Authenticity:Round 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)
Large round shields that extend past the elbow by 2" or more Encouraged
Smaller round shields that don't cover the elbow Optional
Flat round shields Optional ENGLISH

Encouraged VIKING
Optional ENGLISH

Encouraged VIKING
Optional ENGLISH

Encouraged VIKING
Optional Allowable Allowable POOR
Lenticular round shields Encouraged ENGLISH Encouraged ENGLISH Encouraged ENGLISH Encouraged Allowable Unacceptable
2d curved round shields Allowable ENGLISH RESTRICTED Allowable ENGLISH RESTRICTED Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable
Round shields without a boss Unacceptable
Rectangular Shields Allowable PICTISH Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable
Oval Shields Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Allowable Unacceptable
Sewn on leather or rawhide edge Encouraged
Nailed on leather or rawhide edge Optional
Painted in a single colour Encouraged
Painted in up to 3 colours Optional
Painted in up to 4 colours Allowable RESTRICTED
Painted in a cross Encouraged ENGLISH

Optional VIKING
Encouraged ENGLISH

Optional VIKING
Encouraged ENGLISH

Optional VIKING
Optional Optional Optional
Painted in radiating curved lines Optional ENGLISH

Encouraged VIKING
Optional ENGLISH

Encouraged VIKING
Optional ENGLISH

Encouraged VIKING
Optional Optional Optional
Painted in simple stripes Allowable Allowable Allowable Allowable Optional Optional
Painted in quartering Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Allowable
Painted in Oseberg art style Allowable VIKING RICH Allowable VIKING RICH Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable
Painted in Trewhiddle art style Allowable ENGLISH RICH Allowable ENGLISH RICH Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable
Painted in Borre or Jelling art style Unacceptable Allowable VIKING RICH Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable
Painted in Ringerike, Mammen or Winchester art style Unacceptable Unacceptable Allowable RICH Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable
Painted in Ringerike or Urnes art style Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Allowable RICH Unacceptable Unacceptable
Painted in Norman Zoomorph art style Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Unacceptable Allowable RICH Unacceptable
Painted in Celtic knotwork art style Unacceptable
Painted in other simple geometric design Allowable

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.