Warning: You are not logged in. Your IP address will be publicly visible if you make any edits. If you log in or create an account, your edits will be attributed to your username, along with other benefits. Anti-spam check. Do not fill this in!===[[Shield]]s=== The shield was largely used worldwide to defend during melee combat and to add protection against missile weapons. Almost every successful army used it until the end of the medieval age. Ancient shields were usually large so it could cover the entire warrior. Warriors like the Celts and Spartans considered weapons like the bow for cowards and used shields as a way of neutralizing them so they could close the distance between them and their enemies. Ancient infantry like the Celts or Persians used wooden wicker shields, mainly to defend against projectiles. Later people started using metal in shields and the finest example of ancient metal coated shields is the Spartan shield which was famous for their effectiveness. It was a large round shield that covered the entire warrior, consisting of several layers of wood covered in a layer of bronze with a layer of leather in between, to absorb shock. For similar purposes, the Romans used rectangular, semi-cylindrical metal shields known as the Scutum. Small shields with studded leather covering was favored by nomadic tribes like the Huns as these complemented their style of warfare. With the development of armor, specially the development of chain mail and plate armor, the necessity of large shields started to decline and warriors started to adopt smaller, more mobile metal shields. Small and medium sized shields were popular among cavalry, the medieval European knights used the "kite" shield while cavalry from Middle East and Asia mainly used round shields. Infantry from Europe to Asia (except the Japanese islands and a few eastern countries) widely used medium or small sized round shields known as the "buckler". Most Asian shields were small or medium sized round wooden or metal shields of this design. In Asia, round steel shields were most commonly used in India and by the Mongols. Shields were also used in some forms of Eastern martial arts, like the Chinese Shaolin Kung-Fu or Indian Kalaripayattu. Shields could often be used as an offensive weapon as well. Vikings and Centurions had shields with a steel or iron boss in the center used for bashing their opponents. The medieval Scottish highlanders used the "targe" shield that had a pike attached to it for offensive purpose. Even tribal and non industrialized civilizations were known for using shields. African tribes like the Zulu mainly used large shields made of ox hide. The Aztecs used small leather shields. The non industrialized cultures continued use of shields even after they were not used anymore in rest of the world. The native Americans mainly used leather shields, while they also developed the "bone shield" which is said to be able to stop bullets. With the mass usage of gunpowder, shields ultimately fell out of favor in Europe as they turned out to be too heavy and bulky for the benefits they offered. Summary: Please note that all contributions to the Deadliest Warrior Wiki are considered to be released under the CC-BY-SA Cancel Editing help (opens in new window) Retrieved from "https://deadliestwarrior.fandom.com/wiki/Armor"