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STAMFORD BRIDGE VIKING by vikingmyke STAMFORD BRIDGE VIKING by vikingmyke
This is my version. Not historically accurate by any means. Here is a snippet of the battle from wikipedia-
The Vikings were at an enormous disadvantage. Their army was divided in two; with some of their troops on the west side of the River Derwent and the bulk of their army on the east side. They were not expecting English intervention, and since it was an unseasonably warm day for late September, they left their armour behind at their ships. The English army arrived and annihilated the Vikings who fought a futile defence on the west side of the river. By the time the bulk of the English army had arrived, the Vikings on the west side were either slain or fleeing across the bridge. The English advance was then delayed by the need to pass through the choke-point presented by the bridge. A later folk story has it that a giant Norse axeman (possibly armed with a Dane Axe) blocked the narrow crossing, and single-handedly held up the entire Saxon army. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states that this axeman cut down up to 40 Englishmen. He was only defeated when an English soldier floated under the bridge in a half-barrel and thrust his spear through the laths in the bridge, mortally wounding the axeman.
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methowwolf Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ever heard the song "Stanford Bru"? It's about Stamford Bridge. You should look it up.
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vikingmyke Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't know, but i'll check it out.
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Auginator Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
just out of curiosity myke what's your opinion on how the saxon killed this Bear of a man.
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:iconvikingmyke:
vikingmyke Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
i think it was a cowardly act. It's the equivalent of stabbing someone in the back. Face him, straight on, man to man. 
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:iconauginator:
Auginator Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I completely agree, it was cowardice but at least the Viking knows that he fought with honor and is now feasting in the halls of Valhalla can the saxon who did that say the same.
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vikingmyke Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
truer words have never been spoken!
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Auginator Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
thanks.
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ksmith3620 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Hi there Viking Myke, I hope you don't mind, but I added some colors to this one as I remember studying this battle along with many other for my History degree. Very cool job and the details are fantastic.

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Love your works and love the historical and fantasy subjects you draw. I hope you don't mind, but I am wanting to color some more of them as they are just too cool.

Thanks for sharing your awesome works with us and hope you are having a good night.
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:iconvikingmyke:
vikingmyke Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey. Thanx man. As long as your not selling these and it's just for fun, color as many as you want.
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:iconksmith3620:
ksmith3620 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Nope, not trying to sell anything, I just love coloring cool art. My drawing skills are very low, but I love to color so just have fun working on awesome work.

Thank you very much for allowing me to color more, again you've got some very cool art and it's going to be fun to work on more pieces as time permits.

Have a great evening. :-)
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berlinflori Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
oki it would if I would take your pictures as any tattoo template?
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:iconvikingmyke:
vikingmyke Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
not sure what you mean. If you mean you want to use my pictures to make money from, then no. If it's just for personal use, then OK.
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Spellsword95 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great work as always!

Epic illustration for a real story.
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:iconvikingmyke:
vikingmyke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanx!
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! Great details!
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vikingmyke Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanx blanket!
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Daniel-AV666 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Viking level: FINAL BOSS.

Seriously, a bloody berserker cutting down Saxons left and right, stopped only by attacking his weak spot, being his awfully underarmored midleg.

History is very clear: You can NEVER have enough armor in Hallowed be the Part.

The piece is wonderful showing how imposing that lone warrior must have looked like and the havoc he must have caused.

I doubt any of the survivors who saw him slept ever again.
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vikingmyke Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanx Daniel. yeah, i bet the guy who speared him under the bridge thought he was a "real hero" too.
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Tommy-Da-FAM Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
R U Kidding me??!! This is ridiculous!! Outstanding work ... but I've already told you ... I'm a fan ...

U get a chance ... check out some of my recent Tarzan drawings and tell me what you think ...
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vikingmyke Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
OK. thanx Tommy!
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EgilSterkr Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
EPIC!!
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vikingmyke Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanx brother!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
awesome work! :ahoy:
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vikingmyke Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanx wyther!!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
you're very welcome! :D
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stardrifting Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly amazing work - I am awestruck at your knowledge, creativity and drawing. Thank you for sharing.
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vikingmyke Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanx, glad you like it.
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stardrifting Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome - This picture and story really speaks to me. Keep up the great work!
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Auginator Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Total beast
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vikingmyke Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanx Aug!
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Auginator Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
no problem
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