Shields?

Discussion in 'General Weapons & Armour' started by evadra, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. KorbentMarksman

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    My story is set in the mid 1600s in Rome and surrounding areas, and an exiled group of archers called the Black Arrows use small round shields in a firefight to protect their center of mass. What should the shield be made of, and do you think they should be round?
     
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    Erm... archers can't (and didn't) use shields. And by the 1600s you wouldn't be using archers anyway. And if it is archers, it's not a "firefight".
     
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    Sorry, i didnt explain properly.
    The story is set in a splinter cell of space and time that happens to be based in 1615, and the archers have religious reasons not to use gunpowder. Also, by a shield I meant a very small one on the forearm that would not affect archery but help cover the face and upper chest from primitive firearms.
     
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  5. Geirulf

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    correct me if im wrong but ive always been lead to believe the tear drop style shields were designed for horse back the elongated bottom providing cover to the riders other wise exposed leg.
     
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    Correct.
     
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    The shield would need to be very thick heavy timber, or steel plate, to withstand even a primitive ball missile fired by gunpowder. Adding that much weight to an extended bow arm is going to make life very difficult for the archers.

    You can easily shoot a bow with a small shield strapped to your bow arm, I've done it many times while playing combat archery with a maximum shield diameter of 30cm of thin ply covered in fabric, they are great for stopping slow, blunt-tipped arrows from <30lb bows as you can see them in flight, but I wouldn't like my chances of blocking a steel projectile fired faster than my eyes can see.
     
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    Round shields were often overlapped forming powerful shield walls. Saxons were famous for there use of round shields in there shield wall, if you look at Battle of Hastings you will see a good example.