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Shield Cores?

Discussion in 'Chapter 17 Shield Definitions' started by Ludicrous Kefka, Jul 7, 2017.

  1. Ludicrous Kefka

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    I was wondering what kind of cores are generally used in the shields used for larp. I've been wanting to make one, but I do not know what to use. The only tutorials I could find online were either made using pure foam or used wood as a core. I figured that either of these would be a bad choice for a shield and would not be allowed (though I could be wrong, I really do not know) So what is used as a core for shields?
     
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    well io can tell you what i used to make mine, i took an old tote lid that was not needed anymore, it gave it flexability with stability, and let me mount a hand grip on it. i put 2 layers of blue cmap foam map on the outside and one on the inside then ran another strip of foam around the edge to seal it all up, then plasti dipped painted and sealed it, avoid flex seal for the final coating, not sure what trips uses but i know Raliks shield is wonderful. if you do engraved details on the face avoid the roll on plasti dip, stick to the spray paint type, from what i have seen and heard you get to keep any details that way
     
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    Wood Core = BIG nono...
    Pure Foam IS fine... with a couple of extra layers you will actually find it pretty rigid yet still flexible.
    I have found a layer of Corrugated Cardboard (Box Cardboard) to be the best Core though!
     
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    all mine are just foam....i think. I know that most are and none have wood.
     
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    yeah no woodedn cores
     
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    I am gonna use corougated plasic sheets
     
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    For small shields or flat shields, I used Corrugated Cardboard as a core. I took two pieces and I glued them so the grain goes vertically on one and Horizontally on the other like plywood. It is light and surprisingly strong. When you use a core like this you have to pad the edges so that nobody will get hurt by the core. I usually use at least 2 inches of padding, sometimes more.

    I am going to make a larger shield that will probably not have a core. The layers glued together should be able to hold a curved shape without a core. This is how Murdoch's Shield was made. I have used it before and it holds up just fine. I would probably use at least 3 layers though.
     
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