I've been working on this for my SCA kit for several months. I'm doing a Danish Viking Hersir, born in Hedeby in 973, fought at Maldon in 991, then participated in all the glorious looting of the Danegeld in England. This actually works well for me to remember the dates, because I can just chop 1000 years off today and I'm there. I was actually born in 1973, and enlisted in the Marines in 1991, and now it's 2011, so as far as my Viking's concerned, it's 1011 right now.
Anyway, I've got Kevat making me a handsewn wool tunic, Viking-style, that I'm getting at Father Christmas. I've got some winningas from Ilsa, and some Westland turnshoes in the mail from Viking Leatherworks (I tried making my own, I really did, and just... **** it, **** it in it's stupid ass. Getting that pattern right is a nightmare. If you're making shoes, and aren't particular, just make ghillies).
The pain-in-the-ass part of this is that because of the Legion, all my damned garb is black. I'm tired of black. I'm trying to go with mostly historical blues and yellows for this guy (see mah shieldz: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-rvve5zr2PFg/TpeojcpTTgI/AAAAAAAAD2w/7u63fQbFqgY/s576/DSC02152.JPG
So anyway, what I have accounted for so far:
- Cloak pin (I had some adventures hammering heated brass rod the other day)
- Wool overtunic
What I still need to get:
- Viking 6-panel hat
- Linen undertunic
- Belt + pouch
- Steel sword
- Linen hose / tight pants
- Cloak (just a rectangle of wool with hemmed or blanket-stitched edges)
- Jewelry (need silver, not brass, so I don't look like a thrall. At least a Thor's hammer, a bracelet, and an armband. I also have some bags of pierced polished gemstone chips I got on sale recently (garnets, amethysts and carnelians) so I'll probably make a necklace or two from those. I'd also really like to upgrade my penannular brooch for my cloak to sterling silver and amber... someday.)
- Some tablet woven trim to make it all pretty
I have a lot of that now, but it's all freaking black, so I'll just swap stuff out as I get non-black replacements. A good bit of it I can make myself without too much trouble (hat, belt, pouch, cloak, and the seax if I can find a good blank - no luck so far).
So, yeah, new soft kits, whoooo!