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I've mentioned here and there on here that I take part in an Aztec-themed D&D game.  The DM is an archaeologist who specializes in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, so the campaign has a really fun mixture of Aztec lore and standard D&D fare.

 

My character is an Oath of the Ancients paladin, which we've flavored as an Aztec Jaguar Warrior who worships Xochipilli.

 

Anyway, long story short, Aztec warriors often used a macuahuitl or maquahuitl in battle - a wooden baton edged with obsidian blades that acted a lot like a long sword.  Some accounts even said they could decapitate a horse.  When I found this cute jaguar hat (OK, OK, leopard, close enough...) on Amazon for a measly $4 shipped, I decided I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a cheap low-key cosplay for laughs.  Below are the work in progress pics of me hacking up and painting a dollar store foam saber with some cheap craft store acrylics to make a macuahuitl to go with my "jaguar pelt".

 

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Standard issue dollar store toy sword.

 

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Obsidian blades roughly marked out with a sharpie.

 

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Spaces between the blades cut away with a box cutter.

 

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I decided to go over the whole thing with a coat of white glue to fill in some of the pores and smooth some of the particularly rough areas where the foam got chewed up by the box cutter.  In a perfect world I'd have given myself more time to work on this and used a foam cutter, but I didn't have the luxury of the former and I don't own the latter.

 

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Mostly there on a base coat of light brown with the help of a certain five-year-old daughter.  It would end up taking about 3 coats.

 

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Obsidian blades done with gloss black. The handle still needs another coat or two, and I planned to wrap it in rough cotton yarn, but I couldn't find it.  It's around here somewhere...

 

I should be able to finish it up tomorrow morning before our D&D session.

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