My Skyrim Hold Shield

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WardWorks

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You've seen plenty of Skyrim shields, but here are mine anyway. =) I made a 24" Dawnstar for me and a 18" Windhelm for my son.
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You can check out my blog for detailed instructions and more pictures, but since you guys are advanced I'll provide a quick synopsis video and a few pictures.

I scaled it from in-game pictures to a 24" diameter.
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I sandwiched half inch foam between 1/8" plywood sheets.

I made a homemade projector to draw the wood grain, but I would have been better off to print a few letter sheets off and tape them together.
I used spray glue on the paper and let it sit fifteen minutes so it was just tacky enough to stick to the wood, yet still easily removed. I did this for both plywood pieces, mirroring the pattern so the grain is consistent front to back.
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I used a router and v-groove bit to trace the wood grain lines.

I recessed half inch wood blocks into the foam for the arm strap and handle. I should have bought my handle first, but luckily it just barely fit.
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I used a scroll saw to cut the plywood into boards, then glued the plywood and foam together with gorilla glue. I used 1/8" hardboard as edge banding to cover the exposed foam.
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I used a car engine belt and clamp to glue the edge banding.
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I cut half inch strips of polystyrene and glued it to the face of the shield vertically to act as a guide for the body filler to form a consistent metal edging.
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Painters tape served as a guide for the inner ring. Body filler will stain the wood.
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I primed and painted the edging with silver metallic paint before staining the wood.
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I used a black wash on the silver to age it.
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The arm strap is scrap leather with screw in snap buttons. The strap and handle are screwed into the wood blocking embedded in the foam.
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