An assortment of medieval weapons and holy artifacts in a wooden box.

Konami Vampire-Killing Kit

Items Created: 2020-10-23, Box Created: 2022-10-23, Last Update: 2023-01-18

Semi-realistic replicas of the weapons from Castlevania for the NES, assembled in a box in the style of a vampire-killing kit.

January 2023 Update

A dirty silver dagger with a gold guard and wooden handle wrapped in leather.

After watching some videos on weathering prop weapons, I decided to try improving the dagger. I coated the blade in thin black paint and sanded most of it off with steel wool. I added a leather wrap to the handle and sanded the leather slightly to scuff it up. I used some thin black and brown paint to make it look old and dirty.


A weathered wooden box with black 'metal' straps and rivets. A plaaque on the front reads 'Belmont'.

Sanded plywood, gaffer's tape, upholstery nails, felt, 3d-printed parts, off-the-shelf cabinet hardware. The wood is pre-sanded birch plywood. It's screwed together, with the screws hidden by the gaffer's tape straps. The wood is stained with golden oak, sealed with polyurethane, and weathered with thinned black acrylic paint. The corners and name plate are 3d-printed. The gaffers tape, 3d-printed parts, and hardware are black with gold-leaf Rub'n'Buf applied to look like aged brass. The upholstery nails are a pre-weathered "antique brass" style, used here as rivets.


A worn paper map of a castle.

I traced the map from Castlevania 1 onto some kraft paper with light pencil, then went over with brushes and ink. I crumpled it up, tore it, and stained it with some thin wood stain and acrylic paint.


Whip sprite from Castlevania Whip

A six-foot-long brown leather whip.

The whip is off-the-shelf, a not-Indiana-Jones item from Amazon.

Axe sprite from Castlevania Axe

A short-handled double-bladed axe with a spike on top. The handle looks like pale wood, with black iron blades, spike, and pommel.

The Axe is 3d printed in 5 pieces. The handle is GizmoDorks wood PLA with some dark brown antiquing wax rubbed into it. The other pieces are black PLA with Rub 'n' Buff Silver Leaf for the highlights.

Boomerang sprite from Castlevania Boomerang

A square black cross with beveled silver edges.

The boomerang is 3d-printed as one piece in black, with Rub n' Buff on the edges.

Dagger sprite from CastlevaniaDagger

A silver dagger with a gold guard and pale wooden handle.

The dagger is 3d-printed in 4 pieces. The handle is the same technique as the axe handle. The guard is black PLA with Rub 'n' Buff gold leaf. The blade was printed in two pieces, split down the middle. It has aluminum tape applied for a mirror-finish.

Holy Water sprite from Castlevania Holy Water

A small, weathered, glass, bottle with a cork. A silver cross sticks out of the top of the cork.

The holy water is a small bottle that has been weathered. The cross on top is printed in Geeetech Silver and weathered. The weathering consists of black and burnt umber acrylic paint washes and sanding.

Cross sprite from Castlevania Cross

A black cross with silver edges and a gold star-burst in the middle. It is on a heavy silver chain.

The cross was 3d-printed in black PLA. The edges are silver Rub 'n' Buff, and the center gold. I had to re-paint the middle black area to cover up some mistakes with the Rub 'n' Buff. The chain is a generic stainless steel necklace chain from Amazon.

Watch sprite from Castlevania Watch

A pocket watch made out of dark gray metal.

The watch was off Amazon, but I removed the mechanism and rotated the face and the chain to match the sprite better.

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