Shield How To

The Seventh Kingdom’s combat system is designed around boffer weapon combat, which can include the use of shields for both defensive and offensive attacks. In the Seventh Kingdom there are many different types of shields, and likewise, they can be made of many different materials including plywood and bread trays. It is expected that many of the home made shields will be made either of these materials, so this guide will cover the creation of both plywood shields and bread tray/crate shields. Please remember however that shields in the Seventh Kingdom should never make forceful contact with other players, and that unsafe shields may not be permitted to enter play. In addition, the staff reserves the right to check all shields during sign-in, and if the shield is found safe, it will be given an item tag to represent its safety and existence in game.These tags should be renewed at least every other event.


This guide will cover the construction of Plywood shields and Bread tray/crate shields. Plywood shields are good because they require relatively less time to make than their Bread Tray competitors. Plywood shields are also easily painted and are very sturdy. However, plywood shields users suffer because these shields are much heavier than bread trays when finished. Bread trays are also good for shields not just because they are light, but because they are waterproof and flexible. Chances are when a heavy swing comes down on your bread crate shield, it will absorb a little of the blow, whereas the plywood shields have broken free of their handles many times. This of course is very dependent on the age and quality of the wood used in the plywood shield. Another deciding factor between plywood shields and bread tray shields is that plywood is easy to find at a local home improvement store, whereas bread trays can be hard to come across. Nevertheless, both are legal at Seventh Kingdom and both make fine shields when constructed with care and the proper tools.

To make these shields you will need:



Plywood: thickness ranging between 1/4” and 5/8”. Found at local lumber stores or home improvement stores. 1/4” and 1/2” are most common.

Bread Tray: Found often at food venues.

Rope or String: For easily attaching foam padding to the outside of the shield.

Zip Ties: You will need 20+ depending on the size of the shield. These can be found at local hardware stores.

Paint: For the front of the shield.

Cardboard/Fabric/Leather: Used to cover the front of the shield. Cardboard should always be covered with tape. (You will need string if you use leather or fabric)

Duct Tape: For covering the Foam padding

Duct Tape: For covering foam padding and/or the front of the shield.

Handle and Screws: Big enough for your hand, and strong enough to hold more than the weight of the shield. Attached with nuts and bolts or screws. (Screws must not come through the front of the shield)

Handle: Big enough for your hand, and strong enough to hold more than the weight of the shield. Attached to the shield with Zip ties. Often found at local hardware stores.

Pipe Foam padding: Same as for standard weapons. ¾ Foam, 5/8 ” thickness, P11

lass=”MsoNormal”>Belt or Strap: To hold your arm tight against the shield.

Open Cell Foam: To pad your elbow against the Shield. Exact type of foam is irrelevant, and is solely used for user comfort.

Tools/ Optional Materials:
-Saw (for cutting bread creates or plywood)
-Electrical tape or Sport Grip tape (used on handle)
-Measuring tape + marker
-Box cutter/knife/scissors/electric turkey cutter (used for cutting foam)


Shield Sizes:

Shield Sizes can be found here.


Basic Construction:

First and foremost, decide which shield you are going to make and subtract 1-2 inches from the overall size to compensate for the foam padding that we will attach to the shield later.

Important: Before you start creating your shield, it is important to understand Seventh Kingdom Turtling rules, so that your shield doesn’t get denied for being too big. How can that happen? When your shield is so big that it covers your entire body except for body parts that are considered illegal striking zones, your shield is too big for you to use. These zones mainly include your feet, hands, and head.  Therefore, if a shield so big that only your head can be attacked by aggressors, that shield is too big for you to use. A simple way to remember this rule is, “More then shoulder to knee, too big for me.”

For more safety information, you can visit the Illegal Combat Moves page or Shield Info page.

To see how Bread Crate shields are made, click here. The Plywood shield how to is currently under construction.