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Etienne Hamel




Location: Acton Vale (QC) canada
Joined: 09 Sep 2006

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov, 2012 11:22 am    Post subject: viking animal patterns         Reply with quote

it's been a long while since i last posted on the forum. i have a sword design in mind that i need help for, more precisely for the artwork on the fittings.

what i would like to know is, is there a rule to viking animal patterns? for example the albion valkyrja, the dragon themed fittings inspired from the original but i would like to design something like this but with other animals like bears, wolves ravens and others.

the sword is already designed in a historical inspired fantasy fashion mixing geibig, oakeshott and petersen typologies. don't know if it will actually work performance wise but for that i may contact a professional sword maker to have some insight on the matter.

what matters now is the artwork on the fittings. Laughing Out Loud
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Marc Blaydoe




Location: Maryland
Joined: 29 Sep 2006

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PostPosted: Wed 14 Nov, 2012 12:24 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There are several different styles based on geolocation and timeframe, like Oseberg, Borre, Jelling, Mammen, Ringerike, Urnes.

A very brief description and examples are available at Hurstwic: http://www.hurstwic.org/history/articles/manu...se_art.htm

A good book would be "Viking Designs" http://www.amazon.com/Viking-Designs-CD-ROM-D...486995348/

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