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Web page to create heraldic shields as SVG

Postby karl.wilcox » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:56 am

Hello Folks,

I have written a web page http://shield.karlwilcox.com which will create heraldic shields as SVG files, which can then be edited with Inkscape. To create the image you type in the heraldic description of the shield (known as a "blazon"), for example:
Argent, on a bend azure three buckles or

The shield can be viewed in an SVG capable browser or downloaded. The program is written in PHP and works by assembling fragments of SVG as required. Most of the items on the shield (called "charges") were origninally created using Inkscape, I have a PHP script which extracts the relevant bits from the Inkscape SVG and puts it into a PHP array for use in the program. The intention is that folks can create their own shields (there is even a random blazon generator to use a starting point) and can then download it into Inkscape for further editing.

I am in the process of adding more features but would appreciate any comments on the work so far from the Inkscape community.

Many thanks for your time,


Karl Wilcox
Freelance Lecturer
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

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Re: Web page to create heraldic shields as SVG

Postby loonquawl » Thu Feb 25, 2010 2:25 am

This is a very interesting project, and an impressive interface. Thank you for sharing.

critique: I noticed the patterns ("furs") get cut by transverse fields, e.g. they are not arrayed so they either show fully, or not at all - i do not know whether that is possible, but it would mke the shields look more natural - i guess no painter of old would have cut a fleur-de-lys off because another field happened to come crossing :-)

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Re: Web page to create heraldic shields as SVG

Postby EsotericForest » Thu May 06, 2010 10:24 am

Pretty cool program, though it didn't work properly for the blazon of my personal arms.

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Re: Web page to create heraldic shields as SVG

Postby victorwestmann » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:01 am

Hi there,

I have created in Inkscape multiple blazons for cities that I have a special feeling for (or good memories in General).

You can check a few of them here in the following links:

https://openclipart.org/detail/309473/s ... on-colored
https://openclipart.org/detail/309475/s ... -and-white

TO check all the other blazons I have done you can go to:

Thanks and I hope it benefits you somehow.


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