We used to have a fighter who came out with a shield made from cardboard and foam. Theos right though, cardboard doesnt make a great core. Honestly you'd be better off with a wooden core, and just building the foam around that, make a true strap shield.
"Yes they are stubborn and prideful. But when speaking of Dwarves, there is really only one thing to remember....Dwarves, quite simply, are born for battle..."
“Never tell a Dwarf that it’s the weapon doing all the work. They have views on that sort of nonsense… the kind of views that also involve your kneecaps …”
Legal? Yes. Good? No. You could layer cardboard all day, it'll never be as good as wood or, even better if you want it light, Hard Board. It's the same stuff as Peg board but without the holes in it. It's hard, sturdy, but fairly light weight. The instructions on how to construct it seem to be fairly sound, though you'll want more padding than that.
Post by greybeardabbot on Mar 27, 2008 20:55:23 GMT -5
I kinda have to dissagree with Haldour. Laminated cardboard can be surprisingly strong... But it would take serval laminations. Up to 2" in thickness. A 2' round shiled with cardboard core, laminated to 2"+ inches, would be light and strong enough for most combat... There are limitations. And I would be concerned about "Tear-out" over time with the straps. I dare say that such a shield would hold up against a shield bash agaisnt even a large person such as my-self... BUT probably not repeatedly. Besides... wet weather would be the doom of it.
I do Agree with Haldour on the merits of a hardbaord lamination. I use a great kite shiled, made from 2" ridged 'pink' foam, with an 1/4" hardboard lamination on the back and 1/2" blue foam on front, and 1" blue foam on the sides. I was doubtful at frist that ridged foam would be sturdy enough... but with only 1/4 of hardboard gorilla glued on the back I've collided full on with both Finn and Wolfgar in a shield bash without the hint of failure. My next shiled will use 1/8" hardbard on front and back of 2" ridged foam. (effectively makeing a "Stressed skin pannel" like they use in building construction. Very light, very strong. Ideal for knocking people on thier assets.
Bogey board does work however, most bogey boards are made of a condensed Styrofoam. this foam usually melts under glues such as Dap, or spray glue. however is fine with gorilla glue as i came to learn: