The New Buckler Shield



  • Lets face it. The Buckler is inferior to every shield in the game. It sacrifices a lot of defense for a weak positive, which is that it doesn’t cut down on your speed. The Heater Shield is much more useful with barely any negatives, making it more than enough a better choice in almost every situation.

    So, how should the Buckler be changed? Well, recently there was a topic about this in this General forum. This topic was about how shields are wrongly presented in almost every melee focus game on the market, including Chivlary. http://www.chivalrythegame.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=9763
    The basics of that topic are that shields are not only used for blocking. They are used to fight with, just as much as your weapon. This doesn’t apply with every shield off course, shields come in all kinds of variations. A Kite Shield is far to wrongly shaped to be used in that fashion and Tower Shield is basically a block of steel, good luck swinging that around. The Heater Shield was historically made from the Kite Shield to be smaller and later developed to be used to block lances and other pole arms. This is the nature of strap shields, shields that are bound to your arm and are there to protect you from projectiles and weapons.
    However, this is not the case with the Buckler. The Buckler is a round shield held on by your fist that is positioned behind the boss(the knob on the shield) and is almost pathetically small. The biggest ones being no larger than 45 cm(18 in) and the smallest ones being 15 cm(6 in), this shield is no where near capable to block projectiles is effectively as strap shields. So how come that is’s so widely know in history? A shield like this wouldn’t useful at all. Well, that is because the Buckler isn’t a shield. The Buckler is a companion-weapon.
    The Buckler was often used together with the sword to form a deadly combo feared in the 15-17th centuries. The Buckler was not only used to block other weapons, but also to punch, smack and do all other nasty stuff to fight the enemy. Much like how the Highlands from Scotland and Rodeleros from Spain used them, these shields where weapons and only fools underestimated them.

    So, my change to the Buckler is this: Make the Buckler a shield that can be used as a second weapon. It’s already inferior to the other shields, so remake it to a second-hand weapon. It still blocks like a shield, but it will be smaller. It can do a variations of attacks together with the main-hand weapon, not only the shield bash. Much like how the Viking Shield is used in the video in the topic above, but be smaller and quicker.

    Now, I ask you people. What do you think of this? Do you think this would be a acceptable change?



  • Love it
    sounds like fun

    As for it being a acceptable change…
    This game/Peeps here reallly dont like historical accuracy…
    But u never know.



  • First and foremost, buckler needs its blocking animation to be less obstructive to player’s view.
    Shield size was supposed to be proportional to the amount of obscurity your vision would receive yet the buckler needs to break this trend.



  • @Sir:

    First and foremost, buckler needs its blocking animation to be less obstructive to player’s view.
    Shield size was supposed to be proportional to the amount of obscurity your vision would receive yet the buckler needs to break this trend.

    Holding the buckler idle obscures more of the screen than any other shield for some reason. That’s the first change that needs to happen before any kind of fancy shield-bashing functions.



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