First off, check out all the amazing entries for Old Man Paint’s #oldorcs challenge, over on his blog. There are some really talented painters that took part; some of their work is truly stunning! (You can also see my entry: it’s the one that looks like shit compared to all the others! 🙂 )

Another year, and another missed opportunity to again host Dwarvember. I keep telling myself I should bring it back each year, but I was kind of busy last month between #Oldorcs and The Vamp for Vampifan stuff, and I plumb forgot about it. Maybe I’ll bring back WizarDecember next month instead. Subconsciously, though, Dwarvember must have been working on me, because the first miniature I painted after the Red Duke was this one: Svala, from Hasslefree miniatures.

Regular visitors to this blog will be familiar with my love of all things Dwarvish; but for those who are popping over from Instagram or who happen to have come here accidentally, suffice it to say that I find two things coolest above all else: dwarves and bagpipers. And if you put both those things together, you may very well bring tears of joy to my eyes.

Anyway, I like Hasslefree miniatures a lot; but I usually purchase Kev’s Modern adventurers and martial artists rather than his Fantasy miniatures (even though they’re really good). That’s when I purchase Hasslefree at all; shipping rates are utter bullshit right now and have been for quite a while, so I don’t often “buy British” nowadays. That sucks for me, as there are some great miniatures to be had from companies like Crooked Dice and Heresy (not to mention Wargames Terrain Workshop, a company I just discovered I am powerless to resist, shipping be damned. Hi, Dave!). While looking for something fun to paint, I stumbled across Svala here. I must have tacked her on to an order somewhere and forgot. The last time I ordered from Hasslefree was at least four or five years ago.

Anyway, I decided to paint her up as an older, experienced Dwarf woman; someone who hung up her adventuring gear and now spends most days at the forge. Of course, she’s still a Dwarf; so her warhammer is never very far away.

She seemed like a good enough reason for a post as any. Hope you like her!

Insanity Pile Progress

Miniatures Purchased: +49

Miniatures Painted: +55

Total: +6 ( I went on a bit of a spree, as I usually do this time of year. Better make up some time!)

8 thoughts on “Svala

  1. Dave Stone

    Hi Keith ! LOL
    Love what you’ve done with the dwarf, must admit since leaving GW I haven’t done an awful lot with dwarves other than sculpting some wild west ones for the company Minaturemen a couple of years ago, which I did sculpt a couple of female ones. The proportions on this figure look good, and your painting has really elevated the model

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Why thank you, Dave. I’m pretty happy with her, mostly because I forgot I had her at all. She was a bit of a surprise; something I never planned on painting. Wld West dwarfs? I must research these…

  2. Matt

    Lovely job on her. The blue clothing looks great and contrasts well with the brown leather bits, and the base is simple but effective. I love Kev’s sculpts and the facial expression on this one is great; she’s got a definite “don’t screw with me” look about her!

    I’ve ordered a lot of Hasslefree minis over the past couple of years; not only are they great minis, they’re based in my home country of Wales. I feel your pain about postage costs, they’re a pain in the arse. I want to order some stuff from Debris of War, a British company that makes excellent resin scenic bits, but the postage is just horrifying.

    If you bring back WizarDecember, I’m totally up for it. I’ve never painted a wizard mini before (nor a dwarf, but don’t hold that against me!)

    1. The Angry Piper Post author

      Thanks, Matt. I’m a big fan of Kev’s work, and Hasslefree is one of the nicest companies I’ve come across “in the hobby” to deal with. I just wish they had a US stockist. Armorcast used to sell some; but sadly that’s not the case anymore.

      One vote for WizarDecember…hmmm…

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