here are a couple of pics of a Vendel era warrior that I sculpted recently. I posted it on facebook but apparently forgot to post it here.

Actually he is a fantasy figure based on the Vendel Culture of pre-Viking Scandinavia. The world of Beowulf, Starkad, Hrolf Kraki and Sigurd the Volsung. He has a decorated helm [Vendel 1 Grave], a sheild in the Vendel style, and a ring-hilted sword. He is weilding an anachronism – as two-handed axes have not been found in graves of this date, but it is a fantasy figure, after all. His coat is of the style found on much of the art from the period and is a fold-over style. It probably would have been of leather, possibly several layers if worn for battle, and the ones shown in period art all show wide decorative trim. He also has arm and leg armor made of iron splints riveted together to form strong, close-fitting armor. He is about 33 mm tall.The shield, sword, head and one arm with axe are all separate pieces. I am thinking about creating several of these guys, pssibly even converting this guy with extra helmets, a bare head and different armament. We will see. He will be for sale in my store on the Armorcast site.