Starter Viking Battle Kit
Starter kit doesn't have to be fancy. You are able to gather an exceptional set of items to show both authenticity and readiness to combat. We are being forgiving on "fancyness" of the kit but are maintaining historical authenticity.
This set is an absolute minimum for a comfortable fight. Remember, if you have items tailored to your body - fighting becomes easier and you can focus on what's truly important - winning.
Price of the helmet will vary depending on type. We recommend going with the "Norman" type with full face aventail that will cost just around £150. Helmet needs to be at least 2mm thick, have ample head padding to prevent concussions.
These can be ordered from a trader called 'Kram Goch'.
It's important we protect our hands from cuts and breaks. This is why we all use variety of gloves. The best ones are those which are very incospicious, with simple design, hidden metal plates. We recommend using gloves made by Ruslana Medieval Wardrobe!
We advise everyone to make sure they have ample body padding with some hidden plastic protection. This could be a motorcycle armour that can be bought on Amazon/Ebay etc. This can be hidden very well under an authentic, battle-ready, padded kaftan. It has extra padding in areas that are frequently hit during combat. Simple tunic will cost £145.
We recommend to order these from the Living History Market
For this start kit, I will recommend either Hedeby find shoes or York type 2. They will be accurate for various regions of scandinavia portrayed. These can be bought from a seller that we all use - Recocraft. Very good quality and nicely made shoes.
We recommend buying some plastic armour used by riot police. Forearms, thighs, shins and knees get hit very often therefore some light, plastic protection that is easily concealed will be a benefit. You can find these on eBay by typing in 'riot gear'. Groing guard is also heavily recommended to avoid those nasty spear shots!
If you have more money to spend you can go to Hema Shop and browse their plastic protection.
Belts don't have to be expensive. They are considered the most important piece of the kit, showing off the warriors status. Depending on the region you portray - you have a lot of choice regarding decorations of the belt.
We recommend ordering belt from RecoCraft as well due to his competitive pricing. You could also order a belt from the Living History Market.
There are variety of traders selling spears, most of the prices are pretty much within the line with others. We recommend to buy locally - Spearman Supplies.
Short-spear head will cost you £30 and a 2.5m long ash shaft will cost £20.
It is a good idea to start properly, that's why we recommend choosing a single-handed axe as a weapon of choice. The most authentic one at that, their devastating power won many battles to scandinavians. Effective versious armour, smashing through shields would ensure victory. Also it's a much cheaper choice for any starter before commiting into buying an expensive sword.
We have a local blacksmith who produces well balanced, high quality axes at only around £40.
Feast Essentials: £20
When attending shows, everyone is expected to have authentic bowl, spoo and cup. Basically everything you need for food consumption. We want to ensure maximum authenticity.
Ideally you should have a wooden or horn bowl, wooden spoon to eat with and a well-sized cup made either from wood, horn or ceramic. Please avoid drinking horns as their use was only ceremonial. Authenticity of drinking horns is doubtful.
You can buy these wares from our dear friend Rogan and his shop - Back in The Day Reenactment Furniture. He is a great wooden craftsman, produces great chests, chairs, tables, beds and many other authentic things.
Things to Avoid!
Chemically Dyed Linen resulting in unnatural colours.
Bright Red, Purples, Blacks (Stick to natural colours or undyed Linen)
Cheaply-made Indian Helmets
Wool Blends, Cottons, Canvas for clothing. Stick to natural wool!