Authenticity:Kite Shields

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Authenticity Guide


Kit Guide

Kit Guide
Description Very Early
(793-899)
Early
(900-979)
Mid
(980-1041)
Late
(1042-1079)
Very Late
(1080-1179)
Angevin
(1180-1215)
Kite shields with boss Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Encouraged Encouraged Optional
Kite shields without boss Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Optional Optional
Flat-topped Kite shields with boss Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Optional RESTRICTED Encouraged
Flat-topped Kite shields without boss Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Optional RESTRICTED Encouraged
Heater shields Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Allowable KNIGHT
Parallel sided/tower shields Unacceptable
Target shields Unacceptable
Sewn on leather or rawhide edge Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Encouraged Encouraged Encouraged
Nailed on leather or rawhide edge Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Optional Optional Optional
Painted in a single colour Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Encouraged Encouraged Encouraged
Painted in up to 3 colours Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Optional Optional Optional
Painted in up to 4 colours Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Allowable RESTRICTED Allowable RESTRICTED Allowable RESTRICTED
Painted in a cross Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Optional Optional Optional
Painted in radiating curved lines Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Optional Optional Optional
Painted in simple stripes Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Allowable Optional Optional
Painted in quartering Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Allowable
Painted in Norman Zoomorph art style Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Optional NORMAN RICH Allowable RICH Allowable RICH
Painted in Heraldry Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Encouraged KNIGHT

Shield Designs

A selection of basic shield designs which can be provenanced by manuscript pictures or archaeological finds are illustrated below as a guide for members to base their own shield designs on. Shields may be painted in up to four colours using these patterns, although one or two colours seem to be the most common. Remember all black shields are reserved for under 18’s on the battlefield. Authentic period paint colours include red, orange, yellow, brown, black, white and grey. More rarely grey-blues, pale greens and other colours were also used, it is best to avoid rich blues or greens as these are rare or very rich colours.