OR little g al ee ers n vy javelin was at close range designed to n impact. A wide projection shielded the neck and deflected blows from behind. Breastplate Made of steel plates bound by leather straps, it weighed about 20 pounds and was lined with padding for comfort. Galea, or Helmet The iron helmet followed a design used by warriors from Gaul. The ridge protected against vertical sword strikes. Wide cheek flaps protected the face but left ears exposed to hear orders. ries wore it ight; officers on the left. The shield's iron boss and rim were used as weapons to punch the enemy. eath de of wood, it s covered in corative leather. nic diers wore red wool ics under armor. ield e leather-covered wooden eld weighed over 20 pounds. egion's unique emblem was nted on the front.