29 Apr 2008 elanthis   » (Journeyer)

New LARP Weapons

Spent some hours making these. I hope they’re actually legal. :/ The halberd (looks far more like a german poleax, oops) is constructed with 1″ diameter rattan, a styrofoam kickboard, the usual tan pipe insulation, some thinner dark tan (not black) pipe insulation I found, and strapping tape.

The halberd’s head is a bit bigger than I intended. I cut the styrofoam without taking into consideration the width of the padding (I used the light tan stuff for the blade’s edge, and the head spike and butt spike), so the blade came out a bit more gargantuan than I wanted it.

The dark tan padding used on the haft kinda has me worried - it’s not the rubbery black stuff that breaks down uber quick - it’s the exact same material as the light tan padding - but it’s only about 5/8ths as thick. I actually like that fact, but it may not be up to the standards of the game I’m heading to this weekend. Guess I’ll have to find out. It seems to hold up all right and is just about as cushy as the thicker stuff, but I imagine I’ll have to repad it sooner. Granted, the light tan stuff can last well over a year if you aren’t hitting like a retard and store your weapons somewhere acceptable.

The sword is a little atypical in construction too. The hilt is attached a little differently than most, as it’s a single length of padding with a hole cut through the middle edge-wise, and the PVC slide through that. It’s then secured with a healthy amount of strapping tape, similar to how all the bits are attached on the halberd. The blade was then covered completely in the dark tan padding, and then another strip of the dark tan was cut in half and doubled up on the blade edges. This gives the sword a slightly nice shape, although it’s giant and bloated compared to a real sword. The thrusting tip then has some extra light tan padding to give it a slight taper and extra cushion. The pommel is the regular light tan padding construction, albeit attached with strapping tape instead of just duct tape.

I have complete confidence that the sword is safe. The blade edges are actually even cushier than normal boffer swords since the dark tan stuff doubled up is a bit thicker than the light tan padding.

Syndicated 2008-04-11 18:12:42 from Sean Middleditch

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