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Apache 618 Jan 2017 1:33 p.m. PST

We are redoing my son (12 yrs old) room. He wants a weapons wall. We have bought 2 36" round wooden 'blanks' that we are going to paint up as shields. The wall they will be displayed on is a reddish beige. There will be a bow, spear, mace and sword displayed as well.

I figured this group would have suggestions on resources to visit to see shield designs. We are going to paint them up ourselves. I'm thinking that we will use a computer projecter to project a computer image on the wood then draw on any outlines.

Looking for generic round shield design, either historic or fantasy. I meant to cross post this but its posted to both the ancients and fantasy.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2017 1:48 p.m. PST

The Vikings had round shields, so maybe google "viking shields" and see what you turn up.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP18 Jan 2017 3:05 p.m. PST

Saxons used round shields too, sometimes. But you'll get much fancier designs out of fantasy--or dropping back to hoplites.

warwell18 Jan 2017 4:01 p.m. PST

Here are some Late Roman designs

Zinkala18 Jan 2017 5:23 p.m. PST

Go here link and browse. Tons of interesting shield designs from different areas and time periods.

fullerena19 Jan 2017 3:29 a.m. PST

Fantasy? You can't go wrong with some sort of horrible grinning demon face with big teeth and its tongue sticking out, 80s Warham style.

The first photo here is an excellent example of the style: link

Bit of a tutorial for doing them by hand here: link

There are other posts on the blog that cover them, I think.

Hafen von Schlockenberg19 Jan 2017 11:08 p.m. PST

Don't lead him astray with fantasy--get him a scutum:


Apache 620 Jan 2017 10:33 a.m. PST

Thank you for the links gentlemen!

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