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Viking Ship, Village or Helmet? Answered

I've recently been allocated a project for school that needs to be done by the 28th February. The task is to either build a model viking ship, any size, any material or to build a viking outfit. Chances are, the entire out fit is impossible so I'm probably aloud to make a detailed helmet, with chain mail & leather cap underneath, or some other item of clothing. The last option is to build a model Viking town, it's aloud to be done on the computer as a 3d format, but I have no idea how to do this, any suggestions? I'm personally stuck on what to choose to make, or how to build it., what does every one else think? Remember, I'm going for a good mark here, but I also have the incapability to get things done amazingly quick. Cheers everyone, ~K (P.S. No horns for the helmet, although it's a popular myth it's supposedly not true in the history books.)

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coremonger (author)2011-06-10

Horns actually WERE on the helmets. At the Royal Danish Museum in Copenhagen they have helmets dated to the viking times and there are many carvings that show vikings with horns. These horned helmets were used in religious ceremonies and burials and that sort of thing. For main battle they wore normal ones without horns. But I absolutely HATE it when "historians" say that vikings never wore horned helmets. We obviously did, so there!! I am a direct descendant of the first king of Denmark. Trust me I know what I'm talking about.

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caitlinsdad (author)2009-02-16

Make a big cauldron of grog and make everyone happy? Either one is a good project but more detail would be needed on the models to make them look good. The helmet would be easy to put together with hot glue and clothing would be easily hand sewn with thick yarn or thread to give it a rustic look. Good luck.

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Kryptonite (author)caitlinsdad2009-02-16

Hmm, I'm sort of thinking of making a chain mail helmet, that would probably get a good grade. Thinking on it, why is it that a bunch of my instructable heroes and no one else, responded to my homework plea? Oh well.

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caitlinsdad (author)Kryptonite2009-02-17

meh, these days no one has the imagination to be a pirate or a Viking or whatever else these days. Arrrrgggh. Making chain mail is pretty tedious, maybe just find a shiney fabric to simulate the part that drapes over as chain mail. Hot glue blobs can look like rivets for the wrought iron faceplate. Look at gmjhowes ibles for drybrushing paint to make it look like rusty iron with reddish ocre as a basecoat drybrushed with matte black. Use cardboard dyed with tea or painted brown and brown felt if you can't get real leather.

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Kryptonite (author)caitlinsdad2009-02-17

Wow, overly confusing but thanks anyway! No seriously every one's help help so far has been amazing, I had no idea I'd get so many people answering to my plea so quickly.

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caitlinsdad (author)caitlinsdad2009-02-17

or was that matte black as a basecoat with rusty colored paint as drybrush.

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Kiteman (author)2009-02-16

"Viking outfit" does not mean armour.

Check this link - they wore "normal" clothes most of the time, and that male costume could probably be quickly made up from a couple of woollen blankets.

In fact, it says;

Viking men wore a T-tunic (like a long sleeved T-shirt) over hose and braes. Hose and braes were trousers made in two parts - the hose were the legs, and the braes were like baggy shorts.

You could probably find an outfit like that with a little creativity at the goodwill store.

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Kryptonite (author)Kiteman2009-02-16

It's supposed to be a make thing, not buy so sorry on that last idea, although the rest is great, I hope to get it all done on time, I've got like 3 assignements all dumped on me in a space of 2 days.

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-02-16

What he meant by, with a little creativity is that you would take an pair of pants for instance, and make it into the proper hose & braes :-)

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-02-16

Hehe, yeah, I'm pretty slow on some things. :P

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Goodhart (author)Kryptonite2009-02-17

Nah, I do that too, it means we are creative and just choose the wrong one out of a lot of choices (sounds good, eh? :-) )

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Kiteman (author)Goodhart2009-02-17

Exactly - speaking as a teacher, I would be as impressed with a reasonable-looking suit made from recycled clothing as one made from blankets. Loosen hems, remove labels and logos. Remove zips and buttons and replace with seams and broaches. Buy some simple trimmings to sew on to decorate the edges. Wear it with a leather belt, make some pouches out of chamois wash-leathers, you're sorted.

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Goodhart (author)2009-02-16

The helms at THIS link are supposed to be historically accurate. Does this help any?

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Kryptonite (author)Goodhart2009-02-16

Wow, they're pretty pricey, I wonder how many people buy them? You could make a fair profit out of making them.

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Kiteman (author)Kryptonite2009-02-17

Sine they tand to be hand-made, and need a lot of time to make, I doubt there is much of a living to be made. I've watched a chap making armour on a forge at a show - when I came back a couple of hours later, he was still beating the same panel.

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lemonie (author)2009-02-16

Will they let you dispatch the boats in a Viking funeral? L

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Kryptonite (author)lemonie2009-02-16

My school is near a lake so if I asked nicely I could probably do it, nice idea.

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gmjhowe (author)2009-02-16

If you wanna ace it, make both the boat and the helmet!!

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