Blog - Darkblade Larp

Walter Hero Belt

Hero belts have been a staple of Larp costume for quite a few years now. In the early days they were wide belts that buckled up at the back and often had a large decorated disc at the front. They looked good and gave a measure of support, the down side was you had to wear a normal belt as well to put all your stuff on. Now hero belts have integral belts built into them that can be taken out comple... read more

Leather vambraces

Occasionally we get slightly random requests. This one was for a costume for a bonfire society do. The customer's father had started their bonfire society 50 years ago with the theme of Mongols and the customer wanted to celebrate the anniversary by going back to that theme. All we had was a picture off the internet and a budget. Working to a budget is easy in some ways and tricky in others... read more

Fox Bag

This is based on some work I did last winter. I wanted to make our satchels more individual but based on standard sizes to keep production simple. The idea I had was to applique things onto the flap of the satchel. The fox was the first one I did and it sold before the bag was even complete. All I posted was a picture of the flap on facebook and someone baggsied it.As they were so enthused abou... read more

Trapezium leather pouch

There's always time to make a new pouch, you can never have too many pouches in Larp. Rather than being based on a specific need like a lot of our pouches this one is based on a medieval design general purpose pouch. It's built with medium weight leather using rivets rather than being stitched. We've also gone for a different belt loop from the standard ones, which hang it from the bel... read more

More patchwork

After the plain patchwork vambraces proved popular in the field the obvious follow on was to make a studded version. We looked at both flat and dome rivets but opted for dome as the patchwork gave a depth to the design that the dome studs would reinforce. We noticed though that a regular pattern of studs looked wrong with the irregular effect that the patchwork creates. The answer was to lay out t... read more