We play a rough and tumble game, so no boffer weapon can stay pristine forever. Knowing how to repair a weapon is a useful talent, which will prolong the life of your equipment and keep your wallet happy. Lets run down some common problems you’ll see, and how to repair them. Continue reading “Wear and Tear: Swords”
Eye Safety with Boffer Weapons
I think boffer weapons are pretty safe, which may surprise you since one did this to me the other day. It looks a little gruesome, but I can assure you it would have been significantly worse if the weapon that struck me wasn’t properly “eye safe”. As it was, I came away with just a small cut to the eyelid and no real damage. Not even a black eye. This seems like a good opportunity to talk about the importance of eye safety when building boffer weapons. An eye safe weapon saved my eye, and they may save more in the future. Continue reading “Eye Safety with Boffer Weapons”
New page up on Fiberglass Cores
Solid fiberglass rods are the go-to core technology for boffer swords. They are affordable, easy to use, and durable. We heartily recommend them, and detail their usage in our latest component guide.
Want to see something cool? Pieter of Arcana in the Netherlands shares a successful experiment in Electroluminescent Wire on a larp weapon.
Inspired by this illustration, this sword is 1.5m long, with two AAA batteries in the handle and a converter housed near the crossguard.
When powered on, the neon string lights up.
And finally, a quick video. We’d never seen this done before, it looks like a really neat way to improve a weapon for a fantasy/scifi game. Thanks for sharing your creations, Pieter!
If you’ve got something new or interesting in the world of foamsmithing, write in to firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear about it!
Pieter’s Hidden Shield Compartment
Pieter, who makes repeating crossbows sometimes, sent in this shield with a hidden compartment:
Pieter is from Arcana in the Netherlands. Thank you, Pieter!
The SoulLo Gryphon Shield, by Wrapshot
Another season, another beautiful PD shield from WrapShot. This one is commissioned by SoulLo Wartorn.
Sasha: The Six-Bolt Repeating Crossbow
Pieter from the Netherlands has built a repeating crossbow named Sasha (Team Fortress 2 reference) that fires larp arrows:
Sasha is 1.10 meters and 5.5 kg. Here it is a video of it this weapon in action!
Stuff Maker’s Weapons Rack
I have never seen a better use for seven sticks on a foam fighting field.
NQ! Heater Shield
Another killer Plastidip shield from wrapshot, this time a No Quarter! heater shield.
Click through and note the location of the handles. Not horizontal, but diagonal.
Hi-Tech Sword Building for New People
Solusar of Belegarth has a great gallery/tutorial on his blue sword build, with good details like tip-foam teeth, a tip-biscuit, and a non-mushroom-cap stabbing tip. Lots of interesting commentary. We recommend it highly: Solusar’s Hi-Tech Sword Building for New People