Every melee combatant should carry a shield. Shields were the principle means of protection in our period. It is important to remember that body armour was always a last resort – the best way of avoiding harm was avoiding being hit in the first place by preserving a solid shield-wall.
Construction of shields
For safety, shields should be made from 9 or 12mm plywood and should be edged with either rawhide (doggy-chew) or strong leather. Round shields should have a steel boss to cover the handgrip, which may be a plain single bar of wood or wood and metal.
Shields must not have metal edging – given how frequently shield rims get hit, there is too great a chance of the metal edge becoming burred, damaged and dangerous.
All shields should be faced in fabric or leather and painted, using authentically-achievable colours and designs appropriate to the period. A Shield Register shows you the colours already in use by different groups.
Even if a shield is of perfectly authentic appearance but fails to meet the Society’s minimum standards, it will not be allowed onto the field.
Technical Specifications - Shield
- The main body or disc of a shield will be made from wood and be no thinner than 8mm.
- All shields will have a protective rim made from leather or rawhide to prevent the edge from splintering. It is expected that the rim will cover the entire circumference of the shield.
- Metal rims are not permitted.
- The Shield boss must be either a steel dome or rounded cone of sufficient strength that a determined blow will not collapse it onto the hand beneath. Bosses that are pointed or have extensions are not permitted.
- The rivets securing the boss and grip to the shield must be properly finished and peened. Bent nails are not permitted.
- The grip and cavity behind the boss should be of such a size and position that a gloved hand may fit comfortably.
- All shields should be faced in fabric or leather and painted, using authentically-achievable colours and designs appropriate to the period.
Restrictions and Notes on Use
- Except as part of a pre-scripted combat, the shield may not be used to attack an opponent.
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Pages in category ‘Shields’
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