Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Viking Berserkers were a Norse cult warrior class who historians believed would work themselves up into a raged state and would then charge the enemy lines in an attempt to hack their way through, one Icelandic historian described them in the following way:

"His (Odin's) men rushed forwards without armour, were as mad as dogs or wolves, bit their shields, and were strong as bears or wild oxen, and killed people at a blow, but neither fire nor iron told upon them."

After reading this description you wouldn't blame me for thinking these guys had consumed some kind of designer drug, if I'm not mistaken drugs like PCP, Methamphetemines, and even a Cocaine overdose can produce similar effects, even this new stuff called Bath salts (not the stuff you put in the bath) which I think is a Cocaine Methamphetemine cross is reported to produce an extreme version of these effects, but lasting longer than the others, hours and even days in some cases, fearlessness, superhuman strength, high level of aggresion, perhaps they came up with a Dark Age version of these drugs? either way, whether they were taking anything before battle or not they certainly left their mark in history.

If you are reading this and know very little about drugs, what I dont mention in the above paragraph is all the other side effects that go with taking these types of drugs like extreme agression, agitation, paranoia, hallucinations, chest pain, suicidality, psychosis, and other stimulatory effects, this stuff is really bad news, you may end up harming someone or even end up harming yourself, so, stay well away from drugs... of any kind.


These miniatures are from Khurasan Miniatures and they are 15/18mm in scale, nicely posed, managing to capture the Dark Age Viking feel very well, they have plenty of character and there was minimal prep work involved in getting the miniatures to a primed state, the painting part as you know is the most enjoyable and these miniatures were no exception. More Vikings still to come.


The Angry Lurker said...

Good work mate and good advice officer!

Brummie said...

They look great mate. Who knows what they took perhaps some noxious brew of herbs of some sort.

Phil said...

They are looking very nice, great job!

Rodger said...

Wondeful looking Berserkers.

Clint said...

Firstly great drugs advice. "If your life is not good enough without it, no way in Hell that it will be good enough after taking it!"
Secondly it has been speculated that taking Fly aggaric (a fungus)may have fuelled Berserkers. Do not try it at home folks that fungus can also give you a very slow painful death as a side effect!
Thirdly Nice Paint job I shall be re-doing my Zerkas sometime soon. All the Best Clint