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Brian K.
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PostPosted: Sat 04 Apr, 2009 1:34 pm    Post subject: Project DSA Guardian: A DBK Custom Pictorial         Reply with quote

Hello myArmoury Community!

I'd like to share my latest completed commission. The Darksword Armoury Guardian sword.

Background: Every once in a while I get a unique opportunity where the customer leaves 99.9% of the custom design up to me. These are opportunities I relish in, because quite frankly, I love embellished custom swords. The approach was simple; take a sub $300 sword, mix historical & fantasy elements, and create a barbarian / celtic type package. The customer's few detailed requests involved darkening the pommel & guard, and placing the teutonic knight symbol on the blade. The rest was up to me regarding color & detail work.

What we have here is a 2-tone black & cordovan brown. I took the beastly elements of design within the guardian, and took it a step further to compliment the sword with bold & beastly elements in the leatherwork. The chape features a demon tail that fades in color to the tip to enhance the look. I antiqued the pommel & guard, and I used a celtic decorated ring in the integral suspension to add a tribal type decor element to the overall design.

I hope everyone enjoys my latest commisson. Please feel free the comment, and thanks for looking!











Brian Kunz
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JE Sarge
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PostPosted: Sat 04 Apr, 2009 2:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

You did quite a number on the Guardian. You'd never think that sword would end up looking that good! Good job as always!
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Sean O Stevens




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PostPosted: Sat 04 Apr, 2009 3:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Brian... I'm blown away... that is amazing...

I think I just got an idea for something also... more on that later.

Awesome work man.
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Matthew G.M. Korenkiewicz




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PostPosted: Sat 04 Apr, 2009 5:54 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hmm, very busy scabbard, and I'm not inclined toward such myself, but you know what ...
with this sword it appears to work really well.
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Michael Eging




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PostPosted: Sat 04 Apr, 2009 7:55 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, Brian!! Very cool, indeed! Makes it look like a more than $300 sword for sure. Cool
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J. Erb




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PostPosted: Sat 04 Apr, 2009 10:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's not a package I'd go for myself, but, as usual, your craftsmanship is astounding. (Plus, I always like to see "serious" fantasy swords instead of tacky, movie-prop-esque SLOs. Happy )
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Brian K.
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PostPosted: Sun 05 Apr, 2009 6:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. This is definitely a package for those who love embellishment.
Brian Kunz
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Jean Thibodeau




PostPosted: Sun 05 Apr, 2009 7:07 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Brian K. wrote:
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. This is definitely a package for those who love embellishment.


Hmmmmmmmm ........ SHYNY Cool

Sober simple designs have their place but so do more ornamental ones and although there is a lot of embellishment here it doesn't go over the line of being too much: these are still large areas of plain surface that create a contrast enhancing the decorated areas.

Personally I think one drifts into too much decoration only when no spot is left plain where the separation between foreground and background are lost in the jumble. ( There may be exceptions to this " rule " where one is creating a complex textural field, but usually a little restraint gives better results ....... art school a long long time ago. Wink ).

Anyway, very nice work and the great pic quality also help a lot in appreciating your work.

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Etienne Hamel




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PostPosted: Mon 06 Apr, 2009 8:41 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The sword overall look kick ass if i had money it would be a great investment congratulation!!! Laughing Out Loud
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