A byrding is a small viking merchant ship made for travel in shallow waters. It was used from late Antiquity to the end of the Viking Age.
This has been waiting to be photographed for a very long time now. It was originally supposed to be incorporated in a larger diorama for the "Shipyard" category of the CCC XV in 2017. It was pieces away from being finished, but I wasn't able to find time to finish it, or to come up with a decent idea for a base.
I finished it in a hurry in time for the Paredes de Coura Fan Week-end in June 2018, then left it to the dust of my shelves. I took it out again for my 2nd attendance at the Banyuls-sur-Mer exibition in September. After several unsuccessful attempts at photographing it and a little more dust-gathering, I finally took upon myself to purchase a new background roughly suiting the color scheme and the atmosphere I wanted to create. :)
As usual, I tried making it as close to reality as I could possibly could with the documents and original mesurements I had (which wasn't a lot).
I think the part I am the most proud of is the hull, which I managed to make extremely thin, without compromising the stability and solidity of the whole model. I'm really excited at the idea of perhaps refining the techniques I used in the future for another longship! Another thing I find cool is that the rigging really plays a role in the solidity of the MOC, and isn't just there for aesthetic reasons ;)
Hope you like it!
The music accompaniment for this creation is: Ótroðinn, by Adrian von Ziegler.