I suspect for a great many painters and modellers the bottom line is the sites which interest us the most are those which align themselves to what we prefer doing. So it was for me several years ago when my interest was almost exclusively the Old West. However, whilst I still love the period my allegiance to the genre has moved on, my figure searches have widened and I now paint whatever takes my fancy. As a consequence I am very much open to each and every site I come across. If I discover a figure(s) I like the look of and I am inspired to paint and base it then I am almost certain to buy it.
It was during such a search that I discovered Hasslefree Miniatures. I first came across images of a female fantasy figure called “Lenore” which was enough to make me go to the site and look more closely at what they had to offer. The menu offers three prime categories – Fantasy & Steampunk, Modern & Post-Apocalyptic and Sci-Fi & Weird War. There are numerous sub headings under each category.
My first purchase was for a few female fantasy figures. They arrived like every order I have made since, well packaged and containing a couple of packets of sweets. Yes that’s right sweets. I always give mine to my daughter as her tooth is sweeter than.
The figures themselves are simply superb with very little, if any, clean up needed. Each one is perfectly in scale with nothing out of proportion at all. They are the work of a master sculptor for sure. Some manufactures can equal the work of Hasslefree but I have yet to come across anyone who can better them when it comes to quality. You do pay a little more for the figures but you certainly get what you pay for. Generally the figures retail at around £4.00 to £5.00 each plus the dreaded VAT and you can expect to pay double that price if you want the resin master figure insead of white metal. Occasionally Hasslefree will gave a 20% sale on everything and when they do I try to take full advantage.
One of the other things which attracts me to Hasslefree is that the figures are so well posed. Each one has a charachter and expression of their own and for me and what I do they are simply perfect. The level of detail is spot on and there is plenty of opportunity for some freehand painting shoild you so wish. I could paint and base these figures all day long (and often do!). They are so cool in my opinion and offer so many inspirational ideas. If you didn’t know previously then I guess you know now that I am rather keen on Hasslefree Miniatures!
I am not sure that I can or that I would want to pick favourites within the ranges they have on offer but the Modern Adventurers category is simply class. They are popular too and it is not unusual to see certain figures out of stock. It doesn’t take long for them to become available again although one figure, “Joe”, I just don’s seem to be able to get my hands on at all.
As I said at the start, much depends what you are into but if you do decide to check out the site and take the plunge of buying some figures I am confident you wont be disappointed.
A couple of links to models and figures I have done featuring some Hasslefree figures I have painted below.