The folks over at AWE me, an independent YouTube channel brought to viewers by Break Media, have been forging real-life replica weaponry of famous fictional arsenals, constructing props meant to give Hollywood set designers a run for their money, and composing DIY instructional videos online since January 2013. Across the channel’s three formerly detailed, core series of featured content, including Man at Arms: Reforged, Super Fan Builds, and Epic How To!, viewers have been treated to the show’s titular promise to amaze, wow, and educate.
While past installments of the show have included such popular items from video games and film as Katarina’s Daggers from League of Legends, a Groot swing set based on Guardians of the Galaxy, and easy-to-follow instructions on how to become Batman, the latest creation from AWE me is particularly spectacular for even the most casual fan of the biochemically enhanced, cybernetic super-soldier, Master Chief, of the Halo video game franchise.
In the video featured above, sword-smiths Matt and Kerry Stagmer of Baltimore Knife and Sword present gamers with a real-life Gravity Hammer in celebration of the release of Halo 5. The infamous Type-2 Energy Weapon/Hammer, first introduced to gamers in the second official entry from Bungie, has been lovingly built by the folks over at AWE me, with the team of Baltimore blacksmiths taking special care to accurately represent the powerful, two-handed melee weapon as initially used by Jiralhanae Chieftain Tartarus in the Covenant Empire.
Players of the ever-popular first-person shooter are well aware of the T2 EW/H’s storied history relating to its symbolic representation of Tartarus’ power and standing. In game, the weapon could be used to kill an opponent in a single swing, and has only evolved and increased in impact with subsequent releases, making the weapon in real-life a formidable, awe-inspiring thing of beauty and destruction.
Given the success in building Tartarus’ favored arm, players can only watch the real-life version of one of the source material’s most infamous weapons and delve back into the latest playable release from developer 343 Industries. While not everyone may have a fully functioning smithy at hand to forge their very own Gravity Hammer, wielding the same two-handed tool in-game will have to do until players go about forging their own creations of a similar make and model.
Halo 5 is available to purchase from participating retailers for Xbox One.
Source: AWE me