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I love armor and have already made a shirt of chainmail that you can read about here, as well as owning a sword. So I decided to make a shield that I can use when my friend and I fight. We are trying to learn the lost art of sword fighting. 

Stuff you'll need
  • Cold rolled sheet metal (Lowes, Canadian Tire, ex.)
  • about 30 1in screws
  • about 25 1/2in screws
  • 8-10ft 1-by-4s 
  • sandpaper
  • nylon or leather strapping 
  • 4 roofing nails
  • Jigsaw with wood and metal blades
  • Drill and drill bits
  • ball peen hammer

 
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Step 1: Cut the Metal

Picture of Cut the Metal
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For my shields I decide that the best size was 2ft by 1½ft so that it would cover most of my body without being to heavy. I also thought that a basic rectangle would be best because I am just a beginner at metalworking.

I bought the metal from Lowes for just over 40 dollars but that was enough for 2 shields so you could get a smaller piece that wouldn't be so pricey. Now just mark the length you want with a sharpie and cut it with a jigsaw. This is better done outside, as the metal pieces will go everywhere!

I don't know how it is in the US, but in Europe, this shield won't be allowed in any LARP because it's far too dangerous for the integrity of persons and foam weapons.

Ther's too many sharp edges for LARP in my opinion, but nice work!

LARP rules are international standard, but on the otherhand, if you wish to train, this and a rapier are the perfect training tools!

Green X1 year ago

nice I know someone that would use that shield

Not bad for a LARP shield, well done! If you wanted to make a combat grade one, use carbon steel sheet, and hammer it to shape on an anvil. Also, swordsmen wouldn't use a tower or wall shield, those would be reserved for frontline spearmen. Swordsmen would use a circular buckler or at most a kite shield. OVerall, however, this was extremely well done! Bravo!
Ringer1633 (author)  ninja of suburbia2 years ago
Thanks.

That means now you get to make some spears! Woo!

Ringer1633 (author) 2 years ago
Please vote for me and if you have any suggestions for a shoulder strap I would love to know. Thanks, hope you enjoy.