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My Scutum Press and Scutum Blank Construction
#91
Patrik, I know it isn't authentic, but someone suggested I give my scutum a coat of matt varnish to protect the paint work! I just haven't gotten around to it as I still need to paint on the Legio Number.

Anyway, just a thought!

Great paint job BTW!
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#92
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jvrjenivs:mag0560x Wrote:(I used 2 layers of 3.6 mm plywood, glued together with wood glue.)

I used the same thing 3,6mm plywood and i cant seem to find any thinner then 3,6

Before I started using birch strips, I used 1/8" plywood (3.1mm) to great effect, but I used 3 layers- perhaps that's why I got only a tiny bit of springback after gluing. Of course that's a touch thick for a scutum but which is worse- a minimal curve or an extra 3mm of thickness?

One possibility to address the springback is to make the curve of your press or form considerably more than you want the final curve to be- so that the scutum springs back to the curve you want.
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#93
Quote:Salve Sulla Felix,

I had passed the link to this website to the guys of my group because we wanna try to build our scuta ourselves. Timm has asked me to enquire if you had used water steam to bend the wood.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Salve Medusa,

No I did not use any water/steam to form the curve. The plywood curves quite easily without the need for this. Just make sue that the direction of the grain of the outer faces of the plywood runs longitudinally (lengthwise top to bottom) otherwise the plywood will resist curvature. I would recommend using a wood glue that does not dry too quickly to allow you to position the ply in the press and carry out all the final adjustments and packing that are necessary to ensure a nice tight fit.
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#94
Well 3 layers was used......so can't be a bad bet!
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#95
Other less expensive fabric can be used to cover a plywood scutum if you intend to paint it with acrylic artist's paint or with housepaint. We often used old bed sheets, even curtain fabric tsomeof which had a linen like appearance. One of our old plywood scutums has a Disney Junglebook pattern on the covering fabric layer! My son's old crib sheets.

Fabric should be primed and you can use an inexpensieve white paint to achieve that. If you use artist's acrylic you may wish to use gesso.

Another excellent fabric to cover a plywood scutum with is artist's canvas. It's usually cotton duck of varying weights.. 10-ounce is very sturdy , resistent to tearing and... surprise!!! ...holds paint well!

If want the fabric to stick well I recommend stretching it across the face of the plywood scutum. In addition to eliminating wrinkles it forces glue in between the threads, embedding the fabric into the glue. We used long sand bags to press the fabric into the inner side of our old plywood scutum.

Oh yeah.... wash the fabric before you glue it on especially if it's new. The chems from manufacture and laundering can make it harder for glue and paint to stick. Use plain laundry detergent, no sizing, no fabric softener, no spingtime meadow scent.... set it on an extra rinse cycle.
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#96
This are my scutas.
The first scuta are with linen and then rawhide, the other with linen.
Paint it with original pigments with casein or linseed oil.
The glue is animal-glue, and the blue of the first scrum is Lappislazuli.

New:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/ ... 01-004.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/ ... G_5965.jpg

Old:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/ ... u2of-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/ ... G_0088.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/ ... G_0057.jpg

And for Clients
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/ ... G_5835.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v666/ ... hilder.jpg

Not roman
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Sorry my English is very bad!

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#97
Very nice work David!
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#98
Thanks!

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#99
Fantastic work David. I notice the shields have a nice shiny appearance. Is this a wax finish?
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Yes, the shields become a finish with linseed oil and then wax.

Is the shields paint with pigments in casein (casein is not waterproof), then is the finish with linseed oil and then wax.

Is the shields paint with pigments in linseed oil (waterproof), the finish is with wax.



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Sorry David, but what is Linoel?
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Oh, sorry
Lat: Linum usitatissimum

Deutsch: Leinöl oder Flachsöl
Englisch: Linseed oil.
Französisch:Huile de lin.
Spanisch: Aceite de linaza.

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Ahh, Linseed Oil - great thanks!
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