Citadel Oldhammer Dwarfs – Sven Hasselfriesian and his Norse Dwarfs

Once again following from Trolls, more Dwarfs. Or Dwarves. Both are correct, so I’m told…

I’ve found almost all of these guys are in the 1988 catalogue along with White Dwarf 107/November 1988. The three to the right are all in the Norse Dwarfs range, though I’m reliably informed by Somet that “The ‘Viking dwarf’ is actually the model GW used to represent Sven Hasselfriesian for the scenario ‘ The Magnificent Sven’ in the WHFB 2nd Ed rulebook, so around late 84. The guy on his right is of a similar age too.”

Oldhammer Citadel Norse Dwarfs Dwarves, Sven Hasselfriesian, The Magnificent Sven

Norse Dwarfs from the late 1980’s, Including Sven Hasselfriesian

I can’t find the fourth one – the leftmost with the Goat-horned Horned Helm – in any of the old catalogues but it’s pretty clear to me that he’s from the same era as his compatriots in the photo, having both a very different style to the revamp of the range and influx of Marauder Miniatures line in 1993, and having owned him since probably the late 1980’s when I’d collected the others. I strongly suspect that he’s also a “Norse” Dwarf as he shares the same base sculpt as the Ginger dwarf standing next to him.

Oldhammer Citadel Norse Dwarfs Dwarves. Marauder Miniatures Shields, Sven Hasselfriesian, The Magnificent Sven

Marauder Miniatures’ Embossed shields & freehand versions of the same design.

These were all painted a long, long time ago, and the twins were even shown off previously in this blog, albeit with awful, dark photos that weren’t much cop compared to today’s pictures. As noted in that previous post, these guys were some of my earlier repaint/touchups, back in 2012 – before doing so became a stronger focus as it has been recently. Obviously all four were painted to a similar aesthetic. Perhaps they’re the Hearthguard of a Great Norse Dwarf Hero? I might have to figure out a model that fits that description. The two on our left have Marauder Miniatures’ Embossed shields, while the two on the right have freehanded designs inspired (ok, copied!) from the Hammer-and-Anvil Marauder shield.

Oldhammer Citadel Norse Dwarfs Dwarves, Sven Hasselfriesian, The Magnificent Sven

Rear View of the Norse Dwarfs

You’ll notice that instead of a beaskin or wolfskin, that Sven – the model wearing the historically-correct Viking helmet(!) has a dog-skin cloak. I prefer to think that instead of celebrating his victory over such a mighty beast, that it’s actually the skin of his own (former) companion that he chooses to honour by wearing his pelt into glorious battle. I’m sorely tempted to redo/touch up his cloak and “viking” horns, but I’m finding it a hard call to retouch some of these models again for some reason, even though they were updated once, just a couple of years ago.

I have to say that looking through the old catalogues to gather info for the last couple of Dwarf posts has really made me want to grab out a few more of these old models and get them painted up. I’ve got to hold to my discipline and keep finishing off the half-painted models on my desk, though.

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9 thoughts on “Citadel Oldhammer Dwarfs – Sven Hasselfriesian and his Norse Dwarfs

  1. The ‘Viking dwarf’ is actually the model GW used to represent Sven Hasselfriesian for the scenario ‘ The Magnificent Sven’ in the WHFB 2nd Ed rulebook, so around late 84. The guy on his right is of a similar age too.

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    • Awesome! Thanks for the extra details. I just couldn’t find anything earlier in SoL but both of those “feel” older since their sculpts are of a subtly different style, and just that bit more “truescale” (except for those giant bloody horns!) I’ll edit your extra info into the post later today or tomorrow morning – about to head off to work now!

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  2. Excited to see you are working on Dwarfs as well right now. These Norse Dwarfs are all such great individuals, would be a shame to have them disappear in the ranks of a larger regiment. Using them as Hearthguard sounds like a nice idea – coincidentally I also just got SAGA.

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    • It’s tempting to use them as the core of a Norse Warband in SAGA. Or even making a warband entirely of Norse Dwarves. As for Kings of War units, depending on how successful I am on eBay (not holding my breath there, sadly) I might just end up completing a small unit with Kev Adams’ 90’s sculpts from Ral Partha Europe. Not quite the same as getting more of the originals, but a solid second choice, and still very characterful and individual.

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