Ridylls of the King
Popular Shield issued to legionnaires of the IX
The scutum is a 10kg large oval curved 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.
The Scutum is light enough to be held in one hand and its large height and width covered the entire wielder, making him very unlikely to be injured by missile fire or in hand-to-hand combat. The metal boss, or umbo, in the center of the scutum also makes it an auxiliary punching weapon.