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Jojo Zerach





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PostPosted: Sat 09 Apr, 2011 6:23 pm    Post subject: Historical heater shield coverings?         Reply with quote

On effigies, 14th century heater shields usually look to have elaborate, 3-d designs on the front, made from molded leather. (Like the Black Prince's shield.)
Would it still be historical to simply lay down a layer of canvas and paint it?
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PostPosted: Sun 10 Apr, 2011 1:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

For what type of person? There's a big difference between the elaborate knight shields used in tournaments and the shields used by soldiers and man-at-arms in wars. The former is a status object as well as a piece of equipment. The latter is a dispensable piece or warfare gear.
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PostPosted: Sun 10 Apr, 2011 7:31 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

These shields come in all kinds of varieties. The 3D versions are by no means universal. Most of the extant shields have a parchment cover. canvas has much the same effect.
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