Shields and Helms

SHIELD TYPE

PRICE

AC IMPROVEMENT

WEIGHT lbs & Bulk

NOTES

 

Wood Shields with
Metal Rim & Boss

Buckler, round (9” to 18”)

2gp

1 vs ONE opponent in a combat round

3

Non

Acts as a small shield for halflings

Small, round (18” to 24”)

4gp

1 vs ONE opponent in a combat round

5

Slightly

Acts as a medium shield for halflings

Medium, round (24” to 30”)

7gp

1 vs TWO opponents in a combat round

10

Fairly

Acts as a large shield for halflings

Large, round (30” to 36”)

10gp

1 vs THREE opponents in a combat round

15

Bulky

Too bulky for halflings

Heater (18”x 24”)

4gp

1 vs ONE opponent in a combat round

5

Slightly

Acts as a medium shield for halflings

Tower (48”x 24”)

10gp

1 vs TWO opponents in a combat round

15

Bulky

Can be used as cover vs missiles

Pavise (50”x 30”)

15gp

1 vs TWO opponents in a combat round

16

Bulky

See Description

Kite (48” x 24” at widest tapering to 10”)

9gp

1 vs TWO opponents in a combat round

9

Fairly

Too bulky for halflings

All Metal Shields

Buckler, round (9” to 18”)

3gp

1 vs ONE opponent in a combat round

5

Acts as a small shield for halflings

Small, round (18” to 24”)

9gp

1 vs ONE opponent in a combat round

10

Acts as a medium shield for halflings

Medium, round (24” to 30”)

20gp

1 vs TWO opponents in a combat round

15

Acts as a large shield for halflings

Heater (18”x 24”)

12gp

1 vs ONE opponent in a combat round

10

Acts as a medium shield for halflings

Other’ Shields

Adarga double oval (28” to 36” long axis 20” to 30” wide)

8gp

1 vs THREE opponents in a combat round

5

Fairly

Illshar

Wood (12” to 20”

1gp

1 vs ONE opponent in a combat round

3

Non

Used in areas of little or no metal

Wicker Pavise (50”x 30”)

1gp

ONLY used as cover vs missiles See description

1

Fairly

Useless in melee combat

Wood & Hide Oval (36”-40”)

5gp

1 vs TWO opponents in a combat round

5

Fairly

Wood frame with layered and stretched hides.

Tower Shield: These are analagous to the Roman Scutom in size and shape. Used in formations for shield walls. Some have notches to push a spear or pike through..

Pavise: This is a type of shield made for specialised use by crossbowmen. This type of shield is designed to be tall and wide enough to cover a crossbowmen frontally and guard him from incoming missiles while occupied loading. (50% Cover = +4 to AC while loading and shooting) It also has a special feature, a hinged prop, whereby it can stand erect on its own at the battlefield.

Round Shield: Made from non-splitting wood, often with multiple layers of wood and iron or bronze rims and boss to make them strong. Sometimes covered in leather for extra strength and weather protection. Usually decorated.

Kite Shield: The narrow, oblong shield has multiple hand grip points so that it can be carried and used either horizontally (best for close combat) of vertically (best versus missile attacks.) It effectively protects one flank of a fighter on the battlefield.

Heater: This type of shield is typically small in size, essentially a trimmed version of the kite shield. The small size of the shield makes it easier to wield it speedily on the battlefield during combat and to carry it with no discomfort. It is considered a good shield for swordmen and for defending against sword attacks.

Wicker Pavise: Similar in shape, size and function to a traditional pavise shield, these are made entirely of woven wicker and are very effective at stopping arrows. Their light weight and low cost means that archers and crossbowmen may carry two or three to the battle. They are useless versus an opponent in close combat.

Wood & Hide Oval: Used by many tribes in Parador. These light shields are most effective vs arrows and spear thrusts.

Wood: Simple, round shields kacking any significant metal parts. Primarily used by some non human tribes and humans in areas that lack metals or technology.

Adarga Shield: Widely used in Illshar and related areas. The adarga shield is constructed from tough leather hide, usually that of the antelope. In making the adarga, two or more layers of the leather hide are glued together with a strong adhesive and firmly sewn together. Pieces of other kinds of leather are further used to reinforce the basic layers of the adarga. On the inside of the shield, two leather grips are sewn with which the wearer can secure the shield to his forearm. The leather grips usually come with some kind of cushioning to further absorb the impact of blows. Metal rims and rivets are also used to further reinforce the structure of the shield. Once the basic structure of the adarga was complete, it was extensively adorned on the exterior. Carved designs and gilded patterns were most commonly used in the decoration of the shield.  The design features two overlapping ovals, looking similar to a kidney in its form. The shield is 28 to 36 inches along its longer oval axis.

Helmets

 

HELM TYPE

PRICE

NOTES

Arming Cap

4gp

Used in all helms or Coif

Arming Hood

6gp

Used in Great Helm or Coif

Aventail (Camail), leather

1gp

Leather curtain attached to helm to shield neck

Aventail (Camail), butted

5gp

Mail curtain attached to helm to shield neck

Aventail (Camail), riveted

20gp

Mail curtain attached to helm to shield neck

Aventail (Camail), welded

100gp

Mail curtain attached to helm to shield neck

Mail coif, butted

10gp

 

Mail coif, riveted

40gp

 

Mail coif, welded

200gp

 

Closed face helm

15gp

Spangenhen Helm with face guard

Great Helm

30gp

Fully enclosed helm

Leather Helm

1gp

All leather

Leather & Metal helm

6gp

Leather with reinforcing bands Spangenhen type

Open faced helm, metal

10gp

Spangenhen Helm type

Open faced helm with nose guard, metal

11gp

Spangenhen Helm type

Open faced helm, metal

11gp

‘Pot’ Helm type

Open faced helm with nose guard, metal

12gp

‘Pot’ Helm type

     

Spangenhen Helms or ‘segmented’ helms are assembled from multiple pieces with internal reinforcements of heavier metal.  The components (other then the frame) may be of leather, wood or metal.  An arming cap is worn underneath.  Coifs are optional.

Pot Helms are shaped from a single piece of metal. An arming cap is worn underneath.  Coifs are optional.

Great Helms are one piece, completely enclose the head and are lifted on and off.   An arming hood is worn underneath.  Coifs are optional.

Closed Face Helms may have a movable/hinged face shield(s) or may have a ‘fixed’ partial face covering. An arming hood or cap is worn underneath.  Coifs are optional.