A Roundshield is one of two shield types available in UnReal World. Its constructed of wood and some metal and is the larger of the two types.
The Roundshield has somewhat better combat performance than a Buckler, but is still rudimentary in combat. It is also twice as heavy, but worth once it can be afforded.
Real life context
- An advantage and disadvantage of SWORD AND SHIELD - A video on the practicalities, advantages and disadvantages of the characteristic sword-and-shield combination in fighting.
- "Viking Era" Sword & Shield Use - Some Thoughts About Shield Placement - A video on the shield placement in swordfighting during the early medieval period of Europe.
- Spear and shield - overarm vs underarm - A video on spear and shield use in the early medieval period of Europe (and some of the ambiguities in researching it).
Most shields were manufactured from wood, with a thin outer layer of leather, hide, and later, metal. For more comfortable holding, the center-grip configuration of round shields necessitated a small hole at the centre of a shield, covered by a dome-shaped metal boss on the outer side of the weapon. (This gives many round-shaped historical shields their typical appearance, with a prominent boss on the outside.)
Historically, larger shield types retained wood or similarly lighter substances as their main construction material, as they would otherwise run into major weight issues if built entirely from metal, particularly pre-industrial steel. For extra stability and durability, most round shields had their edges covered in a hoop of reinforced material, either rugged leather, or a thin metal hoop. URW's roundshields reflect this traditional design, widespread in many different cultures. Due to their simple and versatile design, round shields appeared in a large number of cultures across the world, with multiple basic variations depending on the period and region of origin.