The Finblade from DOTA 2
Almost a meter long when assembled, I modelled this sword in 13 parts so I could re-create this blade in life-sized proportions while using a 20cm x 20cm build plate.
An additional 4 joining pins complete the weapon –
The parts all include mechanical fixings. Each piece slides, clips and screws together, locking in place so you can print it and assemble everything – all without the need for gluing anything together or having to use any non-printed parts!
Printing guns from the comfort of your home may not be possible, but this proves you’re certainly able to print swords! …(well replicas anyway!)
The clip joints on the jewels in the hilt and on the end of the pummel, mean you can pop them free…
Prising the precious gems from your weapon and trading them to strike a deal wouldn’t be considered lightly, but may be the only option at a time when using the blade can’t get you what you need!
I was drawn to modelling this sword for its vicious looking blade... that’s different to any other.
The curves, points, and teeth to this blade make it a dangerous combination between a long sword, a cutlass, machete and a saw. A ruthless combination of features making it versatile asset in any environment.
The misshapen arrows jutting from the hilt are a warning to others, showing the remains of weapons claimed through victories in battle, melted down and forged into one!
No time was wasted on fine engravings and detailed insignias were of no value here – Tribal patterns down the blade instead serve as a distinctive reminder to anyone that has lived to see it more than once!
I added the battle scarred defects to make the Finblade complete – telling the full story of its violent history.
Creating the weapon
With the exception of minimal support required to print the 4 arrows and inside the joints of the blade the rest of the sword prints entirely support free, requiring little time finishing once printed and ensuring good surface quality of the parts.
Each section has been carefully hollowed out, to remain strong while saving hugely on the print time and filament used for an object of this size.