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Tomas Kringen




Location: Oslo, Norway
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Dec, 2010 10:09 am    Post subject: Pictures of Scandinavian armour and weapons.         Reply with quote

Hello there.

I seem to recall viewing some pictures about a year or two ago of some sturdy and handsome looking men wearing chain-mail tunikas and wielding large axes Happy

I'm currently doing historical research for a computer game modification and I'm hoping someone here would post me a link or two. What I'm looking for is from the period 1080-1400.

Cheers.

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Nathan F




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PostPosted: Wed 29 Dec, 2010 12:07 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

are you looking for scandinavian arms and armour within this time frame? thats a HUGE change within these periods you are looking at the end of the viking period into the introduction of plate up to its full use of al whyte harnesses never mind the weapons i could help more if you narrowed down exactly what it is you want.
for here starts war carrion birds sing, and grey wolves howl
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Elling Polden




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PostPosted: Thu 30 Dec, 2010 7:49 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Handsome? axe? Mail hauberk? Sound like me...
the military equipment in scandinavia developed along with continental europe, so the span is huge. The main difference is that they continued to fight on foot, and rely on popular mobilization, so you have a lot leidang troops with kite/heater shields and spears, and armour to match their income, led by the king and his hirdmen.
Large axes seem to have been a prime dress accessory.

You could also try poking around on http://forum.blankvaapen.org/

What kind of game, btw?

"this [fight] looks curious, almost like a game. See, they are looking around them before they fall, to find a dry spot to fall on, or they are falling on their shields. Can you see blood on their cloths and weapons? No. This must be trickery."
-Reidar Sendeman, from King Sverre's Saga, 1201
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Scott Woodruff





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PostPosted: Thu 30 Dec, 2010 10:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

This is the exact area and span of time that I am most interested in. The Viking Age seems to get all the attention, but the Scandinavian "flavor" continues to be quite distinct into the 17th century. I'll summerize a few things i have learned about the post-viking developement of Scandinavian arms and armor.

The first and best source you ought to check out is the "Speculum Regale" or "King's Mirror." This wonderful mid-13th century manuscript describes arms and armor of the period in great detail, a.s well as giving advice on their use.

Check out the "Help with N. European sword" do-it-yourself thread for some pics of distinctly Scandinavian swords. Also try the "funky viking shield" thread about 12th-13th century Nordic buckler-shield. Other distinctly Scandinavian weapons include the svardstaff, a sword-on-a-stick with large s-shaped guard. A German mercenary named Dolstein sp? wrote a diary of his experience fighting Swedish militia in the early 1500's, complete with detailed illustrations of militiamen in all sorts of outdated armor, mostly carrying crossbows and svardstaff with a few really large swords on their belts.

While it is true that Scandinavian arms mostly follow continental trends, they tend to lag behind the rest of Europe and to develope their own very distinct and unique arms.
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Nils Anderssen




Location: Drammen, Norway
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PostPosted: Fri 31 Dec, 2010 4:39 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Since you are living in Oslo you can also easily visit the museums there. It is a really good source of information that you are lucky to have so close to you Happy

For the period you are interested in I can highly recommend Kulturhistorisk Museum (Museum of Cultural History) and Forsvarsmuseet (The Norwegian Armed Forces Museum).

Good luck!
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Jimmy Eriksson-Werf




Location: Uppsala, Sweden
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PostPosted: Fri 31 Dec, 2010 4:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Here are some good pictures that are accurate according to findings:

Viking warrior:
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html

14th century infantryman:
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html

Fighting nobleman, late 14th century:
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html

Gunner, late 14th century:
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html

Infantryman, late 15th century
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html
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David Clark





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PostPosted: Fri 31 Dec, 2010 9:28 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jimmy Eriksson-Werf wrote:
Here are some good pictures that are accurate according to findings:

Viking warrior:
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html

14th century infantryman:
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html

Fighting nobleman, late 14th century:
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html

Gunner, late 14th century:
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html

Infantryman, late 15th century
http://histvarld.historiska.se/histvarld/drae...index.html


Those are some great links to some amazing recreations! I just wish I could understand the explanations and info instead of ONLY looking at the pretty pictures. Worried
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Jimmy Eriksson-Werf




Location: Uppsala, Sweden
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PostPosted: Sat 01 Jan, 2011 2:14 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Well, try google translator? That should help you out some at least.
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