Wednesday, October 19, 2011
DIY Spartan Hoplite Costume: How to make a Shield (Aspis, or Hoplon)
My Hoplite costume of course needs a shield, and I lucked out that when I first made my 300 costume a friend let me have their saucer sled which was exactly the size I needed for my shield. It was the easiest build ever: Take plastic saucer sled (about $10), drill 4 holes (two per side, to put in laces for holding shield on inside), spray paint brown, then lightly add gold spray paint to make a bronze-ish final color. I also added a spray on varnish to keep the paint from chipping too much. I used brown shoelaces tied through the holes to fit my arm and hand. Done!
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