‘For homework. I need to make a Roman Shield. For Monday’.
‘But its Friday night’.
So the conversation ended. And on Saturday morning we found ourselves at the cornucopia of arty delights that is HobbyCraft. We bought some card, some spray paint, some tape, some shiny bits and I ended up with a bill of £43. Yes £43 for a bit of homework.
But lets be honest here I love it – Competitive Dads are rife in Surrey. The important thing, I reminded myself, was to make sure the 8 year old got a chance to participate in the creation.
So we began at the beginning. We Googled ‘Roman Shield’ and found a design. Then we got a massive piece of foam filled card (its got a proper name but I don’t know what it is) and made a curve in it by sticking another bit of card on the back.
Then we cut out a template for our design:
Then we (well I) sprayed it a lovely gold and stuck it on the shield (which was already red because I got lucky and realised it was cheaper, quicker and easier to buy it red rather than painting it red). Quicker, easier but I don’t see the cheaper bit.
Then a bit of deft taping allowed us to spray a silver trim round the edges:
The patio looks much nicer with a silver coating anyway
We got a polystyrene cone, sprayed it gold and then, after it had semi-melted from the paint we stuck it in the middle. Then we got busy with some brass tacks and some ruby red mosaic tiles.
The fun bit was not sticking ourselves to the shield with Superglue. In my experience Superglue is usually isn’t that super but it certainly wanted to stick everything to absolutely everything for this job.
Now we had to create the handles. Step in the child to ensure a good fit. Enormous amounts of tape were required for this part:
And there you have it. Dead handy tips should your angel turn up and require a Roman shield in no time. You might scoff and think that’ll never happen to me – but for those who haven’t experienced this joy – watch out!!!
Actually this was easier than when I had to build an Egyptian ‘Shaduf’. But that was a while ago and I have no pictures. I’ve no idea what has happened to my, I mean our, shield. Its probably propping up one of the school walls or something.