Weapon Building

Building the Larp Boffer
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How to complicate the simple effectively.

This article will just be a handful of tips and tricks to building your standard round-closed-cell-foam-and-duct-tape weapons. There are a number of advantages to these classic weapons over the newer latex weapons.

Just to name a few advantages:

  1. More aerodynamic
  2. Cheaper and easier to repair
  3. Resilient to weather, abuse, and terrible packing and storage jobs by monster camp.
  4. Cheaper and easier to repair

On point #3 we are going to focus on construction rather than cosmetics. So I am going to quickly whip together 10 basic and ugly claw reps for our monster camp.

BASIC CONSTRUCTION

  • Standard materials used here:
    • 1/2″ cpvc pipe
    • _______ Brand Pipe insulation (most others are too thin and break down fast)
    • Duct Tape
    • Your personal choice of grip tape (I prefer hockey tape and electrical for my rough and tumble weapons)

    Tape: I’ve never become loyal to a certain brand of Duct tape that makes me happy over all. 3M comes cheaper in big roles and often works well enough. Duck brand seems to have more bonding/sticking issues than others… I could go on and on. Today I’m using the more plastic 3M because it typically works fine and I need a bunch for 10 claws. read more