A warrior would have had a helmet (300386
) and sometimes a mail shirt (300170
), but always a large round shield (801108
). This was most often slung on the back when fighting with a spear or two hand axes (600642
). The form of fighting with a shield was very open and swift and anything was fair play. Thought of as a defensive tool, it was actually used as an offensive weapon with devastating effectiveness. When holding the sword and shield an individual, mobile style of fighting was employed with much in and out and side to side movement followed by swift blows being dealt.