Guidelines for Construction

BLUE Weapons (All one-handed Weapons Swords, Axes, Maces, and clubs.)

Daggers (Anything under 2 feet long)

  • Striking surface – .5 inch 4 pound foam then 1.5 inch 2 pound foam covering at least 2/3 the length of the core. Finish with .5” of Ensolite, marine foam on the tip insuring overall size greater than 2.5”.           
  • Pommel – 2” solid foam, 2” diameter
  • Crossguards – Tips must be 1” solid foam, cannot fit more than .5” through a 2″ diameter hole. Balance point must be above the crossguard.
  • Thrusting tips – Must have 1.5 inches of solid foam at the end and cannot fit more than .5” through a 2.5″ diameter hole. All weapons must have a .25” foam biscuit/horse pill.

Single Handed Weapons – Swords, Axes, Maces, and clubs. (2’- 3’11” from two foot to three foot eleven inches long),

  • Striking surface – ½ inch 4 pound foam then ½ inch 2 pound foam covering at least 2/3 the length of the core. Maximum weight 13oz.             .
  • Pommel – 2” solid foam, 2” diameter
  • Crossguards – Tips must be 1” solid foam, cannot fit more than .5” through a 2″ diameter hole. Balance point must be above the crossguard.
  • Thrusting tips – Must have 1.5 inches of solid foam at the end and cannot fit more than .5” through a 2.5″ diameter hole. All weapons must have a .25” foam biscuit/horse pill. Maximum weight 11.5 oz.

Flails

  • The flail ball must have a circumference of 16 inches.
  • The ball minimum weight is 4 oz.
  • The last 3” of the end of flail haft must be padded as a blue dagger tip.
  • The flail “chain” must be rope or cloth and covered with segmented foam rings. Maximum “chain” length is 6 inches.

Red Weapons: weapons two hand weapons sword, axe, clubs, and maces.

2 Handed Swords (4’ to 5’ long) Axes and Mace

  •  Striking surface – .5” inch of 6 or 4 pound foam then 1.5 inch 2 pound foam covering at least 2/3 the length of the core. Finish with .5” of Ensolite, marine foam on the tip insuring overall size greater than 2.5”.
  • Minimum 1.5 inches of foam for the striking edge.
  • Pommel – 2” solid foam, 2” diameter
  • Crossguards – Tips must be 1” solid foam, cannot fit more than .5” through a 2″ diameter hole. Balance point must be above the crossguard on swords.
  • Thrusting tips – Must have 1.5 inches of solid foam at the end and cannot fit more than .5” through a 2.5″ diameter hole. All weapons must have a .25” foam biscuit/horse pill. Minimum weight 24oz.   

Polearms: Glaives, poleaxes, halberds, naginata, and slash/thrusting spears

  • Striking surface – .5” inch of 6 or 4 pound foam then 1.5 inch 2 pound foam covering at least 1/3 the length of the core for a thrust only ½ for slashing . Finish with 1” of Ensolite, marine foam on the tip insuring overall size greater than 2.5”.
  • Pommel – 2” solid foam, 2” diameter
  • Crossguards – Tips must be 1” solid foam, cannot fit through a 2” diameter hole.
  • Thrusting tips – Must have 1.5 inches of solid foam at the end and cannot fit more than .5” through a 2.5″ diameter hole. All weapons must have a .25” foam biscuit/horse pill.

Green Weapons: Spears and pikes thrust only.

Spears/pikes (4’ to16’ long)

  • Striking surface – .5” inch of 6 or 4 pound foam then 1.5 inch 2 pound foam covering at least 1/3 the length of the core for a thrust only weapon, No slashing. Finish with 1” of Ensolite, marine foam on the tip insuring overall size greater than 2.5”.
  • Pommel – 2” solid foam, 2” diameter
  • Thrusting tips – Must have 2 inches of solid foam at the end and cannot fit more than .5” through a 2.5″ diameter hole. Green weapons must have a .5” foam biscuit/horse pill.

Yellow Weapons: Projectile Weapons

Weapons thrown by hand.

  • No rigid cores allowed – Must be made with rubber/flexible core.
    The striking surface must be covered in cloth, no tape.
  • Min. diameter – 2.5”
  • Min. length – 6”
  • Maximum weight of 1.5 pounds.

Archery:

  • Bows must have a draw weight of 35 pounds or less at 28 inches draw.
  • Arrows cannot be drawn more than 28 inches.

Arrows:

  • Arrows should be made with carbon or fiberglass shafts. Aluminum arrows are discouraged.
  • All arrows must have the point removed.
  • The maximum draw length of an arrow is 28 inches.
  • All arrows must have at least two fletchings and a nock.
  • The arrow head should be constructed on a SharkBite PEX Pipe that fits on the arrow shaft.
  • A build out from the PEX Pipe of 4 to 6 pound to the size of the penny and a penny secured to the end.
  • Over the build out a structural base of foam at least 2″ in diameter X 2”long and made from 4 or 6 pound foam is attached. A .5” Disc of 4 or 6 pound foam should be placed on the end.
  • The softer padded face of the arrow must be open cell foam and at least 2.5″ wide in all directions. Arrows may not easily pass (<0.5″) through a 2.5″ diameter hole.
  • The striking surface of an arrow must be covered in cloth, no tape.
  • Prefabricated, factory-made arrows do not need a penny or metal for blunting purposes; surface size requirements are still necessary and should still have a fabric covering on striking surface.

Javelins:

  • The maximum weight of a javelin is 1.5 pounds.
  • Length must be 4 to 5 feet.
  • Core should be as light as possible hollow fiberglass, Kitespar, bamboo. Must not flex more than 90 degrees. The entire shaft must be padded with .5” of 4 pound foam.
  • Pommel – 2” solid foam, 2.5” diameter
  • The core is biscuited, and covered with a 1 7/8” thick layer of 4 or 6 pound foam X 2.5”, this is the base its end is covered with a layer of thick 8-12oz leather.
    A 2.25” disc of 2 pound X 1.5” is placed on top.
  • This is all covered in a .5” thick layer of 2 pound foam.
  • A disc of Ensolite .5” thick X 3.25” round caps that.
  • A disc of open cell 1 7/8” thick X 3.75 round caps that. Javelins cannot pass (<0.5″) through a 3.5″ diameter hole.
  • Thrusting tip can only be covered in yellow or gold cloth

Shields:

  •  Core – Anything except metal, all foam core preferred.
  •  Front face – Exposed fasteners/rope/etc must have at least 1” layer of padding over them.
  • Protrusions are allowed on the sides of the shield, as long as they follow sword/thursting tip rules.
  • No protrusions on the front face of the shield.
  • Edges – .75” layer of padding
  • A shield cannot be wielded if it’s grater than from the ground to above the wielder’s shoulder, nor wider than 3 feet.
  •  A shield can’t fold or taco past 45 degrees.

*  If there are any weapon ideas that do not match the above criteria, please consult a Vargar Weapon Master for further discussion and more information. Hybrid weapons (Madu, Claw, etc.) must meet specs of both types in order to pass inspection. Must have council clearance from an up or down vote to use.

 

 

 

 

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