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Hoplite shield or hoplon




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Hoplite shield or hoplon

Default options
  • Finish treatment satin polishing
  • Handle leather handle
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Custom made

This item is a custom-made, which means that our crafters use individual body measurements of a client for manufacture. Such type of manufacturing provides with a perfect fit of an item.

Finish treatment


Hoplite shield (also known as hoplon or aspis) is a type of ancient shield, which was used by Ancient Greek soldiers called hoplites. Together with sword and spear, such shield was an essential part of warrior’s armament. Large concave shield was usually made of wood; some models had also bronze cover.

Vatican shield is the only one aspis which was survived to this day. It is also known as Bomarzo shield, named after the place where it was found in 1830 year. It is kept in Museo Gregoriano Etrusco, Vatican now.

Shield aspis, Vatican

Ancient aspis shields were about 80-100 cm (32-40 inches) in diameter. Our model of Greek shield hoplon is in size of 80 cm (32 inches) at height and 70 cm (28 inches) in width. It has true cross-grips, put not in the center of shield and held by the left hand, with leather strap that is worn over the left forearm and elbow.

You can use this functional battle shield for:

  • SCA
  • HEMA
  • Larp
  • Stage performances
  • Medieval festivals
  • Reenactment events

Base price includes following options:

  • Shield of size 80*70 cm (32*28 inches);
  • Cold-rolled steel 1.5 mm;
  • Satin polishing;
  • Leather handle

Main photo shows authentic hoplite shield with following options:

  • Shield of size 80*70 cm (32*28 inches);
  • Cold-rolled steel 1.5 mm;
  • Bronze cover;
  • Decorative painting;
  • Leather handle

In options, you may choose another type of metal, finish treatment and decoration for your knight defense.

Benefits, which you’ll get, if you buy medieval shield at Steel Mastery:

  1. Custom-made high-quality metal armor;
  2. Reliability and comfortable using for years;
  3. Product made by experienced blacksmiths, who really know how to make a good armor;
  4. Convenient payment systems (Paypal, Skrill, Visa, MasterCard, American Express);
  5. Flexible return system in case if you don’t like an item.

In section “Shields”, you can see all models that we offer for ordering. If you didn’t find any for your taste and wish, please send us photo and description of the required model and we will make it for you.


If you don’t like the received product for any reason, you may send it back to us within 14 days. If the received item has defects or does not fit your parameters, we will make a new item and send it to you at our costs. If postal service lost your parcel, we make a search of it. If parcel could not be found, we make new item at our expenses.


We ship orders via National Postal Service, who carries order to your local post office. Upon shipping, we provide you with tracking number of parcel. If you need express delivery (DHL, TNT, etc.), please contact us.


Every product is handcrafted and requires time for manufacture. Approximate time:

  • Gambeson and padded armor – 8-9 weeks;
  • Costumes and other clothing – 4-6 weeks;
  • Brigandines – 3-4 months;
  • Leather accessories 2-4 weeks;
  • Metal armor – 2-5 months.

Please contact us if you would like to know more precise terms.

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