From what I understand the unit also tries to recreate the concept of Patisiere… I mean, “Pavisere” or Pavisier, a type of unit that had a big shield to defend the archers, and that melee had either a spear or a halberd, apart from being a Yeomen of the guard, a “defensive” unit that had to guard palaces.
I understand that’s why it’s the shield. Now, about the “type of shield”, that is debatable, as I understand each kingdom of that time bought its own pavises and decorated them with different ornaments.
Imagenes: Paveseros italianos, de Milicias italianas de Osprey (Osprey Military, Warrior volume 25, David Nicolle, Christa Hook, Italian Militiaman 1260-1392-Osprey Publishing, 1999)
Aquí una representación de paveses Españoles, con forma de escudo romano, y al parecer al igual que el Guerrillero de elite del Age of Empires 2, podían usar su lanza anti-caballeria como jabalina, aunque eso es algo más español y arabe en la edad media (les encantaba lanzar jabalinas y lanzas).
About English Pavise
Regarding the English pavise… sorry, but I have no idea. I have not found images of them, not even in medieval representations. What if there is enough and in excess is the fact that the English longshot archers used stakes to stop cavalry, and they even always had some on their straps for the occasion. In theory they used pavise, but apparently they did not give them as much artistic importance as they glorified the bow and the armor of their knights and men-at-arms.
On the other hand, most paveses are made of wood and the survivors have generally been the most expensive that were kept by noble families and then by museums. If somebody have a better shield representation of english pavise, please put in the box of commentaries. Bye.