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Viking and Leidang

Vikings and Leidang

Historical Overview Section

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"In medieval Scandinavian languages, a vikingr is a pirate, a freebooter who seeks wealth either by ship-borne raids on foreign coasts or by waylaying more peaceful seafarers in home waters. There is also an abstract noun viking, meaning 'the act of going raiding overseas'.... Strictly speaking, therefore, the term should only be applied to men actually engaged in these violent pursuits, and not to every contemporary Scandinavian farmer, merchant, settler or craftsman, nor even to warriors fighting in the dynastic wars of their lords or in their own private feuds. However, it was the raiders who made the most impact on the Europe of their time, so that it has become customary to apply the term 'Viking Age' to the period of Scandinavian History beginning in the 790's (the time of the first recorded raids on Western Europe) and petering out somewhere round the middle of the eleventh century (by which time raids and emigrations had ceased, the settlements established abroad had become thoroughly integrated with the local populations, and social changes in the Scandinavian homelands had marked the transition to their true Middle Ages). Indeed, the term is such a convenient label for the distinctive culture of this period that one now talks not only of 'Viking ships' and 'Viking weapons' but of 'Viking art', 'Viking houses', and even 'Viking agriculture' - expressions which would have seemed meaningless to people living at the time."
(Jacqueline Simpson. Everyday Life in the Viking Age. New York: Dorset. 1967.)

Using the army in ADLG

  • The Bondi Spearmen are less effective than you might like, but the Huscarls are very dangerous
  • Fast-moving swordsmen can sweep enemies off table quite quickly



Useful Links
User-contributed links about this army:

  • Fanaticus Banner download page with useful banners for this army
  • Viking Flags and some others from Don't Roll a One
  • Raven Banner More flags
  • More flags from an Hour of Wolves site
  • http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/ A very useful link to a universal site. Not going to be a great use for figurine painting etc, but a great resource for knowing everything there is to know about Vikings. There are links within links too. Check it out.
  • Norse Viking/Leidang DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
  • Vikings DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
  • Vikings DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
  • Vikings DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
  • Vikings DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
  • Vikings DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
  • Vikings DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
  • Vikings DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus
  • Leidang DBA Figure Gallery for this army - from Fanaticus

15mm Manufacturers supplying figures for this army

A full listing of all known 15mm manufacturers for all ranges with details of who supplies what can be found in my 15mm Suppliers directory . You can see some of these figures in the Ancients Photo Gallery also on this site

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Army Lists


Sample army lists for this army

200 Points: Played by Thierry Moliere at Seclin in January 2015

Corps 1:

  • Brilliant general
  • 3 Huscarls, Elite Heavy swordsmen 2HW, Armour
  • 2 Warriors, Heavy swordsmen
  • 3 Irish mercenaries, Medium swordsmen 2HW
  • 2 Bowmen
  • 1 Light infantry javelin


Corps 2:

  • Ordinary general
  • 2 Huscarls, Elite Heavy swordsmen 2HW, Armour
  • 4 Warriors, Heavy swordsmen
  • 1 Light infantry javelin


Corps 3:

  • Ordinary general, Allied included (Bretons)
  • 2 Heavy cavalry Elite
  • 1 Medium cavalry
  • 2 Light Cavalry javelin


300 Points from BHGS CHallenge 2014

1st Corps(120)

  • Brilliant Commander in Chief (10)
  • 5 Huscarls Hvy swords 2HW elite armour(65)
  • 2 Irish Mercenaries Med swords 2HW(16)
  • 2 Berserkers Med swords impetuous elite(18)
  • 1 Viking Warriors Med swords impetuous(7)
  • 1 Light Inf Jav(4)


2nd Corps(93)

  • Competent Commander(5)
  • 4 Huscarls Hvy swords 2HW elite armour(52)
  • 4 Viking Warriors Med swords impetuous(28)
  • 2 Light Inf Bow(8)


3rd Corps(60)

  • Ordinary Commander0)
  • 4 Irish Mercenaries Med swords 2HW(32)
  • 4 Viking Warriors Med swords impetuous(28)


4th Corps Armourican Breton Allies(27)

  • Allied Commander(-5) included(-5)
  • 1 Heavy Cavalry(9) w/corp commander
  • 4 Medium Cavalry(28)


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