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Lightsaber Hilt Tutorial
Mar 07 2005 11:51pm

Virtue
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Virtue
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I decided to write a detailed tutorial on how to build Lightsaber Hilts for JK3.

If you're interested, check it out;

Lightsaber Crafting 101

Any questions or comments? Just ask in this thread. :)

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Feb 09 2009 06:47pm

Va'kion
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 Va'kion

I'm having trouble making spikes on the end like on Exar Kun's saber, which is what I'm trying to make. Also, how do you make double-bladed sabers? And is there anyway to mod them changing from double-bladed to two singles during gameplay?

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Jan 07 2009 12:37am

Bane of the Sith
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 Bane of the Sith

Best guide ever. It looked complicating at first, but im getting the hang of it. Its actually kind of fun. Thanks. :D
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Apr 19 2008 12:13am

ShadowJedi
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 ShadowJedi

The problem i have is with the program . i can't open it . after i install/unzipping it , I try to enter. but then the program is not show up :( :confused:
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Dec 06 2007 03:05pm

Dash Starlight
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 Dash Starlight

Any program that gives you the option to create/save as JPEG files, really. I used Photoshop. :)

EDIT: Actually, my sister and her boyfriend created the JPEG images, not me, lol.
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This comment was edited by Dash Starlight on Dec 06 2007 03:06pm.

Dec 03 2007 06:23pm

BlackKnight Senatu
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 BlackKnight Senatu

what programs are best for this with the paint and photo programs

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Sep 05 2007 08:13pm

Setementor
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 Setementor

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I have problems in one of the last steps. I cannot export my model to GLM. When I try to open MD3 wiev it just reports an error and closes. Is there any other way to create a glm?


MD3View is the best way. Try reinstalling it, then export the md3 again (as it may be corrupt) and make sure that your md3 is in the directory models/weapons2/saber_name/ next to its .skin file.

I have read rumours of Blender and XSI do it, but I also read that the first had some trouble and XSI can't do player models. I have also come across an early beta of a GLM exporter, but it isn't reliable and was posted years ago.

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How do I prepare a skin for a multi piece hilt(like katarns)?


I have never done this myself, but I would think that all you need to do is one of either of the following:

1. Select one of the pieces of your hilt (not a tag), then UVW Map and Unwrap it. Repeat this process for all of the pieces of your hilt, then make a new texture (like this) for each of the pieces you have unwrapped and name them <pieceName>_w.jpg.

Using this method, you will of course need to make a completely seperate skin for each hilt piece.

When it comes to making the .skin file, add a new line similar to this for each individual hilt piece:

<piece_name>,models/weapons2/saber_<name>/<pieceName>_w.jpg

This way, they can each have their own texture image.


2. Select all of the pieces of your hilt (not including the tags), then UVW Map and Unwrap them together.

When it comes to making the .skin file, add a new line similar to this for each individual hilt piece:

<piece_name>,models/weapons2/saber_<name>/saber_w.jpg

This way, they can each share the same texture image.


The first option should work, the second one I'm not sure about and as for a third option, if it's possible to merge pieces together, you could do that as well.

Sep 05 2007 12:45pm

YOle
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I have problems in one of the last steps. I cannot export my model to GLM. When I try to open MD3 wiev it just reports an error and closes. Is there any other way to create a glm?

Also, I find it easier to make my saber hilt in a few different pieces. How do I prepare a skin for a multi piece hilt(like katarns)?

This comment was edited by YOle on Sep 05 2007 12:49pm.

Sep 03 2007 11:49pm

Setementor
 - Jedi Master
 Setementor

That design looks doable using the techniques explained in the tutorial. You may need to experiment a bit with the options mentioned in the extruding step first, but once you know exactly what you can do with it, that design shouldn't be too difficult to construct.

Sep 03 2007 06:52pm

Lorper
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Hey, im absolutely new here and this is my first post :P Im trying to create my new lightsaber. Do you think this template is acceptable ?
/http://s241.photobucket.com/albums/ff43/rikolous17/?action=view&current=my__saber_template.jpg :confused: :D:D:D:D:D:D

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Aug 16 2007 03:10pm

Zeke
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 Zeke

Same process except import a staff hilt, the rest is all up to common sense :).

- Zeke.

Aug 16 2007 02:15am

IRON SHADOW JEDI
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 IRON SHADOW JEDI

how would you make a saberstaff
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Aug 16 2007 12:28am

Setementor
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 Setementor

Yes.

Aug 15 2007 10:35pm

IRON SHADOW JEDI
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 IRON SHADOW JEDI

its possible to make a saber staff right:confused:???
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Apr 27 2007 03:47pm

Zeke
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 Zeke

Which part are you having trouble with?

If you need help feel free to add me on MSN, my address is on my profile.

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Apr 27 2007 02:56pm

BlackRose
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Haw hared :P but fun i get stuck on a serten bit tho. :(
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Apr 09 2007 05:18pm

Samoth
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 Samoth

i always use photoshop
but a n1 tutorial.

Apr 06 2007 09:28pm

Pink_Mintaka
 - Student
 Pink_Mintaka

I use MSPaint.

It's nice, clean, and simple.

Apr 06 2007 09:40am

Sho Koon
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 Sho Koon

Personally I used MSPaint for the template since I have literally no skill with PhotoShop. So yeah, any program that can make a .jpg is good as long as you can use it. :)
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Apr 06 2007 03:50am

Tyro Vantai
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 Tyro Vantai

What type of Editing Program for the Saber Template works best? I'm trying to work from scratch, but is MSPaint a good choice?

Mar 27 2007 04:19am

Pink_Mintaka
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 Pink_Mintaka

Open up your saber_w.jpg file in MSPaint and save it again as a .jpg

And that should be all there is to it.

Mar 25 2007 01:10pm

Mavic Prid3
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 Mavic Prid3

When I try to open the saber in md3 view I get an error message like; "JPEG read error: requested feature was omitted at compile time"

Anyone know what this is and what's causing it?
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This comment was edited by Mavic Prid3 on Mar 25 2007 01:10pm.

Mar 15 2007 01:49am

Setementor
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 Setementor

You will have to reset all of the UVW Unwrapping you may have done should you decide to do this, but if you return to the UVW Mapping stage (just select it) and reposition the square, you should eventually be able to see a lot more of the sides much more clearly.

Mar 14 2007 05:26pm

Zuka
 - Student
 Zuka

Quote:
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Looks to me like it is selecting the whole side, but the camera is just looking at it from the side as opposed to the front.

Suggestion: Try selecting a different side first, then work your way around to the side in the picture you provided.

:)

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If i do that its still a single line for that side :confused:


Can anyone still help me on this?

Mar 13 2007 12:59pm

Zeke
 - Student
 Zeke

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um, can someone tell me when the difference is between hilts. like what do they do for you besides look different?
do they give you extra stats? or something like that?:confused:


They're for just how your hilt looks.

Mar 13 2007 07:19am

Stormy
 - Student
 Stormy

um, can someone tell me when the difference is between hilts. like what do they do for you besides look different?
do they give you extra stats? or something like that?:confused:
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