As part of the "Hungarian type" Shield family, The Balkan version was slightly different in several aspects. Much as The Hungarian prototype, the Shield was designed to sweep inwards at the bottom for protection, with a sloping ""half front" at the top. Balkan versions were known to be more defined or pointed at the top (as opposed to a more rounded top as The Hungarian version). Mounted troops preferred this version for range of weapons use while mounted. A rounded version (for infantry) and bearing little resemblance to it's mounted "cousin" was developed (and is still in the Balkan Shield family). These style of shields were very popular in the Region until around the 15th Century.