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 Post subject: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 17th, 2014, 6:10 am 
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Hello everyone!
I was going to be making my first boffer weapon soon, and had a few questions!
I intend to make a Two-Handed sword, and wanted to know if I could use a fiberglass rod, or is it PVC only?

The idea that I had due to the rule stating. . .

2) The pommel and piercing tip must have an attachment of open cell foam cushioning.

I was thinking of doing my templates with a FLAT top, and then making a point out of some Open cell, and then using adhesive to stick it together (Same with the pommel)

Tips & Suggestions welcome!


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 Post subject: Re: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 18th, 2014, 4:03 pm 
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I love when folks want to be creative with their weapons, but I would caution branching out too much until the safety basics are covered first...I would suggest making a few following the tutorial until you have that down, before risking bring an unsafe boffer & having it not pass.

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 Post subject: Re: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 19th, 2014, 6:50 am 
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Thanks for the reply!

I think I'll be making a basic, 100% safe boffer as a back up with extra materials, but going to try and go fancy on my main - And tweek the design if needed.

Also wanted to know if for a Grip, could I use twine and cloth so long as the cloth covers all of the twine?


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 Post subject: Re: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 19th, 2014, 10:06 am 
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Sounds like a great idea for a grip - I'd put it on the pipe before you add the tape to the boffer so the tape can secure the ends and prevent unravelling. As for the thrusting tip, be careful! An open cell foam tip that's more than 1.5" - 3" long is liable to bend over rather than compress when you thrust, defeating the purpose of it. Also, make sure that any 'point' you put on it still has a tip larger than your eye socket. This means you're probably going to end up with a very gently angled tip to your boffer to keep it safe, but it certainly can be done. Also, make sure you trim and align your strips of tape well, especially when wrapping around corners, to avoid ending up with too many layers of tape in one spot. The tips are especially prone to this and that layering up of the tape can make it too stiff to compress and expand again properly.


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 Post subject: Re: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 19th, 2014, 10:56 am 
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What about the pipe question, Kijs?

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 Post subject: Re: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 21st, 2014, 10:22 pm 
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Fibreglass is usually ok - it's the core used in most latex weapons. Obviously it's a case by case basis - the core can't be too whippy, and it's recommended that fibreglass be wrapped in tape so that if it starts to give way or is damaged any splinters off the main piece won't work their way loose.


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 Post subject: Re: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 22nd, 2014, 6:36 am 
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Alrighty, thanks!

I was also watching a video were someone used a product called "Plastidip" to coat the weapon

Are things like latex spray-ons allowed to be used on the boffers?


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 Post subject: Re: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 22nd, 2014, 9:39 am 
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Absolutely! We've had some players make their own latex weapons with great success. Keep in mind that players using latex weapons are held to higher safety standards in combat, on penalty of having the privilege of using latex weapons (instead of boffers the admittedly safer boffer weapons) revoked. When you're making it just be prepared for the possibility that your first attempt may not pass safety and factor that into your budgeting for supplies. :)


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 Post subject: Re: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 22nd, 2014, 10:56 am 
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Sounds good, thanks for much for the help ^^

Also, any clue on when the Jan event is, I know this post is not for that, but figured I'd ask!


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 Post subject: Re: BOFFER TIPS PLS
PostPosted: December 22nd, 2014, 5:18 pm 
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Event dates have been posted!


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