Looking for some protection from foam darts?
Make your own Foam Ballistic Shield!
Foam ballistic shields can introduce more interesting tactics in nerf skirmish games, especially for indoor close-quarter-battle (CQB) games!
I've seen some shield examples online made with metal panels, wood planks or acrylic sheets, but those materials are abit too heavy to carry around and require a fair amount of craft work and tools.
My idea was to have something that is portable, light-weight, durable and easy to make... and looks cool too.
Here is how i made my foam ballistic shields with very simple materials in just 5 minutes:
Step 1: Get a car boot foam tray from your local car accessory shop. Preferably rectangular, with raised edges and in 3 feet x 2 feet dimensions.
Step 2: Cut out a suitable sized view slot (can also attach a piece of clear transparency sheet to cover the view slot).
Cut the excess foam piece into 2 strips (to use as handles).
Step 3: Attach the 2 strips as handles onto the back of the foam ballistic shield using velcro (so that its adjustable for multiple users).
Final Step: Print out your favourite logo or call sign and attach it to the front of the foam ballistic shield.
A Nerf Maverick would seem to be the natural choice for nerf players equipped with a foam ballistic shield... but do note that the Nerf Maverick is a manual-action single-shot blaster.
Due to having one arm already holding the foam ballistic shield, it would be more effective to equip a semi-auto/full-auto blaster like the Nerf Magstrike or Rapid Fire 20.
On the flipside, this may also make shield equipped players abit too "overpowered" in nerf games, therefore expect organizers to set additional special rules to balance the usage of foam ballistic shields.
Anyways... when you are not using it as a foam ballistic shield for your nerf games, you could still use it as a foam tray for your car boot! :)