I am looking to make a Zweihander. My first thoughts were to create a big sword that looks really menacing and intimidating, that has a unique silhouette and would be easily recognizable. I thought of a shape for the blade that has a kind of blunt end, which may be impractical, but would still look really cool and unique.
I have chosen the name Beerdigung, which is German for Burial, Funeral (according to google translate). I chose this name after a bit of wiki research since the Zweihander "became a hallmark weapon of the German Landsknechte from the time of Maximilian I (d. 1519) and during the Italian Wars of 14941559.". I think this fits the theme of the game.
Here is my initial ref sheet
Those were just a bunch of cool swords I found with things I liked. I actually didn't use most of these, as I later found more specific actual Zweihander refs.
I started with some sketches of silhouettes
and a little more detailed sketch
I like 5 and 6 the best. Can't quite decide over the curved or straight guard. I like the straight handle for a couple of reasons; 1. It fits with the name as looking like a giant cross, and 2. It differs from the current Zweihander curved guard. Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated!