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Materials for making shields - Rowen - 03-05-2013 11:39 AM

I just need an out of game clarification on what is acceptable for materials to make the phys rep of a shield out of. The dimensions are given in the rule book, and I have a pretty good idea on some material (using the hard pink insulation foam), but I wanted to know if it was okay to put a coat of water resistant paint on the outside was acceptable. (I will still have the edges with the squishy pipe foam as required, and it will still be squishable).

RE: Materials for making shields - Zak - 03-05-2013 12:56 PM

I don't see any reason that painting wouldn't be okay. I would still recommend a layer of duct tape between the foam and paint so the foam doesn't get marred and dinged in transport and in combat. Shields really take a beating! Optionally you can go with corrugated plastic as the base and paint that, I've seen that technique used frequently. Home Depot/Lowe's usually has big sheets of the stuff for like $10.

RE: Materials for making shields - Monster - 03-05-2013 03:03 PM

I made a shield out of pink foam with no tape on the front. After infrequent usage, it looks like sheer hell. There are gouges all over it from drops, setting stuff on it, falls, etc. You'd want something more scratch resistant as a cover for the front, or if it's going to be a solid colored shield, just be prepared to touch the paint up once in while. Going that route, it'll start to look like a shield that saw "real" usage after a while...

RE: Materials for making shields - TheSchmaltz - 03-24-2013 07:20 PM

A water resistant fabric glued to the front should add a lot of strength without a lot of weight.