Tower shields are not always bad. I've seen them used without being a hindrance (by someone who made a build around never having to make attack rolls). They're usually bad, though. For one thing, it weighs 45 pounds. Read more
Assuming that Aias stood over 6 feet tall, a curved tower shield would have dimensions approximately 3 feet by 5 feet. Even if the bronze facing was only 0.3mm thick, it would weigh around 25 lbs (bronze has a density of around 8,300 kg/m^3).
Average of Historical Shields is 2.75 lb/sq ft, which corresponds to a 24" round weighing 8lb 10 oz. Note: Some of the shields were slightly oval; the average radius is shown.
These heavy unrelenting shields resemble more a wall than anything else. Weighing as much as 26.0 units these aren't your regular shield. These shields are too heavy for light characters to even consider wielding without sacrificing mobility or dedicated rings to lighten their load.
Weight: 2,900 g - Dimensions: 42 x 52 cm.
The scutum was a curved oval shield made from two sheets of wood glued together and covered with canvas and leather, usually with a spindle shaped boss along the vertical length of the shield. It can be considered a body shield, and was extremely heavy (~10kg).
As an alternative to leather, some Viking shields were probably covered in linen. All Viking shields would have been coated in oil to make them waterproof, preventing them soaking up water and becoming heavier. It is thought that a leather covered Viking shield weighed between 7kg and 10kg.
Then around the second half of the tenth century kite shields become common among infantry and cavalry as well, a truly universal shield. It has the coverage of almost a Roman scutum but it weighs only half of that, around 4-6 kg.
The normal shield of the Spartans was the aspis. It weighed approximately 10 kilograms. It was, however, not very hard to carry, since the Spartans were very well trained, and the grip of the shield was to be held with the forearm and the hand, so that you could use your entire arm's strength to carry it.
Weights aren't given, but based on the thickness of the boards, shields would have been under 10lb. This enables them to be used very agressively in combat but makes them vulnerable to being pierced in a shield wall. The heaviest Roman scuta so far found seem to weigh about 22 lbs (10 kg).
The Spartan shield was circular and roughly 3 feet wide, but the Greeks were a lot smaller than most present-day people. The shield is held by putting your arm through a forearm loop and hand grip, with the upper rim resting on your shoulder.
Late in the Viking era, blades became as long as 100cm (40in). The blade was typically 4-6cm wide (1.5-2.3in). The hilt and pommel provided the needed weight to balance the blade, with the total weight of the sword ranging from 2-4 lbs (1-2 kg). Typical swords weigh in at the lower end of this range.
Structure. The scutum was a 10-kilogram (22 lb) large rectangle curved shield made from three sheets of wood glued together and covered with canvas and leather, usually with a spindle shaped boss along the vertical length of the shield.
Construction. To compensate for their awkward nature, kite shields were equipped with enarmes, which gripped the shield tightly to the arm and facilitated keeping it in place even when a knight relaxed their arm; this was a significant departure from most earlier circular shields, which possessed only a single handle.
This massive wooden shield is nearly six feet tall, and provides full body protection. In most situations, it provides the indicated shield bonus to your AC. However, you can instead use it as total cover, though you must give up your attacks to do so.
however Can a Spartan shield stop a bullet? Yes, bullets will get through a Spartan's armor. Might take a few shots depending on the gun, but it'll break under enough firepower, including the AR as you said.
Spartan Officer's Sword (Spatha) of King Leonidas.
The estimations point to around 1,70 m to around 1,78 m. That converts to 5 7′ to 5 10′ if you are from a country that uses feet. Originally Answered: how tall were the spartans? According to my history teacher, a soldier's average height was around 170 cm (5'7").
At the end of the Viking era, kite shields were used, shown in the photo to the left and illustrated in the Bayeux Tapestry (right). Their shape helped protect a fighter while riding on the back of a horse. However, during the Viking age, fighting was done on foot, so it seems unlikely they would have seen wide use.
They were carried by foot soldiers, knights and cavalry. Depending on time and place, shields could be round, oval, square, rectangular, triangular, bilabial or scalloped. ... The shield was held by a central grip or by straps with some going over or around the user's arm and one or more being held by the hand.
The metal boss, attached to the wooden part of the shield by nails, protected the hand. Viking shields were rimmed with leather or rawhide. ... Some shields may have had iron rims, but there isn't much archaeological evidence to support this.
Often, Viking shields were decorated with colour to show the enemy their identity and loyalty. Shields were also decorated with runes or symbols with the Vikings believed would hopefully bring them victory in battle.
According to Rolf Warming, an archaeologist and researcher at the University of Copenhagen, the Vikings did not use shield walls in combat. A typical Viking shield was relatively small and light, and used as an active weapon.