Monday, February 20, 2012

Goal Set: Viking Costume by Halloween

So my goal is to complete a Viking costume by Halloween. Not one of those store-bought, plastic helmet with horns costumes. No, a decent personally-sewn, wool and leather and bronze and steel, (reasonably) historically-accurate Viking costume. I'm willing to make some concessions. I might run out of resources for a mail hauberk or helmet by my deadline, but I'm pretty sure I can get the average daily-wear outfit together by then.

The trick is to make as much of it myself as I can. So to that end, I've already made a few orders for supplies and instructional material. From time-to-time, you should see some updates on various parts of the project. So watch this space. In the meantime, you can look back for posts on some parts I already have together, like my battle axe, my sax, and the shield I made a couple of years ago.

So does this make me a LARPing geek? Yeah, probably. So what? Everyone's got their thing; at least I'm not wasting the money on crack. When complete, this should be a pretty awesome arts-and-crafts project.


Theodric the Obscure said...

Just found your blog. Fantastic name!

jrf said...

Well, it's no Theidric the Obscure, but the name will do.

So what's the deal? Are you an SCA member, re-enactor, fanboy?

BTW, I haven't been as careful about updating my blog on a regular basis as I could/should be. One of the reasons I made this public vow to create a Viking kit was to establish a theme for this year. I will try to update my progress as I go.

Since you're a new reader, this is a good opportunity to explain that the blog is about whatever I happen to be interested in at the time. There are some themes that run throughout it, but I don't always stay on point.

MuSsang said...

You should create a Viking costume for your sifu. He'd probably love it.

jrf said...

Yes, my sifu probably would appreciate that. And doing so wouldn't be all that difficult.

But I would need his measurements. I guess I'll have to get him the checklist so he can provide them.

It'll be up to him, however, to supply the shoes and belts and weapons, etc. I can certainly point him in the right direction for those accessories.