Sword of Charles the Great

Joyeuse, sword of Charles the Great, sculpted and animated with Blender 2.62, rendered with Cycles render engine.

Actually I know this is not perfect but I don’t want to post it in Focused Critique anyway because I don’t know when I will find the time again to work on incoming feedback. But anyway I’d be glad to read some opinions.
Thanks for watching!

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nice modelling. the handle is great. the blade looks a bit dull though, perhaps it could use something more interesting to reflect. sometimes a simple black to white gradient can make a nice reflection.

good modeling, terrible lighting. The lighting makes the entire thing look bad. A good shiny model deserves time spent making something for it to reflect!

Yes, good reflections would make a world of difference - find a free HDRI image to use.