Overview

In this project we'll build the Guardian Shield + from Zelda Breath of the Wild! This shield measures 700 millimeters wide by 600 millimeters tall. We used a 1 meter long high density mini NeoPixel Strip to illuminate the "blades" of the shield. To make the center and side gems glow, we used a NeoPixel Jewel and a single breadboard friendly NeoPixel.

The main body is printed in clear translucent PLA to allow the lights from the LEDs to shine through. The blades are printed with a blue translucent PLA which is uv fluorescent and glows bright under black lights!

We used gray PLA for the back circular attachment and the handles. Gray PLA is used to mask details on the front of the shield. The masks help to block out light to define the details on the front of the shield. 

Articulating Handle  

 

The shield is held up by the articulating handle attached to the back side of the main assembly. You can adjust the angle to better suit your style of battle.

 

Rechargeable

 

The USB port on the side allows you to quickly reprogram colors and animations. You can even recharge the beefy 6600mAh battery!

 

We recessed the slide switch on the back part of the main body to allow easy access to power on the shield when an enemy appears!

Prerequisite Guides

If your new to electronics and working with NeoPixel LEDs, I suggest you walk through the following guides to get basics of wiring and soldering. The following guides will walk you through setting up Arduino IDE and Adafruit libraries.

Parts, Tools and Supplies

Here's a list of the parts needed to make this project.

Adafruit Feather M0 Basic Proto - ATSAMD21 Cortex M0

PRODUCT ID: 2772
Feather is the new development board from Adafruit, and like its namesake it is thin, light, and lets you fly! We designed Feather to be a new standard for portable microcontroller cores....
$19.95
IN STOCK

Adafruit Mini Skinny NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip - 144 LED/m

PRODUCT ID: 2969
So thin. So mini. So teeeeeeny-tiny. It's the 'skinny' version of our classic NeoPixel strips! These NeoPixel strips have 144 digitally-addressable pixel Mini LEDs per meter...
$64.95
IN STOCK

Breadboard-friendly RGB Smart NeoPixel - Pack of 4

PRODUCT ID: 1312
This is the easiest way possible to add small, bright RGB pixels to your project. We took the same technology from our Flora NeoPixels and made them breadboard friendly, with two rows of...
$7.95
OUT OF STOCK

NeoPixel Jewel - 7 x 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers

PRODUCT ID: 2226
Be the belle of the ball with the NeoPixel Jewel!  We fit seven of our tiny 5050 (5mm x 5mm) smart RGB LEDs onto a beautiful, round PCB with mounting holes and a chainable...
$5.95
OUT OF STOCK

Lithium Ion Battery Pack - 3.7V 6600mAh

PRODUCT ID: 353
Need a massive battery for your project? This lithium ion pack is made of 3 balanced 2200mAh cells for a total of 6600mA capacity! The cells are connected in parallel and spot-welded to a...
$29.50
OUT OF STOCK

Mini Panel Mount DPDT Toggle Switch

PRODUCT ID: 3220
This or that, one or the other, perhaps or perhaps not! So hard to make decisions these days without feeling like you're just going back and forth constantly. Deciding whether or not...
$1.25
OUT OF STOCK

Type A Machines Series 1 Pro 3D Printer

PRODUCT ID: 2412
Built to last and better than ever. The Series 1 Pro 3D printers from Type A Machines offer durability, modularity and one of the largest build volumes in...
$4,095.00
IN STOCK
Last updated on 2017-08-21 at 11.18.58 PM Published on 2017-08-02 at 12.00.34 AM