.If you have not been to Imac's site, you are missing a real treat. He has a great sense of humor, treats his guests nice, and has amazing photos.
.This would be a good opportunity then, to display the cardboard shield and battle axe I use with my younger son. He made his own shield, and uses a foam sword. We have somehow managed to horse around without breaking anything (or each other). The second pic shows the comfortable grips and adjustable arm strap. The first shield I made was more complicated, messy, and less comfortable.
.Except for the leather arm strap with Velcro, they're both just cardboard and tape. The axe turned out to be more dangerous than I expected. I have to pull back a lot, or something will get busted. But when I swing that heavy thing on to my son's shield, it's pretty cool!