The Medieval Combat Society
Heraldry was used as identifying a friend or foe during a battle at a tournament, it needs to be clear and visible from a distance and no two coats of arms should look the same to avoid confusion. The heraldry would have been used on their shields, tabards and on their standards (flags). There are certain rules that must be used and they are given below.
1). To get a blank shield template to print out click here
2). The Colours that you can use are:
|Colour||Heraldic Name||Colour Sample|
|Gold or Yellow||Or (metal)|
|Silver or White||Argent (metal)|
A metal (Gold or Silver) cannot be put on a metal or a colour cannot be put on a colour. For example this is the shield of King Edward III, and the gold (metal) lions are on a red (colour), the gold Fluer-de-Lis (metal) are on blue (colour). The red and blue are next to each other and not on top of each other which is ok.
3). Choose a shield of one colour or if you want to divide it up using multiple colours. Since the colours are side by side and not on top of each other you can use colours and metals.
|No Division||Per Pale||Fess||Bend dexter||Bend sinister|
4). Choose a design for your shield. You can have either a). a design called an ordinaire or b). a distinctive symbol on the shield such as the Lion or the Fleur-de-Lis on King Edward III's shield. Some examples are shown below. Click on the shield so that you can print it and then colour it in.
Since these are placed on the shield, the colour rules apply and you cannot put a colour on colour or metal on metal.
b). Symbols and Beasts
|Mullet, 6 Point||Owl||Scimitar|
|Stag At Gaze||Sun||Swan||Tiger Rampant||Wolf Stantant|