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Hasslefree Babble / Did Hasslefree know, all this time?
« on: May 09, 2016, 12:31:15 AM »
For years now, Hasslefree have offered post apocalyptic versions of a teenage gang and dog.

Now, by an interesting coincidence, comes this:

What gives? Did Hasslefree have some kind of precognitive premonition?  :scratchhead:

Hasslefree Babble / Re: Where has this fellow got to?
« on: January 11, 2014, 05:34:55 PM »
...and where are the boar riders? :seeya:


Although I am quite happy to NOT see any dwarven boar riders (either at Hasslefree or on the big screen), because it is not the Tolkienesque/psuedo-historical look I am going for,  I do remember that Kev expressed an interest in doing them.  So, a valid question I suppose. :)

Hasslefree Babble / Re: Where has this fellow got to?
« on: January 11, 2014, 04:24:43 AM »
Quite so. Exactly. That is the very question I myself keep asking (you probably knew that already altfritz, hence your question). ;)  :P

And they are indeed being used as Dain's folk  - the Host of Erebor itself! :) Assuming those mattocks arrive. (prod prod prod) :whip:

Hasslefree Babble / Re: Where has this fellow got to?
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:16:08 AM »
Yes, he looks a lot like that guy, because he has been adapted from the "Norman" dwarves to fit in with that range, but he is NOT actually, that guy! For one thing - and it's a bit of a give away - the fellow I am waiting for is wielding a two handed axe in both hands (see picture of WIP at top of thread), where as the present Norman dwarves all have hand weapons or spears held single handed, and all have shields.

Hasslefree Babble / Re: Where has this fellow got to?
« on: January 07, 2014, 10:39:03 PM »
So... it's January 2014. Another fourteen months since I asked after this guy. Still waiting. I know Kev has the attention span of a gnat and juggles a thousand projects at once, but come on now. It must be time now. Please?

Hasslefree Babble / Re: Where has this fellow got to?
« on: October 09, 2012, 08:49:36 PM »

Oh dear.

Look, up in the sky, is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a gravity defying automobile? 

Ah, no it's not, it's actually just a bird. :wry:

Hasslefree Babble / Re: Where has this fellow got to?
« on: October 09, 2012, 01:45:42 PM »
Thank you Sally!  :lol: :applause:

Inso, interestingly enough it's been sixteen months since the green went up on Facebook - and Kev the Great must have been working on it before that, so I figure we're pretty much at that eighteen month mark of yours already. Near enough to have it delivered now anyhow. ;)

Hasslefree Babble / Where has this fellow got to?
« on: October 09, 2012, 05:46:39 AM »

Seen on Facebook as a WIP green back in June 2011. Still awaiting his arrival.

I think he's gone to get those mattocks. On the other side of the (Middle) earth. On foot.  :wink:

Suggestions (HF) / Re: The Dwarves of the Iron Hills are coming...
« on: October 05, 2012, 08:43:16 PM »

Cheeky. :D

Suggestions (HF) / Re: The Dwarves of the Iron Hills are coming...
« on: October 05, 2012, 05:48:00 PM »
I've tried superglue, gaffer tape, airfix, everything. Nothing seems to work.

No Ned Head, you made me laugh; you're alright. :D

Sorry if you felt like I came down on you too heavily. I didn't mean to upset anyone or cause offence. Tolkien's Middle-earth is my favourite place of refuge and escapism from the real world. I read Tolkien's The Hobbit and LOTR (including the appendixes) every year and the Silmarilion regularly, albeit slightly less often. Tolkien's works mean a lot to me and perhaps, sometimes, I can be a little too over zealous with my opinion in all things Middle-earth. My apologies.

Well, maybe if they had been using cavalry, they wouldn't have got into such a fix

I realise you were kind of joking, with tongue in cheek, but I cannot resist the urge to say
a) The battle for Erebor became a siege - cavalry don't tend to get used much in sieges. ;)
b) Cavalry aren't everything. Infantry are quite capable of checking cavalry so long as they hold firm in formation and have their flanks protected in some way. Horses, no matter how well trained, are not going to plough into a solid deep wall of shields and/or pointy sticks that do not break before them. The Spartans, the Romans, the pike phalanxes of antiquity and 16th/17th centuries - not to mention the Napoleonic squares and the germanic Shieldwalls, all have demonstrated time and again that it is not the horse that matters most, but discipline and drill. The cavalry charge relies primarily on pyschological warfare; if the infantry line holds, the cavalry charge largely peters out impotently. If however the line breaks, well then the cavalry have their glory. To use an example more applicable to the dwarves of Middle-earth, the Saxon shieldwall at Hastings held against the Normans for hour after hour and looked set to check William the bastard quite effectively. It was only when the Normans were erroneously believed to be routing, when the Saxons broke formation to pursue - that they were promptly ridden down. But had the Norman ruse failed, had the shieldwall continued to hold firm as it had all day, British history would have been very different. Interestingly, Tolkien appears to favour the Shieldwall, probably because it reflects the "Dark Ages" feel that he was trying to portray. In true Dark Age style it crops up as the Free Peoples primary tactic time and again - The last stand at the Black Gates is a prime example. The dwarves for their part are fine infantryman and apparently cope quite well without cavalry of their own. ;)
Take Orks for example....

...Who is to say that in the Tolkein setting, there are lands that he had yet to visit? Maybe, he focused on certain clans of dwarfs and didn't feel the need to go any further   .

I know that boar-riding Dwarfs weren't in Tolkein's stuff but saying that they 'aren't canon' is a bit like saying that all Germans drive a VW 

Inso, you seem to be confusing the Orks of GW's Warhammer and Warhammer 40k with the orcs/goblins of Tolkiens' Middle-earth - that's possibly a mistake, although if you are simply using those as an example of possible variety in a race then fair enough. To conceed a point, there were indeed Dwarven clans in Middle-earth that travelled further east and were never heard of again; Tolkien tells us no more about them and they could well have been very different in character from those in the books  - but none of those are the dwarves people will be playing. Most if not all of the dwarves we see in Tolkien's tales are the Longbeards descended from Durin the Deathless. and those are the ones people will be fielding. And those dwarves did not have boar riders.

Using one's imagination creatively is fine, so long as one also respects the setting, knows where the boundaries are and acknowledges what is and isn't appropriate. Once you start down the path of ignoring those boundaries you are liable to open an awful can of worms. Without restraint, with just the limits of one's imagination, where would it end? Today, dwarven boar riders, tomorrow, Kung- Fu Pandas! Middle-earth has a distinctive unique character and flavour, and I for one would rather like miniature ranges to retain that character. Minature makers have to know where to draw the line. To use GW's example, yes, they have been very creative in their LOTR line, but for the most part they have built upon things that Tolkien has described or hinted at and got it more or less right. I don't mind the "Dweller in the Dark" for example,  because Tolkien tells us that the Balrogs were not the only Maiar to be corrupted by Morgoth (and it's rather Balrog like anyway). Gulhavar is another example of this - or perhaps it is GW's take on Vampires, which again Tolkien mentions. For the same reason I don't mind GW doing Werewolves or Black shields from Gundabad, because Tolkien gives us accounts of Werewolves in action and tells us of the goblins of Gundabad, albeit without much detail. So it goes on.

But dwarven boar riders - nope nopity nope no hint of any such thing. That crosses the line and takes us down a road of complete non-Tolkien flights of fancy that dilutes Middle-earth's distinctiveness. It's not quite as simple as just not buying the boar riders or ignoring them, because the more creations there are like the boar riders the less actual bonafide Tolkienesque minatures get made, and the more the figure range becomes a "generic fantasy" range, losing it's unique Middle-earth character. GW and everyone else already make generic fantasy ranges. It should not be much to ask for the the LOTR/ Middle-earth range to feel like, well, Middle-earth. Dwarven Boar riders don't and reflect the growth of a dangerous trend for the range.

But that's just my opinion. You are all of course, entitled to yours too. :D
And I think, for the sake of civility and well being for all, I should stop there and say no more about Boar Riders. Best wishes to each and everyone of you. No hard feelings intended.

Suggestions (HF) / Re: The Dwarves of the Iron Hills are coming...
« on: October 04, 2012, 05:09:05 PM »
No head Ned, perhaps you need to put your head back on, because the concept of canon seems to have flown right over it. Let me spell it out for you:

Games Workshop make two fantasy ranges: one for their wargame Warhammer, the other on Licence for their Lord of the Rings/War of the Ring wargame. They can do whatever the hell they want with Warhammer - if they want dwarven Boar riders then fine, the sky's the limit One's imagination - or at least GW's imagination - indeed has no bounds but for those they wish to establish themselves.

But their LOTR range is another matter. Although he did leave gaps, Tolkien went to a lot of trouble to develop his setting in immense detail. He spent literally decades writings thousands of pages of history, culture, languages, adventures, tragedies, wars and battles, all accounted and there for us to reference. In none of these - NONE of these, not once in three ages of history, does he ever mention dwarven boar riders! In Middle-earth, dwarves have been known to ride a pony - or even a horse, but even then only for travelling. In battle they are allways dismounted. Always. Tolkien never even hints that dwarves use cavalry iof any kind in battle. Ever. Every account is an infantry battle with no suggestion that dwarves even consider fighting mounted.  In short, according to Tolkien, dwarves do NOT ride Boars in Middle-earth.

If you are going to use a setting it is important to retain that setting. Middle-earth has a very particular feel, it has very particular rules and limitations. Having been spoilt with all the other fantasy genres where almost anything does go it is easy to forget that Middle-earth, for all of it's fantasy setting, kept thiings in very definate boundaries. At the end of the Third Age for instance, during the War of the Ring, the time of man is approaching and things like demons, dragons and magic are rare bygone relics of a previous age. The few examples we see - Durin's Bane, Smaug, the Istari, Sting, are actually the extreme exceptions, rather than the norm. Even the elves and dwarves are on the way out, past their time of power and glory - the dwarves in particular have been expelled from one home after another, have lost over half of their fighting strength in the last couple of centuries and in the War of the Ring can barely even hold Erebor when the Easterlings attack, never mind do anything else. Their battle for survival becomes a seige, that is only lifted after Sauron is destroyed and his forces lose heart. Which is to say, in Middle-earth it is NOT anything goes. If you want the freedom to do or invent anything you want you really should stick to the likes of Warhammer, Dungeons and Dragons, World of Warcraft or any of the other countless other creations that Tolkien's Middle-earth largely inspired. Anywhere else, Dwarven Boar riders wouldn't be any big deal at all.  In Middle-earth, it is. Because there weren't any.

Do you get it now?

And incidentally, I think Kev was being diplomatic and light hearted when he gave "the nod of approval". Perhaps he just didn't want the discussion to get out of hand and develop into something acrimonious, so tried to diffuse the situation?

Suggestions (HF) / Re: The Dwarves of the Iron Hills are coming...
« on: October 04, 2012, 01:23:11 AM »
Wow.  :shock: Well this thread certainly took off didn't it?

Who knew Boars could be so controversial? ( I did actually, I hate the idea too). If there is any consolation, it is worth remembering that quite a lot of the GW LOTR range never featured in the books, or even in Peter Jackson's trilogy, so just because GW release, say, Dwarven Boar Riders, it doesn't automatically mean they are in the films. So fingers crossed! GW have their LOTR and WOTR tabletop wargames to support and keep profitable, so if they do actually exist, I suspect that is what the Boar riders are for - to give the Dwarven Army lists their own "Cavalry". Terribly un-Dwarvish, certainly not Tolkien, but GW are a law upon themselves..

The Boar controversy demonstrates most admirably why I so love Kev's interpretation. Kev's dwarves are spot on, the very mirror image of Tolkien's description of them. No really, I'm not exagerating: read the description of the Iron Hills dwarves Tolkien gives us in The Hobbit, in the Chapter entitled "The Clouds Burst," as Dain arrives with the dwarven host - then look at Kev's "Norman" dwarves, specifically the multi packs. Kev's dwarves could have stepped right out of the pages - barring the fact there are no mattocks (hint hint).

Speaking of which, how are they coming Kev? It's October; a certain expected Unexpected Journey is but nine weeks away now... tick tock. Are the mattock warriors of the Iron Hills on the horizon yet?

Hasslefree Babble / Re: Dwarf shields
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:51:14 AM »
He's right! The oval Dwarf shields that come with the (original) multi-pack have vanished from the store! You cannot at present buy them seperately online. So are they returning Sally? Please say they are. Pretty please.

Come to think of it, weren't the dwarven weapons from the multipacks (the handwapons and spears with molded on hands) made available seperately too? Or did I imagine that? Because they are not there either now. Are they coming (back) soon?

Announcements and News / Re: NEW RELEASES! 21/09/12
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:43:44 AM »
I am loving Veda-Ann! What a beautiful sculpting. And congratulations on portraying a believable "real" female warrior with armour actually doing it's job and protecting the bits armour should. ( I know it has it's following, but wet dream fantasy women in chainmail bikinis or less just don't work for me). Scale armour, realistic modestly sized weaponry, a dynamic pose, and all so masterfully crafted. A real work of art. Bravo! :notworthy:

Now where are those "Norman" Dwarves? with mattocks?  :whip:

Suggestions (HF) / Re: Yes or no?
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:11:40 PM »
The best thing about that advert is Brian May and Roger Taylor in the crowd (blink and you miss them). Rather fitting considering.

Here's an idea; never mind all the scantily clad women (Yawn) I'm sure Kev will do a wonderful job/has done a wonderful job, but it's not like Hasslefree isn't already overflowing with such types. How about doing something different, such as the REAL stars in their togas?

Suggestions (HF) / Re: The Dwarves of the Iron Hills are coming...
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:03:26 PM »
 :woohoo: :notworthy:

Suggestions (HF) / The Dwarves of the Iron Hills are coming...
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:58:14 PM »
In December a certain movie, the first of a new epic trilogy, will be released. Games Workshop, never one to miss a trick, are of course expanding their LOTR range and will shortly be releasing a shedload of figures to tie in with the new films. These include Dwarves with mattocks. Fortunately for Hasslefree these will likely be equiped with inappropriate plate armour and will resemble Tolkien's vision not at all.

Kev and Sally, my wonderful Kev and Sally, I am aware that Kev based his dwarves on the description of the Iron Hills dwarves in the Hobbit - and I love him for it. To his credit, Kev's "Norman Dwarf" creations remain the most accurate interpretation out there - the most faithful to Tolkien's description of the dwarves. The recent new releases were beautiful and most welcomed, but for all that the range remains incomplete. Indeed, it was  hinted at the time that there was more to come. So surely, with the upcoming movie drawing closer, there has never been a better time to expand your range of Hobbit inspired dwarves even further. There has never been a better time to get those dwarves wielding two handed weapons - and in particular those eagerly awaited mattocks - finally released. How about it? Do you think Kev could get them released by December? I'm sure Hasslefree would benefit from the, ahem, coincidental timing.   :wry:


Announcements and News / Re: NEW DWARVES for FEB/MARCH 2012
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:37:31 PM »
Mattocks! :woohoo: Many many many thank yous Kev. Your dwarves are literally a dream come true. :D 

Announcements and News / Re: NEW DWARVES for FEB/MARCH 2012
« on: February 28, 2012, 11:59:35 AM »
  :D OH MY. I have already gushed rather enthusiastically on Facebook (Can you guess who I am?) but it is only proper that I praise you here too.

As you may or may not recall, I have been eagerly awaiting new Norman/Erebor Dwarves for quite some time. And finally here they are - and they are so worth the wait. Kev has done a superlative job, as usual. I love that these guys all have the real world Normanesque mail from toe to foot, without any more fantastical elements. Just as with several of your other dwarf figures, these are perfect for portraying Erebor dwarves as Tolkien describes them in the Hobbit (forget GW's interpretation, or even Mr Jackson's - THESE are the ticket). I must also praise you on the posing; there have been some inspired choices - the spearmen in particular stand out for me.

And let's not forget, thanks to the weapon hands being seperate, there is nothing to stop people from buying the spear dwarves and using them with hand weapons - or vice versa. I am most certainly going to be trying this out myself. So we have a lovely range of variety to choose from. But it doesn't end there. Not only have you delivered, but you have reduced the prices too! Honestly, if you wanted me to fall in love with you you only had to buy me flowers. ;)

Am I right in thinking that there are still more to come? I seem to recall seeing a green of a dwarf with a double handed weapon?  And oh yes, the crossbowmen, mustn't forget those! Lots more to come yet then. It MUST be Christmas!  :boing:

In the meantime, my War of the Ring Erebor army (already largely using your figures) is about to receive considerable reinforcements.  :D My dream dwarves are here at last.Thank you Kev and Sally for making my day.  :D A first class job, as always.  :applause:

P.S. On Facebook I took the hammer to be a mattock - but it's actually the hammer again. Which is close of course, and does at a pinch, but Kev was saying at one point that he was going to be releasing some actual mattocks (for the ultimate perfect Tolkien/Erebor dwarf). Is he still doing this?

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: M.E. ....What it means
« on: May 21, 2010, 03:09:54 PM »
:)  I'm glad you have found a good Doc. It isn't easy. Hope the Guinea Pig Trials pay off.

Hang in there, you do so well to keep on keeping on, with everything that you have to cope with, and of course we'll understand if things don't always quite go to schedule. Every new release, every new attendance at a trade show, every new post right here to your adoring public, is an achievment in itself. To hell with schedules! :D

So if you need to rest you go right on resting! We'll still be here after. :) I don't think I speak too out of turn if I use the Royal "We" here. Ahem.

Bless you Sally.

Libertee's Miscellaneous Musings II / Re: M.E. ....What it means
« on: May 21, 2010, 02:48:10 PM »
My brother has M.E. It takes all he has to hold down his job. Almost every day he invariably gets home exhausted. By the time weekends come around he is often a spent force, with little if anything left for living a life. I am sure it has shaken his social skills. He has one friend, no woman in his life (ever as far as I know) and goes out little.  He immerses himself in his hobbies and enjoys steam rallies and air shows and the like. But getting to them is an ongoing battle. I have lost count of the number of times he has made plans, even spent hundreds of pounds on tickets for this or that - and then not been able to go, flaked out on his bed.

Sometimes, for days, weeks or even if we are lucky, for a few months, he can be more or less fine, and then - bang, all his strength and energy and motivation just abandons him. One moment he can be fine and then just as sudenly he is not. It is like he has hit a wall. What with that and the related crippling migraines one has to be so careful. There have been times when we have attempted days out and a few hours in he has turned to me and said "time to go" and that's it,  there is no arguement: day over, no matter what else we intended, because I know that shortly he will be flattened with fatigue and illness and if we hang about he'll have the nightmare of being stuck like that while out, still needing to get home somehow.

Basically he has to literrally take one day at a time, even each hour at a time, making the most of the good times, just getting through the bad times. And the bad times have been very bad. Back in his teens and early twenties he suffered badly with depression over the dibilitating nature of his M.E. He had always wanted to join the R.A.F - had joined the Air Training Corps as a kind of preperation, but the onset of M.E had brought all that crashing to the ground around him. The death of his dreams was a hard thing for him to handle. At one point he seriously considered suicide. Thankfully he told me as much in time for me to talk him out of it and show him that life was still worth living. At times he still gets dips and lows but with his parents support and mine he comes through.

He too has had Doctors dismiss his situation. The worst was when he was too ill to work and had to go for a medical to justify getting benefit, and when he mentioned he had M.E, he even had one tell him "I'll be the judge of that" - even though my Brother had suffered from it since his school days! (He is now in his thirties). That same person with whom I do not wish to share my lembas bread incidentaly, then turned to my Mother -who had accompained my brother because he was so bad - and had the affront to ask "and why are you in a wheelchair?" !!!

Even today there is an incredible dismissive snobbery in the medical profession. lt is getting better, but there are still far too many jerks out there who make life for my brother far more difficult and stressful than it needs to be. Unfortunately such swine tend to have influence and power.

For years my brother struggled with work. Luckily for him he is a very intelligent and talented fellow and he always proved his worth, but he has also always had a lot of sick days. Naturally there have been times when that has become a problem. Fortunately he now works for a very understanding and tolerant boss, who allows him to arrive late and leave early if need be - or take complete off days as and when required - all so long as the work is done by a certain time. This arrangement makes all the difference for my brother and for the first time that I know of he is happy in his work - though as I said, it still takes all he has and more to hold down.

I sympathise completely with you Sally and wish you all the best in your ongoing struggle. All my best Wishes,

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