Battlescape LARP

WEAPON CONSTRUCTION GUIDE

First and foremost, if you want a durable weapon, your best option is to purchase a Calimacil branded weapon from their website or from www.ofscienceandswords.com.au , which is a local supplier in Melbourne.

Epic Armory weapons are reasonably priced and can also be bought from www.epicarmoury.com.au . Their higher-end weapons, such as the strong-hold, are especially durable. If you’re on a tight budget or prefer crafting your own unique weapon, below is a guide on constructing foam weapons, commonly known as Boffers.

Here is a video guide that demonstrates how to safely create a LARP boffer weapon that can be customized to your liking. This is perfect for those who want a unique weapon!

 

Link: https://youtu.be/H8Vote4SdZw?si=HtRgjTyxvSAuFivo

 

Note: Almost, if not, all material can be sourced from either Clark Rubber or Bunnings.

Certainly, safety is of utmost importance when constructing LARP-safe weapons. Here are some safety rules and guidelines regarding materials that are acceptable for constructing LARP-safe weapons:

 

1. Foam Padding:

   – Closed-Cell Foam: Always use closed-cell foam for padding the core of your LARP weapons. Closed-cell foam is dense and safe, as it absorbs impacts without causing harm to participants. Common types include foam pool noodles and camping pads.

 

   – Appropriate Thickness: Ensure that the foam padding is of an appropriate thickness to provide sufficient cushioning. Thicker foam is generally safer, especially for weapon striking surfaces.

 

2. PVC or Fibre-glass Cores:

   – Use PVC Pipe: PVC pipe is a commonly used material for LARP weapon cores. It is lightweight, durable, and readily available. Solid fiber-glass cores are also a safe option and can be purchased from www.ofscienceandswords.com.au , www.epicarmoury.com.au , www.calimacil.com

 

   – Proper Diameter: Select a PVC pipe with a diameter that is safe for LARP combat. The diameter should be suitable for the weapon type you are creating, and it should not have sharp edges or burrs.

 

   – Secured Foam: Attach foam padding securely to the PVC core using contact cement to prevent it from shifting or coming loose during play.

 

3. Duct Tape:

   – Tape for Covering: Duct tape is often used to cover the foam padding. Use strong, high-quality tape like T-Rex or Gorilla Tape to ensure the covering remains intact.

 

   – Secure Ends: Make sure the rubber stops at the ends of your weapon are properly secured with tape to prevent foam exposure.

 

4. Grip and Handle:

   – Safe Materials: When adding a grip or handle to your weapon, use materials that provide a comfortable and secure hold. Paracord or leather straps are popular choices.

 

   – Secure Attachment: Attach the grip securely to the weapon using contact adhesive to prevent it from slipping or coming loose during combat.

 

5. Safety Testing:

   – Impact Testing: Before using a LARP weapon in combat, test it on a soft surface to ensure that the foam padding effectively absorbs impacts and that there are no exposed hard surfaces.

 

   – Regular Inspections: Regularly inspect your weapons for wear and tear. Retire any weapons that show signs of damage or deterioration.

 

6. Documentation:

   – Record Keeping: Keep records of each weapon’s construction, including its type, length, and any modifications. This documentation can help ensure safety and consistency within Battlescape LARPs rules.

 

7. Consult with Experts:

   – Seek Guidance: If you’re unsure about the safety of a particular material or construction technique, consult with experienced LARPers or LARP organizers for guidance and advice.

 

8. No Hard or Sharp Materials:

   – Prohibit Hard or Sharp Materials: Avoid using any materials that could create hard or sharp edges on your LARP weapon. These can pose a safety risk to participants and should be strictly avoided.

 

By adhering to these safety rules and guidelines, you can help ensure that the weapons used in Battlescape LARP are safe for all participants and provide an enjoyable and secure gaming experience. Remember that safety should always be the top priority when creating and using LARP-safe weapons.

 

Note: If there is a material you wish to use or your weapon is too unique to fit within these rules, please seek out a Battle Master to approve it.

If you’re looking for a basic weapon, pool noodle Boffers can cost as little as $20. Alternatively, you can purchase one of Battlescape’s rental boffers for $30. Below is a guide on constructing one yourself.

– PVC Pipe: Choose a suitable length and thickness based on the weapon type you want to create (e.g., one-handed sword, two-handed sword, staff). PVC pipes can be purchased from Bunnings for around $8 for a 6-meter length. Orange PVC is more durable, and we recommend checking if it will easily fit into the pool noodle (the inner hole varies in width).

 

– Foam Padding: Foam pool noodles can be purchased from Bunnings for around $3 for a 2-meter length.

 

– Duct Tape: Use this to secure foam padding and create the weapon’s handle. We suggest either T-Rex tape or Gorilla Tape, which costs around $14 per roll. These stronger tapes are less likely to come apart and are superior in durability. Use this tape to fully cover the pool noodle in long vertical lengths.

 

– Paracord or Leather Straps: These are for grip and decoration. Ensure they won’t slip around by using spray contact adhesive. Spray it on both the material and the handle, allowing some time for it to become sticky before attaching.

 

– Scissors and Utility Knife: To cut materials.

 

– PVC Pipe Cutter or Hand Saw: Use this to cut the PVC pipe to length. Usually, an assistant at Bunnings can help you with this; just ensure you know the length you want for your weapon.

 

– Rubber End Stops: You can find these at Clark Rubber. You’ll need two for each end of your PVC pipe.

 

– Measuring Tape or Ruler: For precise measurements.

– Design Your Weapon: Decide on the type and size of the boffer weapon you want to create.

 

– Cut PVC Pipe: Measure and cut the PVC pipe to the desired length in centimeters. For a sword, the blade length (pool noodle over the PVC) usually ranges from 60 to 120 cm, depending on the weapon type and your preferences. Account for the grip length and whether it will be used one-handed or two-handed.

 

– Prepare the Foam Padding: Cut the foam noodle to match the desired PVC blade length in centimeters.

 

– Cover with T-Rex Tape: Wrap the pool noodle with tape, overlapping each strip by at least 1 cm. Make sure the rubber stops are at each end before sealing the noodle shut and taping the grip end to the PVC to prevent movement. The tape creates a smooth and durable surface, covering any exposed foam that could easily be damaged otherwise.

 

– Handle Construction: For the handle, wrap it with paracord or leather straps for grip and aesthetics. Attach it with contact adhesive.

 

– Safety Check: Ensure all parts of the weapon are securely fastened, and there are no exposed hard surfaces. Test the weapon’s safety by gently striking a soft surface to ensure the foam padding absorbs the impact.

 

– Rules and Regulations: Familiarize yourself with Battlescape LARP’s rules and regulations regarding weapon construction.

 

– Documentation: Keep records of each weapon’s construction, including its type, length in centimeters, and any modifications. This documentation can help ensure safety and consistency in your LARP. Make sure to take photos of every step of the process for approval from the Battle Master.

Remember to prioritize safety when constructing boffer weapons. Regularly inspect weapons for wear and tear and retire any that no longer meet safety standards.

~Battlescape LARP