The Rogue’s Utility Belt

I’m off to a family wedding over the weekend, so I booked myself a couple of days off work to recover enough energy to get through a long drive and a busy day, in the hope that I might not be totally zombified by the time I have to go back to the office on Monday.  So I’ve had a nice, quiet day with my sketch pad.

While at Birmingham last weekend, I really wished I’d had more props with me but I had just completely run out of time.  It got me thinking about how to carry, and display, things like my potions and lockpicking tools, so I spent some time studying my trusty screenshots and sketched out my designs.  I think I’m going to have to stock up on leather and Fimo!  Having trawled through eBay, Amazon and a few LARP merchants for belts that might do the job, I think it’s probably going to be easier to get a few lengths of leather and make my own.

It took me a while to come up with a way to carry my potion bottles that I was happy with, as they materialise from thin air in-game (and I assume Thedas is simply littered with discarded bottles!).  Eventually, I settled on a pouch to carry either two or three to be worn on my right hip, and to hang one or two bottles or grenades either underneath the pouch or off the belt (which will depend, I suppose, on whether I will be on crutches or wheeling – I definitely appreciated having my wheels at Birmingham, in which case I might be able to rig a few to the sides of the chair, as long as they’re well secured).

As and when I get around to fixing up my mobility scooter, I’m intending to make a larger version of the pouch as saddle bags, or to make a harness that I can hang a couple from, but I think much of it will be a case of trial and error, and figuring out the best way to keep them from being knocked or damaged in a crowded convention hall.  The last thing I want is either my own or someone else’s costume covered in coloured dye after a collision!