Soft, pillowy mace

Matthew Borgatti's awesome, intimidating Pillow Mace was created for an upcoming NYC Pillow Fight Flash Mob. He's promised an Instructable for those wishing to make their own: "Surprisingly it took a good yard of cushion foam and two bags of poly-fill to do this one up right and get it nice and spherical. In other interesting news this may be the first dodecahedron I've ever constructed."

Pillow Mace! (via Craft)


  1. A pillow fight in NYC sounds like the most uncomfortable and terrifying thing on the planet.

    1. True that, we roll with doorknobs and soap in about half our pillows at all times.

      NYC Pillowfights: Hardcoar!

      1. Nope, they have it wrong. Spikes are what distiguish a mace from a morning star and vice versa.

        They also list maces under pole arms. I can’t even begin to describe how wrong that is.

        The D&D nerd inside me is going crazy.

        1. Production companies, the BBC, the Wallace Museum in London, and the Globe Shakespeare Company purchase their wares due to the historical accuracy of their pieces.

          But you have a Players Handbook and nerd rage.

          I mean who should I believe?

      1. That is a flail. Anything with a wiggly bit between two hard bits is a flail, the term and thus the tool predates the weapon. And Good Goddess don’t ask DnD Boy. Hell in a pinch I think I can get Maggie to vouch for me as being someone who should know.

  2. Pffff. This is clearly a pillow morning star. Next thing you know, bOING-bOING will be mixing up their glaives and voulges.

    1. Dodecahedron “The Boffing of Fools” a cloth morningstar

      This is a cloth morningstar. All craftsmanship is of the highest quaility. It menaces with spikes of midnight blue dyed polyester cloth. It is decorated with flowers in polyester cloth. The human Matthew Borgatti is holding it. He is making a menacing gesture. This relates to the attendance of the human Matthew Borgatti at the NYC Pillow Fight Flash Mob in 2011.

    2. It also has depictions of a flower and flowers. The flower is striking a triumphant pose, the flowers are cowering.

  3. I’m thinking that a morning star is a type of mace so calling this a mace is like calling a poodle a dog ie accurate.

  4. I can’t help but think that this would be even cooler if it were separated by pillowy chain links. Nerds, what is that weapon called?

    1. I can’t help but think that this would be even cooler if it were separated by pillowy chain links. Nerds, what is that weapon called?

      A flail. There are many kinds, including footman’s flails, morgenstern, peasant’s flails, two-handed war flails, and of course nuchaku. If it’s got a handle connected to an impact arm by a flexible joint, it’s a flail.

      Flails are not currently legal in any SCA kingdom I know of, but old-timers might recall the “Thorhall Incident” which involved a sack of kitty litter on a rope. They are used in Markland padded weapons combat but not in live steel combat.

      Flails in the hands of the inexperienced are more dangerous to nearby allies than to enemies.

  5. Looks like something soldiers in Monty Python’s Spanish Inquisition would have wielded

  6. Howdy. This is Matt, the maker of the Pillow Mace. I’d like to say that the Union Square pillow fight was INTENSE. It was awesome, fun, and terrifying. As soon as I stepped into the zone where people were fighting someone yelled “He’s got a pillow mace… Get him!” and I was swamped. I thought having some long reach and spikes would help me, but they’re not much use when you’re bent double from the weight of boffing pillows.

    I had a photographer friend following me during the whole thing. Hopefully I’ll be able to post pics of the event and the process of me getting swamped soon.

    Thanks BoingBoing.

  7. Finally, at long last I see a point to modern public pillow fights.

    I bet he’d have triumphed had it been a flail instead.

  8. A morningstar is a particular type of spiked ball horseman’s flail. It’s a late medieval German pattern. Sometimes (shudder) called a “chain mace” in these degenerate modern times.

    It was supposedly called this because it was the last thing infantry awakened from sleep by cavalry riding through their bivouac at dawn would see. The chain connecting handle and ball allow the horseman to strike men stretched out on the ground without being unhorsed or losing the weapon. I own two and have practiced using them; I consider it a poor footman’s weapon but I believe it would extremely effective from horseback. I’ve never tried to use it mounted (although I have fought with sword and lance) because the consequences of accidentally striking your steed’s leg would be severe. You’d want to use something pretty close to saber technique and keep the weight in motion at all times, I think.

    Maces, on the other hand, are weighted clubs, and can have heads of nearly any shape – there are Russian and Indian maces with amazing geometric metal heads, as well as maces with stone heads, heads shaped like fists or human heads, and indeed there are many examples of maces with spiked and flanged heads.

    It is best not to use D & D rules as a source for historical weapons classification. They are for in game classification, only.

    Sadly, the wikipedia article appears to be based on D & D. I have several of the books listed in the Wikipedia article, and they do not support the article’s claims at all.

    1. Ninja’d by anon with an excellent, insightful, and most importantly, correct post.

      I’ve always known a morningstar to be a spiked ball, on the end of a length of chain, connected to a stick for a handle. D&D taught me this as a wee lad, so don’t be too quick to knock it’s accuracy of armaments.

  9. Marcus Adams wielded a similarly large, but foam, morning star in the early days of Meat Beat Manifesto. Probably a Craig Morrison piece.

  10. I can get my hands on cushion foam and a sewing machine. Where are the how-to instructions?

  11. This looks great, and I can’t believe I missed this year’s pillow fight in Boston! What happened?!? How did it slip by me?

    Let us know when you put the design on Instructibles. I’ll bet there will be dozens of similar weapons in next year’s fights.

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