This is awesome. Thanks, Telecanter!- Ark
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Nowy is my new favourite adjective.You've given me an idea for a game based on bad translations between media - I'd love to see some cardioids used in battle... Although come to think of it, archaeology is probably full of such bad translations made literal. Are you familiar with Bashford Dean's work on the evolution (meant literally) of arms and armour? Apparently he's been eBooked, though I'm not sure that's the work that contains his evolutionary trees of swords and helmets.
Stats for the egg shield pronto!I can just imagine some foppish knight showing up at a tournament with one of the flouncy designs that was really only meant for decorative heraldry.
Sorry for the late response. Thanks for the comments.@richard: my source didn't have his name but I blogged this:http://recedingrules.blogspot.com/2010/06/sword-family-tree.html@Roger: I was thinking the same thing, give a magic "Italian" shield to players, ha.
This is begging to be made into a roll-able chart. Any idea of the permissions of the original image?
Public Domain, chart away :)It's from:The dates of variously-shaped shields with coincident dates and examples (1890) http://www.archive.org/details/datesofvariously00grazrich