Mount & Blade: Warband Military Cleaver Prop

Mount and Blade Warband military cleaver prop

Mount and Blade Warband military cleaver prop

Collage of the Mount & Blade: Warband military cleaver

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This is the military cleaver from Taleworld's Mount & Blade: Warband. It is made out of EVA foam and stands at about 1.5 meters. This was an ambitious project to take on as my first time working with EVA foam, but I learnt a lot and I'm proud of how it turned out.

A special thank you to Evil Ted Smith, Punished Props Academy and Kamui Cosplay, who with their online videos, helped me out immensely. Another thank you to the Australian company the Hero Studios who supplied the perfect foam for the project, with quality foam and shipping at an incredible price.



The entire cleaver is made from EVA 220 12mm foam from the Hero Studio. Because of the size of the cleaver, the blade is assembled in two parts (which then attaches to the handle). I started by cutting out two copies of the shape of the blade, for the two sides that would cover a 12mm wooden dowel for strength. The two parts of the blade (the top and the rest) were glued together with contact cement. The center of the two sides were then sanded down with a Dremel tool. The wooden dowel was glued with contact cement between both layers of foam, to create a thick blade with the dowel in the middle for support and to attach to the handle.

After it was all assembled, I used a belt sander to clean up and round the edges, and then the Dremel tool to make the blade's edge.


The handle consist of four parts: a large ring, a small ring, the grip and the pommel. The two rings are made of two layers of foam, the grip from three layers (vertically) and the pommel from four. The rough shape of each part was cut out and glued together, then rounded off with a belt/disc sander. Once in shape, all parts were glued together with contact cement. A 12mm diameter hole was drilled into the top of the handle for the dowel to fit into.


Before sealing and painting, all seams were covered with a layer of sandable gap filler to help reduce the appearence of the seams. This was than sanded back. Once everything had been sanded, all parts were heat sealed with a heat gun.

The cleaver, in two parts, the blade and the handle, was sealed with multiple layers (approx. 3-4) of Modge Podge. After this, all parts, except the grip, was painted with at least three layers of metallic paint, applied with a large brush. Next, the handle was wrapped with faux leather, stuck down with more contact cement.

Although not showing much in the pictures, the cleaver has been weathered to show age and tell a story. Firstly, the handle was sanded down to roughen up the surface, showing wear by the user gripping it. It was then masked off and the blade and the handle was covered in a couple of layers of varnish to protect the base paint. Everything was covered in a layer of mixed acrylic paints to look like dirt and mixed with water to wipe off easily. This paint/water mixture was applied with a sponge and was left on the leather and in the grooves of the handle to act like dirt building up. After this the final layer of varnish was applied and the cleaver could be assembled.

Questions? Comments? Be sure to leave them below! I always welcome complements, but I love and encourage feedback even more.


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