Ganon: You went through nine dungeons?
Ganon: Hundreds of my minions?
Link: Uh huh.
Ganon: All without a weapon?!
Link: Well, uh, I have my smashing board.
Ganon: That's a shield.
Link: Nah, smashing board.
Ganon: A smashing b... It's a shield! It's a shield! It's for defense!
Link: (pummels Ganon to death with the shield) Works okay for me.
Ganon: Hundreds of my minions?
Link: Uh huh.
Ganon: All without a weapon?!
Link: Well, uh, I have my smashing board.
Ganon: That's a shield.
Link: Nah, smashing board.
Ganon: A smashing b... It's a shield! It's a shield! It's for defense!
Link: (pummels Ganon to death with the shield) Works okay for me.
— Link Didn't Get Sword, Dorkly BitsYour shield can always protect you, if you so choose. However, it can be useful for more than just defending. Shields are relatively large, heavy, and hard to counter because you are attacking and defending at the same time. So why not go on and hit your opponent with it? As shields are perceived as less suitable for straight attacking than traditional weapons, they do less damage but have a decent chance to cause effects like Knock Back or stunning. Using shields that way is a staple characteristic of shield-wielding type of Stone Wall. Also, shields can have spikes on them (often a single one in the center). Note that in real life this was actually a fairly practical technique before the proliferation of gunpowder weapons made them unfeasibly heavy and expensive, and is still practical in scenarios that don't involve being shot at. A shield is large, sturdy, and oftentimes heavy, and by its very nature, bashing with it leaves one less open for counter attack than plenty of other techniques. Many historical shields were even designed with some sort metal protrusion for just this purpose. It's still not as damaging as say, stabbing someone with a sword, but is also harder to block, less expected, and doesn't mean that one can't bash a target with a shield and then stab before the target can recover. Particularly dangerous are a number of fellows forming a wall of shields and charging forward like a mobile wall, especially while carrying something sharp in their other hand, ready to thrust through the gaps between the shields. If reality is really out for lunch and your battles aren't supposed to be realistic, the shield can be thrown like a boomerang.
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- In A Certain Magical Index II episode 24, Touma swings a riot shield at Hamazura, and rips out his nose-ring in the process.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing also features this technique, specifically, that used by the TV series' Wing Zero, which owns a shield purpose built for the job, featuring a hydraulic piledriver mounted behind the sharp end.
- In Sword Art Online, it's part of Heathcliff's Unique Ability "Holy Sword", and he puts it to use against Kirito in their first battle. For bonus points, Kirito himself is surprised by this tactic, expecting that Heathcliff would only attack with his sword.
- In Episode 33 of Doki Doki Pretty Cure, Cure Rosetta bashes with her in two halves broken Rosetta Reflection on the Monster of the Week.
- Captain America uses his shield as a melee weapon in addition to throwing it. It's also a staple of his video game incarnations (Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Marvel vs. Capcom, etc.).
- The Taskmaster uses his shield in a similar fashion, which is not surprising insomuch as he learned the skill from Captain America. In Marvel vs. Capcom 3, he even shouts "Just like Cap!" when attacking with his shield.
- In DC Comics, the Guardian and related character the Manhattan Guardian use an "indestructible" shield for both defense and attack.
- This happens from time to time in Astérix, usually with Roman scutum shields. Not because the Romans are doing this on purpose, but because one of the indomitable Gauls has seized the shield from a legionary and is now pursuing its previous owner while trying to hit them over the head with it.
- In Discworld fic It Happened On Hogswatch Eve, the Assassins' Guild instructor in swordcraft, Madame Deux-Epées, practically demonstrates how a large heavy shield can get the better of a sword - specifically that it is a large item with a lot of mass and a big metal boss in the middle, with what might well be an unexpected offensive shock to the over-confident.
- In Mortal Kombat, Johnny Cage uses a shield picked up from a dead warrior in Scorpion's lair to not only withstand the undead Scorpion's fiery Breath Weapon (which is a Fatality in the games the movie is based upon), but also as a melee weapon, using the saw-bladed edge of the shield to nasty effect against him.
- The Spartans do this in 300, during the roughly thirty seconds of film time they spend actually fighting in a Phalanx like they claim to. They follow the bash up with a quick spear thrust before bashing again.
- The more chaotic scenes also show several characters bashing with their shields, as well as swinging them edge-on as weapons.
- Achilles uses his shield this way in Troy, in his duel with Hector, as does Paris against Menelaus.
- In the film version of Prince Caspian from The Chronicles of Narnia, Miraz uses this move during his duel with Peter.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe: Captain America does this, of course.
- In Captain America: The First Avenger, he sends Hydra soldiers sailing ten feet into the air.
- In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the directors took the opportunity to explore all the combat possibilities with an indestructible shield that is also a returning thrown weapon.
- And they did it again in Captain America: Civil War, with Spider-Man commenting on the shield's improbable physics while fighting Cap. In the final fight, Cap delivers the coup de grâce to Iron Man by destroying his chest Arc reactor with his shield, disabling his powered armor.
- DC Extended Universe: Wonder Woman wields a shield and one-handed swords, and can use the former to attack.
- In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, she uses her shield to make Doomsday trip, with Superman slamming him on the ground.
- In Wonder Woman, she kicks some German soldiers' ass with her shield when she decides to liberate the town of Veld. She also breaks a Maxim machine gun with it after successfully crossing the No Man's Land under a rain of bullets.
- In The Fellowship of the Ring, the Uruk-Hai captain tried to use his shield against Aragorn in the final battle.
- Éomer also seems rather fond of bashing enemies in the face with his shield in the later films.
- Extra material mentions that the Elven leaf shields have a sharp point at the base so that it can serve as a emergency stabbing weapon.
- In Thor: The Dark World, Lady Sif uses her shield to hit at least one opponent in the battle of Vanaheim.
- In Kick-Ass 2, Battle Guy wields a riot shield and hits a few bad guys with it.
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- Used in some Super Sentai/Power Rangers weapons, notably by the Blue Ranger in Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger/Power Rangers Dino Thunder.
- Deadliest Warrior: Used frequently: William Wallace's spiked Targe shield was made for this purpose, and the (lone) Spartan Hoplite uses it against his Ninja opponent.
- Also, they measured it, getting a Shield Bash from a Spartan means the same amount of force as a car crash. Usually directed at the chest or neck. Ouch.
- Game of Thrones:
- The dwarf Tyrion Lannister kills his first man this way, using a kite shield.
- Brienne hits Loras' helm-covered head with her shield in the melee, but he recovers from the blow.
- Rome. Titus Pullo takes a man's head off in the arena fight. More realistically, he uses a round shield on another gladiator by bashing the man in the face till he's unconscious.
- In Dungeons & Dragons, the shield bash was also referred to as a "shield punch" in earlier editions. It's more effective if a spiked shield (a shield with a spike sticking out the front) is used. From second edition onward, characters could choose to specialize in shield-bashing (though it generally wasn't a popular option). Third edition introduced the idea of shields being specially enchanted to make them better for bashing (though Dungeon Masters in earlier editions would sometimes allow the defensive bonus of a magical shield to be used offensively as well as a house rule). Fourth edition had several powers available to Fighters that could allow a character to create an entire fighting style around shield-bashing and with the reintroduction of the spiked shield in Adventures Vault even rangers and other classes who could fight with two weapons could join the list of shield bashers.
- The ability to attack with one's shield is part and parcel of the Shield Skill in GURPS. In addition to their primary purpose (allowing one to Block in addition to bestowing a general Defense Bonus that also aids Dodge and Parry along with Block), shields can be used to feint, bash *and* boost the damage in a slam. You can even add a spike for further damage or sharpen the rim of the shield for a surprisingly effective cutting attack. Finally, there are quite a few options - including the Shoves and Tackles Perk in addition to the Weapon Master Advantage (which *can* be applied to shields) - for those who want to properly represent a warrior that is scarily competent with a shield in an offensive capacity.
- Pathfinder Being a branch-off of Dungeons & Dragons' 3rd Edition, takes this and runs with it. The feat, Shield Mastery, removes all penalties incurred by Shields when used as a weapon for the purposes Two-Weapon Fighting. This lead to several players using two shields, thus suffering no penalties at all and proving the most-effective means of two-weapon fighting in the game, which appropriately seemed absolutely absurd... until it was pointed out by several players on Paizo's forums that not only was this tactic very real and very effective, it was actually employed by several different cultures and schools of martial arts.
- This is the gimmick of the "Superheavy Samurai" monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh!. Though they generally have a low ATK stat, their DEF stat makes up for it. And the monster "Superheavy Samurai Big Benkei" allows them all to attack while they are in Defense Position, by using their DEF as their ATK.
- Lost Planet 2 features a special folding shield that is virtually impenetrable from the front and covers an area about 3 riot shields wide. It also alows for a powerful ramming attack, complete with a taser function, zapping anyone unlucky enough to get rammed.
- Riot shield mooks in Batman: Arkham City are among the most annoying enemies. They are immune to standard attacks (so accidentally punching one breaks a combo), their attacks can't be countered, and when you finally take one down, the shield remains for another mook to pick up.
- Robin's staff also folds out to make a bullet proof shield, which can also be used to ram into enemies.
- Diablo series:
- World of Warcraft Paladin's Shield of The Righteous (Avenger's Shield is another thing) and Warrior's Shield Slam and (former) Shield Bash abilities. The shield slam is a simple damaging attack, while the shield bash (when it existed in the game) interrupted spellcasting. In its last days, Shield Bash did no damage, despite working by smacking someone with a shield. Shield Slam on the other hand hits like a truck and can easily be the most damaging attack low level warriors have.
- In the Dragon Age series:
- Dragon Age: Origins: The warrior's "tank" skill branch has one skill involving a weapon. Others are passive skills, defensive stances or this.
- Dragon Age II: An ability for Aveline, and Sword-and-Shield wielding Player Characters, as well as a standard attack when they need to close the distance with a target (if not in a defensive stance at the time). The ability has an Areaof Effect, and can be upgraded to give the "exposed" status to enemies, readying them for a devastating Combination Attack from Magi or Rouges.
- The Genlock Alphas in the Dragon Age II DLC "Legacy" carry huge shields that render them all but immune to frontal assault and attack by charging you like a battering ram.
- In Dragon Age: Inquisition, this is again an ability for any character that uses a sword and shield. In combat, it can knock armor off enemies. Outside combat, warriors can use it to demolish obstacles. Cassandra and Blackwall will likely have this ability due to using shields by default.
- Crusaders/Paladins in Ragnarok Online have a move with this name that knocks back the target a considerable distance and can stun them. The latter also has Rapid Smiting, which is a multi-hitting variant purely for causing damage.
- Goofy and Vexen in Kingdom Hearts. Goofy typically uses bashing attacks with the broad side of his shield. Vexen, on the other hand, uses the sharp edges of his shield when he attacks, making his shield almost like a sword at times.
- The Vanguard bloodline of Bloodline Champions has an ability called Shield Slam, dashing a bit to swing with their shield, knocking back hit enemies and reducing their ability to damage or heal. This is also the logical conclusion as to why hitting them in melee when they are using their Reflect ability (in which they duck behind their shield for the duration) stuns the attacker.
- A key skill of the human knight and defender in Rohan Online, which has the ability to stun an enemy (either a mob in PVE or a human opponent in PVP), costing him several seconds worth of attacks.
- In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, you can ram with the shield as an attack.
- In Team Fortress 2, the Demoman can do this with the unlockable Chargin' Targe. Right clicking will send the Demoman into a high-speed charge, and attacking with a melee weapon at least halfway through the charge will result in a Critical Hit. The shield itself has a spike on it that will do damage if the Demoman himself collides with an enemy during the last quarter of the charge. Another shield, the Splendid Screen, trades most of the fire/explosive resistance for a more damaging Shield Bash and no minimum distance required to hit the enemy from to do it, and yet another one, the Tide Turner, is even better, allowing very sharp turning and recharging with a successful kill, allowing for rapid-fire rammings. Even if it is a ship's steering wheel rather than a shield.
- Vandal Hearts (2, at least) has shields as a weapon category. It does what it's supposed to do: attacks coming from the side of the shield has a significantly higher chance to be blocked. Of course, its attack power sucks. Two shields however, have spikes to increase damage. One of them gives you a movement handicap since it's too heavy, while the other is practically an Infinity Plus One Shield.
- In the campaign mode of Age of Mythology, Ajax's special attack is a shield whack that sends enemy soldiers flying.
- City of Heroes has the Shield Defence powerset. As the name implies, the set is almost entirely defensive; however, it includes the Shield Charge power, a cone attack which deals some hefty damage and has a high chance of Knock Back.
- In addition using the base attack 'Brawl' with a shield in hand will sometimes cause the player to backhand a foe with his shield.
- Crisis Zone features a riot shield that protects the player from anything, and I mean ANYTHING. From machine gun fire, grenades, to heavy objects being thrown, and even protection from a helicopter flying straight into their face!
- The Knight class in the MMORPG Dungeon Fighter Online uses her Shield for every attack prior to her class change, and her first subclass, the Elven Knight, can use it in MANY more ways than the Zanbato she uses.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Link can learn it as one of the Hidden Skill techniques, and involves slamming your shield into an opponent, stunning them. It can later be used in combination with another devastating move, the Helm Splitter, that allows you to jump up over your opponent and cleave their skull in half. In The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Link has to shield bash just when an enemy attacks him, opening up an opportunity for a sword combo.
- Phantasy Star Zero features a class of Shield weapons that can be used for specifically guarding with the L button or otherwise your standard melee attacking.
- The Lord of the Rings Online: As the game's main tank classes, it comes as no real surprise that both the Guardian and Warden make extensive use of Shield Bash type moves.
- In Dissidia: Final Fantasy, one of Firion's HP attacks is called "Shield Bash", though it's actually not an example of this trope: it's a Beehive Barrier that, if it blocks an opponent's attack, triggers a counterattack consisting of a flurry of thrown knives. On the other hand, many of Warrior of Light's attacks play this straight, with the shield being thrown around and, apparently, controlled telekinetically to slam into enemies edge-first while charging or similar attacks. And then there's Shield of Light, his main HP attack, where he puts the shield in front of him, and it explodes in the opponent's face in a blast of holy magic.
- The Raptor class in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 can do this in the typical way, which can also inflict Disable. Hilariously, the weapon that teaches them this move is a two-handed sword. You can't actually use the move when wielding it, unless you took the time to learn Monkey Grip, to wield two-handed swords with one hand, leaving the other free for shields.
- Sophitia and Cassandra of the Soul Series have a few attacks using their shields. They can also equip spiked shields.
- Players wearing shields in Z Angband have a chance of getting in a shield bash.
- The Turtle Tamer class in Kingdom of Loathing has Shieldbutt as one of its skills, a never-miss attack based on the power of the player's shield.
- In Urban Chaos: Riot Response, the riot shield was useful for knocking out enemies.
- Pantheon from League of Legends jumps to an enemy and bashes him with his shield, stunning him in the process. Singed holds his shield in right hand and autoattacks with it. Leona's "Shield of Daybreak" ability turns her next autoattack into a stunning shield attack. Taric, who usually uses his shield to send out a ranged Stun, bashes enemies with it in some autoattacks (when he's not Dropping the Hammer). And Braum, who explicitly says "My shield is my sword!", attacks turrets by swinging his massive shield in both hands like a battering ram.
- Kanji from Persona 4 uses shields, and is the physically strongest and bulkiest party member. He starts off with a foldaway metal chair, though. Ironically, he never uses it to defend: when using the Guard command, he blocks incoming attacks with his ''bare hands''. However, he does actually use the said chair to block during his guarding animations in Persona 4: Arena though.
- Shields are awesome in Front Mission 3 anyway, and the Shield Bash ability is one of the most damaging melee attacks in the game. Of course, the bashing is being done by a Giant Mecha the size of a building.
- Front Mission 4 keeps it, as an extremely damaging counterattack skill.
- Possible in Dwarf Fortress, though the shield is treated as an Improvised Weapon and thus uses the "Misc. Object User" skill instead of the "Shield User" skill (which is just for blocking).
- A bash is one of the combat moves added by the popular Deadly Reflex mod for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. You can do it with a weapon or bare-handed too, but using a shield is more effective.
- Puzzle Quest 2: Shield Bash is the first (and eventually most powerful) of the Templar class' offensive spells. It also has the bonus effect of removing all status effects from the player.
- In Killer Instinct, Spinal can stab and electrocute opponents with his shield.
- Sprinting with the Shield Power active will effectively make Alex a battering ram in [PROTOTYPE].
- GM series mobile suits can ram enemies with their large shields in Dynasty Warriors: Gundam. A few other units also use their shields to attack.
- In Dragon Nest, the one of the Cleric's first two skills are this.
- The shield bash is an incredibly useful move in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and some of the perks within the Shield tree allow it to be enhanced further, so it can actually deal reasonable damage, knock an enemy back, cause them to drop their weapon, or even perform a Foe-Tossing Charge. The main use of it, however, is to stun an enemy for a few moments, which if used at the right moment can interrupt their attacks and leave them vulnerable. There are even special shields that provide bonuses from a shield bash, from causing damage over time to 'literally' blowing an opponent away.
- Heroes of Might and Magic V has this as a creature ability.
- In Project M, Pit gained an upward shield attack for extra K.O. power.
- Reyn, the resident Mighty Glacier party member of Xenoblade specializes in a shield/lance hybrid weapon counter-intuitively called a gunlance, and can use it to stun toppled enemies with his Shield Bash art, notable for having the lowest cooldown of all moves capable of causing the effect and it also executes the fastest out of other Daze arts which is useful for the fact that most enemies don't stay toppled for long.
- Estelle and Flynn from Tales of Vesperia both utilize shield bashes in some of their artes.
- The final boss of Dead to Rights wields an electrified riot shield as a weapon.
- Mass Effect:
- In Mass Effect 2, the Shadow Broker will resort to this during Shepard's fight against him with his omnishield.
- Cerberus Guardians from Mass Effect 3 prefer to shoot with heavy pistols while using their riot shields in the conventional way, but are fully capable of swinging and bashing with them if the player closes in.
- N7 Paladin characters in multiplayer can get in on the action with an omniblade shield just like the Broker's, which can be upgraded with cryo or incendiary damage effects.
- In Dragon's Dogma the standard bash-to-stun skill is one of the basic and best skills a fighter class can learn, on top of that the assassin class which also has access to the shield can use it even more creative ways.
- Chivalry: Medieval Warfare allows players to perform a stunning shield bash when their shields are equipped (otherwise, they kick). Shield bashing (or kicking) allows a player to stun an enemy out of a block and leave them vulnerable for a second. Flails and Javelins require the player to use the small Buckler shield, which can used in a blunt overhead attack, which does not stun but strikes very quickly and is hard to predict.
- Designing a Combot in Metal Fatigue with two shields will have them fighting in this style. They will usually end up whacking enemies with the edge of the shield, but occasionally Combots will brace their shoulder to ram enemies using the face of the shield. As might be expected, these kind of Combots tend to be great defensively, but low-powered.
- Shield bashing can be used to break an enemy's guard and is also often performed as the Coup de Grâce to an Execution in Ryse: Son of Rome.
- Hunters will do this if you get too close, and since these shields are massive and composed of warship grade material, this can and will result in a one-hit kill.
- Halo 5: Guardians gives the relatively frail Jackals the ability to do this with their energy shields.
- Shieldy Blockerson of Super Time Force has a shield which he can bash enemies with.
- In the Dark Souls trilogy, shields can be used as bashing weapons, either by two-handing standard shields, bashing with spiked shields or slamming with greatshields. Then there are the shields that are primarily intended for parrying; of all weapons, they tend to keep opponents stunned longer, leaving them open for a riposte.
- In the first game, the damage isn't that spectacular, turning shield bashes into a form of Cherry Tapping, though if the shield impacts it knocks an opponent back, making it startlingly effective on ledges.
- In the second game, shields do substantial damage, especially when upgraded or infused, making a shield-bashing build difficult but viable. There's even a pair of shields specifically designed for Dual Wielding together.
- Dark Souls III makes the bash even better by letting you hit with the shield without lowering your guard—you can even wield it in the right hand to getting a ramming Dash Attack. The results in player-versus-player are rather astounding. The Ashes of Ariandel DLC takes this trope even further with the Valorheart, a paired set of a gladius and a shield. It incorporates shield bashing into its moveset, such as the spinning bash in the standard attack, and the weapon skill "Lion's Roar", which knocks down enemies by a strong bash with a lion's roar.
- Spiral Knights gives us two variations: a "shield bump" done by simply bringing up the shield next to enemies that'll push them away, and a special Shield Bash ability that causes the user to charge forward with his shield and stun anything he comes in contact with. However, neither move does any real damage.
- GoldenEye: Rogue Agent has the high-tech variant in the "Magnetic Shield Bash," which overloads Goldeneye's force-field into the bad-guy right in front of him. It's also pretty useful for neutralizing enemy forcefields...Just be sure they're not also carrying the OMEN X-R.
- Fiona of Vindictus is this trope Up to Eleven, incorporating slamming her shield in half of all her attacks.
- The Bash skill in Dragon's Crown allows the Fighter to do this as a counter-attack after blocking, dealing damage with a chance to stun. He also performs charging tackles with his shield for his dash attacks.
- Dragon Quest IX: The Shield Bash doesn't do huge damage, but it leaves the user in a defensive stance for a few turns. Unfortunately, it can be cancelled out by the dreaded Disruptive Wave.
- Averted in Warcraft III: Footmen can switch to a defensive stance where they take reduced damage from piercing attacks, but move slower. The switching animation looks like this trope, however, so some custom maps give them the move.
- In Darkest Dungeon, the Bone Defender enemy and the Man-at-Arms hero have shields that they can bash enemies with, for both knockback and stun effects.
- In Star Wars: The Old Republic Knights of the Fallen Empire you defeat Emperor Arcann through a powered-up version of this
- Warriors, Guardians and Engineers in Guild Wars 2 are used for protective purposes, but each one also has some form of attack that either physically attacks opponents, or generates magic to bump them back. With the Heart of Thorns expansion, the Mesmer's Chronomancer specialization can also use a shield to do damage. Only the Revenant's Herald specialization uses shields purely for defense.
- Tales of Maj'Eyal has the Shield Offense skill group, shared by the Bulwark, Wyrmic, Sun Paladin, and Demonologist classes. The basic shield bash skill stuns an enemy, while the capstone Assault skill uses a shield-bash to knock the enemy off-balance and follows up with two guaranteed Critical Hit attacks from the mainhand weapon. Sun Paladins and Demonologists also have access to the Guardian and Doom Shield skill groups, which combine shield-bashing with their respective magics. Lastly, the Dwarf-only Stone Warden class specializes in dual-wielding shields along with arcane magic and wild-gifts.
- The final blow landed by Durkon from The Order of the Stick against Leeky the druid is a smack with his shield.
- "It's a multipurpose lead sheet." "What possible other purpose could a big lead -" *WANG*
- In Goblins, Complains hits Big Ears with a shield. To be fair, his purpose was not to attack, but to get him out of the way.
- Truth in Television, of course. Roman legionnaires often attacked with their scutum shield first. One such move was to slam their shields down on their opponents' feet (very useful back in the day when most armies marched around in sandals).
- Note that the idea with using a large shield in this manner wasn't to directly attack someone, but to push them back and distract them in order to go for a stabbing attack (this is why Roman infantry preferred stabbing swords, and it also allowed them to remain in formation while still using swords effectively).
- This tactic was widespread among Vikings and other Norse warriors; they would even sharpen the iron rims of their shields to make them more effective in this role.
- Theatrical stage combat as taught by the Society of American Fight Directors includes "sword & shield," where you are taught to bash shields together to make a nice "clang" sound without actually hurting each other. It's actually rather difficult, some never master this.
- Center-grip shields under various names are used offensively in martial arts from Turkey, Iran, the Indian sub-continent and the Malay archipelago including the Philippines. Uses include striking, trapping, distraction, unbalancing and levering the opponent's shield out of the way.
- This is the very purpose of small but heavy shields like the buckler and targe. They don't provide much protection but they basically turn the left hand (or right hand, if you're The Southpaw) into a Power Fist. Some models are made entirely of metal.
- European fighting manuals from the Middle Ages through the seventeenth century or so include similar techniques. How these were actually applied is a matter of reconstruction and speculation.
- One of the most popular examples happens to be the Spartans. Every piece of combat performed was with a shield (which, by the way, was a few FEET in diameter, and sturdy enough to carry a human body on), completely bronze, with a leather backing. This was, of course, excellent for bashing. Incidentally, as an indication of how important shields were to Spartans, they considered it better to come back from battle on their shields (i.e. dead) than without them (running away).
- Riot Police are fond of using it to corral crowds when in formation or stun an individual into compliance.