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Stuart Thompson




Location: Walton-on-the-Naze
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 7:53 am    Post subject: Viking spectacle helm         Reply with quote

Greetings,

I'm new so i'll include my introduction. I'm Stuart, 21, viking reenactor (looking for a new group) I'm from the colchester area and i'm a storyteller for hire will do displays and give someone a crash course in fighting also (Sword, axe, hewing spear not throwing spear.. I cant throw to save my life hehe. Usually passes right over the enemies head)

Right i'm in need of a new helm, possibly a new shield and sword. I've seen many spectacle helms but dont know which one is good to use. My old nasal helm was meant to provide protection even with heavy work but a 'student' hit me in the face and actualy cracked the nose guard against me. So both are broken.

Is this any good? http://images.medieval-arms.co.uk/l/alias3/AH...00-ad,.jpg I saw a tv programme last year on 1066 and Harold hadrada wore a similar looking one, I am no king, just a warrior so if it's a kings helm I dont want to wear it. hehe.

Pleased to be here and looking forward to talking with you all, all advice is good advice and good advice is helpful Wink

Your new chum,
Stuart
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Petr Florianek
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Stuart!
I am too viking reenactor and i do not recomend to buy this helm. It tries to look like Gjermundbu helm from 10th century Norway, but without great success. Try to google Gjermundbu Helm and you will find original and more appropriate replicas.
The grave is very rich, including IIRC sword of type S with scabbard (nice chape), shield boss, spear and equestrian equipment.

Hope it helps
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Tom King




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PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 1:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AB0483&...dbu+Helmet by GDFB. Or anything from www.viking-shield.com/helmets.html
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Artis Aboltins




PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 3:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Tom King wrote:
www.kultofathena.com/product.asp?item=AB0483&name=Gjermundbu+Helmet by GDFB. Or anything from www.viking-shield.com/helmets.html



Sadly, neither of those helms is what could be called an exact replica of Gjermondbu find.
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Anders P





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PostPosted: Mon 15 Feb, 2010 9:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

The helm from kult of athena could be pretty close, with a new spectacle piece. The windlass helm looks pretty close too, but something about it I'm not digging.
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Stuart Thompson




Location: Walton-on-the-Naze
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Feb, 2010 1:24 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks! I've seen a lot of these helms with the chainmail neck guard, rather avoid that. The kult of Athena helm looks good, close to the picture I saw of the origional.

If any Viking knows of a good group around the Essex area i'd be interested in joining Happy I need to get back out properly..piffle to this recession.
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Andreas Becht




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Feb, 2010 2:18 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A lot of viking reenactors wear these spectacle helms, but I wouldn't be too sure if they were really that widespread during any period of the viking age. I'd always go for a simple nasal helm, you can never go wrong with that.

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Luka Borscak




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PostPosted: Thu 18 Feb, 2010 3:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Andreas Becht wrote:
A lot of viking reenactors wear these spectacle helms, but I wouldn't be too sure if they were really that widespread during any peroid of the viking age. I'd always go for a simple nasal helm, you can never go wrong with that.


The problem is that he got nasal cracked on his nose so he want something more solid. Wink
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Stuart Thompson




Location: Walton-on-the-Naze
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PostPosted: Thu 18 Feb, 2010 11:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I have found a good one, has re-enforced eyebrows and a long wide nose guard. My other had a thin noseguard..i'll take close-ups of the 'squashed' ridge on my nose WTF?! .

I'll see how I feel when I get paid but I do agree, seen a lot of chaps with them and maybe a common-ish nasal helm would stand out more than it would have done..not bad. Just protection from 'students' and Saxons is all I wish Wink
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