Nerf Resource in LARPBook – The Backstory
Our first Nerf article was a short listing of resources regarding how to modify a nerf weapon for use in larp. That was quite a few years ago and its now time to update it.
In case you’re wondering, yes this revisit was inspired by our recent visit to Colony Wars – Nerfed Up Larp.
This time around I also decided to do things a little differently. I thought it might be a good idea to ask the great larp hive for ideas.
This question was asked on a number of groups in Facebook:
Hi all, I’m doing some research on Nerf modifications for a future article. What I’m looking for are recommendations for websites on Nerf Modifications. All mods acceptable – can you help?
The resources are all as credited. The descriptive follows a check of each one by myself. Credits exist where we permission to publish the name of the person who has helped us.
The answers came in,
and we know have this updated list of Nerf resources for larp – 2018
Facebook Group: UK Nerf War
Uk Facebook group dedicated to all things nerf. You’ll on going discussions, mods, photos and videos. Note that his is the Facebook feed of UKNERFWAR.COM. More about which in a moment
Credit: Kevin Bullard
The intention is to be one-stop site for Nerf information and modifications and parts. This site doesn’t actually have that much on it. Instead, it links out to other parts of the UK Nerf War / BritNerf empire which has information on suppliers, events and also a forum. UK Nerf War will also take commissions for Nerf Modification.
Credit: Kevin Bullard
Linked to from UK Nerf War, Britnerf is straight into a forum that is chock full of advice and discussions. It also noticed serious attention to the subject of the law in respect to replica firearms. You won’t just learn about modification. There is a lot here about the whole Nerf hobby.
Credit: Tim Jones
Website: Nerf Haven
A for member website with Nerf game information, forums and discussions. It looks like plenty is going on and any one time.
Credit: Dazz Jones
There’s no doubt that 3D printing has come a long way in the last few years. It’s now cheaper and easier to do that ever before. The Nerf modders have been quick off the mark to see the potential in designing and printing your own Nerf mods. This is were Thingiverse comes in. It holds a enormous catalogue of uploaded 3D models. A quick search for Nerf found an almost unending list of items to designed to make your nerf just the way you want it.
Credit: Tom Bestow
Loved the first impression and design of this Internationally focussed site that provides and absolutely enormous range of parts, modifications and accessories for blasters. Not just Nerf. Quite a range of alternative brands is also catered for. They also seem very aware of the range of uses that people put nerf too (casual games, office games, larp etc).
This is primarily a costumes, props and models website. So don’t go expecting wall to wall nerf mods. What there are though is plenty of discussion about props that will help your nerf modding. There are also examples of Nerf being turned into something else.
Credit: Krissy Martin
Facebook Group: Australian Nerf Modders
This one is exactly what is says on the tin. An active community with plenty of ideas, photos, links and videos
Facebook Group: Nerf Modders Welcome
A large and highly active group for all things nerf. There are over 11000 members which means you are in for an almost unending stream of information and discussion.
Facebook Group: Nerfholics Anonymous
Want another place to talk Nerf – I think you’ve just found it.
Website: Monkee Mods
A Malaysian based shop that ships all over the world. Initial impressions here are that there are a lot of options for the nerf modder.
Website: 1738th Red Wolves
U.S. based shop for Nerf parts, modifications and blasters. It looks like they also take on custom work as well.
Website: Jet Blaster
If you kit blasters and kit parts this could be the site for you. Thre are some really nice looking products here. The main focus seems to be on kits for high-end blasters that you can build and modify to your heart’s delight. The site is U.S. based but does ship internationally.
Website Nerf SubReddit
There is a goodly sized nerf community on Reddit. If you like Reddit then this could be a good place for you
Website: BlasterSmiths UK
Blastersmiths have been around in the UK for about 5 years. They sell a good range of parts and supplies and also do club items (for example I noticed support for both Green Cloaks and Futures End). Custom commissions are also taken and it looks as if this is run via their Facebook Page. I also found the entries on this site useful
Facebook Page: Blastersmiths UK
The Facebook arm of BlasterSmith. Nice posts and also the place to go for commissions.
We have had a few YouTube recommendations, and it’s clear that there is a lot here. So stand by – as I see a Nerf YouTube special coming up in the not too distant future
A number of people have helped by giving me links for this article. The ones I know I have permission to use the names for are listed next to credits. If sent me a link and would your name added please let me know. Also if you want your name removed, that is no problem. Please just let me know.
The image used in this post comes from McHenry Arts. You can find full details of this image and it’s licence here
Since publishing this piece we’ve had another link send to this. This time from makershop.co. They’ve compiled an extensive list of 3D resources that may well come in handy. So here is their list
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