Hi, I’m new to empire and I know the weapons and armour checks are very stringent, and therefore I’ve bought a sword and armour so I can be sure they’ll pass inspection. However, I’d really like to have a shield for my character but they’re difficult to find for a price I can afford. (I’m a student) So I’ve started making a shield. I’ve carefully read the shield safety requirements but would like some advice on how to ensure it passes inspection.
I’ve made it out of EVA foam with a disk of cardboard encased in the centre. (completely covered in foam) The back is covered in a soft faux leather upholstery material. The handles are Leather and are securely fixed to the shield and measured to my arm so the shield will not flap. My concern is the edge, as it has to be padded but I’m not 100% certain how thick/soft the padding has to be.
I’ve made Larp and cosplay weapons before, just never one that has to pass inspection! Thanks to anyone who can help