New guide for making glowing lightsaber blades!

It’s a little different than the heavy boffer focus we normally have here at, but this should be of interest to anyone seeking a Star Wars game or cosplay. Also suitable for magical glowing blades for fantasy, steampunk, and other settings!

How to make a glowing larp lightsaber [v1.1]

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Bark Shield

Pieter from Arcana shares a bark-inspired punch shield with a yin-yang rune in the knot. It is totally badass, especially borne by Darius the woodland druid.





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Tree Trunk Cut Shield

What’s better than a round wooden shield? How about a tree trunk cut, single origin, artisan-made plastidip round punch shield? Pieter from Arcana shared it.

Tree Trunk Shield

Tree Trunk Punch Shield Handle

There’s a funny story from Pieter on this one:

“Okay – about a year ago, my friend who plays as Darius, with whom I started in this game about 20 years ago, sat next to me and started a conversation.

He thought that he should make a bigger club and that he should favor a shield but…  It wasn’t in his skill set to make one as good as he would like.

And he that it was sad that his character would not look as nice as Darius deserved . So I caved in and said I would build him something, but what should it look like?

So he asked for a wooden shield like the one Thorin Oakenshield uses in The Hobbit.

This year I also decided to try my hand at Airbrushing Latex. (Which I might add works very well.) To make a practice piece, and to trick my friend, I made a practice piece of exactly what he didn’t ask for.

And this is what came out: a tree trunk cut, single origin, round punch shield. When we assembled for that game I presented this shield to him and to my big surprise he absolutely liked it!

Luckily for me when I gave him the shield that was intended for him loved It. Also, the club is his.

Thanks, Pieter and Darius!

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Ivy Leaf Shield

Pieter from Arcana shares a shield inspired by an ivy leaf, perfect for a druid. He includes a couple of pictures of the planning process as well.

Planning to cut an Ivy Leaf Shield
Ivy Leaf Wooden Shield Pattern

FinishedIvy Leaf Wooden Shield
Ivy Leaf Shield

There are a few more druidic shields yet to come, stay tuned!

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Plastidip +1 Club

You may have heard that a +1 club is just a baseball bat, but Pieter from Arcana has built a nice one. It’s about 80 cm long, here are some pics!







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Low-profile latex knife

Pieter from Arcana shared some pics of a knife (about 40cm long) made using foam, latex, and plastidip. Very realistic! It even has a custom sheath.

Larp knife plastidip

Larp knife in sheath

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Larp Weapons Auf Deutsch

Well, here we hit a wall – the German speaking world has its own foamsmithing resources, and this “25+ build instructions for Larp Weapons” page seems to be its new hotness:

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New page on Stab Tips now up!

Today we posted a guide on creating Stab Tips! You can also find it through the menu at the top of each page.

The guide details how to use Yoga Mat foam to create a stab tip for flat bladed boffer weapons. This method results in durable, safe, and attractive stab tips, with minimal material and labor costs. Go check it out!

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Wrapshot’s low-profile Kitespar Sword

Just wanted to point out Anoc of Wrapshot’s no-gimmick one-handed sword build is just as good a guide as it was when it was first posted. Now, unless you’re local to Darkon, you’re not going to be able to pick up his MC foam blade kits, but Forged Foam still sells their own well-regarded foam blades.

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Latex/EL Wicked Axe by Pieter

Making plans

A friend of mine asked me if I could help him with an axe he wanted to build.

Dimensions: 110 cm  (3 feet 7 inch) and double bladed.

The Inspiration


A rough design:

In the drawing you can see that the internals are drawn as well. It is better to plan ahead!

Making the parts. Knowing what goes on beforehand is a tricky part and varied from weapon to weapon, but pretend it’s real and imagine yourself a blacksmith.

The frame is made-up clued together kite spare covered in cloth.

The cloth is glued and stitched. Glued together and cut to size. Note the barbs where left out because it was felt that it would weaken the weapon. The handle is made from wood and crafted so it will take two AAA batteries. The switch is placed at the backend of the weapon and foam protected.

After some more gluing and latex-ing:

Note: 6 layers of clear latex 3 colored (black)

Than the red, and metallic are directly airbrushed on to the latex.

Covered with a coat of plastidip clear and finished with a light coat of clear varnish.

And here it is with the lights on:


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