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Ken Rankin




Location: North Carolina
Joined: 12 Mar 2006

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Jul, 2006 7:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

What would be the gauge of steel I'd need to make a decent shield boss? I tried one out of 22g steel and it really didn't come out quite the way I'd liked. My first shield was a plank shield but I didn't use a boss, and since then I wanted a more fantasy based shield with a boss. Or if there is a supplier out there of bosses that won't break my budget I would appreciate any links.

Thanks,

Ken
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Steven H




Location: Boston
Joined: 10 May 2006

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PostPosted: Fri 28 Jul, 2006 9:41 am    Post subject: Shield bosses         Reply with quote

My own exploring of armoury websites has found the following best "looking" two deals on shield bosses. Alas, I cannot vouch for either as I've not had the spare cash to purchase them yet.

http://therionarms.com/reenact/com300.html
http://www.gdfb.co.uk/acatalog/Bosses.html

If you try either, please share your experiences. There is a dearth of reviews of armourers.
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Felix Wang




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Jul, 2006 7:53 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Therion arms supplies a very nice, heavy duty boss; I have 3 of them. For SCA or other severe usage, these will work very well. Sean Richards of Roman Legion Quartermaster can produce a boss which is slightly lighter, and has a more obviously hand-made look to it; I just got one from him.
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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Sat 29 Jul, 2006 2:21 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ken;

Merc tailor's also makes shield bosses for D.I.Y. work:
http://www.merctailor.com/catalog/product_inf...ucts_id=99

Were you decide to buy and which you prefer is up to you but M.T. gives fast and reliable service if this is important to you.

You can easily give up your freedom. You have to fight hard to get it back!
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Ken Rankin




Location: North Carolina
Joined: 12 Mar 2006

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PostPosted: Wed 23 Aug, 2006 12:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi all,

I wanted to thank everyone for their advice about the shield boss, I just received my boss from TherionArms today. Hal's a great guy and was a pleasure to do business with. When I finish the shield I will post pics.

Thanks again, this list is the best!

Ken
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Mat Billings




Location: Kelowna, BC
Joined: 05 Jan 2005

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Aug, 2006 2:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

One of these! I built it awhile back, and the thing has held up really well in rapier combat.

once I started getting the hang of how to use it, I found it to be pretty effective. Wink


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Torsten F.H. Wilke




Location: Irvine Spectrum, CA
Joined: 01 Jul 2006

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PostPosted: Fri 25 Aug, 2006 3:40 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I like Aaron's view. Why be bothered by pesky foot-soldiers anyway? Horse and lance, thats where it's at. As long as your protected by your very own pesky foot-soldiers! Didn't jousting shields actually attach to the breast plate, or other junk on the harness? At least during the later periods?
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Steve L.





Joined: 22 Jul 2006

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Oct, 2006 3:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My reco of an non-full-bronze urnfield shield:



Convex, 2 layers of limewood planks (cross glued), 2 layers linnen on the back, 3 on the front, covered with rawhide. The boss is after finds of France and Switzerland, the nails after an find in bavaria. The decor is after the "Herzsprung"-shema. I guess, the driven decors of the fullbronze shields imitates paintings.

The backside is non-spectacular: an elmwood handle and an deerskin around the griphole. All glueings with hideglue. Paintings with pigmented kaseine-colours.

62cm in diameter, 2cm thick in the center, carved down to 1cm to the edge.

Itīs an very light (and quick) shield.
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