List of media to be analyzed and reasons for choice
Conan the Barbarian (2011 and 1982 versions): Stereotypical fantasy film, especially the ’82 version. Will be interesting to see if anything has changed in the 2011 version.
Samurai Jack (series): Highly stylized, contains some very unique-looking pieces
The Lord of the Rings trilogy: an iconic trilogy, with both traditional-looking weapons, and some more interesting designs. Each race has identifiable characteristics in terms of their design, this also affects their weapon styles.
Hellboy and Hellboy 2: not many weapon examples, but the ones that are there are quite interesting (prince Nuada’s sword/spear is particularly striking)
Dungeon Defenders: Stylized, but weapons seem to have been given some thought
World of Warcraft: easily identifiable style, high focus on form rather than function
The Witcher (+ The Witcher 2 to indentify changes, if any): focus on realism.
Bulletstorm: Science Fiction style of guns
Darkest of Days: contains both real weapons and futuristic gun designs. Will be interesting to note the functionality of the latter
The Elder Scrolls Series (Morrowind and onwards): the style changes significantly throughout the series, though some elements remain unchanged. Also, Skyrim allows for observation of items from any angle.
Team Fortress 2: Weapons here have the added function of identifying the characters.
Mount & Blade series: Strictly historical approach to design.