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1Hoplite Shield Empty Hoplite Shield on Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:47 pm

Here is a hoplite shield (called an aspis). Made from an oversized cork drink coaster.

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Step 1: Get the cork drink coaster. Regular ones are around 9-10cm in diameter. You need one that is 14-15cm. I found mine on aliexpress.com

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2Hoplite Shield Empty Re: Hoplite Shield on Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:51 pm

Step 2. Find two bowls - one larger than the other. Soak the coaster in water and press it between the two bowls. Put a weight on the small bowl to maintain pressure. Leave it like this overnight until it dries. It should retain its shape when you take it out.

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3Hoplite Shield Empty Re: Hoplite Shield on Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:56 pm

Step 3: Shape the rim. I used my Dremel with a sanding drum.

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Step 4: Paint. Cork is very absorbent so use a sealer first. Paint the main colour first and then do the rim.

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4Hoplite Shield Empty Re: Hoplite Shield on Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:05 pm

Step 5: The armband. A strip of steel from a tuna can and a piece of bamboo.

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Step 6: Cut out a liner and glue in place. This one is made from black leather.

Step 7: Cut and file the steel and bamboo to shape. Drill riveting holes in the steel. The rivets are tiny brass nails that I cut to length.

Step 8: Add eyelets around the perimeter for the carrying cord and hand grip. The carrying cord is a length of string and the hand grip is a twisted length of wire. You may need to glue everything in place as the nails and eyelets have trouble fixing in the soft cork

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5Hoplite Shield Empty Re: Hoplite Shield on Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:06 pm

Finished

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6Hoplite Shield Empty Re: Hoplite Shield on Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:27 pm

Stryker2011

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That. Is. Brilliant. A cork coaster!! Really cool idea. Ingenious. Thanks for posting this.


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7Hoplite Shield Empty Re: Hoplite Shield on Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:29 pm

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Nicely done and a fine tutorial.


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8Hoplite Shield Empty Re: Hoplite Shield on Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:15 pm

Wow, amazing! love how you did the details on the back!

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9Hoplite Shield Empty Re: Hoplite Shield on Tue Jan 29, 2019 4:35 pm

You are quite the shieldmaster, great work!

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