World of Warcraft Dreadblades: Part 1: The Plan

I want some real-world Dreadblades.

I’ve been doing serious prop building for a couple years and should be able to make them out of EVA foam.

I’m not a fan of most of the Artifact Weapons in World of Warcraft “Legion.” I could rant about talent trees and silly models for hours.

But the Outlaw Rogue Dreadblades…

Ah… There’s something I can get behind. Sure, all those spikes and teeth will cut the wielder as well as the target, but they just look cool.

This is more elaborate than any of my previous builds, so I practiced my patterning and foam fabricating by creating a more normal saber.

saber-and-dagger

Then I made the commitment in public:

I then promised a friend they could have the Dreadblades to play with at BlizzCon. We are fully committed! Let the panic begin!

Materials should be very straightforward for this build:

  • EVA foam for almost everything
  • Poly pressure pipe for handle
  • 3D PLA prints for the skulls
  • PETG plastic sheet to suspend the “floating” bits
  • Neopixels and Trinkets for lighting effects

We’ve made the emotional commitment. Time for the financial commitment:

  •  A trip to Home Depot for some floormats and Weldwood contact adhesive, silver spray paint, and the pressure pipe
  • A few large sheets of EVA foam from TNT Cosplay Supply.
  • A gallon of Creature Cast neoprene rubber to use as foam sealer.
  • Amazon order for gold and bronze acrylic paint. Rubber spikes and spray varnish.

In Part 2, we’ll create the patterns and figure out the mechanics while we wait for materials to arrive.

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