That is exactly what I'm talking about, though. Items with type armor, wear locations of shields. In my SWR playing experiences, where you have a shield on your character is an entirely seperate place than any other armor, weapons, etc. I have never seen a held shield in any SWR that I have played. It should have its own wear location as it is a different form of defense than standard armor, and still allows ease of movement. Maybe it's just me, but some feed back from other SWR coders would help clarify one way or another.
Since no shields were used in the films, the best that I can equate it to is the personal shields used in the Dune series, either the books, the original David Lynch movies, or the more recent Dune and Children of Dune series.