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The Vikings are coming

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Roc, Sep 12, 2004.

  1. Roc Active Member

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    Rafael, I'm happy to hear that you are enjoying the text, and thanks for following it.


    Cheers,

    Roc. :)
  2. Roc Active Member

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    Alex, I'm far from being an expert, I just bagan my search two weeeks ago.

    If I can help you in any way, don't hesitate to e-mail me, it would be my pleasure.

    Ciao,

    Roc. :)
  3. Roc Active Member

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    The Armor is finally dry, It still needs to be weathered and some rust spots added.

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    Cheers,

    Roc. :)
  4. Guy A Fixture

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    Your armor looks great Roc..............keep up the great work
  5. Roc Active Member

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    Hey Guy, thank you, you are to kind.



    Cheers,

    Roc. :)
  6. Anders Heintz Well-Known Member

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    Hey Roc!

    Looking good so far! What colors are you painting the tunic and pants in?
  7. Roc Active Member

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    Hey Anders, thanks buddy,I appreciate your encouragement.

    I'm not sure what colors to use, do you have any suggestions?



    Cheers,

    Roc. :)
  8. gary New Member

    Hi Roc,

    Judging from the photos, I'm guessing you've got the Europa Militaria book on the Vikings. If you'd like, I can send you some shots of wool I've dyed with materials the Vikings would have had, along with shots I've pulled off the web.

    I do wish I'd logged on earlier. I like the figure, but to be honest I've yet to see any indication of the Vikings using the type of cloak clasp the figure has.

    Gary

    If you'd like the color scans, drop me an email at garygates2000@yahoo.com
  9. Roc Active Member

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    Gary, my friend,you guessed right,I do have the Europa militaria book on the Vikings.
    I would really appreciate the color scans and any other help you can give me.
    I will be sending you an e-mail.

    Thanks in advance.


    Cheers,

    Roc.
  10. RobH Active Member

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    Looking like an excellent Start, Roc.

    Be interesting to see what colours you come up with for the clothing

    Rob
  11. Roc Active Member

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    Hey Rob, thanks and I'm glad you're finding it interesting.


    Cheers,

    Roc. :)
  12. Roc Active Member

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    Clothes
    Wool and linen
    Like most people in Europe at the time, the Vikings used wool more than anything else for making clothes. The Vikings brought sheep with them to the islands they settled in the North Atlantic for wool and meat. "The Faeroe Islands" even means "the Sheep islands". Clothes were spun and woven by the women. They also dyed the cloth with mineral and vegetable dyes of red, green, brown, yellow or blue.

    Linen was also used for clothes. Even today you can find Viking Age place names in Scandinavia like "Lin-åker" (lin= linen/flax, åker= field).

    How they dressed
    Viking Men
    Viking men first put on a long woolen shirt and long cloth trousers which were held up by a sash or a drawstring. On top of this was worn a sleeved jerkin or a three-quarter coat with a belt. On his feet he would wear socks and soft leather shoes or long leather boots. In battle he would wear an iron helmet and a mail-chain to protect himself.




    Viking Women
    Viking women wore a long linen dress. It could be either plain or pleated. Over the dress they wore a long woolen tunic, a little like an apron. It was held up by a pair of brooches, sometimes joined by a chain or string of beads. Over the tunic she might wear a shawl. Her legs and feet were covered with thick woolly socks and soft leather shoes.


    Both men and women wore fur or woolen hats and cloaks in cold weather. The cloaks were fastened at the shoulder with a brooch or a pin.

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  13. Roc Active Member

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    VIKING WORLD

    This is the world in which our brave Viking lived, fought, sailed and farmed.

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    Cheers,

    Roc. :)
  14. Roc Active Member

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    I finished painting the tunic, it is drying in the oven,tomorrow time permitting I'll post some pictures.


    Cheers,

    Roc.
  15. Roc Active Member

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    The tunic is still a little wet,when completely dry I will give it more highlights and some more shadows.

    I undercoated with acrylics the arms, belt and shoes, This weekend I will try to paint them.


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    Cheers
    Roc. :)
  16. Joe Hudson Well-Known Member

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    Hey Roc,

    A nice start, looking forward to seeing more of him.

    Joe
  17. jaime Member

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    Roc nice start. Where is his/its head? :lol: ( I don't remember the title of the film...there was a song by Queen titled: "don't lose your head") :lol:

    Hasta luego

    JAime
  18. Roc Active Member

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    Hey Joe,thanks, you are too kind.

    Cheers

    Roc. :)
  19. Roc Active Member

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    Hi Jaime, thanks for your comment, always appreciate them.

    Our Viking lost his head in North America, a very angry Indian warrior cut it off with a tomahawk. :lol: :lol:

    I know the movie you are talking about, I cant remember the name either.

    Ciao,

    Roc :)
  20. Roc Active Member

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    The Spear

    The most common weapons in use by the Viking Age warrior were the spear and a long knife along the pattern of a sax, scramasax, or francesca. The spear was the best weapons choice because it required the least amount of metal. This meant that a high-quality weapon could be had by even the common man. There were a variety of spear styles in use. The thrusting spear featured a broad, leaf-shaped blade from 3" to 18" in length: "Helgi was carrying a spear with a blade eighteen inches long and an iron-bound shaft" (Laxdaela Saga) . Some of these had "wings" or lugs, which were short extensions on either side of the socket just below the head, presumably to keep the point from penetrating too deeply into a foeman and becoming trapped: "Snorri went back into the house and got himself a big spear with barbs" (Fostbraedra Saga). There is also some evidence for a throwing spear of javelin, which possessed a narrow, tapering head.


    The sagas mention a few types of special spears, the höggspjót, krokaspjót and the algeir, which modern translators render misleadingly as "halberd." These were extremely destructive pole weapons:


    "Hrut took hold of a gold-inlaid halberd which King Harald Greycloak had given him... Eldgrim now tried to get away, and spurred his horse; and when Hrut saw this he raised his halberd and drove it between Eldgrim's shoulder blades so hard that the coat of mail burst open at the impact and the halberd came out through his chest. Eldgrim fell dead from his horse, as was only to be expected.... Hrut was eighty years of age when he killed Eldgrim, and his prestige was greatly enhanced by it" (Laxdaela Saga).
    A better term than "halberd" would be "slashing spear" or "hooking spear". In general, these were six feet in length with a metal-bound shaft and a double-edged pointed blade. Some had hooks, some had more than two cutting edges. When these polearms had hooks, they were called krokaspjót. If the shaft was not metal-bound, it was called a heptisax. A long-shafted hammer axe called a refthi is mentioned in Faereyinga Saga, and where the same scene is described in the Olaf Sagas, the weapon is described variously as "a stick with an axe-head on it," "an axe-stick," or "a stick-axe". Thus the refthi probably was something that could be accurately termed a halberd.
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