Gear from the Nature Sect of Arcana

Pieter van der Beek from Arcana sends us more great builds: An elegant combat stick:

And a 7cm deep birdwing shield. Don’t let your old Raptor wings go to waste, enchant them with plastidip and go to battle with them:

Built by Pieter, painted by his daughter! The shield measures 70cm. It is lined with 5mm of foam, 1 cm at the edge, and has two sheets of floor boarding as core.

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Pieter’s Airbrushed Metallic Blades

Pieter from Arcana is back at it again: these swords were shaped using a belt sander with 80 grit. He notes that this left the surface to coarse and looking a bit pitted. Higher grit sandpaper might leave the surface smoother, and heat treating the foam could potentially get rid of the last bumps, but Pieter hasn’t tested that theory yet.

The swords are first painted with black latex and then sealed using plastidip. After this sealing, the swords were primed for any available kind of paint. In this case Pieter airbrushed heavily diluted silver and bronze metallic model paint. Then the swords were sealed again with plastidip.

Ready for battle

Ready for battle

Another view of the sword

Another view of the sword

Leather frog!

Leather frog!

Matching sidearm!

Matching sidearm!

The airbushed blades

The airbushed blades

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LED-Nocked Arrows

LED Larp Arrows


Pieter from Arcana in the Netherlands presents his luminescent arrows. Since Arcana sometimes hosts for 48 hours straight, there’s combat at night and arrows can get lost. It’s much easier to find these arrows on the ground, because they have light-up nocks.

The light in the arrow is courtesy of a light-up-nock, commercially available, luckily not too expensive ($2 – $5). There’s a very simple LED and battery configuration in a clear plastic nock. There are several types of light-up-nocks most of them are usually bow string operated.  The one thing you should pay special attention to is size, most light-up-nocks are 6.2 mm in diameter and arrows come in different cross-sections. Luckily most arrow shafts that have a insert to accommodate the changing of the arrow head are of this size.

The arrow head, is a commercial available prefab foam arrowhead for archery tag ($3 – $5). It screws in the arrow shaft via the insert. And can be made extra safe with some glue. The arrow is a carbon fiber 31 inch compound hunting bow arrow and comes complete with a changeable arrow head and real feathers($2 – $3).

The build is very simple, replace the arrowhead and replace the nock. The one thing that isn’t in the picture that I have bound the feathers with a string (white) so it looks just a bit better.

One arrow costs Pieter something between $7 – $13 and looks a lot better than the commercial rubber feathered larp arrows that will cost something like $16.

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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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