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1/25/2020 11:47 am  #1


Helmet quick reference

Just whipped these up this morning so I could have all these in a single place to refer to, and figured it may be of interest to my fellow Hyperborea Seekers.

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1/25/2020 3:24 pm  #2


Re: Helmet quick reference

Your Norse examples are actually good. They are known as Spangenhelm and typically are made of 4 panels riveted to metal "straps".

The typical basic Spangen Helm has just the topper and a nose guard, but variations have chainmail hanging from the sides/back, metal "straps" either as verticle straps coming down from the top with a reinforcement behind or almost woven together. Others replace chain/straps with full metal panels. Eye sockets are common on any type of side/backs, and there is sometimes a mix of all of the above. 

In fact, one of the most beautiful (actually functional and used) helms (Looks a little like the one on the bottom right) was one that had the standard 4 panel top, with sculpted "eye" guards that included eyebrows and a molded nose. It had cheek plates that came close to the face and solid panels surrounding the sides/back, but overall the panels was fine chainmail that was "stitched" into the rim of the top and under the eye sockets and nose. It was amazing work and I asked the smith that made it. he said he spent 150 hours on making it..

(Note I say functional, as I used to be active in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and actually hit this guys helm with a "sword" (Ratan Stick) and after the combat asked...


OH, And Just for everyone's common Knowledge. Historically, there is not a single instance where a Norse helm has had Horns on it. The only helms with Horns are Fantasy depictions. Now they were found to sometimes have Wings, but not horns.

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1/25/2020 4:58 pm  #3


Re: Helmet quick reference

Nice work, wish I could just "whip something up" like that. Appreciate the sharing!


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1/25/2020 6:02 pm  #4


Re: Helmet quick reference

Super helpful, Mick! Can you do body armor next? https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png


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1/26/2020 6:28 pm  #5


Re: Helmet quick reference

Very nice.

 

1/29/2020 12:06 pm  #6


Re: Helmet quick reference

Thanks everyone!

​May attempt to tackle the armor sometime in the future, but the issue is source material. I have some books with quality photos of what still exists in museums and such, but there's a lot of stuff that didn't survive the ages and we only have period artwork to reference. Conversely, I doubt I will tackle the full plate stuff as there is so many different surviving examples.

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