Boffer Shopping List

Originally the Steps to Weapon Construction post was going to contain these links, but it became a giant post! So here’s a handy shopping list for heading to the hardware store (or online shopping). Generally constructing a boffer costs around $5.00 per weapon. But you usually have to buy enough material to make 4 weapons. Expect to spend around $30 to $40 for your first batch of weapons. After that many of the materials don’t have to be purchased again right away.

Basic Tools:

One time purchase
  • Disposable Knife(s)
  • Measuring Tape
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cutter
Materials
  • PVC
  • Pipe Insulation
  • Open cell foam (great for boulders, tree trunks, and squishy tips)
  • Strapping Tape (Hardware or Craft Store)
  • Duct Tape
  • Plastic Soda Bottle
  • Hockey Tape

After practicing with the basic steps for a few years (or 50 weapons, whichever comes first) you may want to start making more complex weapons. Boffer / Camp pad hybrids are my favorite. Camp pad makes excellent axe heads. They look and perform far better than poofy open cell foam axe heads. DAP contact cement and closed cell foam are a very sturdy combination. A few dozen hybrid weapons and you might want to tackle weapons made entirely from camp pad/plasti dip. Basically that’s a bit more like making a latex weapon at home. There are plenty of people who skip boffer entirely and just build camp pad weapons, but I’m not comfortable commenting on that path.

Advanced:

Many of these items can be used to make some really interesting props. Be they magic items or just details for characters, they can be produced with basically the same tools and skills as boffer weapon construction. If you want more inspiration for your craft over on Pintrest I have a Supplies and Tool board, with boffer supplies, leather working tools, and more. Check it out for more ideas.

Did I forget something crucial? Send me a tweet. Leave me a comment. Or if you’re in the Boston area and want to learn first hand here’s the FB group.

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