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Description and Pattern
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The Calontir Scutari is a center grip War Oval of a standard dimension to
be used in the more mobile, fluid formations and scenarios like open field
battles, ravine/res battles, and broken field battles. The Scutari is not
designed to replace the Scutum, but to augment its use so that the Army can
be more effective in certain scenarios that require mobility and tactical
flexibility.

The Scutum wall is the best at what it does and in the scenarios that we
need the Scutum wall there is no substitute. But, for quite a while
Calontir has been using the scutum in different capacities. It’s use in
some of these capacities are not ideal, but the lack of consistency of
sizes and shapes of secondary shields do not allow for good unit cohesion
if needed to be used as a line of defense. The Scutari will allow the Army
to maintain a line defense but give us the mobility to advance and reform
quicker, as well as allow us to defend in different ways that we can not do
with the Scutum wall.

*The Scutari should be made in one of two ways:*

*The Calontiri Standard*

   - The Scutari should be made from 6061 T-6 Aircraft Aluminum of .100
   inch thickness or other acceptable SCA combat legal variant. If you wish to
   build your shield in a spangen style that is acceptable as well.
   - War Oval Dimensions: 24″ wide x 40″ high with a 2″ vertical curve.
   (NOTE: the Scutari can be made flat, but a slight curve allows for better
   use) Rounded top and bottom should be a full half circle design, not a
   tapered point or other shape.
   - Centergrip should be at the center point vert/horz. on every shield.
   The hole for the boss should be between 6″ – 7″ in diameter to allow any
   full gauntlet to be used.
   - The boss should be between 3″ – 4″ deep allowing for any full gauntlet
   to be used. The Handle should be between 1″ – 1.5″ in diameter metal pipe
   or similar design. The handle should be vertical along the center line of
   the shield, not horizontal and not offset to the right or left. If you want
   to pad or wrap your handle for grip that is acceptable. Also, guide straps
   can be added for transport.

The concept of The Calontir Standard is to allow any fighter in the army to
use or pickup a dropped Scutari at any time. Right or left handed and be
able to effectively use that shield in the line. So, The Calontir Standard
is set to allow the most variety in user, very much like the design of our
scutums.

*The Calontir Custom*

Since the Scutari is not designed to be used as a solid “wall” or grounded,
some fighters may choose to make their own Scutari to specifically fit
their own body type. Below is how you determine the parameters of “The
Calontir Custom” and still be able to use the scutari within the army line

   1. Get into your fighting stance, knees slightly bent. As if you were
   standing in the Calontir line with a shield.
   2. Measure from the top of your forward knee to the bottom of your nose.
   That will be your vertical measurement
   3. Get out of your stance and stand straight. Measure from the outside
   edge of your shoulder across to the other outside edge of your shoulder.
   This will be the horizontal measurement.

This design will allow a Dreadnaught class fighter to build a shield that
will protect them on the field. It will also allow a Cruiser weight fighter
to build a shield that will protect them as well.

The rest of the manufacture of the shield will be the same as “The Calontir
Standard”. Same center grip, hole, and grip design.

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