Part I: The Buckler
A buckler is a small shield, generally metal and 15-45cm in diameter, gripped in the fist. I honestly used to think that a buckler was actually a small shield which straps (or buckles, hence the name) to the forearm, but Wikipedia leads me to believe that this is actually an inaccurate view arising from Dungeons and Dragons. A buckler has a number of advantages as a Halloween costume prop over a larger shield: it takes less material to make, and it is also a lot easier to carry around at a party. The easiest way to make a buckler is to go to a thrift store which carries dishes and find a round metal bowl (in Toronto, the two best places to look would likely be Honest Eds or a Value Village).
|The suitably shaped bowl I used to make my buckler.|
|Buckler handle and forearm strap.|
My initial strap was a thick rubber band which was also held on with tape, but it ended up snapping in what we believe to be a cat-related incident. Since I had the hot glue-gun out anyway for the sword, I decided to use it to secure a new strap made from two lengths of string wound together.
That wraps up the simplest of the three accessories. Altogether it cost me $3.50 for the bowl, an old sock, some string, a random chopstick I found in our kitchen drawer, some duct tape, and a couple dollops of hot glue. Here is an image of the buckler being held up to parry a strike:
|Buckler parrying an axe.|