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August 21, 2010
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Daedric Sword by S-Raptor Daedric Sword by S-Raptor
blade: 28” / overall: 42”

Straight from the fiery pits of Oblivion…well, not quite, though it did sometimes seem like I was wading through them just to get this thing finished. I started with the intent of making a Daedric short sword as they appear in the Bethesda Studios game Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, but as I was looking at the design, I found I didn’t like it quite as much as I did in the game.

What I eventually decided on was to cobble together a composite weapon using elements from a number of different Daedric swords (Oblivion Short and Long Sword, Morrowind Claymore, etc). Certain details I simply didn’t like or didn’t want to mess with so a few touches are entirely my own, such as the cutouts in the blade. In the end, it might have been inspired by Daedric swords, but it doesn’t really look like any of them.

Made of wood, it’s FAR lighter than the real thing. I used Aspen for this one, which is a bit lighter and easier to work than poplar, but its grain isn’t as dense, so it takes more work to get absolutely smooth. The cutting and carving was the easy part, however. Once I started painting, absolutely nothing turned out the way it was supposed to.

The hammered finish paint I used went one flatter than the smooth finish paints I typically use. The wash I used to accent what little texture I finally got out of the paint wouldn’t stick. The lacquer top coat kept running and absolutely refused to go on smooth. All in all, irritating beyond belief -- especially since I’ve used all these techniques before and have never had a problem with them. It could have turned out better, but I’m so sick of working with it, I’m calling it done. At least I didn’t have any problems with the leather wrapped grip or the inlaid acrylic jewels. Just like all my other weapons [link] , this one comes apart with the removal of a single pin in the pommel, much the same way a real one would.

And if anyone is interested, I'm also available for commissions. See my COMMISSION GUIDELINES [link] for further details!
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Red-Dragon-Lord Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
This totally rocks. The

This totally rocks. I feel your pain with the metallic paints. Man, I've been working on this Orc amor and I can never seem to get the same results twice using the same materials. Good thing he's an Orc so it works somewhat. Anyway, the sword turned out great. I may try my hand at making a wooden prop weapon. Perhaps an Orc axe.
CrapDude Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
What tools did you use to make this? Did you need to screw these in place? Or is it all one piece?
S-Raptor Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
jig saw, router, band saw, block plane, chisels, files, dremel, lots of sand paper...

No screws or nails were used at all. It's actually four pieces: the blade, the guard, the grip, and the pommel. A single pin in the pommel holds everything together. Pull it out and all the pieces will slide right apart.
Shildran1 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!:)
OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
very cool blade detail on this looks comfy to hold
S-Raptor Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
the leather on the grip does feel quite nice in the hand. The middle area of the grip also curves out to the sides as well as the front and back which makes it feel a bit different in that regard as well. I did rather like the way it turned out all in all.
OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Cool its a awesome sword I'm making a sword axe and shield out of mdf for a college project in a few weeks for my exhibition and I saw this bad ass sword ;]
S-Raptor Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
I've been curious of how well mdf would hold up for weapons. let me know how they turn out.
OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Will do have to get together the money to buy it first
LinksDeity Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist
This is amazing, simply amazing
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