Myth Concept – Nikko’s Dagger

This has far more of a place in the backstory… but it allows me to show you an example of improvement in the design process just within the few years I’ve been using 3D software to create weapons for the projects.

Here is the original:

© Aaron Shively 2009

It’s alright. It’s interesting. It’s full of problems. For one, the handle is too thin, the blade isn’t hydrodynamic (which is important, considering it’s to be used against soft-bodies). The rendering isn’t really very nice, the reflections are off. The background isn’t interesting.

In creative terms, the blade isn’t anything interesting to look at and didn’t fit the aesthetic for Nikko’s people.

Now we go to the new version:

© Aaron Shively 2011

In basic terms, it’s still the same weapon. The only problem is that I like it better in this length, which is not technically a dagger (to be fair, it wasn’t really a dagger before). It’s more like a short sword… but, whatever… fine, It’s Nikko’s short sword. There’s nothing in the story that makes that change impossible. If the design fits and is really liked and it doesn’t oppose something important in the plot, there’s no reason to push for something different unless there is a bigger plan.

This blade spills a LOT of blood in the story… but maybe not in the way you think.

Tell me what you think about the new design!

– Aaron Shively


About Aaron Shively

I have been working as a freelance writer and artist for the last decade. In that time, I've done everything from ghostwriting to toy design and everything in between. I am currently working on a novel series called 'Myth' which has held my attention for the past sixteen years. I have spent my time developing the world, character and story and am now ready to funnel all the preliminary material into the manuscript of the first installment, 'of Men and Monsters' Bookmark & Share

Posted on 04/17/2011, in Concepts, Images, Myth Concepts, of Men and Monsters Concepts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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