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    Re: Homemade Post-Apocalyptical L.A.R.P. Equipment

    And now, ladies and gentlemen, let's step out from the sensible realm of practicality and well-crafted sanity, into clutter and shoddy craziness. For this is what the post-apocalyptic live action roleplay Blodsband Reloaded 2015: Celestial Vengeance, was all about. The setting and theme is an overly-romanticized post-apocalyptic world akin to Fallout or Mad Max, where survival is secondary to style and goofiness.

    A friend of mine (the one seen up at the start of the thread) talked me into joining him for this year's event. Even though it wasn't my cup of tea to the hilt, it was nevertheless great fun, especially when things got tumultuous. There were about 300 participants plus functionaries and arrangers of the event, and boy did lots of people bring impressive gear and/or acting to the table! I'll try to remember to share a link once some kind of photo collection has been compiled, but it will take a while.

    I spent most of the LARP working as perhaps the most heavily armoured postman in living memory, serving a boss who believed me to be his most trusted underling while all the time betraying him, spreading desinformation and sowing chaos.

    The chaos culminated on the last day, when I and two other guys went out hunting for Chaosists (basically Warhammer/40k Chaos Cultists) at the behest of the Swedish Church (basically the Ecclesiarchy and the Inquisition, judging from the equipment). We exaggerated things a bit, and stirred the hornet's nest. When I came back to town from roaming the wilds, the vengeful victims of our violence lay ready in ambush. I was shot down from behind, whereupon a fight almost ensued between the different parties which wanted to punish me... Lots of crazy stuff ensued.

    The L.A.R.P. was worth the effort and money, though I won't invest as much time in preparation for the next one as I did for this year's event. Next year, our group of two will probably multiply a bit.

    Now, my gear was relatively time-consuming to make and I did not even have time to try it out properly, but had to adjust things on the spot, such as removing excess or nonfunctional armour plates, to be fixed until next time. Functionality and ergonomy were key this time around, to create a stable foundation to build upon for future bouts of violent live theater. Looks and details will improve in years to come, though the set will always remain pretty heavy and warm to wear. It was necessary to take a primitive shower with a water bottle every now and then in that armour. Surprisingly, I was able to run both quite fast and long distances in the gear.

    Since shields were impenetrable to all but heavy weapons (missile launchers), the key to in-game success proved to be a flanking maneuvre in the woods, to avoid head-on fire. Then, while running at the enemy, make yourself small behind the shield before falling upon them, sword in hand. You'll probably only get one or at most two, however, because by then you're in the midst of their lines and have foes shooting at you from various angles. Great fun, though the overly heavy shield (floats in water) will be replaced with a larger and lighter plate shield until next year. Upper arm armour will probably get fixed to remain in proper place, too.

    Most of the materials used were found by the wayside, and thoroughly washed before construction and dirtying-down began. The wacky glove cloak was the brainchild of my mate, and my creation. It was left on the location as a tapestry ornament, too heavy and clumsy to remain in place - though it did have its moment of whirlwind attack glory in the great arena... The limb armour was made from hard rubber mats, discarded from cars, there are some LED-flashlights on the helmet and medals scattered about, and the rest is quite self-explanatory on the pictures below.

    Also seen on the pictures is the buddy from first post, who this year has been infested and mutated. Desolation wandering picture courtesy of Cajsa Lithell. The at-attention picture shows me shortly before I had figured out a working way to strap on the waistbelt around the breastplate.

    And the best thing of all? The armour works. In the darkness, I fall up toward two metres down a treacherous hole (those will be much better marked out by next year), head first. The MC-back protection absorbed all damage as my back crashed into a standing log while all other armour made its job, and after a moment regaining my senses, I realized I wasn't even hurt in the slightest. Now let's hope my Dwarfs and Chaos Dwarfs can roll that good for their armour saves...

    Pictures up!

    And just a few highlights from the event:

    Mecha-Viking video.

    Probably more to come later on, there really was a wealth of skillful creations out there.

    Thank you for watching, and feel free to upload your own post-apocalyptic L.A.R.P. equipment! :chrome:

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