Large Shield: Also known as the kite or tower shield, this massive metal or wooden shield reaches nearly from the chin to the toe of the user. It must be firmly fastened to the forearm and the shield hand must firmly grip it at all times.

Medium Shield: This shield is carried in the same manner as a small shield. Medium shields are usually made of metal, range from 3'-4' in diameter, and can be of any shape, from round to square to a spread dragon's wings. A typical medieval shield resembles a triangle with one point facing downward.

Small Shield: The small shield is usually round and is carried on the forearm, gripped with the shield hand. Its light weight as compared to a medium shield permits the user to carry other items in that hand, although he cannot wield or carry another weapon.

Buckler: Bucklers are slightly smaller versions of small shields.

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