Designing a Viking

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

It is a well known historical fact that the Vikings never had horns on their helmets. That said – they have become something of an icon so why not provide them as an optional extra! I’m working on a viking character, one that will be part of a paper animation as well as a static model that will be adaptable for your own character based models.

I’ve started with a free hand model using coloured card plus scissors and glue. I’ve put together a rough design for the head. Complete with horned helmet!

I’ve made the body in the same way – freehand with coloured card. I got to this point and realised it would probably make an interesting YouTube video. Like those those speeded up sketching videos but with cutting out and making. Maybe next time.

First draft after fitting the parts together.

Here are some details from different viewpoints.

Next step – The shirt needs to be more like a tunic. He needs boots rather than shoes and I think I might make his upper body slightly larger.

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  • Megan April 24, 2017 at 1:53 am

    He’s very cute. Vikings DID

    He’s very cute. Vikings DID wear horned helmets on occasion. Coming in to shore, they would done the horned helmets they had taken on the previous visit (generally from the severed heads of their enemies) to say “we are back for more”. But they wouldn’t wear them in battle as you can get your sword or axe caught on them. So this guy is clearly just showing us how tough he is and he’s back for more.

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