A type of Shield
A small shield is between 36 square inches (6.8 inch diameter) and three square feet (23.45 inch diameter).
- All shield measurements are the exterior surface area on a flat plane.
- Non-round shields may not be wider than 2’.
- A small shield may be strapped to an arm instead of wielded in a hand.
Additional construction rules:
- Must not break or bend significantly during the course of combat. Rigid or easily breakable foam, or low-density foams, are inappropriate for all-foam shield construction. Some acceptable materials are:
- Sturdy high-density foam.
- High impact plastics.
- Must have an opaque, durable cover such as cloth or PlastiDip.
- The rim and face of the shield must be padded by at least 1” of closed cell foam.
- All-foam shields do not require any additional padding so long as the foam itself would be considered padding.
- Hard edges may not be exposed on any surface which can reasonably come into contact with another player or their equipment.
- A player may only wield one shield at a time.
- Must be gripped in a hand in order to be considered wielded.
- A shield that is gripped in a hand may also have a support strap around the arm.
- A blow that strikes a non-wielded shield strapped to a player, such as a shield slung across a back, is considered to strike the player as if the shield had not been there.
Classes limited to a Small Shield: