Even more-so than the Greeks before them, the Romans factored the use of their shields, also called scutum, into their military tactics quite heavily. And at Medieval Armour, we offer a number of traditional Roman shields, so much so that even an ancient Roman warrior would have come to us if he were looking for a good, sturdy shield to carry into battle. Originally, 'scutum' means shield in Latin, although over time the word became most often associated with the rectangular Roman shields and oval Roman shields that are used and favored by the Roman Legion and all its soldiers. Classic Roman shields were rarely plain and thus ours are rarely plain, often featuring bold designs that, once upon a time, would have historically referenced which branch of the Legion a soldier might have fought in. The Roman Legion was not the only group of Romans who used shields, however. Gladiators often found themselves using them as well, and so round arena shields were often common-place, especially when it came to fights in the gladiatorial pits. Roman shields tended to be made of both metal and wood and so we carry shields of both types, although metal shields were commonly used more by gladiators, while Roman wooden shields were carried by soldiers and legionaries. If you fancy yourself as a Roman soldier or legionary, then there's only one place to go to arm and armor yourself, especially when it comes to your functional Roman shield, and that place is Medieval Armour.
Among the Roman fighting forces, no shield was as preferred as the traditional scutum, and for good reason. It offered superior defensive capabilities. With this Blank Roman Scutum Shield, you can take the time to create your very own.
Every soldier in the Roman army was expected to carry a shield. Like the Spartans before, the Romans tactics utilized shield-wall formations, creating impenetrable barriers made up of these iconic Linen Covered Roman Wooden Shields.
This Republican Scutum is a piece of equipment that no self-respecting Roman soldier would ever be without. This shield is large, and features a design reminiscent of Roman soldiers thanks to its red and yellow color scheme.
It would be a shame for your Roman shield to see wear and tear when it was not in use. Better to cover it up and save it for the battle. To do so, we offer this Roman Scutum Shield Cover, for protecting your shield when it is idle.
We are excited to offer the Wooden Oval Roman Shield, which is covered front and back with leather. Gold leather wings and lightning decorate its face, surrounding the blackened steel boss secured to its center.
Every soldier in the Roman army was expected to carry a shield. Like the Spartans before, the Romans tactics utilized shield-walls, creating almost impenetrable barriers made up of these impressive and iconic Wooden Roman Shields.