These shield shaped scales are a rivet-style or sewing-style scale. They can be attached to a leather or cloth backing using rivets, thread or wire.
You can vary the amount of overlap for these scales as desired. A general guide is that the tip of the scale in the 1st row is very near the top of the 3rd row. Using this layout you will need ~110 scales per square foot.
These scales were originally commissioned from TheRingLord as a custom shape for the movie Seveth Son
You can of course use these scales to make many projects other than the overlapped pattern shown - see the following images as examples. Click image to see larger version
Leftmost photo credits: Viscount Sir Gunther Rorikson m.k.a. Damon Steadman. Shirt made by Viscountess Eyoddi Lokadottir, m.k.a. Joanna Steadman Photo credit Beothuk m.k.a. Ian Racine (all titles are from the SCA
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