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15 Aug 2007 - 23:51164
Help making Weapons
I was wondering what the best material and such should be used for making weapons and shield if anyone can help me i would appriciate it thank u


16 Aug 2007 - 17:53169
Hi Evilmech!

You have a lot of options available to you for making weapons and props (I almost put peoples for some reason XD)

The easiest and most basic is good ole:

Cardboard.

Sounds lame, but it can serve as the base for almost anything. It can be cut into decent shapes and is somewhat strong.

Now, let's say you were making "Link's Shield" from Zelda, I would make the basic shield out of cardboard, then attach two extra layers to the front and back to support it.

Craft foam is a cheap, easy to find material (costs about 99p for an a3 sheet) and while quite flimsy by itself but it is great for details and intricate carvings. You will need to coat the foam in something before painting it however! A matt varnish, or PVA glue would be best.

Camping mat foam is much thicker, sturdier and supportive, but you can't make great details with it. You can buy foam camping mats from Argos, Millets or similar for about a fiver.

I would cut three shapes out of all three materials, then have the cardboard as a base layer, followed by the camping mat foam, then a layer of craft foam on top. You'll need to paint, shape and decoate the craft foam before sticking it on.

For glue I would use one called IMPACT, you can get it in most DIY stores.

If you are feeling much more adventerous, plasticard is the next step up. You can order it online, or from hobby stores. It is a thin layer of plastic, like card hence the name, it can be cut into detailed shapes and is very sturdy but not as flexible as the other material.

Above that is fiberglass and wood-working, only use this if you have the tools available and can find a good, detailed guide. It is highly dangerous! (Especially fiberglass)

For fancy bits and bobs, FIMO clay is a great source. You can buy in loads of colours, you shape the shape you wan't and then bake it. Becomes hard as rock and can be used for adornments etc.

I hope this helps!


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17 Aug 2007 - 00:37171
Weapons
im wanting to try and make a devil may cry weapon for my costume....its the sword called rebellion...if your not sure what it is then look at my profile on bebo and youll find out.
I want to make this sword so i can show it off at the amecon in 08 can someone help me


08 Nov 2007 - 21:52843
I'd like to make a sword to go along with my planned Sephiria costume (link) but I've never made a sword before! Would a cardboard base/core surrounded by foam be the best option for this? Anyone got any other tips?


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09 Nov 2007 - 00:30844
http://www.swblades.com/demaycry3dar.html

You can buy "Real" Rebellions but to be honest, dowling and cardboard or carving it straight out of wood would be good. Foam or like putty stuff would be great for the detail on the hilt.

Leah: That sounds good to me. Failing that, you could buy a bokken (which is a wooden katana) and edit that, adding onto the handle and moulding around it as a base. Gotta warn you though, it's weighted to feel like a real sword so it'll be heavy, but sturdy!


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09 Nov 2007 - 02:00845
Quote Leah:
I'd like to make a sword to go along with my planned Sephiria costume (link) but I've never made a sword before! Would a cardboard base/core surrounded by foam be the best option for this? Anyone got any other tips?


Hi Leah,

I reckon you would be best off using a mixture of:

Balsa wood for the blade and hilt.
Plasticard or Funky Foam for the Guard.

If you can't do Balsa wood then try foamboard, it wouldn't look as good, but cheaper and no sanding involved.


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12 Jan 2008 - 12:211377
Quote PrincessMark:
Quote Leah:
I'd like to make a sword to go along with my planned Sephiria costume (link) but I've never made a sword before! Would a cardboard base/core surrounded by foam be the best option for this? Anyone got any other tips?


Hi Leah,

I reckon you would be best off using a mixture of:

Balsa wood for the blade and hilt.
Plasticard or Funky Foam for the Guard.

If you can't do Balsa wood then try foamboard, it wouldn't look as good, but cheaper and no sanding involved.

Hmm, if I were you I would not reccomend balsa at all, go and find a nice strip of pine about 15mm thick (go to B&Q or focus etc) and buy a coping saw, sanding block with a medium grit sandpaper, some files, a square block of pine and balsa for the guard, and hockey tape for the wrapping. If you want to continue down this route, Ill be willing to write a tutorial.


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11 Jul 2008 - 15:064566
Another DMC cosplayer with a weapon query:

Yamato. Would all these ideas be good for a Japanese style sword and the sheath?

I did ask if I could make a sword and put it into a replica katana's sheath but Amecon are notoriosly slow at responding xDD


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11 Jul 2008 - 17:574577
I make all my katanas out of wood, with the simplest of tools I can make stuff like this:



As for swords that are thicker/larger in scale, I go for multi layered cardboard with newspaper-mache and matt finish. An example is Zabimaru that I've made with this method:




With Dante's Rebellion, I would cut a flat 2D shape of the blade including the handle out of a sheet of MDF or pine so it's 'full-tang' and will not break if you swing it around by the handle. The blade section I would bevel with the correct wood tools and the handle would have cardboard wrapped around it tightly to make a round handle. The guard would be made of various other methods that I could think of haha, so good luck on Rebellion.


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14 Jul 2008 - 13:374668
I'll (probably) need to make a bow fairly soon, but I'm at a loss as to how to even start making it! Anyone got any suggestions for good materials that are easy to work with for a complete newbie, and which won't cause problems with convention weapons regs?


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14 Jul 2008 - 13:494669
Lots of strong wire bent vertically to the shape of the bow, then thin wire to wrap around the strong wire in circles, so it comes more 3D. Clingfilm around the wire, then papiermache and decorate? Sorry if it's hard to explain!


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02 Aug 2008 - 22:095027
I recommend foamex plastic for weapons. Its lightweight and soft and easy to cut. I'm using it for my armour and its great to shape with a heat gun and it quite strong.

www.westwardplastics.co.uk

For the bow I recommend a soft flexable wood or plastic then use a piece of leather throng for the srting (less likely to hurt someone if the string snaps). It wouldn't be functional as the throng wouldn't take much stress but it is safer.


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30 Aug 2009 - 01:3518981
Help
I am going to cosplay as Yuki from vampire knight at a convention next year and need help with either makeing or buying her weapon Artemis Rod. Have any suggestions?


04 Nov 2013 - 02:43108857
Hi! I am wanting to cosplay as vanille from.ff13 and Aisha dimensional witch from Elsword, what materials should I use to make their weapons?


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