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painting shields

Postby johnboycfc on Thu Apr 24, 2008 5:49 pm

anyone know he best and most authentic way to paint shields? Should i just use modern paint for easyness or are there various authentic ways of painting shields? any info greatly regarded as im hoping to make a return to reenactment his summer and need to get my kit in order

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Re: painting shields

Postby Cathal on Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:20 pm

Hello John,

I've painted my shield with casein colors. They're easy to handle and easy to make at home as well. An useful reciepe is here to find :arrow: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casein_paint . Add some natural pigments and, if you want a shiny finish, do some varnishing when you're ready. Casein colors are generally water resistant - but with some varnish the surface will be much harder and even brighter.

Hope this helps.
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Re: painting shields

Postby brendan on Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:36 pm

What time period are yout alking about?
-If you are looking at Viking period then there is a thread http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=6758&highlight=paint+shields on livinghistory.co.uk on round shields - there may be one or two other threads on the topic on that site.

Of course, If I remember correctly, the Irish Viking shields are different is size

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Re: painting shields

Postby Ambiorix apsealgair on Fri May 02, 2008 11:31 am

would they have used milk paints lik the celts :?:

here,s a formla formilk paints(never tried it myself tho) :oops:

* 1 Quart skim milk (room temperature)
* 1 Once of hydrated lime by weight (Available at building centers. Do not use quick lime, as it will react with the water and heat up. Hydrated lime has been soaked in water then dried.)
* 1 to 2 1/2 pounds of chalk may also be added as a filler.

Stir in enough skim milk to hydrated lime to make a cream. Add balance of skim milk. Now add sufficient amount of powder pigment to desired color and consistency (Pigment powder must be lime-proof). Stir in well for a few minutes before using. For best results continue to stir throughout use.

Apply milk paint with a cheap natural bristle brush. Allow project to dry sufficiently before applying next coat.
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Re: painting shields

Postby redneckjedi on Sun May 04, 2008 11:03 pm

I use milk paint. There is a place here in the States that sells it fairly cheap. If anyone is interested I will provide the link. I also use walnut and iron oxide for satining my leather. I don't know how 'period' it is but its better than chemical paints and stains... less toxic, too...
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Re: painting shields

Postby redneckjedi on Sun May 04, 2008 11:06 pm

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Re: painting shields

Postby derek on Wed May 07, 2008 8:05 pm

Hi,

If I remember rightly the vikinganswerlady has info on viking shields but that info should cover you for the dark ages.

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Re: painting shields

Postby brendan on Thu May 08, 2008 9:31 am

I just remembered that I have an entire book on shields :roll:
Book: The Anglo Saxon Shield by I P Stephenson
Relevant bits (From speed read):
-covered both sides in leather. (pp40) - though this is contended as a general rule by the author.
-Shield Decoration (pp50):
plain, polished or painted wood, tanned, dyed or painted leather, coloured or painted rawhide

rather unhelpfully the book goes on to say that details of said decorations are "discussed elsewhere" - havent time to search further now

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[edit] Of course this was Saxon C10 anyway and not Viking[/edit]
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Re: painting shields

Postby Cathal on Thu May 08, 2008 11:27 am

...and :arrow: HERE is the pretty helpful construction page I've posted in the old forum. ;)

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Re: painting shields

Postby Andrea L Redden on Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:18 pm

A really good article has been re-webbed here:

http://nvg.org.au/index.php?topic=weap

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