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Kite shield with painting




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Kite shield with painting

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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.

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Kite shield is a type of medieval defense, which was popular in the X-XIV centuries all over Europe and Rus’. It is also known as almond shield due to its shape, pointing at the bottom.

Shields of such unique shape are depicted on the famous Bayeux Tapestry and are one of the most recognizable types of Norman warrior armament.

Cavalry and infantry with kite shields, fragment from Bayeux Tapestry

Soldiers with kite shields, fragment from manuscript Dijon BM MS.14 Bible of Stephen Harding

Popularization of kite shields in medieval times was related to development of cavalry. It was used by mounted knights in order to protect left side of warrior (leg and upper part of body).  

Almond shield was usually made of wood, covered with leather and completed with steel umbo in the center. Edges of shield were trimmed with steel or leather strips. Surface of shield was often painted with ornaments, crosses, images of animal and birds.

This historically accurate kite shield is made of arched wood and has length 140 cm (55 inches). Outer side and edges are covered with leather. Steel umbo is decorated with brass cross. Leather belts are installed from the inner side and allow reliable and comfortable hold of shield during the battle.

You can use this functional battle shield for:

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

Base price includes following options:

  • Plywood base, covered with leather
  • Decorative painting

Main photo shows authentic medieval kite shield with following options:

  • Plywood base;
  • Brown leather
  • Decorative painting

NOTE: colorful painting is made by your pattern. So, when ordering, please send us an image/ornament, which you want to be handmade on your medieval shield.

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.

If you are looking for smaller models, you may like steel shield or triangle shield for reenactors.

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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This shield is better than I could have hoped for. Excellent and well made design with beautiful decoration. Feels strong in your hand and is made from solid materials. It looks great in the pictures, but it looks even better in person. The decorative shield paint is very well executed. Everything about this shield has a nice look and feel to it. This shield would fit right in on the battlefields of medieval history .
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