Also, legs anyone ? I don't think the Vikies wore any mail chaps, so a quick slash from the light therefore quick katana to the leg, and blood and curses issue forth. Yes yes, the samurai has to get to the leg first, but still ... It's another plausible way for the samurai to kick the viking's ass. Although I do agree, head on, the viking seems superior to the samurai thanks to the mail and the axe, but axes are pretty slow, and only have the bit/head as sharp ... bit.
Oh, and somebody wrote that samurais and other eastern cultures didn't have mail. Is that true ? I'd always assumed they had it too ... Hmmm ?