Weapon Care Tips
are a few pieces of care advice for your LRP weapons .
this is not a definitive guide on weapon care, if you follow
the below guidlines then you will find that your weapon's
usable life will increase.
different weapons have slightly different ways to care for
them, but there are several things you should do no matter
what weapon you are using.
you have any queries contact Trog.
He can also put you in touch with folk who can repair your
weapons on site!
This applys to all Latex coated weapons (If you use Gaffa
tape bound weapons, ignore this). You should rub talcum
powder onto all latex portions of your weapon regularily,
if you use a scabbard for a sword - pour a little into it.
Talcum powder has a two fold effect, the most important
is that it prevents rotting - Latex is a rubber so has a
tendancy to rot when damp. Secondly, it keeps the Latex
supple and soft, meaning it is less likely to split when
you use it.
talc on a weapon also has a safety bonus. If weapons are
drawn quickly across a tender part of the body, there is
a possibility of friction burns but talc acts as a 'dry
lubricant' and helps to prevent this. As a rule of thum
I talc my weapons whenever I stroke my hand down the blade
and feel 'grip' - it should all be quite smooth.
up: Any weapon that has a 'point' on it (Swords, spears,
some axes) should always be rested "point up". The point
or tip of any weapon is the weakest point, if the weapon
is stored point down it will bend and distort (Meaning you
have a bent weapon for a start) . This bending also weakens
the the foam covering the tip of the C.F. rod within - increasing
the likelyhood of the rod ripping through during combat.
In the same vein - never 'lean' on your sword with the tip
down against the floor, again it will force the carbon fibre
rod through the foam.
it dry: Although your weapon won't (or shouldn't) shrivel
up as soon as it gets wet, try and keep it dry. If you spend
some time in the rain (Or as some do, the swamp) and your
weapon gets wet, dry it at the first opportunity and then
talc it. Don't try to talc then dry - your weapon ends
up looking like a cooking utensil!
from Dave: Don't leave it on the ground. I used to leave
mine between the fly sheet and inner tent but soon discovered
they got damp overnight. Now I try to hang them up in the
and check and...: Check some more. Just like health
and safety at most workplaces, your weapon is your responsibility.
Check it often, make sure the foam isn't peeling away from
the tip. Check that the head of your warhammer is still
attached firmly after fights. This not only increases safety,
but means that you're more likely to be able to fix it if
there is a problem. There are several people at Mayfest
who will gladly help with spot repairs, Laytex touch ups
and sometimes even re-affixing foam to cores.
There are only a few 'type' specific care rules, again this
list may not be comprehensive, but if you follow these guides
you increase the life span of your weapons.
and core checking: Your weapons should be made of a
carbon fibre rod, coated in foam and finished in laytex
(or occasionally gaffa tape). The foam is attached to the
rod by means of an adhesive glue, this glue can come 'unstuck'
and the core will become loose within the foam. As you can
imagine this can be exceedingly dangerous. Checking this
is fairly simple, grab the 'handle' of your weapon with
one hand, then lightly 'wiggle' the blade/main section of
the weapon. If the blade feels as though it's moving but
the handle is not, the core may have come away. Get a ref
to check the weapon for you, they will then tell you if
the core is loose and may be able to point you in the direction
of someone who can fix it.
The TIP of your weapon is the most likely area to come loose
from the core, the method to check if the tip had come loose
is far simpler - wiggle the tip lightly, does it move as
though not attached to a pole? Then it may have come away
from the core - ask a ref to check it. This one is a little
easier to do an on site repair for, ask around and someone
may be able to help.
Two points here, watch the 'padding' around the edges, if
it feels loose or you can feel the edge through it then
it is time for repair and if it has straps fitted to the
shield check to see that the fixings, often nuts and bolts
stay padded. While on the subject, keep an eye on the straps
themselves as under the stress of combat they get stretched
and can come loose. This is, I can assure you, very annoying
in the middle of combat!
Laytex: Although the Laytex on your weapon is considered
an aesthetic by most, if it starts to peel it can cause
problems (not the least of which is your reputation amongst
the warrior types plummets). When the Laytex peels or tears
it is a very obvious process - there is a hole in your Latex.
This is very easily patched up/repaired and many people
will do a patch up job for you with no trouble. It only
takes a few minutes to do and the repairee will rarely ask
The main thing to watch for on a bow, is cracking along
the body of the weapon. This is a very rare occurence, but
check your bow regularily for cracks and hairline splits.
If the bow is cracked it can snap suddenly, injuring the
user and anyone stood closeby.
An occurence that is also very rare - fraying bowstrings.
It it possible for the bowstring to get 'nicked' during
adventuring, if this is not checked, the string can snap
and lash the user or other nearby players.
To keep your bow tension (IE to make sure the string does
not become loose) it is advised you 'unstring' your bow
when you're not expecting action, at night or when having
no intention of doing anything whatsoever.
This includes crossbow bolts. Check your arrows after every
combat they see use in. Specifially check that the head
is still firmly attached, the flights are still attached
and that the shaft (wooden stick) is not cracked. These
can all cause harm to the target and will often make a using
them near impossible anyway.
arrows have soft foam on the end that after a couple of
years starts to deteriorate and go harder and dusty. When
this happens go and get new foam put on.
Much like bows, you should occasionally check that the 'arm'
of the crossbow is not cracked and that it is still firmly
attached to the weapons body.
weapons: Most thrown weapons need only take note of
the general care advice, but some thrown weapons may have
a solid core (piece of rope, heavy foam, etc) - if your
thrown weapons do have a hard core, check occasionally that
the core is still secure and not pushing against the outer
edge of a weapon.
from the bits in this colour - they were added by Dave -
this was written for us by Paul Drew. It is not comprehensive
and we would ask others of you to impart your wisdom here!
Thank you Paul