I don't have a ref for the handle at all. just made it up as I went along. The tut is a real slimed down version of this sword.
check you pm's on paint. I'll send you two tuts that I've looked at they have nice handles. also I put in a different version handle in the post immediately following the tut (second post) you might like that one better.
I've been meaning to make that leather handle but just can't decide on what to try it out on. not another sword for sure. I was thinking it would make some sort of impressive abstract, with OMA style modifications of course. LOL!
yes absolutely paint.net. I did do a simplified tut on the sword for advanced beginners level. Its fairly close looking to this one . If you have any experience at paint.net you should be able to elaborate on the tut, to suit your own style and tastes. also the second post of the tut I've listed aditional tips and some variations.
LOL! I remember the ones you made and I was always so envious. took me awhile to figure out some of the highlights and lowlights but I managed to finally get it done. the decorations ideas were inspired by your work.
ciao thanks for the comment dewd means a lot to me.
don;t forget it will be a simplified tut so the beginners can follow along and get a reasonable sword to use as well. I'm very sure you have the pdn skills and will be able to improvise and add your own special touches.
I'm very bad with remembering how I've done stuff, people have asked me to tut stuff before but some things I really can't remember how to do... Though as the night progresses I tend to get a lot worse, creativity just hits the floor, but then again I'm not a big coffee drinker. Still, seriously awesome work, and the fact it's 100% PDN makes it all the more remarkable.
a simplified version of the sword is just about finished. I didn't remember the exact settings I used or effects I used on original but this one I'm making tut of is pretty darn good. hardest part is simplifying it down so the begginners can follow along and leaving enough areas for the better paint.net users to modify and adjust to their individual tastes. I'll be posting it in next day or so. just doing the finishing text. ciao