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Discussion in 'Chapter 4 LarpCraft Game Props' started by Galandorf Redbark, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. Galandorf Redbark

    Galandorf Redbark Barbarian Fighter Myths & Legends

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    I may have just missed the section but what are the rules for making shields?
    I know armour has to be pretty much full decorum (so no using a plastic viking helmet for a helm)
    but I cannot find anything on what to make shields with.

    As they are blocking weapon blows and have to be pretty hard wearing it is a quandary.
    In our local group only one other person I know of has made a shield and it was a foam mats build. I have done similar.

    I want something that will not break in 2 weeks so was thinking could you make just a legit shield?
    If it does have to be foam can it have a wooden backing?

    Just hope too get as much information as I can. Building and making your own stuff is one of the best parts of Larp .
     
  2. Wulfric Hrolfsson

    Wulfric Hrolfsson LarpCraft of Tea Tree Gully Host - Human Barbarian LarpCraft Host 2017 Waivers '17 Campaign Member Mythical | Legendary | Epic Member Elder '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends

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    No! No Wood/Steel on Shields. thats a VERY hard NO.

    Cores are either Cardboard or Plastic Sheeting at the most, with Foam EVA Mats.

    There are MANY guides in the Community section of people who have made Shields, you should check them out!
     
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  3. Galandorf Redbark

    Galandorf Redbark Barbarian Fighter Myths & Legends

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    That was not my question, what I was asking is where is the section that has all these guidelines. You say no wood but where does it say that? I just think there should be clear guidelines for making larp safe items. Also you cannot shield bash so I really don't see why we can't use a normal shield I mean you can wear full plate armour (which as someone who knows how much being hit with a solid metal gauntlet) is much more likely to cause injury.
    Either way I direct back to the question on is there an actual section to explain what is considered allowed?
     
  4. Wulfric Hrolfsson

    Wulfric Hrolfsson LarpCraft of Tea Tree Gully Host - Human Barbarian LarpCraft Host 2017 Waivers '17 Campaign Member Mythical | Legendary | Epic Member Elder '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends

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    Making Larp Shields

    This is the go to place where you can see shields being made.

    And I will re-iterate NO STEEL, NO WOOD. Thats just common sense for a LARP Shield...
     
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  5. Drift Wood

    Drift Wood 2017 Waivers '17 Campaign Member Mythical | Legendary | Epic Member Elder '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends

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    It's in Chapter 17 Shield Definitions:
    "There are four sizes of shields that a character can learn to use. Below are the descriptions of each shield type. All shields must pass tech inspection/weapons check. Shields are to be of heavy foam with fiberglass or like material inside. Edges are to be thicker if homemade, and admins will check that the handles do not pose a threat of injury to those holding the shield. You should have 2-3" (5-8 cm) of foam over the main area of the shield. We do not usually approve heavy shields with solid cores (ones that don't flex) but it is up to the local host to make the call."
     
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  6. Indir McArthur

    Indir McArthur Half Elf, Ranger, Vesprtillio territory. Natus Gryphe Myths & Legends

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    i don't think any of our shields have cores, if they do they are just light plastic.
     
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  7. King Murdoch McArthur

    King Murdoch McArthur LarpCraft of Milwaukee Host, chevalier paladin Lore Master Natus Gryphe LarpCraft Host Transferred Character Elder Myths & Legends Lifetime Award

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    Ok the boy told me to come look at this.

    As someon potsed above
    "Shields are to be of heavy foam with fiberglass or like material inside. Edges are to be thicker if homemade, and admins will check that the handles do not pose a threat of injury to those holding the shield. You should have 2-3" (5-8 cm) of foam over the main area of the shield. We do not usually approve heavy shields with solid cores (ones that don't flex) but it is up to the local host to make the call."

    My 2 big shields...have no core none. It's all foam and glue and plastidip. The kids shields, Indir's might have something light in it but i'm not sure.

    My current shield is litelerally work out mats and some camp foam glue and plasti dip. Check out Tripps Sinful's diy vids or message him.

    wood or metal cores are a no no in LC. I have seen some made with light plastic for shape, i think it was rubbermaid garbage can cut up.
     
  8. Galandorf Redbark

    Galandorf Redbark Barbarian Fighter Myths & Legends

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    Thank you Drift wood for directing me to the section that covers it and thank you Wulfric for the link, so many shield sections.
    Time to start cutting up foam mats. Getting a decent glue is going to be the hardest part so I might have to hit up camping stores.

    What I might do is go circular and then each size upgrade take of the handle off then add a bigger circle of foam and reattach the handle, that way I don't have to remake an entire shield for each size upgrade.
    So no giant metal tower shields lol (pretty sure I would not be able to move with one anyway that would be heavy)

    What do you all think of my upgrading shield idea?
    Oh and thanks everyone for your help.
     
  9. King Murdoch McArthur

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    It would probably be easier to make a new one.

    Taking the handel off and re attaching it each time is almost building a new one, plus the tear apart time.

    If you just build new ones, you also have old ones to loan out to new people. And you don't always want the biggest thing you can carry.
     
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  10. Wulfric Hrolfsson

    Wulfric Hrolfsson LarpCraft of Tea Tree Gully Host - Human Barbarian LarpCraft Host 2017 Waivers '17 Campaign Member Mythical | Legendary | Epic Member Elder '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends

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    Murdoch is correct here, I already have a Buckler, but I'm now upgrading and building a Medium Shield Round Shield (Because Vikings Yo!)
    I'm definitely keeping my Buckler, because I know I can downgrade to it for certain situations, and I have already loaned it to a fellow Warrior starting out! :)
     
  11. Grath Dragous

    Grath Dragous Orc Warrior 2017 Waivers 2017 Epic Membership Elder '17 Old Waiver Myths & Legends

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    if i can make a suggestion in regards to glue, i got this from the facebook group "plastidip artists" they suggest wildwood contact cement, and honestly with having just finished my first shield i can say it worked great