Oh Cosplay.com forums, it's been too long.
**BEFORE we get into this**, I have searched the forums for any related threads, and they aren't of much help to anyone. The other tuts for large swords are also difficult to adapt, as Mercer's blade is meant to be worn on your arm rather than closed-up and held.
With my exams being finished, and having the next two days completely free, I wanted to start working on props for an Alex Mercer
cosplay. I'm beginning with his blade
, though I'm not sure how to go about it.
I'll usually start swords and such in cardboard. As I came up with some designs, the issue of supporting the blade has occurred to me. It's an odd kind of blade that is essentially an extension of Alex's forearm & elbow. My forearm would be inside the blade, and I would obviously need to make some sort of skeleton. I drew up the following concept:
The blue is where my arm would be, inside the blade. My first thought was that wooden dowels could easily support it. As I pondered further, I ended up believing that 3+ dowels would be necessary for 100%-safe mobility. (The dowel parallel to the blade would fit through the gap between my middle and ring fingers, and a perpendicular dowel makes a "+" shape that I can grip.) I made a triangular / A-shape knowing that triangles are some of the sturdiest shapes in terms of support. Thing is, I should also be considering the weight increase...
Any and all tips / forms of advice are welcome!!