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PostSubject: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:19 pm

This is a question that has been need to ask for a long time now, lol.

What are the minimum size requirements on a shield? Anyone know? Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:18 pm

I think the MOA says 12 inches across.
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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 6:36 pm

then what about bucklers? Or do bucklers not exist?

((I mean a small shield thing that goes around your arm))
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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:15 pm

4.7.4. A shield may not be taller than the distance between the wielder’s chin and their
ankles, nor wider than 3 feet.
4.7.5. The minimum diameter of a shield is 12 inches.
4.7.6. Shields may be virtually any shape, but must have handles and/or arm-straps. If a
shield is made to strap onto the body and has no means to carry it on the fighter’s
arm, it is not allowed. As with all weapons rules, Weapons-Checkers and Heralds
have the final size in determining what is a shield versus what is armor.


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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:28 pm

Yeah, even a buckler has to be 12 inches. I think historically bucklers may have been smaller than that, but then again I don't think they were used against the kinds of weapons we use them against. And what about Red, the guy who came to practices in Blue Springs? He wore a shield on his back. Was he breaking the rules or did it have an arm strap that he didn't use?
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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 7:30 pm

idk, i think it had straps somewhere,
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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:15 pm

Red had arm straps on his shield.
@ Summer: For a little more clarification on minimum shield size, the rule as quoted from the MOA is outdated and needs to be revised next RWC. The rule should read
"4.7.4. A shield may not be taller than the distance between the wielder’s chin and their ankles, nor a wider circumference than 3 feet.
4.7.5. The minimum circumference of a shield is 12 inches."

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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:18 pm

Circumference of 12 inches? That seems really small; like 4 inch round buckler small (or a 5x2 rectangle).
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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:43 pm

It sounds odd I know, but the term "circumference" (or arc length) is used to keep people (Rome >.<) from building semi-circle shields. Historically, shields NEVER were rounded enough to even resemble semicircles. So, 3 feet arc length is used.

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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:45 pm

Arc length makes more sense. I was thinking around the outside edge when you said circumference.
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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Sat Feb 14, 2009 3:07 am

the min speck is about the size of a clipboard (a little wider)

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PostSubject: Re: Shield Size Requirements   Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:12 pm

Yeah, i agree with Iohn. I've seen shields that were basically half cylinders which is just silly. Curved slightly is fine, but other than that can get ridiculous.
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