View Full Version : Mounting Heavy Prop on a back harness

08-03-2009, 07:57 PM
Hello prop forum!

it's been a while and I have a question for all of you:

I recently completed Kai's huge crossbow from Heavenly Sword, I made it out of authentic materials including real wood. It looks fantastic but it is fairly heavy. I want to rig up a way to carry it on my back (also how Kai carries her crossbow in the game) but I have come accross some pitfalls along the way.

What I've done so far:

Through the bottom of the crossbow I have a 6" galvanized steel carridge bold running through it's body. This bolt is thick and can support the weight (about 12lbs) of the crossbow. I made a leather piece to slip the bolt into and slide down (like a deadbolt lock on a door) but the leather was too flexible and the crossbow slumped.

So, I need a way to support the closed crossbow on my back via this bolt. It needs to be sturdy and stable. Any ideas would be much appreciated!

References galore!

08-05-2009, 07:00 PM
Perhaps if you used a sturdier strap, like what you might find at a backpacking/outdoors store, to create the necessary harness. And cover that with leather to get the proper look.
Kudos to you for making such a huge prop!

08-08-2009, 05:04 AM
Well, you need to attach the carriage bolt to some sort of steel/wood plate that will support the weight of the gun. This can be attached to a heavy-duty strap with the plate facing downward to help keep the carriage bolt perpendicular to you back.