Batjeepster’s low-profile Indigo Tribe power ring

You’ve all seen Batjeepster’s Green Lantern movie-style power ring, but this time the fan favorite ring forger has sent me something even more appropriate.

It’s about time that a blog named after the Indigo Tribe spotlighted the eponymous ring, eh? Before we dig in, let me offer the usual disclaimer/excuses: I’m by no means a skilled photographer, and the photos in the post were taken with a point-and-shoot digital camera on my kitchen table. In addition, correctly reproducing shades of indigo on a computer screen can be a colossal pain in the ass, but I’ve tried to do the best I can.

Onward and upward! While Batjeepster did design this new ring style, it’s not hand carved this time around. Instead, he created the model using Solidworks, and the physical ring was produced by Shapeways. The rings are manufactured using a 3D printer and Shapeways’ standard polymer. The end result is a very lightweight yet solid ring with a slightly rough texture.

Batjeepster has not yet subjected these rings to rigorous physical tests, so he’s not certain if they’ll hold up to abuse as well as the previous models he constructed with impact-resistant resin. It does seem super-light, so I’m not going to put it through its paces, either; with my luck, I’d crack the ring in half by bumping into a door frame. The ring still works well as a display piece, though.

As you can see, the face design is reminiscent of the rings from Green Lantern: First Flight, with the three notches on either side. These help to focus attention on the face and its emblem. You’ll also notice that the emblem itself is recessed into the face, rather than embossed like most other rings. This unique look really helps the ring stand out, as does the slight modification to the emblem itself (the “arrows” are bumped right up against the outer circle, and there’s a second hollow circle in the center).

So why is this ring considered “low-profile”? Take a look at the top-down view:

The face is the same thickness as the band, so there’s not a big chunky piece on the front. This may not be comic-accurate, but it’s much more comfortable to wear. Since it’s so light, it barely feels like you’re wearing the ring at all.

If this plastic ring is too flimsy for you, Batjeepster and Shapeways have a solution:

Yep, that’s stainless steel. Aside from being much heavier and stronger than its plastic counterpart, the steel ring also offers more detail and texture. Batjeepster also goes an extra step with the steel ring, as he adds extra detail by hand. He sands the ring to add the “damaged” look, the color is painted on with nail polish, and finally the ring is sprayed with a durable matte finish to protect it.

I definitely dig the weathered look here. It seems as this ring has seen a lot of use. One could imagine its wielder has been through many trials and tribulations, indeed!

This ring represents the Indigo Tribe, of course, but Batjeepster does offer rings for all of the other Corps. Aside from plastic and stainless steel, other material options include translucent resin and silver. Unless you’re hung up on comic book accuracy (which changes from issue to issue based on the artist, anyway), the low-profile power ring is a solid addition to any fan’s collection.

Tor lorek san, bor nakka mur,
Natromo faan tornek wot ur.
Ter Lantern ker lo Abin Sur,
Taan lek lek nok — Formorrow Sur!

Batjeepster has been working on custom power rings since early 2010. He started by modifying a Green Lantern: Mosaic promotional ring, then worked his way up to resin casting, metal/resin hybrids, and even silver designs. Be sure to check out his fan page on Facebook; you can see all of the various rings he’s created, plus tons of of fan and celebrity photos. If you want to get in touch with him and acquire a ring for yourself, that’s the best way to do it!

Alternatively, you can find Batjeepster’s work on eBay. Bids tend to get pretty high for his work, but you might just find some rare pieces there.

Thanks again to Batjeepster for the rings!

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