Octagonal Shields and Stickers
by Anthony Sava, 22 VI 2004
LEGO's newest shield type is full of potential, even if it only comes in a few designs. So if you want to get that monkey off your back... umm... shield... this article is for you!
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Octagonal shields now currently hold the title of the most recent advent in the LEGO Comapany's line of medieval hand held defensive equipment. So far they've only had a few designs officially created for them, but they are far from useless. This new shield design is great, in my opinion, and will prove very useful for warriors on foot.
All the shield images that are found in this article depict or are based off of official LEGO designs, which are copyrighted by LEGO. However, these images were all created by me, and not simple scans. If any LEGO employee or representative wishes to contact me about the legality of these images, please contact me at sava at ikros dot net.
This will be my seventh sticker article, and as such, I'm just going to shorten it a bit and have you go to my other articles if you need to know more about printing and general sticker information. Just go to the 'Creation' menu of the How-to section of C-C to see the other articles.
The first thing you'll need before you start creating a shield design is a template. After all, there's not much sense in creating a sticker if it won't fit on the shield.
The octagon shield has two edges, the outer edge and an inner bevel. Since we don't care about the outer edge, we'll just focus on that bevel. The inside of a minifig's octagon shield is exactly 1.5 cm wide.
Why is that important? Because it gives us a reference point to use when printing out shield stickers!
So we have a reference point. Now we need a template. To create a template, the easiest way is to get an existing image of a shield and use the silouhette as a guide to create the perfect shape.
However, those of you reading this article don't even have to go that far. Here are two different templates for your use. Just click on the image for the full size.
These templates are big, yes. But that is so you can have a really nice, large image to be shrunk down with a high level of detail when printed.
These templates have been designed to be printed out at 500 dpi. At this resolution, the images will print out at exactly 1.5 cm wide. Pretty nifty, huh?
However, if you don't have a high level graphics program to work with, or a system that won't print out a picture in that way, here's what you will need to know:
In order to print an image at 1.5 cm wide, an image at:
500 dpi needs to be 295 pixels wide
300 dpi needs to be 177 pixels wide
100 dpi needs to be 59 pixels wide
See the previous articles. It's really quite simple. Find an image you want on the shield. If it won't fit, resize it. Either use it as is or trace over it.
All of the designs listed below use the standard LEGO design of having a mirrored pattern on the top and bottom of the octagon shield. However, don't feel you must stick to this pattern.
Refer to the previous articles. You'll need to be able to print out the image at the right size, and you'll need good paper.
HOWEVER - These stickers have been designed so you can easily remove the center 'hole' in the design. All you will need is a standard (1/4 inch) single hole hand held hole punch. This will create a perfectly round, almost perfect sized hole for the shield. Most hand held hole punches have a collection guard that keeps the round 'chads' contained.
In order to line the sticker up correctly you will either have to have this collection guard open or removed altogether.
LEGO SHIELD DESIGNS
The following designs are found on Octagonal Shields in 2004. Some names of the shields are not necessarily official, but rather names I've given the shields when no name is available.
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CUSTOM SHIELD DESIGNS
The following designs are variations on official LEGO shields designs.
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Color Variants These shields variants are inspired by official LEGO faction color schemes.
Variations on a Theme. These shields designs were inspired by official LEGO designs.
Misc. Variations These shields designs are Octagonal versions of designs found in other articles.
Feel free to use any of these images as you wish. They are free to download and to use for personal, non-commercial use only. However, if the situation arises, please give me my due credit. These shields were a lot of work.
all comments and criticisms can be directed to the author at sava at ikros dot net.
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