This project started in March and is wrapping up in October. That’s a big lapse in interest! But here it is now. It is very similar to the first shield I made except without the wood grain details. Looking at both, I like either one, so the option is yours.
How to plastidip a craft project and then paint it in layers to look metallic and realistic. I originally published this tutorial in February 2014 for the Crafting Games.
After a lesson with my favorite goblin Hacksaw, I got it in my head how much fun a downspear would be. So I made one! And it is fun! Nothing like a 5’6″ guy getting a 4-foot equalizer! It is also a great walking stick for the field. The walking stick idea got me thinking, what if Yngiwulf just picked up a stick, hardened it and added a spear tip? That would be a great look, so I sketched an idea out for that. Making it wood would be a natural for me because I love trees and wood texture. The original plans called for vines, as you can see. I am going to leave those off and try to lighten the design as much as I can.
I’ve made some LARP crafts, especially pommels, that use craft foam, EVA foam and Plastidip. This is my first shield made in that vein. I can tell you, what struck me the most about moving from pommels to a shield is in the scale of the work. Working on a shield is like painting a 4 ft by 8 ft canvas when you’re more used to 8″ by 10″ canvas. It’s so much more to do. Not much of anything different, just so much more of it.