I'm currently trying to design my own version of the sword of power but have it combine with the sword of protection to make a single sword of Greyskull. A bit like how the toy swords that cam with He-Man and Skeletor joined together.
I know you don't like the "balls" on the original... however... with my very limited "Paint" program, I took the liberty of adding something! (VERY CRUDELY - I know this is just for the purpose of giving you an idea or what I mean) Shad? What do you think of this idea? Could you refine it? Notice the Quillon diamond... the Guard diamond, and the oval at the tips of the guard. This is so rough I'm a bit embarrassed, but I don't have anything other than "Paint" at the moment.
What if it did not taper in and then flare out right above the pommel? Perhaps...the handle could be more..."feather" shape? Or perhaps I mean "coffin" shaped?...Ooooohh~...Wait...wait, Shad, wait...What if it tapered in the middle?
Just throwing that out there.
hmm good redesign I myself also being a huge Heman fanboy back in the days. Also had some mixed feelings about his sword. I mite actually try and make an remake design of Heman himself with your sword design in mind.
Came here after watching the video, really like the redesign. Also, been on here (lurking only, as I sadly have 0 artistic talent) and have been a YouTube sub of yours for years... had no idea you were on here. =)
I actually like the cross guard section of the movie sword. Sure it could be thinner, but it keeps the balls, but makes them look more reasonable. I agree they look a bit odd on the original, but if you want it to have the same recognizable aesthetic, why remove them, lol? Just take the movie crossguard, flatten it, and stretch the upper balls alongside the ricasso and your good.
As for the size of the blade, I do agree that it makes sense for He-Man to wield a much bigger sword, but someone else pointed out that it's important for it to be wieldable when he's just Prince Adam as well and easy to carry. Given that it's a magical sword, why couldn't it change it's form alongside Prince Adam's form? It could be a smaller one-handed sword most of the time, but when he transforms it could become a massive two-handed sword!