoka’s air saber as base for it.
As described in BS01, both sides have curved barbs for increased damage to the target. The barbs from the front are pointed downwards to make it easier to use it for slashing attacks (like the one Tuyet did against Helryx) while still keeping the increased damage. And the shape looks like sea waves to be fitting for a toa of water.
The other barbs are water themed too because of being shaped like fishing hooks. Normally, toa would protect the rahi from their environment like Lewa did in The Mask of Light, but Tuyet is different. She didn’t hesitate to kill several matoran at Metru Nui and wouldn’t mind to slay water rahi as well. This is a way to show that part of her personality. And fishing hooks do more damage when being pulled out too.
The inner lighting from the original saber was replaced with a hose because of… more water themed elements! And it has Tuyet’s name on it too.
Here is a comparison with the air saber and how it would look in a metru build:
I don’t know if I will be able to use it for the contest since I don’t know how to model 3D parts in Blender yet and will most likely won’t learn in time for it. I don’t have enough skill to draw something good for the art portion either.
But I still wanted to share this idea and read what you think. Would this fit as Tuyet’s Barbed Broadsword for you?