- Would shield bashing, or using the shield as a weapon, meet the requirements of the Pin Shield feat?
- Also, would Agile Shield Fighter have any effect? For instance, would that allow to "stand-in" for Two-Weapon Fighting; a prerequisite for Pin Shield?
When I see techniques by John Clements in the Nova documentary Secrets of the Viking Sword, it appears he is doing just that - pinning a shield with a shield.
I would like to say, "Yes I could pin a shield with a shield bash," since the SRD states:
You can bash an opponent with a light shield or heavy shield, using it as an off-hand weapon.
Pin Shield (Complete Warrior, p. 103)
When making a full attack action, you may give up all your off-hand attacks. If you do, you momentarily pin your opponent's shield with your off-hand weapon...
Agile Shield Fighter (Player's Handbook II, p. 74)
These penalties replace the normal ones you incur for fighting with two weapons.
Some Campaign Information
It is a no-magic, low-power, Norse campaign. The player characters will be among NPC's while aboard the longship. First encounters will be going up against other Vikings, of which both forces will utilize the Viking Shield Wall. There will be Berserkers (Barbarians) for Shocktroopers, Warriors (Fighters), a Skald (Bard without spells - bonus feat for each spell level), and a couple of Artisans (Artificer without Infusions, Rogue for poisons, and Rangers for traps) for repairs and such.
Breaking up the shield wall by lowering Armor Class, Bull Rushes, Sundering, etc. will be vital. After discussing this in very long detail, we want as much historically accurate fighting as possible. We are all very careful with our feat selections, class selections, etc. Without healing magic, we are relying upon the Heal skill, alchemy (using Craft Points from Unearthed Arcana), and the Skald using Healing Hymn to make us rest better.