Not so long ago
asked me if he could send me a concept of a new weapon he had in mind. I said sure and got an e-Mail with a description of a very interesting weapon for his OC Jon Knight from his ME story Resonance Effect. It was a sword - never made a sword before - with a very interessting design and technique and I nearly immediately offered him a little 3D work based on his scetches.
So this is the Forge Blade. Maybe it´s best I let the description from
talk for it:
"The X31-35 Forge Blade is a relatively simple weapon, similar weapons have been attempted but have never been deemed practical, for example the HVB or High Vibration Blade has similar cutting potential but is heavy and much harder to carry. What makes the Forge Blade different is a unique combination of Jonathon Knight's unique affinity for weapons and recovered Prothean technology.
The blade itself is 145cm long when fully deployed,or 70cm when deployed in its folded form. The blade is made of a flash forged silicon-carbide fabricated by a micro fabricator similar to the ones found in Omni tools, smaller blades have been made by Omni tools, the Omni blade is the most eminent example, but Omni tools have never been able to fabricate such a large weapon in a practical amount of time. The forge blade works by using an innovative design and and Prothean tech, the back of the blade is a long thin metal edge that unfolds to full length from a half length 'sheathed' state, this edge is not used for cutting but instead has small projectors along it that deploy the silicon carbide allowing the blade to be deployed back to front rather than bottom up forging the blade much faster, the second part is the unique mass effect generator salvaged from a Pothean particle rifle which provides the power to fabricate the blade and doesn't need to be replaced or recharged between uses.
The mass effect generator actually overheats during the forging process but does not burn the user as the heat is siphoned up into the blade itself giving it a moderately incendiary effect for about 30 seconds after being drawn, after the core cools down it runs at a continual pace that will not overheat it, to slowly build up an electrical charge on the blade that is then discharged when striking or in the form of a short range Overload attack.
The blade is sharp enough to cut through most modern body armor but remains lightweight due to the lack of a conventional blade, which leads to the 'Bastard' sword design, the blade is light enough to be used effectively with one hand even though it is nearly as long as a two handed sword, but the pommel is long enough to allow it to be used with two hands for more force behind swings. The blade has two deployment forms the full length sword or by keeping the top half of the blade folded a shorter blade can be forged for use as a long knife or short machete, good for silently dispatching armored foes. The sword is shaped similarly to a Katana with a single cutting edge and cut back tip, but is not curved like a Katana. The material also makes the blade resistant to pinching or getting caught in objects, allowing it to easily and quickly be pulled from a body or object it has not cut all the way through.
However, the blade is more brittle than a standard metal blade and if the flat of the blade was ever struck hard it would likely shatter, weapon-fire would also shatter it. It won't break while striking something unless the object is extremely hard but anything other than the cutting edge is susceptible to breaking. This makes the blade weak in an actual sword fight by limiting its blocking ability.
The blade is also uniquely suited to Knight as his resonance allows him to remotely send commands to deploy, or discharge its electrical charge, which means the blade has no buttons or controls on it making it impossible for anyone else to use it."
Editional shot here: [link]
Now like always: Idea by
, model by me, Mass Effect by Bioware and EA