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Feb
08

Vamp Hunts and Dhampirs and Swords… Oh My…

You may recall, many posts ago, (if you have been following along) I mentioned how many vampire slaying stories have a Dhampir, or half vampire (in contemporary media also called a “Daywalker”) as the lead protagonist, using their vampirically enhanced abilities in conjunction with their ability to resist factors that would traditionally kill normal vampires (such as daylight) as weapons against their full vampire foes.

Well, today we have the weapons of yet another such protagonist for scrutiny. The blades of none other than Rayne, vampire slaying femme fatale from the game BloodRayne:

Bloodrayne – Raynes Blades

Bloodraynes Blades
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Just look at those curves. A long, double edged blade sporting a set of complex curves that just don’t stop, but somehow manage to end in a wicked looking point. And yes, I am referring to the blade, though Rayne isn’t exactly lacking in that department either, if you just so happen to be into haemophages and such. But most definitely my kind of blade. It’s a thing of beauty. I’ve loved the contours of this blade from the first second I saw them in the game.

While these are a rather evil pair of blades, they are not without their faults. For one thing, they are huge! Not the kind of thing that would be easy to carry around. But of course for the career vampire killer, there is always a good, and often unique, solution for such problems. Unfortunately the replica above, while the most practical I have seen, just does not do them justice. So I shall have to resort to game art. Let me show you what the harness for these blades are supposed to look like:

Bloodrayne 2 Game blades

Bloodrayne 2 Blades
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Above is a pic of the dead sexeh duo themselves, Rayne and her blades. Totally killer. Literally. 🙂 As you can see, she’s got quite the set up going with those blades. A dual band bracer gauntlet setup, with the blades attached to a special swiveling hinge that allows for two degrees of vampire slashing freedom of rotation. In the game, she’s also able to lock the blades out of the way up by her elbows when she isn’t using them. No scabbard required.

But like I said, all is not perfect. As you can see from the pic, there really doesn’t seem to be a locking mechanism built into these things. So the whole locking thing is suspect to me. Not to mention that based on these pics, she would be locking it with the larger blade facing inwards. In my book, having a few razor edged feet of steel next to my skin would not be the preferred way to stow a blade. In fact it would make me downright nervous.

But then again she is a Dhampir, so she can probably afford to be hard core like that. Gotta respect any women who knows how to handle her blades like Rayne does… 🙂

Raynes Blades from BloodRayne – [King of Swords]

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3 Responses to “Vamp Hunts and Dhampirs and Swords… Oh My…”


  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    February 23, 2008 at 10:27 am

    I kind of like the way in which they are attached to that mechanisim on her arm but the way in which she holds them seems like it would make it awkard to weild, hmm the other thing I wonder about if you are a Daywalker vampire slayer, than why wouldn’t you just make it easy on yourself, and find the vamps sanctuaries, and just walk right in and kill them in thier sleep?

  2. February 23, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    Excellent question!

    Actually the thing about Bloodrayne is the really isn’t a vampire slayer per se. She gets hired by a vampire slaying organization to kill them, but her primary motivation is to find a very specific vampire, the one who killed her father. Obviously, vampire hideouts and such are closely guarded secrets, so in order to find them, she has to “interrogate” her vampire victims for information about them, (and also about the whereabouts of the master vampire that killed her father) and in order to do that, they have to be awake…

    So her modus operandi is to go where vampires gather in large numbers, and engage in the wholesale slaughter of them. She then banks on the intimidation factor to make any remaining cowering vamps sing like little birds. Kinda like what Blade does at the beginning of the movie, at the Vampire rave. Hence the full time, easily accessible melee weapons…

  3. February 23, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Hey,

    Thought you guys would appreciate this…

    I’m with strongblade.com and we are producing a fully battle-ready, tempered, full-tang version of Tristan’s Sword from the movie Stardust. You can find it here if you wanna have a look:

    http://www.strongblade.com/prod/sb-sd-sword.html

    Happy battles!

    Strongblade.


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