Finally a real unit of Ulfheðinns...
"...The Úlfhéðnar (singular Úlfheðinn), another term associated with berserkers, mentioned in the Vatnsdæla saga, Haraldskvæði and the Völsunga saga, were said to wear the pelt of a wolf when they entered battle. Úlfhéðnar are sometimes described as Odin's special warriors: "[Odin's] men went without their mailcoats
and were mad as hounds or wolves, bit their shields...they slew men,
but neither fire nor iron had effect upon them. This is called 'going
In addition, the helm-plate press from Torslunda depicts (below) a
scene of Odin with a berserker—"a wolf skinned warrior with the
apparently one-eyed dancer in the bird-horned helm, which is generally
interpreted as showing a scene indicative of a relationship between
berserkgang... and the god Odin"—with a wolf pelt and a spear as distinguishing features..."
So, with that I thought I really really needed such a colourful unit. It will be nice to mix up the shieldwall formations with a whole unit of religious fanatics going bersärkagång...
Painting and model wise I wanted a unit all clad in wulfskins full of tattoos.
The miniatures are a mixture of Gripping Beast, Shieldwall miniatures and V&V miniatures.
I really recommend the V&V Miniatures, they has to be some of the best Viking miniatures out there.
To bad the pictures really didn´t capture the tattoos that well... Its hard to get good pictures of so small details.