Thursday, July 15, 2010

YouTube Thursday: How to Make a Sword

This one goes out to all the people who may have been playing NERO, Exiles, or Amtgard for a while, and simply haven't made a weapon yet. It can be intimidating, but I have seen few videos that put the weapon construction process so succinctly. It really can be this easy.

If you are making this weapon for NERO, you will want to add an open cell foam crush tip to the end of the weapon and on the pommel, if you want to use waylay. The crush tips should be covered in a tape that can breath but has some resistance to water(gaffers tape, duct tape with holes). If water gets into your crush tip, you will most likely have to rebuild it. Also note that weapon lengths are measured after the crush tips. Finally, check this method of construction with your weapons marshal, since this uses non-standard materials. There is a good chance these will pass, simply because they're extremely safe, but it's always a good idea to ask.

If you are making this weapon for Exiles, try shaving down two sides of the weapon and then covering the entire thing with duct tape or gaffers tape. This will give it more of an appearance of having a blade, and also forces people to grab the flats if they're trying to disarm you.

If you are making this weapon for Amtgard, well, go hit someone with it.

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