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!