The term Gesiþas comes from the Old Saxon gisīð, and this from the Old High German gisindo, meaning companion or comrade.
The Gesiþas are good armoured troops from the low nobility or great renown warriors choosen by a Thegn or a Dryhten.
They are an armoured version of th Geoguþe, carrying spears as well as hand weapons, such as swords or axes. They are protected by chainmails.
Freehand painted shields again.