Awesome look. Really. But i think the actual Design is not so good. The focus crystal is in the middle....which means once its cut im hlaf it useless...darth maul was had 2 so he could continue fighting......just a little nerd check ^^
First thing is to scale off the original illustration using CorelDraw's vector program and break it down into the basic shapes and then import them into Carrara. On the areas I can't see just make it fit into the style of the saber and then add the details.
Building up a good material library takes time. I use Carrara and the basic mat library it came with is pretty good. Best ting I can say is try some of the site that have some down loadable content. Here is one I found real quick [link]
Indeed. I started playing well after the big CU shakeup, but I played for a good year or two before the NGE killed everything. After that, Eisley and Theed were ghost towns on most servers, and it was just too depressing.