We have added some interest to our shield by splitting the field into
two but we can do more by adding an ordinary. You can think of
these as "big shapes" that fit across the field (the shield
background, remember?). Ordinaries are usually quite large, obvious
features that always appear in the same position on the shield.
Ordinaries have a colour and, as we saw with divisions earlier, the
colour in blazonry almost always comes AFTER the object.
Let's look at one example, the chevron. We already have
a clue about what it might look like from the previous page, where we
said that per chevron split the shield into two parts by an
inverted 'V' shape. Blazonry is consistent, so we can expect the
chevron ordinary to be something that is also 'V' shaped, and
indeed this is the case. Using some of our newly found colours we can
create the image above. Can you work out what its blazon would
Recall that the field comes first, in this case, plain white, or
argent, then we have a black chevron, so that is a
chevron sable, giving us another complete blazon:
Argent, a chevron sable
Note that in this blazon we have a put a in comma in there, which makes it
easier to say when read outline, but there is no need to do this. In most cases,
as long as the comma is in a sensible place, DrawShield will just ignore it.
We now enough blazonry to start describing shields that we find in the real world. Which of
the mounted knights below is holding a shield which could be described by the blazon below?