Roman Shields, Roman Scutum and Roman Arena Shields

The shield was an integral part of the Roman war machine. Like the Spartans and the Macedonians, the Romans attempted to fight as a unit, their warriors forming a body that used their shields to provide a nearly complete defense. Dark Knight Armoury carries recreations of the classic Roman shields, all made to reenactment standards, so that when you battle, you can make the same formation with your legionaries. The traditional Roman shield has a rectangular shape with round edges that curl inward, and is fitted with a boss at the center. This is by no means the only shape, though. Some Roman shields are completely oval-shaped, while others are more diamond in their shape. Shields favored by gladiators, on the other hand, tended to be small and round, similar to what the buckler would be in later centuries. Known as a scutum, the shield was often painted with symbolic designs. Colors of the Roman Empire or Republic were common, with the most well-known being a red shield with gold wings and arrows. The aforementioned formation that Roman legionaries combined their shield into was the testudo - which is Latin for tortoise, indicating the protective power of a hard shell. Just like the Spartans before them, few Roman soldiers would ever go into battle without their shield. So if you plan on emulating the Roman style of warrior, you had best pay a visit to Dark Knight Armoury and make sure you get a great Roman shield today!
Blank Roman Scutum Shield
AH-3853NP
Among the Roman fighting forces, no shield was as preferred as the traditional scutum, and for good reason. It offered superior defensive capabilities. With this Blank Roman Scutum Shield, you can take the time to create your very own.
Price: $171.00
Brass Square Roman Shield Boss
AH-6753
A shield boss is a raised section, often made of metal, at the center of the shield with the purpose of deflecting blows away from the shield. This Brass Square Shield Boss is perfect piece to mount on your own shields.
Price: $68.00
Decorative Square Roman Shield Boss
AH-6750
A shield boss is a raised section, often made of metal, at the center of the shield with the purpose of deflecting blows away from the shield. This Decorative Square Shield Boss is perfect piece to mount on your own shields.
Price: $99.00
Dura Europos 3rd Century Legionary Scutum
AH-6718L
So named because the original shield was found in the same-named ruins, the Dura Europos 3rd Century Legionary Scutum is a recreation of a legionary shield that was originally found at the Roman outpost of Dura Europos, in Syria.
Price: $333.00
Early Wooden Roman Lion Face Shield
WS-97
The Early Wooden Roman Lion Face Shield takes the shape of a traditional roman shield, or scutum. This shield was designed with use and decoration in mind. Thus, the shield is not only attractive but also rugged and functional.
Price: $230.00
Embossed Brass Roman Shield Boss
AH-6755
A shield boss is a raised section, often made of metal, at the center of the shield with the purpose of deflecting blows away from the shield. This Embossed Brass Shield Boss is perfect piece to mount on your own rounded shields.
Price: $113.00
Historic Shield Boss
MH-MI1262
Add the Historic Shield Boss to round shields for help deflecting blows, or attach it to plain shields for extra detail and interest. This mild steel shield boss is great for custom building your own historic reenactment shield.
Price: $19.00
Large Dome Shield Boss - 14 Gauge
AB3997
Ideal for crafting your own wooden shield, this Large Dome Shield Boss - 14 Gauge provides extra room for armored gloves. The steel bosses are spun and then polished to remove spinning marks, then pre drilled for your convenience.
Price: $25.00
Large Dome Shield Boss - 18 Gauge
AB3998
Ideal for crafting your own wooden shield, this Large Dome Shield Boss - 18 Gauge provides extra room for armored gloves. The steel bosses are spun and then polished to remove spinning marks, then pre drilled for your convenience.
Price: $35.00
Linen Covered Roman Wooden Shield
AH-3853L
Every soldier in the Roman army was expected to carry a shield. Like the Spartans before, the Romans tactics utilized shield-wall formations, creating impenetrable barriers made up of these iconic Linen Covered Roman Wooden Shields.
Price: $252.00
Medieval Shield Boss
MH-MI1261
Equip your favorite round shield with the Medieval Shield Boss to help deflect the blows of enemies or just to add a little interest to an otherwise plain shield. This round, unadorned shield boss is practical, versatile, and sleek.
Price: $19.00
Praetorian Cavalry Wooden Shield
AH-6710
Even a mounted soldier could benefit from a shield, although riding a horse did limit the style of shield available. This Praetorian Cavalry Wooden Shield provides protection, while its shape makes it effective for use on horseback.
Price: $216.00
Republican Scutum
AH-3877
This Republican Scutum is a piece of equipment that no self-respecting Roman soldier would ever be without. This shield is large, and features a design reminiscent of Roman soldiers thanks to its red and yellow color scheme.
Price: $270.00
Roman Arena Wooden Shield
AH-3992W
Carrying a shield like this Roman Arena Wooden Shield, the Roman soldiers utilized superior tactics to decimate their enemies, oftentimes forming a near-impenetrable shield-wall, just like the ferocious Spartans that came before them.
Price: $189.00
Roman Brass Shield Boss
AH-6752
A shield boss is a raised section, often made of metal, at the center of the shield with the purpose of deflecting blows away from the shield. This Roman Brass Shield Boss is perfect piece to mount on your own rounded shields.
Price: $68.00
Roman Cavalier Shield
AH-3998W
There are two types of shields that are associated with Roman legionaries. Of the two, this oval-shaped Roman Cavalier Shield was favored and used by some of Rome's finest warriors when they rode into battle on horseback.
Price: $216.00
Roman Centurion Shield
AH-6711
There are two types of shields that are almost universally associated with Roman legionaries. Of the two, this oval-shaped Roman Centurion Shield was favored and used by most centurions and praetorians during most conflicts and battles.
Price: $207.00
Roman Infantry Scutum
AH-3997W
There are two types of shields that are almost universally associated with Roman legionaries. Of the two, this oval-shaped Roman Infantry Scutum was favored and used by the foot soldiers of Rome during the years of the Roman Empire.
Price: $216.00
Roman Laurel Scutum
AH-6127
The symbol of the Roman laurel combines with the Roman scutum, a symbol of military might, to form an impressive display to show to your enemies. The message delivered by this Roman Laurel Scutum is unmistakably one of victory.
Price: $270.00
Roman Legion Scutum
NP-V-80701
Roman legionaries utilized shield-wall formations in battle. Shields like this Roman Legion Scutum allowed them to create almost impenetrable barriers. These shields evolved from circular shapes in order to offer more protection.
Price: $131.90

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