After some fiddling I finally figured out how to use the thumbnail system (solution: don’t).
I wanted to do several japanese styled swords, not directly after any historical pieces, but closely according to them. This is because there’s a lot of katana models out there that are either modeled accurately to the reference but the reference is a decorative replica sword, or the model hasn’t been to my own liking too much. The idea is to get some renders of different sort of swords side by side so people could see how different just a single sword type can be.
I’m currently using Blender 2.62 and this is some of my first Cycles renders, took my GTX 460 some 40 seconds.
Any ideas what colour combinations, themes on the fittings, or blade/hamon types you’d like to see are welcome.