I have a rather…large collection of gaming themed pin badges. Every week at work I wear a different one, and more often than not the kids there will question me on it. Seeing as kids these days almost all play video games they tend to be quite interested in what game they’re from. Some are obvious ones they know (Overwatch and Sonic) whilst others are ones they may not recognise or have heard of but want to find out about (Rainbow 6 and Bioshock). It’s quite nice that they take an interest and may find an older game that they end up trying out.
Anyway, I often find myself scouring etsy and other craft sites for people who make these sort of things to expand my collection. Very few game developers/publishers make them. Pinny Arcade have a few good ones, and it was nice to see that Elite Dangerous had a few official ones, but these are rare and more often than not I need to rely on people online having already made them. I was very pleasantly surprised when someone from Tzar Jewellery asked if I would like a custom made pin for material cost. Obviously I snapped their hand off (figuratively) and set about thinking what I would like.
I wanted something different to the many pins I already had, but one that represented something significant in terms of my gaming life so far. After some thought I settled on the Ashbringer weapon from World of Warcraft, a game I spent a significant amount of time playing during my university years. If you aren’t aware, back in the vanilla days of WoW Ashbringer was a legendary sword often hinted at existing but could never actually be acquired by legitimate means. I understand that players can get hold of it these days, but that’s beside the point!
Once I had decided on the design I consulted with the maker over how it should look, the size of the pin, and any detailing. He seemed very happy to set it up exactly how I would like it and asked for a number of different high-res pictures to ensure everything was to the correct scale. Where I was unsure (such as what to do with detailing on the hilt) he was ready with suggestions. We went with silver for the bulk of the sword, the gems are both eSl1 (which I think is good!) diamonds (one coloured to appear black), and the circle is made from mother of pearl.
During production I was kept up to date with pictures of how it was coming along at various stages. It was really interesting to see what looked like a small chunk of metal turn into something really quite impressive over the course of its construction. I won’t pretend to know anything about metalwork, but I’m sure making something that looks this good takes quite a bit of talent. Once it was all put together, the pin was hallmarked and given to me when the maker and I had a chance to meet in person.
It looks excellent and I’m really very happy with how it looks. The pupils at work have asked about it, and whilst none of them know exactly what it is, they’ve all heard of the game that it comes from. It’s certainly one of my favourites in my collection and I’d like to thank Tzar Jewellery for making this for me. It really is an excellent piece of work.