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Viking archer II by VendelRus Viking archer II by VendelRus
This is a second shot of me in one of my viking hard kits.

Here is the first one:

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I'm portraying a central swedish viking with eastern estonian-russian trading connections.
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:iconhannesfury:
HannesFury Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014   General Artist
Black must have been an exclusive dye back then... unless you count charcoal :D
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Well...yes and no :) You are right. The trousers are not historically accurate (black and linen). Black linen was (from what I understand) more or less impossible to get. Black (or black/grey) wool and leather, however, is quite easy to get. Black wool comes from....black sheep :) and leather can be dyed liquorice black quite easy with iron oxide and water.
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Heidenwerk Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice Combination!
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Thank you very much :)
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:iconjim-from-hell:
Jim-From-Hell Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
We can also see Sarmatian influence on his kit.
:ahoy:
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ga-ren Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is a great costume.
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Thank you very much!
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:iconignispotensis:
ignispotensis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Looks great! But what about bow? Vikings didn't use compound bows. Unless they stole it from near east:>
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Thanks!

The bow and quiver is based on Magyar finds with counterparts from Birka in Sweden. There are several finds of this kind from Birka including thumb rings. There is also evidence of some kind of local manufacturing. It seems that the residents of Birka tried to copy the Magyar (Hungarian) bows, the result was quite crude.
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ignispotensis Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ow! That is great information for me! I didn't know that the vikings could make curved bows! Tnx:) However this equipment is reliable enough because vikings often used stolen things:)
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
To be fair, "vikings" in general did not use this type of bow. Some vikings (or even mercenaries from the east) on the island of Birka used magyar bows. I would still say that this bow is very atypical for Scandinavia during the viking age. =)
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ignispotensis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You should come to vikings festiwal in Wolin (Poland) once if u haven't been yet:)
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I would love to. We have been talking about going there for years but it has just never happened. We have lots of kids in your group so it takes quite a lot of planning =)
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:iconignispotensis:
ignispotensis Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I understand you. I have very close to Wolin but i was there only one time:)
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I don't mid the trip. It would be cool sailing there with the ship =)
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Koyukionna Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Cool.
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
I try... =)
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AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
The Mongolian bow that Russian archers employed is probably the portrayal of his trading connections with Russia/Estonia?
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:iconignispotensis:
ignispotensis Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is not Mongolian bow. Its more like Hungarian bow.
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AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
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:iconignispotensis:
ignispotensis Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I think yes:P Mongolian bows are smaller have a little different curve and hmn... i dont know how it is in english... this place where u hold a bow:>
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AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
You just automatically assume that all asians have smaller things, if ya know what i mean :eyes:
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:iconignispotensis:
ignispotensis Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
^^ hemm...I'm not that kind of persone to assumeing such a things. I've just passioned of archery and I think I know a lot about it. However THAT asian parts don't interesed me:P
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AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
lol jk man
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:iconignispotensis:
ignispotensis Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know^^
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
You got it! =)
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AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Im Russian myself btw
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lajvio Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Jag tror jag dör lite på dina bilder... heltunderbara! Älskade den här bilden. Både vikingen och själva bilden :)
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Kul att du gillar bilden. Dräkten är egentligen ganska "out of date". Jag har uppgraderat nästa alla delar av dräkten och vapenarsenalen sedan några år tillbaka.
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lajvio Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Jag gillade verkligen bilden, något med den som bara sa wow :D
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
=)
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EvilMonsterThingy Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Awesome outfit! :D
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Thank you very much!
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AntonSWE Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
badass were you bough the LAmmelar armor i need one aswell! ^^
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Thanx! I did not buy this armor. I made it, as I try to do with as much of my equippment as I can.
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Hrafns-Vikingr Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great stuff mate, keep up the good work!!!
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
Thank you for your kind words! Cheers!
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Hrafns-Vikingr Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Very welcome, truly great outfit of yours! :)
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
I try my best to be true to my idea =)
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Wolfang11 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Hey! I made a drawing based on this picture! :D
I hope you dont mind :)
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
No prob!

Do you have a link to the pic?
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Wolfang11 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Here you go :)
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:iconvendelrus:
VendelRus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Cool! Thanx =)
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Wolfang11 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I know it isn't great. I think I screwed up on the head/helmet. Your helmet looks a lot cooler, but more eastern-ish. I was going more for the type of Vikings that raped and pillaged my Forefathers on the Flemish coasts, and I've never seen them use this type of helmet, although it does look badass!
Love your pictures though :D
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
I'm Wearing a Scandinavian-Rus helmet. I would be found among the eastern traveling vikings rather then among those who travelled to the west. It is not typical for the viking age. Nor are any other helmet that we know of for sure. According to picture material we could make a guess that the spangen/nasal helmet was the most typical for the era.
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xIiIMarcoIiIx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Hey, your "costume" is owesome, can I aske you something, becouse i want to do a charecter like this one, but i dont have enough info, were do you get it, the information i mean, what year is it from?, the fact is that i`d realy like the archer thing, but i cant get information about them in viking ages, then i found your pic. So if you can give me any information i woud appreciate it. thx, and sorry for my terrible english.
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Hi! Thanx for your comment =)

This costume is not a typical viking outfit. On a contrary this is a very untypical picture of a viking. This type of archer could probably only be found in the city of Birka (in sweden) and across the baltic in the Rus and estonian provinces.

This costume is a combination of finds from several places:

The helmet is based on a find from a scandinavian grave in Chernaia Mogila.
The lamellar armor is based in finds from Birka in Sweden.
The trousers are bases on depictions on Gotlandic picture stones and from finds in Hedeby.
The tunic, bag and belts are based on finds from Birka.
The bow and quiver is based on Magyar finds with counterparts in Birka.
The shoes are based on scandinavian finds in Staraja Ladoga and York.

This costume could best be dated to 900-1000.

If you like viking archery you should prabably try out at classic longbow or a two piece bow or even a flatbow.

Good luck =)
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xIiIMarcoIiIx Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Great, I'm on a medieval recreacional group of the viking age, so i guess that i can not make all of this stuff together but the info, is great, thx a lot! yours "costumes" are awesomes.

greetings from Argentine.
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:iconmskoll:
Mskoll Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!
But I think he looks a little bit more like a Lombard than a Russ or a Viking...
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VendelRus Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Oh, you think so. Do you know of lombard finds or other material matching any parts of my costume?

Thanks for your comment =)
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