Blog - Darkblade Larp

Role Playing Games

It became obvious fairly early on this year that Larp was not going to be providing the usual amount of work or money. Other avenues needed to be pursued. Luckily I know a lot of our customers are also table top gamers as well, in one form or another. Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer were mentioned often enough for it to be worth taking a look at what could be made in leather for that market. ... read more

Engraved Vambraces

I've found the various finishes and colourings you can get on leather a constant fascination. While as a general rule most of our stuff is produced in black and brown it's always fun to play with colours, either making the whole item out of a coloured leather or using colour to pick out details such as in the applique satchels.   There's also the fun of putting colour into t... read more

Hairy Vambraces

A few years ago there was a game called Odyssey, set in a mythical greco roman world. One of the races, the Cartheginians were described as being armoured in the skin of beasts. That set me thinking and I decided to make a cuirass with hair on it. Casting around the only hair on leather that could be had at a reasonable price was goat. Goat is a little thin to make decent armour so I stitched it o... read more

Small Vambraces

Quite a while ago I settled on a one size fits most pattern for our vambraces. WIth four inches of adjustment they've mostly proved up to the task set them. Those peple who fell outside this range I was quite happy to offer a custom fit for the same pricce, in most cases it only involved moving the pattern around a bit. Recently though we've had a number of request for a smaller size as... read more

Dice Cups

While things have been quiet I've had to look around for new things to build. One of the areas that I at least knew a little about was table top games, would there be any products for that which could be made from leather? I quickly found a number of possible avenues but settled on dice cups as the first one to try. It had the advantage that I coould easily adapt one of the designs we already ... read more