Blog - Darkblade Larp




  Welcome to the city of Xopolis. Life here is, complicated. First, we all have powers of one sort or another Secondly, we're all split up into different sections based on personality traits at the age of ten Thirdly, every ten years there is a fight to the death. Every nation sends their two best boys and their two bets girls. This year, the seventy-sixth anniversary of the g... read more

New Pouch Design WIP

This is a slightly more in depth look at a new pouch design I posted about on Facebook and Intagram recently. Last week one of my irregular leather suppliers turned up with some heavy upholstery leather(1.2mm) in a golden yellow. It reminded me of a picture I'd seen of a medieval pouch so I set out to make my own version. This was primarily intended for Empire where a medieval pouch of that... read more

Basic design thoughts behind our Larp pouches, part two

Sorry, got a bit distracted by the boot cover. As promised, below you can see a picture of the finished pouch. I've closed it using a strap and buckle set but other options are loop and toggle, a tongue and loop or there are any number of latches. I've gone for a chunky strap width as this pouch is made from 3.5mm thick leather so is quite solid and I think the fastening has to reflec... read more

Boot tops or gaiters

I'll get back to the pouch next time. We've just made a set of gaiters to go over a pair of rigger boots that have alrady been modified by another trader. Decent footwear with grip, that keep your feet dry and look in character are tough to find. Two out of three, no problem, all together, a different story, which is where boot covers or gaiters can come into the equation. Modern boot... read more

Basic design thoughts behind our Larp pouches

Most of our pouch designs are based on a box. It's an easy shape to make and it give good volumetric capacity for the amount of leather used. As my training was in engineering rivets were the fastening of choice, sewing is fine but I like hitting things with hammers. All you need to do to make the pattern is lay the box out flat. The picture shows one of our patterns with the original const... read more