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