Above: an off- the- rack- shortsword was recoloured with acrylics and thus changed into an individual piece of equipment.
It is worn “asian way” with the edge upwards on the left side tucked into a cloth belt “obi” and fastened with a swordband “sageo”.
Short parenthesis: one can recolour (i.e. repaint) foam- weapons?
Well, some of them. At least this here and its successor. It was not carved by hand and latexed but “foamed” into a form and then sealed with topcoat. All traces of french chalk or silicone spray must be removed from the surface before painting.
I didn´t treat the newbought sword in any way but instead only washed it with dishwashing liquid. Then it felt so “clean” that I took the risk...
The blade received a blue wash (= was painted with thinned acrylics that let the original metallic surface show through). The grip´s suede wrapping was first moistened with water, then painted with unthinned colour.
Whereby I explicitly herewith allude to the danger of ruining an expensive foam sword by this treatment! “Modifying” foam- weapons can backfire and surely is no warranty case!
But for this shortswort the risk paid off; the colour adheres without problems or abrasions. It is cared for with talcum (french chalk).
Unfortunately I ruined it last year (see below for details).
And one more; credit where credit is due: I borrowed the idea to repaint swords from Mimin who described it in one of his blogs: https://miminsworkshop.blogspot.com/. “Zank ju” to Austria!
And of course the treatise on scabbard- building in the Larp- Wiki shall be mentioned:
However I do a few things different as described there.