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That Viking longhouse doesn't look like any reconstructions I've seen...   

800px-H%C3%B8vdinghuset,_Borg_i_Lofoten.

(Not my picture. This one I nicked from Wikipedia)

 

The walls were built as high as possible with rocks(no mortar, because the vikings didn't have access to that, and no shaping of the rocks, because granite is a pain to work on, and ruins tools faster than a blacksmith can make them)

The roof is as smooth as possible because of harsh winters with lots of snow. No windows because they let the heat out and the cold in. 

Chimneys?

Usually requires cement or concrete. 

Vikings used a firepit in the middle of the longhouse, with possibly a smaller one at each end if it's a very big longhouse.   

 

Incidentally, 'Ragna' is a woman's name. 'Ragnar' is a male name. 

 

Oh well. At least he didn't design helmets with horns...   

 

Some of the minis look nice. I may back for those.

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19 hours ago, Gadgetman! said:

That Viking longhouse doesn't look like any reconstructions I've seen...   

800px-H%C3%B8vdinghuset,_Borg_i_Lofoten.

(Not my picture. This one I nicked from Wikipedia)

 

The walls were built as high as possible with rocks(no mortar, because the vikings didn't have access to that, and no shaping of the rocks, because granite is a pain to work on, and ruins tools faster than a blacksmith can make them)

The roof is as smooth as possible because of harsh winters with lots of snow. No windows because they let the heat out and the cold in. 

Chimneys?

Usually requires cement or concrete. 

Vikings used a firepit in the middle of the longhouse, with possibly a smaller one at each end if it's a very big longhouse.   

 

Incidentally, 'Ragna' is a woman's name. 'Ragnar' is a male name. 

 

Oh well. At least he didn't design helmets with horns...   

 

Some of the minis look nice. I may back for those.

Maybe a Nordic colony in a warmer clime, like England or France?

 

Thatched rooves and ventilation to get rid of smoke and damp funk.

 

Adapting familiar architecture for local conditions?

 

It's believable construction, mostly, just not Norse, particularly.

 

Still, would be nice for my Norse game, it has the right feel, even if it is wrong.

 

  

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7 hours ago, Gadgetman! said:

If you look at the roof of the building in the photo, you can see 3 small lumps along the ridge. That's 'chimney hats' over the smokeholes. 

 

Smoke was not an issue unless the one minding the fire made a mess.

 

Another problem is the diagonal 'brace' about halfway down the roof - which does not continue to any point that would actually grant support.

 

That will bother me, every time I see it - it is a dead weight, not a support.

 

Other than that... I want to say that I have seen a similar structure, somewhere - not as a longhouse, but as a barn.

 

The Auld Grump

 

By the way - a thatched roof on a blacksmith's... seems like a really bad idea.

 

Smithy's and kitchens used to burn down pretty frequently. (On old farms, kitchens were often a separate building, for that exact reason.)

 

The Auld Grump

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On 3/10/2020 at 11:19 AM, Gadgetman! said:

That Viking longhouse doesn't look like any reconstructions I've seen...   

800px-H%C3%B8vdinghuset,_Borg_i_Lofoten.

(Not my picture. This one I nicked from Wikipedia)

 

The walls were built as high as possible with rocks(no mortar, because the vikings didn't have access to that, and no shaping of the rocks, because granite is a pain to work on, and ruins tools faster than a blacksmith can make them)

The roof is as smooth as possible because of harsh winters with lots of snow. No windows because they let the heat out and the cold in. 

Chimneys?

Usually requires cement or concrete. 

Vikings used a firepit in the middle of the longhouse, with possibly a smaller one at each end if it's a very big longhouse.   

 

Incidentally, 'Ragna' is a woman's name. 'Ragnar' is a male name. 

 

Oh well. At least he didn't design helmets with horns...   

 

Some of the minis look nice. I may back for those.

 

 

The historical long house besides being visually boring on the outside IMO would likely show print lines more don't you think?  

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Not if planned right.   

See the planks going down from the smoke hole in the middle?   

cut the roof into sections, keep the joints along those planks, rotate the roof sections 90degrees and print them that way. All the print lines will be parallell with the planks, and can be blended with the wood texturing.  

The ends will need to be cut into smaller pieces, of course.  

 

 

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