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Viking costume 2 by Astalo Viking costume 2 by Astalo
My new viking costume from this summer. (Link to first kit from four years ago: Viking costume 1 )
I bought the tablet wowen band from "Pukkisaari Iron Age Market 2013", and those leg wraps are pieces from my grand mothers old wool jacket, but most of the other parts are from my own hands. Trousers are wool and tunic is linen with wool embroidery. I modified also my old leather hat to fit better with new tunic and put Finno-Ugric bird emblem on the front.

This costume is for summer events. but i'm going to make later also one rus style wool kaftan with bronze buttons or clasps and also some pointy hat with fur trim what i can use also in winter time. I need to find or make also more sturdy shoes with thick soles, because i noticed that those soft moccasin type things get wet very easy.
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wyncalledchara Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wicked. GOOD JOB!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. Glad you liked it.
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Tyr90AT Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you speak a bit German? I would like to get into contact with you, because smithing (schmieden) working with metal always impressed me! but i dont know how to focus on a single thing, i wont disturb you but i just want to  say that i have an european historic combat art training behind me, and so i learned fighting with the German Long Sword (Deutsches langes Schwert ((Bastard sword maybe in english?)) and i wanted to get contact with you because i achieved my BA in history (World War II and Vikings and medieval franks as well) and yeah, i never had the chance to travel to north germany or skandinavia! i really honor your ways of life also suomi is so fascinating! I would really be glad to stay in contact.
best regards from Austria!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Edited Apr 8, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
I don't speak German at all and i'm not actually very good even in English. Writing takes usually a lot of time, because i had to check different things from online dictionaries and so on. Finnish is quite complex language, so it's sometimes hard to translate for example some special work related phrases to other languages.
You can of course leave different comments to my pictures or ask some craft related questions if you want, but it's probably quite difficult to teach something for other people in here. :)

There is few different historical fencing schools in Finland, but i'm not take any part in their activities. swordschool.com/ - ehms.fi/eng/ - www.historiallinenmiekkailu.co… - www.warussepat.fi/eninfo.htm Most of the groups are located in big cities, close to the Finnish coastline and i live in very small rural village far from Helsinki or Turku etc.
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Tyr90AT Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
oK NO  problem :) i am no blacksmith but i had a good education in military history! i like finland, how do you call Austria in your language? Or is it just part of Saxland`? i would love to learn at least swedish or danish or norwegian! i think germanic languages are quite hard but maybe one day we met in real life :) Do you maybe know Erik Graf Oxenstierna? I also live in a small "Kaff" like we say here. We even have the A with an O meaning like Sweden here in our dialect. My home "village" has 2200 inhabitants and is a "Marktgemeinde" so it means we are a bit bigger but no town rights. I love rural places, especially here I like to wander around, carve runes into stones (trees have owners) so yeah. I would love to be a viking but I am just an Austrian guy from Carinthia. Something always draws my attention in the North of Europe. I love everything norse :)
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Astalo Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Finnish name for Germany is "Saksa" and the name for Austria is "Itävalta" (Itä = east, valta = power) I don't know the person what you mentioned, but Oxenstierna is quite famous noble family from Sweden. I just googled that Erik Graf fellow and noticed that he has wrote some norse related book, but it have not published in here.

There is about 3600 people in my home municipality de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rautj%C3… but over half of the population live quite small area close to big paper mill where is also some schools, shops, library, church, health center, apartment buildings and so on.. Most of the 401.89 square kilometres area in this municipality are forests and fields and my house is located in much smaller countryside village called Änkilä about 8 kilometers from that "paper mill town" Simpele. There is some pictures from my farm in my scraps-section.

I know one youtuber from Austria called "Survival Lilly" and she has made a lot of outdoor videos where Lilly makes different things in the middle of woods. Your forest scenery look quite similar than in here, but we have more spruces and pines so the nordic forests are at least  more dense than in your country.
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Tyr90AT Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
www.noetsch.at/ i watched her page today it looks very funny. haha she is like my father, hears a bird and knows what bird it is :)
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PavelKirilovich Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
I have something of a fetish for the pieksut and they really stood out in the earlier work, but you're getting better in this one. There's a lot of work that goes into this sort of thing, but with your ability to craft metal objects, some of the finickier details are entirely within your control.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice to hear it.  Costumes like these are ongoing projects that will evolve a little bit better in every year with new additions and so on. :)

Shoes in that earlier set were not actually that good. I would really liked to find real antique pieksut made only from natural materials, but they were only some poor quality repros made in the 80's with quite ugly looking dark yellow colored rubber soles etc. Also the shafts were too long for my taste. For example this narrow tipped design would fit much better to viking style. 3.bp.blogspot.com/-KM6LPmND-FE…
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is brilliant. I expect it'll really start to look good once you start wearing it in
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you liked it and thanks for the faves. I have already new more better/accurate looking leg wraps and shoes, so I maybe have to get new picture from whole set before winter.

There is one viking fair coming in few months and I hope to find there some new materials for my costume projects. :)
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Marcusstratus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice. I know someone who does the cord weaving for trim ribbon, but it would be good to get a bunch of other materials for creating a good costume. When I go to faires I just wear a bunch of my regular clothes that look good together. I've been wanting to make a proper costume for a while now...
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batatinhalol Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2015
wowww, seems really legit! stunning pic!
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Astalo Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very glad to hear it and thanks again for the faves.
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RiverChaser99 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You must be a rich Norseman indeed.  Just joking, nicely done!
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Astalo Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you liked it. "Varangian trader" is the look what i'm trying to imitate and they were a little bit more fancier folk than traditional norsemen. This guy have quite nice looking eastern style costume. miklagard.nvg.org.au/costume/r…
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RiverChaser99 Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You put my poor Norwegian freemans clothing to shame!
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KanotsaStock Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
you look darm good sir... glad to see a fellow viking looking so good
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Astalo Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice to hear it and thanks also for the faves. Next kit will look probably even nicer if everything goes right.
I have been planning all kind of new accessories, what are going to add more colors and new bronze/silver details to whole set.
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Tucker-M Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent job, very authentic.
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Astalo Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the compliments. There is still some minor inauthentic details in this kit, (Bag, belt & shoes etc.) but i hope that next one will be very plausible. I try to make also some Carelian style knifes, Birka coin purse and new belt bag in next few years, for giving more "bling" to my kit. :)

I think that mix of nordic, finno-ugric and slavic styles will be quite interesting.. For example Vilhelm Vinje have very impressive costumes in DA. vendelrus.deviantart.com/art/T…
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Tucker-M Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, his costume is very impressive, also.
I liked his melancholy "trader comment", funny.

You're doing fine work, too, and I'm glad to see it coming together to your satisfaction.
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