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    IDW #303- Charlemagne's Sword Redesign

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    Charlemagne's Sword Redesign
    Deadline: August 27, 2016

    "Joyeuse" was the legendary sword of the Emperor Charlemagne. Told of in song and legend from the distant past, Joyeuse still exists (although it is probably a composite of parts of several ancient weapons). Here we will not be copying Joyeuse as it exists. We will be redesigning it as though it is a magical weapon in a fantasy game.


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    1. Design and draw a fantasy redesign of Joyeuse, the Sword of Emperor Charlemagne.
    2. That's it... now draw!


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    Been waiting a while for a weapon design challenge!
    Got a bit stuck on this as The sword in itself ( or whatever claims to be it) doesn't really have a distinctive character. I was hoping to exaggerate some element of it, but apparently according to description all it can do is change colour thirty times a day, not the greatest thing for a illustration.
    But as Charlemagne united a big chunk of Europe under Christianity (whether they wanted it or not) I went for a sort of crusader look to the sword over Roman designs, even though he predates the crusades by a number of years, but hey, this is fantasy right?

    Please tell me what you think, comments, etc welcome.

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    I kind of like #3, #5, and #7 as trade offs between some cool details and might actually work as a sword.

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    Did this over the weekend. Still working on it.

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    It looks good. I'll make a finals thread within a day or two.

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    first draft
    "Vive la France"

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    Came in this late. Wanted to upload yesterday but I couldn't access the site till now.

    With the description "color changed thirty times a day", my thought was to use a material like opal: it's rumored to change colors according to the surroundings, and most definitely the color is determined by the light of the moment. Fantasy-like swords isn't my thing - was a fan to the surge of blacksmithing videos explaining how swords are made to work - but I'll go on the angle that there was an opal-like blade that has the strength of a true sword, with a visible core inside. How that happened will be..... handwaved.

    Sword was built by ideating options for the pommel, guard and blade. Color was determined by the concept of "joyousness" - it's namesake - and it should exhibit the rainbow colors of a gemstone. It may not be a good sword, but it will stun an audience. Perfect for royalty.

    As a lark, I searched for "opal blade", and was gobsmacked to find out there IS such a thing. Thus, reference.

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    I liked the idea of a primitive blade with an ornate grip.

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