I commissioned a reproduction spearhead from an English smith (Jason of Wieland Forge) last winter, and I was finally able to fit a shaft to it this weekend. It was much more difficult than I expected! The shaft is ash. Carving it to fit the split socket was not easy, and I definitely need […]
I’ve been thinking about Alric’s post on garb in high resolution, and I’ve been struggling to apply it to non-historical kits. How do you build a finely-detailed, deeply-researched garb outfit for a fantasy character without going insane or straight-up copying from history? Can you? Most LARPers and foam fighters who are serious about building a […]
Ten years ago, I made my first linen tunic. When I wore it to Ragnarok, I was one of the few people not wearing cotton. In the next decade, everything changed. Linen is now the go-to choice for the well-heeled Dagorhirim, and you don’t have to look far to see good leather shoes, hand-woven trim, […]
If you read any Dagorhir tutorial, it will tell you to use a kind of glue called Dap. If you’re new to foamsmithing and don’t have a background in construction, odds are you’ve never worked with this adhesive before. If you’re like me when I first started, you might not even know what it looks […]
Alric here! I’m re-posting an updated version of my tutorial for putting together a blade kit of 4lb fry, 2lb striking surface, and ensolite (‘marine foam’) stab tip.
My latest project is reproducing a real (not Dagorhir) Anglo-Saxon shield, based on originals from the mid 6th century. I photographed the process to share with all of you here!
Ragnarok is almost here, and we’re in craft overdrive trying to get everything done. I’m consigning with Gorg this year, and packing the car to the bursting point with spears, javelins, and swords. It’s going to be an adventure getting everything finished. Building in such large batches is an interesting challenge. There’s a balancing act […]