Under what circumstances would using a shield be more beneficial than just attacking?
Under what circumstances would I want my paladins to use shields?
Maybe if you (or paladin) is at low health (but not critical), another paladin (or healer) is still alive and can potentially heal you, so you just need to hold of enemy attacks for a while until you get healed, and then continue normal business?
Or could you and some paladins just form a living shield for the rest of your troops by standing near enemies, taking the heat (and all the healing) and let your archers and high damage units kill the enemies while they waste their attacks trying to kill you?
Or perhaps only use it to block incoming missiles?
What do you guys things are good scenarios where and how to use shields?