Scratch Builds: Building Weapons with Wikkid: the Sword

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  1. Wikkid

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    Here's an example of how I would build a sword-type weapon:

    They can be done in multiple pieces or in a single strip of styrene. I'm only doing a single strip as an example as building this, as the other version takes a very long time. Besides, this'll make for a better guide should you end up in prison and need to sharpen your toothbrush.


    First you need to decide if you want a double edged sword . . . . :

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    . . . . or a single edged sword. I'm going with a single as this is an example piece and not for any particular project. Start by drawing out your edges:

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    Using masking tape, tape your longest edge:

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    Using a straight block and sandpaper, cut away at the edge as though you're sharpening an actual knife. Be sure to have the proper angle while you sand, as the tape will keep the grit from filing away the material under it (it can only take so much, though). Also, only sand it down to the halfway point. You’ll also need to do the same to the other side:

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    Now, set up for the second edge:

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    Once finished, get a handle shield built in any style you like. This is just a basic octagon shape:

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    Stick a handle on it that fits into the figures hand:

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    Prep it and paint it. This one’s scaled for a deluxe class. In the hands of something bigger, it could pass as a regular knife:

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    Shown below is a multi-paneled multi-edged sword. Every angle is created by several individual pieces. This is necessary when building such a larger weapon as it keeps the weight down being that the entire thing is hollow:

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