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How to make a Roman shield

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My kids love reenacting their own version of famous battles after playing strategy games on the PC. Then they ask me to make them outfits and / or weapons to go with them.

So I made this Roman shield. Took me a few nights to do it but worthwhile.

To make your own you will need the following bits n pieces:
- shield decoration templates ie lightning bolts, wings, unicorn horn (or make your own)
- 1 x sheet of white padded foamboard (20 x 30 x 3/16 inch)
- 1 x sheet of red A1 coloured cardboard (bigger than foamboard)
- 1 x square of frosted silver cardboard (6 3/4 inches) for shield boss
- 4 x large split pins
- a long ruler or straight edge,
- a pencil,
- a black marker
- a sharp knife or scissors
- a cutting board
- some adhesive tape (clear or silver) preferably with a dispenser
- mettalic gold & silver paint (acrylic)
- 1 paintbrush (fingernail sized brush)
- 1 fine paint brush for detail
- some rubber (eg tyre inner tube) cutoffs for the arm straps or alternatively any material suitably strong enough to hold the shield to your arm.
 - a hammer (optional).

WARNING: this is a toy for kids to play with and does not provide any defence against real weapons.  This toy is not intended to be used in combat situations eg LARP, historical re-enactments, role playing, etc.

Should you wish to do so then I suggest that you make the shield body out of wood (light enough to carry, strong enough to withstand blows) and similar sturdier attachments.

Note: Roman shields had a curved face and were not flat as a board.
 
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Aj Asian2 years ago
Where do you get the Red a1 cardboard????
Joe_90 (author)  Aj Asian1 year ago
Local stationary or art store has them round here. Would still work if you glued smaller sheets together.
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