A few weeks back I went along to my first solely melee based game here in Canberra with a group called The Hundred Swords. After thoroughly enjoying myself in game, I decided it was time to refresh my melee armory with a few new weapons that better suited their rules. First up was a 110cm one handed sword.
I’ll run through what I’ve done for this sword but of course feel free to take the basic principles here and apply it to basically any other weapon.
Foam floor mat
Hot glue + gun
We’ll kick off with the floor mat.
For the third piece make sure to leave some of the matting full width in the middle. There needs to be some solid matting at the very end of the weapon to make sure the core can’t easily puncture right the way through.
Tape the end piece of floor mat to one of the other two.
Then run some glue for the length of the channel, lay the core in place, place some heavy things on it while it sets.
Fold the top piece over, tape the final piece of floor mat in place, then run some glue along both the core and the face of the matting so that all three surfaces will be stuck together. Be careful not to use too much glue or get it too close to the edge as the glue will dry hard and won’t be fun to be hit with.
Close it off with some tape.
And I’ve missed a photo here but use some of the offcuts from the floor mats to make a base. Make sure that it adequately covers/protects the core as you don’t want it getting speared into anyone.
And there we have it. One foam sword, perfect for melee fighting.