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Blog - Darkblade Larp

Fur Mantle

Occasionally people ask what's involved in making things so I thought I'd quickly run through the process of stuff as it landed on the workbench and time allowed. First up is the fur mantle, it was originally designed when I read the brief for Wintermark at Empire but it fits well with quite a few briefs. Picture 1, The fur. All the fur I use is synthetic. The quality of this has... read more

Engraved Range

We've had a laser in the corner of the workshop for the best part of 15 years now. In that time it's had two new laser tubes, new power supply, new motherboard and a replacement water pump, but it's still the same old laser. We use it to put images on various leather goods although by far the most populous of these is vambraces. Most of the images in the catalogue also date back about ... read more

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