EDIT - So I misunderstood the nature of the question here, and thought Jake was asking about the original legend - not the original weapon model. Whoops. But I already did all this research, so whatever, maybe someone will find this interesting, maybe not, whatever works.
So we've actually got both a sword and an anvil, and the sword is actually stuck in both of them. Of course, the Arthurian legends date back further than Malory. But they're often in fragmentary forms, and many don't even mention the "Sword in The Stone". One that notably does is the poem Merlin, by Robert de Boron, written around 1136:
So we've got an anvil here too. And so far, as far as I can find direct references to Arthur and The Sword in The Stone, the element of an anvil being paired with the stone seems consistant. (Of course, I'm not remotely a scholar of Arthurian legend, just an amateur, and I've literally just done the most basic research for this, and it is not at all comprehensive. I very easily could be missing quite a lot.)
There are parallels between these stories and others not about Arthur. There's an old Norse story about the magic sword Gram, which has been stuck into the Barnstokkr - a giant tree with a sturdy trunk - by Odin, and could only be pulled out by the hero Sigmund. And there's also reportedly a story about Galahad pulling a sword from a stone next to a river, but I can't find a definitive text to see if an anvil was involved.
You could consider turning the rock into more of a pedestal so it looks less like a giant one-sided Q-Tip.
Whoever ends up texturing it, I'd recommend adding blast marks to the stone.
"No fancy magic rock's gonna survive 250 bloody pounds o' dynamite."
Honestly? All of the stuff like that, 'putting blast marks on the stone' and other things, is a bunch of needless attempts at trying to 'explain' something that doesn't need explaining.
It's a sword. In a stone. Like the old fable. It's a sight gag and doesn't really need too much explanation.
these bits of lore are what made the game great though.
It doesn't really look like a 'smooth' stone?
It looks like one of TF2's angular stones that, plausibly, could have broken off the top of a bigger stone the sword was stuck in.
Is there any way to flag certain dropped weapons to be non-pick-up-able by other people?
is someone already texturing the stone sword?
The proportions on that altogether right there look... really odd.
That's either a GIANT sword or a tiny anvil.
Actually, the references to anvils in the Arthurian legends of The Sword in The Stone denote them as being only either a foot or half a foot high.
Today we think of anvils as being larger, but that's because we have more advanced metallurgy and metal is cheaper, so we can make them bigger without spending a fortune. But if you were a medieval smith and good metal was scarce, it wouldn't be uncommon to use a smaller anvil and simply place it on a support of somekind - often a large stone, hence the "stone" part of The Sword in The Stone.
That sword is way too small in that version
You can just click the x button tho
I get that stuff like this is mostly unwelcome here, but I am making a mod called "OC Fortress 2"
Wanna know why it's "OC" Fortress?
(In case if your trying to find any mistakes on it, I intentionally made it bad.)
can we get a fix for the fuckin hazmat? this pinheaded shit is totally unwearable.
"Who you calling pinhead?"
Let's vote for that!
Agree for pink and lime
Disagree for slate and purple