Dagorhir Battle Games
House Manticore Shield
by Mephiston Mystic/Christopher Lehr of House Manticore
Cut Shield Core to desired shape (note: a round core is shown for simplicty sake, however, this method will work for any sheild design).
Attach Shield Straps to Shield Core. Make sure that you mark where you want to place your straps, drill holes in core and strapping material. Attach straps to core with nuts and bolts.
If you are using standard nuts and bolts, make sure that the nut is on the face of the Shield. Also, when you have the bolts secured, cut the bolt ends off so that the bolt is not sticking out past the nut.
Tape over the nuts so that the hardware will not cut into the foam that you will be applying later.
Cut out foam to the exact size of your shield core. If the foam will not cover the entire surface, tape two pieces of foam together (side by side).
As you will have to do this for each layer, make sure that the layer seams do not overlap.
Do this three times.
After you have the pieces cut, attach them to the shield core. The method I ususally use is just attaching the foam to the core (and each other) with spray glue. All you are attempting to accomplish is to make sure that foam doesn't go any where in the proceding steps.
You may also use contact cement as well (some prefer this method)
Place pieces of foam around the edge of the back of the shield. I ususally use 2" wide strips cut into 3" long pieces and tape them inplace around the edge of the shield.
Cut Long foam strips the width of the side of the shield... i.e. assuming the foam is 1/2" thick as well as a 1/2" thick shield core... 2 1/2" thick strips.
Use these strips to cover the edges. You will have to splice pieces together to completely cover the shield edge. Again, make sure that there are no overlapping seams.
Tape the edge foam to the shield core as shown with Duct Tape making sure that that all edge pieces are secured to the center.
Do the same on the rear of the shield.
Step Eight - Final Step
Cover your shield with Cloth. I prefer to just staple the cloth to the wood portion of the shield. There are others that will use duct tape or go all out and make a shield slip cover with a draw string. It is up to you.