Those shields are from very early in the group's history, so 1973 or shortly afterwards.Colin Middleton wrote:It's probably completely inauthentic, but KIBS have been using that design since before I joined in 1999.
I reckon it's inauthentic, because you probably wouldn't want to cast your shield aside in a 'real' fight. For our 'Historical Entertainment' show-fighting it's good because fights with shields are rarely interesting to the public, so it's great to start out with lots of clanging and smashing, then cast aside the shield by just opening your hand and flinging it away, to finish with more showy swordplay and 'stunt-death'.
The only reason to get rid of a shield in a real battle or tourney would be if it had been destroyed by multiple hits and its tatters are getting in your way. In that case, it would be better to just take a few seconds to cut the straps next time you can spare the time.