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Varangian Guard Update 1 by Stholm Varangian Guard Update 1 by Stholm
Progress update on my outfit, the entire armour is complete now.
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Welshbowman Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice kit! Im working on mine still, however I do have most of it together.
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Stholm Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Check the more recent pictures if you like it, it's a bit more complete now. Sadly I have to put reenactment on hold for a few months...
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome armor!! and outfit!

Is there more people doing armors of other bizantine army units?
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Stholm Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Well, my team is reenacting the Varangian Guard exclusively. I don't know about any group here in Hungary who's reenacting specifically the Byzantine Army.
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Shabazik Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Interesting! Many thanks for the information!
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Stholm Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
No problem.
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Mandrakil Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I adore this outfit! Looks badass AND authentic. I especially like the armguards and the greaves. Were they hard to make?
Also, leather torso armor always looks great over chainmail. That's a style I've used myself for a couple of roles. The helmet with chainmail, only making your eyes visible, adds to the fear-effect. You look less human, but in a good way.
I also like the weaponry; two different sized axes and a large knife as a sort of "backup". Nice touch with the Mjolnir amulet, it's cool that it is still visible, even though there is so much armor.

If there is a single thing I'm not a fan of, it's the gloves/gauntlets. They pale when compared to the rest of your kit.
What historical sources did you go to for this kit?
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Stholm Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Wow, thanks :D. Well, the kit is mainly based on the Alexiad, most notably on the comments of Anna Komnena about the Varangian Guard. This character is of scandinavian origin, in service of the byzantine army, rather than the eastern rus contingent of 6000 warriors who formed the core of the Guard later in 988, if I recall correctly. Therefore I based most of the armour and clothing on the Gjermundbu, Birka and Valsgärde finds, with exception of the leather vest. It has a debated origin that byzantine troops used this type of vests along scale and lamellar armour. I refrained to acquire a lamellar armor as the Wisby find turned out to be a "hoax", well not a hoax, only it was originated centuries later. I also looked up on a large number of byzantine manuscripts about guardsmen, but they weren't really helpful aside from the clothing.
The kit is still incomplete, as I still miss a shield, a proper shoes (will be also based on Birka) and an authentic belt, but I'll have them as well soon enough =P.
A limb guards were based on the first misinterpreted Valsgärde find, it's not a complicated design, as you can see.
The gloves, well, those are of course a hoax as we don't have a find or manuscritp up to date about protective gloves from this era. But I'm not too keen to lose a finger or two, or my hand entirely, so I gotta wear something =P. Yeah, I too think the pale leather stands out, and I'm about to dye it darker if I'll have the time and proper materials for it.
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Mandrakil Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot for the detailed answer! It was a very interesting read

Don't worry about dyeing the gloves. It is very easy to do and takes only a few minutes. Have you thought about making articulated gloves? Also, do you have any padding on the glvoes besides the leather?
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Stholm Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Yeah, it has a thick woolen padding inside, it's really protective this way. I don't plan on doing any other gloves until I wreck this one =P.
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Mandrakil Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sounds like they are well made. Your hands should be happy :)
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JarnUlfr Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Also a Varangian
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JarnUlfr Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
looking for a little help, I love your armour and was wondering what references you used for the style if any. I don't mean that to sound in a condescending way at all, I think your armour is amazing, its just as you may be aware a lot of places are real hard on historical accuracy. and it would be a huge help if I could borrow your references for other members of my group who have been seeking such a style. regards
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Stholm Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Sorry, I'm just gonna copy-paste it to you as someone above basically asked the same question =P.
Well, the kit is mainly based on the Alexiad, most notably on the comments of Anna Komnena about the Varangian Guard. This character is of scandinavian origin, in service of the byzantine army, rather than the eastern rus contingent of 6000 warriors who formed the core of the Guard later in 988, if I recall correctly. Therefore I based most of the armour and clothing on the Gjermundbu, Birka and Valsgärde finds, with exception of the leather vest. It has a debated origin that byzantine troops used this type of vests along scale and lamellar armour. I refrained to acquire a lamellar armor as the Wisby find turned out to be a "hoax", well not a hoax, only it was originated centuries later. I also looked up on a large number of byzantine manuscripts about guardsmen, but they weren't really helpful aside from the clothing.
The kit is still incomplete, as I still miss a shield, a proper shoes (will be also based on Birka) and an authentic belt, but I'll have them as well soon enough .
A limb guards were based on the first misinterpreted Valsgärde find, it's not a complicated design, as you can see.
The gloves, well, those are of course a hoax as we don't have a find or manuscritp up to date about protective gloves from this era. But I'm not too keen to lose a finger or two, or my hand entirely, so I gotta wear something . Yeah, I too think the pale leather stands out, and I'm about to dye it darker if I'll have the time and proper materials for it.
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Becky123190 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
nice

i like it picture the government of what ever country of the usa guards wearing that
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Stholm Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Well that would be... outdated :D?
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Becky123190 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
yea i know but i always wanted one of those huge Shields that the Romans and the ancient Greeks had and use them in the war
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Stholm Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
There were even larger shields in the 15th century, the pavise shields, used by throughout most of Europe.
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