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Postby Mark Sanderson » Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:46 pm

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Postby Neil of Ormsheim » Mon Dec 10, 2007 7:58 pm

How can you have a horizontal (or vertical for that matter) grip on a round shield????? :wink:


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Postby chrisanson » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:08 pm

Mark Sanderson wrote:Seax 'n' drugs 'n' rock 'n' roll!

Thanks Medicus - the only person left on this thread talking sense.




you cant posably be talking sence in that shirt! :shock:



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Postby steve stanley » Mon Dec 10, 2007 8:24 pm

Neil of Ormsheim wrote:How can you have a horizontal (or vertical for that matter) grip on a round shield????? :wink:

Assuming....The planks run vertically....In relation to them???? :?
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Postby Medicus Matt » Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:53 pm

steve stanley wrote:
Neil of Ormsheim wrote:How can you have a horizontal (or vertical for that matter) grip on a round shield????? :wink:

Assuming....The planks run vertically....In relation to them???? :?
Steve


Daft beggars. :wink: But I just thought I'd check.... looked in the Illerup Adal shield volumes (finds of more than 300 of the damned things, from the 2nd to the 4th century, the vast majority being 1st quarter 3rd century..lots of Roman made equipment despite it being a Danish site. The Romans may not have brought the Barbaricum into the Empire but they had no problems with arming it) and, as you would expect, in all cases, the grip runs perpendicular to the planks.

You only see the horizontal grip on rectangular and oval scuta. Makes sense when you're holding a line as you can get your shoulder, arm, hip and leg braced into the shield. Works suprisingly well as a one-on-one offensive shield too, just pick it up and hold it in a vertical grip like you would with a round shield and it gives excellent coverage over the shoulder, across the body and down across the hip and upper thighs.

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Postby Mark Sanderson » Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:00 am

Here's one for Workmonkey (if I can download a picture from my files!).

It's that jewelled pommel I mentioned somewhere above.
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Postby WorkMonkey » Sun Dec 16, 2007 4:44 pm

Ew.


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Postby Medicus Matt » Wed Dec 19, 2007 12:34 pm

WorkMonkey wrote:Ew.


Ew indeed, and late Iron Age 'Ewww' at that.


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