Latex weapons. We'll finally find a way to make them safe for our game, and bring in amazing details as well. :)
This makes me ask a follow-up question. Why aren't we using latex weapons? Is it safety or expense or availability? Most latex weapons have a high price to make them...most newbies can't afford them. Also, a newbie with a little training can make a boff weapon. Latex weapons usually require a higher degree of skill in making them. I would say cost and ease of availability are a higher factor in their non-use than safety...though I do know some people feel they are not as safe as what we use now.Interesting ideas.
I have three letex weapons, including a custom made marn, and a shield and I can tell you durrable leytex weapons are EXPENSIVE. Most US larpers would never pay those prices.
Gary, I am curious what the pricing was. Can it be bought cheaper?
My first weapon was a viking sword that looked great. It cost me 35€. That is cheap here. That weapon broke three times until it finaly broke in half at a practice... So I had to spend more for quality.Short Sword: €75Long Sword: €18ishShield: €109Custom Made Marn: €240...My weapons are quality though but still. No sane Realmsy would spend this much.
I would like to see us go to latex weapons and shields more. On safety, some people do not like the tips esp when you look at thrusts, head and the accidental face or groin shot. the tips kind of flop over on some of the weapons.. Weapons shape and length...Unless you are making custom pieces our length is not normal for the industry...Some are like 3' but our 3'8" 4'6" 6'6" etc are not a standard for many companies.. There are are a few game systems that allow both boffer (gaffer tape weapons) and latex but flat latex weapons give a distinct advantage over the round also the impact caused by a latex is more concentrated on a smaller area so it feels like a harder hit when compared to a boffer weapon. Damion Lehay and I went to a latex smith in London a few years back and to do proper latex weapons and shields are not all that crazy expensive to make. But If one is made improperly and with materials that there could be issues with catastrophic failures and injury could occur.. Our game has some good foam smiths out there but without proper training and learning of some of the "tricks of the trade".. I know I know it is not all that hard to figure out or reverse engineer all I can say is what I saw for catastrophic failures in the shop in England of those weapons that were not made right, I would be cautious... This price is actually pretty low about what some people in realms ask for for bamboo weapons but they would last much much longer.. But when they brake down they are toast.. so that is another $30-80 depending on the make and the type of foam, core and latex they use... I would like to see them more prominent in our game the look is so much realistic than what we have now...
Im part of a game that makes weapons entirely out of Camp Foam we can shape them to look like weapons adn while they turn out a little "Fat" they look So much better than the pipe foam weapons. I know Anthony Qunitana/ Rasmith has been walking around with them for a while
We allowed his latex weapons at the event this past Saturday. I did not hear any complaints.
I think it's all what Callin said: cost, availability, but also because we do shots in places where some LARPs don't. That's why we currently don't have wide-spread latex weapons.That said: I've yet to have a problem with latex weaponry and allow them at my events when checked in/inspected. I myself carried around and fought Nero's old latex dagger for a good long while as Aberes/Sir A with no complaints other than people freaking out that it looked so good 'for a latex weapon'.
I wonder how long latex weapons will last with a few fight practices a week. Then see the cost skyrocket. As far as I know, most larps with latex weapons dont practice nearly as often as we do.
Good thought. Practice is a major part of our fighting.
I agree with Anonymous. I practice with those weapons here when I can get the Germans to fight. Every time I worry about the durrability of my gear. At their prices, I cannot afford to break them.