Ulfheðinn – Making a shield

Making a Viking Shield

There is a very good guide to making shields written by the Konungr of the Vikings Roger Barry.

The Vikings Society Guide to Shield Making

N.B. A light shield is a better shield.

Painting the shield

DO NOT PAINT YOUR SHIELD WITHOUT THE OK FROM A CLUB OFFICER

Shield Colours
The Ulfheðinn colours are Red and Yellow. Authentic paints would of course be preferable but in practice standard matt decorating emulsion is ok. The colours to look for are Postbox red and Sun yellow slightly paler yellows are ok. The finish should be matt, as such avoid gloss paints and do not varnish the shield with a gloss varnish.

There is one pattern for an Ulfheðinn shield no other patterns or interpretations of the pattern below are acceptable.

The Curved X
red and yellow.

Do not paint the runes you see on some older shields as they are incorrect. The the sections rim should not be outlined in black or any other colour. Curved or straight triangles are acceptable. The white area on the shield indicates the leather or rawhide rim it should not be painted

Rims
The shield rim should then be covered in undyed white or off white rawhide or undyed leather. Dyed Black or dark brown leather rims are not acceptable. The rawhide should be attached with black carpet tacks (may need shortening before hammering in)

Shields will have to pass a check before being seen in public. They should only be used for shows/events and not for any other purpose

DO NOT USE THIS OLD RED AND YELLOW FOUR QUARTERS SHIELD BELOW UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES

 

 

Historic Shields

If you are interested in how historic shields were made

There is a good article with historic examples below

http://members.ozemail.com.au/~chrisandpeter/shield/shield.html