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Syrinx
07-15-2011, 09:00 AM
Hi there, i was just wondering if anyone could help me figure out what dimensions i should make Link's master sword and hylian shield. i'm 5'5" and would like everything to fit on me like it would on Link. thanks in advance for your help!!

Link_Harkanian
07-15-2011, 06:17 PM
Well, question I have thus is which Link? OoT, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, or LTTP? That can affect what Dimensions you want to go for. If it's Ocarina or TP(or their corresponding Smash Bros appearances), there is some resizing to do, as in OoT, Link is around 5'8" to 5'9" in height, about the same, give a little, in TP, and probably around 5'4" to 5'6" in LTTP, since he's a bit younger in that game. for the Master Sword, you would probably want it to be about three and a half feet in length, nearing four including hilt. If it's Wind Waker...the proportions are harder to say because of the stylization of design, where the Master Sword was almost Link's own size, though I'd guesstimate around similar proportions as OoT for a realism factor, so about 3 to 3 and a half feet length.


As for the shield, a good average on the Hylian shield would probably be 24 to 28 inches on the length, 18 to 22 on the width, for proportioning your height, give or take depending on your preferences. If it's the Wind Waker Shield, I'd roughly say similar but more modded proprtions, and if it's LTTP...probably 30 inch length, 26 or so width.

Hope that helps!

Syrinx
07-15-2011, 07:35 PM
thank you so much! i'm trying to decide which link to go with... i really like the style of Twilight Princess, but i might go with a more simple design... we'll see. anyway, i really appreciate your response :)

Link_Harkanian
07-16-2011, 01:00 AM
well, For an old school bit of love, you could do LTTP. It's the game that introduced the Master Sword in the first place, and the outfit is certainly more simplistic. YOu also would have a BIT more freedom on the master Swor'd sizing since there was no actual art from the game of Link holding it until the Manga.

And not a problem, cosplayers should help each other out when possible. ^_^

Syrinx
07-16-2011, 02:16 AM
i received the master sword that's sold on trueswords.com as a gift. i'm trying to figure out if that sword is the right size or is a bit too big on me. it's about 42" long including the hilt... and when on my back, i can't draw the sword very easily at all.. i have quite a bit left to go by the time my arm is fully extended lol ...not sure if that's a good sign haha

Link_Harkanian
07-16-2011, 02:13 PM
Oh, drawing the sword like Link does in the games is actually physically impossible without serious modifications to the sheath, because when he draws it, it goes THROUGH the sheath on his back to come out. 42 inches sounds about right for decent size, I'm assuming it's the Twilight Princess replica, which while...still greatly off, is more accurate than the old OoT one that started selling about five or six years ago. The main trouble you will run into with it though is that because it's real metal, most cons will not let you bring it in, even if it stays in the sheath.

If you posted some pictures of you with the sword, that could give a better idea of judging proportions, but sounds pretty alright so far.

Syrinx
07-16-2011, 11:12 PM
thanks so much for all your help :) i'll try to get some pictures up this week. this costume was more for a halloween party at my cousin's house, so i'm not too worried about the sword (although as you said it's not all that accurate so i might just make my own anyway, as of now i'm just worried about getting the size correct). but if i do end up wearing it to a convention then i'll for sure be leaving the metal sword at home. while we're on the subject, what materials work for making a sword like this? insulation foam... wood... both?? i'm sure i can track down a sword making tutorial around this forum :)

Link_Harkanian
07-17-2011, 06:46 PM
Nominally, I'd say wood, it'll be more enduring, but carving some of the details can be tricky. I actually got my Master Swords from fiberglassblades.com, and while they cost a pretty penny, they are worth every cent I put in to them and then some. But for making your own, there's wood, there's actually some paper craft methods, and then there is making it with foam. but an insulation foam sword is gonn'a be more fragile, which is my concern.

Ainsley
07-20-2011, 05:21 AM
Ive been lurking on these forums for a while, but this is something that I can actually help someone with! So here goes:

Step One: Plan the weapon you are going to make.

Basically sketch it out and and figure out the rough dimensions that you are going to want it to be. Since you have a metal sword already you will be able to use that as a rough guideline and scale it down some so it will be more size appropriate for you.

Step Two: Shopping!

The basics that you will need for the project will be foam insulation (definitely get the pink or blue stuff, depends on if you go to home depot or lowes, the white styrofoam is just awful to work with and is actually pretty fragile) a broom handle (they have those at those stores as well) and paint. You will need two kinds. I suggest getting a regular old latex paint in black to use as a primer layer and basecoat because the second paint will be spray paint and if you dont basecoat the foam with the regular paint the chemicals in the spray will dissolve the foam and ruin your day. You are also going to need a styrofoam cutter. You can find them at Michaels or any craft store. http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_1990000000212587P thats the one I use. Also pick up some liquid nails glue to join the foam together, it will create a strong bond without dissolving the foam in the process.

*some guidelines for buying the foam. The insulation is sold in a couple of different thicknesses. The size of the finished sword you want is going to determine which thickness you buy, and that should be pretty clear once you read the rest of this.

Step Three: Rough construction.

First off, if you havent used a foam cutter before go ahead and try it out now, unless you are going to make a massive sword, you are going to have some extra that you can practice on. Oh by the way make sure you have ventilation when you do the cutting because the cutter actually melts the foam and produces what I figure is not something you should be breathing.

The way Ive made my swords and the way that I suggest is a 3 piece construction. The Broom handle will form the core of the sword, and also give you a grip, that is surrounded by a sandwich of two pieces of foam. So sketch out your sword on the foam. Start with the core of the sword which is the flat part that each edge comes from in in the middle (this part is called the fuller, usually its a groove running most of the length of the blade but whether or not you make it a groove is up to you and whatever sword you are making), and then sketch out the edges up to and including the point. Do this twice on your piece of foam so what you end up with is two 2 dimensional pictures of the blade of your sword on the foam.

Using your cutter (which will be tricky at first I promise you but be patient) cut out the two pieces following the edges of the blade that you have drawn out.

Once you have your two blanks cut out flip them to the side you dont care about (i.e. if there are any scratched or imperfections) these will be the two sides that get glued together. Grab your broom handle and figure out how thick it is, now divide that in half and remember that number. Take the two blanks and figure out where the centers of them are and lay your broom handle on that line and trace around that, I suggest leaving a good couple of inches from the tip of the blade. Once you have done that (and I apologize that I dont have an easier way of doing this) take a sharp knife and cut into the foam in the outline of the broom handle, be careful not to cut too deep and go through the other side. With the outline scored just take a flathead screwdriver or any other flat strong tool and start chiseling out the cavity. Repeat for the other half. When you have the cavity for the handle made just test the fit of the broom handle and determine if you have to remove any more foam.

Once you have done that (I apologize for using the word "Once" so much) apply the liquid nails into the cavity for the handle and then put the handle into said cavity. Then apply a generous amount onto the the rest of the foam around the cavity, you can put some glue onto the exposed part of the broomstick if youd like, but liquid nails is some pretty tough stuff. Then carefully place the other half of the blade on top and press it firmly into place. With that done, get a bunch of heavy things and a towel or blanket that you really dont care about (weights, books, siblings, a lazy dog) and put them on top of the sword to apply pressure while the glue sets. Then, most importantly, TAKE A BREAK. The glue takes a long time to set up properly so I suggest leaving it overnight at the very least.

Step Four: Carving your sword.

Now is when the practicing with your foam cutter is going to pay off. Starting at the end opposite the tip (the one that should have a broom handle sticking out of it) line up the wire of the foam cutter so that one end is on the fuller line that you made and the other is right at the joint between the two pieces of foam. Then (with the cutter on obviously) slowly drag the cutter down the length of the blade until you come near the tip (this is going to be a different point for each individual sword so you will have to use your own judgement) and then pull the cutter out of the foam. Repeat for the other three cuts you have to make.

What you should have now is something that resembles a sword with a big club at the tip of it. The next step will be determined by the individual sword you are trying to make, so there is really no general step that I can give you other than take your cutter and use it to shape the tip to your preference.

*A little advice at this stage. You can use sandpaper to smooth out the cuts that you make but be careful with it as the foam is really unforgiving with sanding and gives you kind of a furry appearance, which is not very sword like in my opinion.

Step Five: Paint!

As I mentioned in the shopping step it is very important if you are going to use spray paint to give your sword a good basecoat with a latex paint. Because if you dont, when you spray it, the chemicals in the paint will dissolve the foam and ruin your day. I suggest using black because it really helps the colors you put on it to pop, and metallics will look more realistic.

Once your basecoat is dry, take some masking tape and mask off any parts you dont want a certain color and basically go to town painting your sword. Rustoleum makes some really nice metallic paints that actually look really good.

Step Six: Finishing your sword!

From this point on its really going to depend on what you are making as to how you finish. Obviously cut the broom handle down to the appropriate size for one. As far as materials for making the hilt and pommel and what not. You can use your cutter and the foam to make those and glue them in place before you paint. For projects I have done, I used Wonderflex (which you can source and find FAQs for using on this very site) to do all the decorative parts of my swords. At this point its basically up to you and your imagination as to how you finish your blade.

What you end up with is actually pretty durable thanks to the broom handle core and will stand up to the rigors of cosplaying, maybe not actual swordfighting though...

I just want to apologize for any typos in this very long post, as I was also playing wow and fighting with my cat while writing it. If I ever get around to it I will post pictures of things that I have done. If you have any questions feel free to PM me and I will help you out as best as I can.

Syrinx
07-22-2011, 01:11 AM
wow, thanks ainsley! i'd love to see the pictures of your projects :)
and on the topics of pictures, i'm hoping to get a picture of me and my metal sword this weekend, Link. :)

Ainsley
07-22-2011, 06:18 PM
Np. Yea, between the floodings that Ive had to deal with and my inability to own a camera that works for more than a week at a time (or so it seems) Ill do my best to get some pictures of some of my work up (well what of it that mother nature hasnt claimed for herself). And I look forward to seein pics of your costume! The rest of your work looks great! And were you the female bowser I saw at Acen this past year at the origami table making paper cranes late at night?

Syrinx
07-22-2011, 08:30 PM
lol! yes! that was me! :) it's one of my favorite costumes hehe

p8ntballsniper8
08-14-2011, 02:20 PM
http://www.instructables.com/id/Forging-Links-Master-Sword-Twilight-Princess-ver/step2/Design/ If you look in the description under the picture, they've uploaded a link to download the template. You can't really print it out, as it's not to scale, but it's got some really good measurements.

http://meowaboutcosplay.com/guides_tutorials/link/shield_pattern.jpg

That's a to-scale image of a shield. I believe the dimensions posted were 24.5" tall, and 20" wide. If you can go to kinko's or something, you can print that image out on large enough paper and use it as a template.

Ooooor, do what I did! And that's take a bunch of sheets of card-stock paper, put them next to each other, and draw it out lol.

Hope this helps! :)

EonDragonX
08-21-2011, 09:54 PM
Oh, drawing the sword like Link does in the games is actually physically impossible without serious modifications to the sheath, because when he draws it, it goes THROUGH the sheath on his back to come out. 42 inches sounds about right for decent size, I'm assuming it's the Twilight Princess replica, which while...still greatly off, is more accurate than the old OoT one that started selling about five or six years ago. The main trouble you will run into with it though is that because it's real metal, most cons will not let you bring it in, even if it stays in the sheath.

If you posted some pictures of you with the sword, that could give a better idea of judging proportions, but sounds pretty alright so far.

Actually, you should look at Link better, in OoT only the top of the scabbard is attached to the shoulder strap by a small belt and the bottom is left to hang, so that makes it easier to pull out the sword.

Link_Harkanian
08-22-2011, 02:41 AM
That sounds like the TP sheath you're talking about, OoT had a double strap baldric harness, and I know because I've made both styles of baldric. OoT has a strap near the top, and then another about four to six inches further down for stabilization, This shows you what I mean. (http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090521085305/zelda/images/8/83/Link_Artwork_2_%28Ocarina_of_Time%29.png) TP's sheath is even more of a problem in physics since it's supposed to hang parallel to the baldric, but has only teh VERY small belt at the top, and no bottom support, hence why Forcebewithyou and InkyLink used color matched zipties for theirs. It's is also physically impossible to quick draw the Master Sword as Link does in the games without having a gap in the edge side of the sheath specifically designed for it. Watch again as he draws the Sword in game, it goes right through the physical model of the sheath. The way you would actually do it is pull the sword out by the hilt, then grasp by the flat of the flat of the blade to pull it out all the way and regrip at the hilt, it's the same way in reverse to re-sheath.

TR Rose
08-22-2011, 08:24 AM
http://meowaboutcosplay.com/guides_tutorials/link/shield_pattern.jpg

That's a to-scale image of a shield. I believe the dimensions posted were 24.5" tall, and 20" wide. If you can go to kinko's or something, you can print that image out on large enough paper and use it as a template.

Just to clarify a bit (since it's my template :3 ), that shield is scaled for a 5'6" Link. If you are significantly bigger or smaller than that, you will need to adjust the shield accordingly.

Syrinx
09-09-2011, 10:14 PM
i'm 5'5" :D thanks everyone for all of your input!

ZeldaReborn
06-28-2014, 02:31 PM
Well, question I have thus is which Link? OoT, Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, or LTTP? That can affect what Dimensions you want to go for. If it's Ocarina or TP(or their corresponding Smash Bros appearances), there is some resizing to do, as in OoT, Link is around 5'8" to 5'9" in height, about the same, give a little, in TP, and probably around 5'4" to 5'6" in LTTP, since he's a bit younger in that game. for the Master Sword, you would probably want it to be about three and a half feet in length, nearing four including hilt. If it's Wind Waker...the proportions are harder to say because of the stylization of design, where the Master Sword was almost Link's own size, though I'd guesstimate around similar proportions as OoT for a realism factor, so about 3 to 3 and a half feet length.


As for the shield, a good average on the Hylian shield would probably be 24 to 28 inches on the length, 18 to 22 on the width, for proportioning your height, give or take depending on your preferences. If it's the Wind Waker Shield, I'd roughly say similar but more modded proprtions, and if it's LTTP...probably 30 inch length, 26 or so width.

Hope that helps!

lol that's funny cuz im working on a genderbent link costume, and im 5'8''. I've already gotten my sword (which I carved out of wood with a pocket knife) which fits exactly my arm length at full extention, and I can put my sword in my sheath like link does. kinda. anyway, my question is, what should the measurements for my shield be? im so excited to finish my costume! all help is appreciated!!