Games Workshop put out a very simple product recently, the Citadel Painting Handle. It was released at the same time as some other related painting products, like the water pot and painting mat. So, it seems obvious GW has decided to throw their hat in the hobby supply ring.
They’ve always had some hobby supply stuff, but historically it wasn’t great quality and/or they charged a premium for it. This time though, GW is releasing useful tools, of a good quality, and at a reasonable price. It’s crazy!
I’ll be honest, this will be a very short review. There’s not a lot of depth to discuss or fine details to go over. That being said, ‘ere we go!
Citadel Painting Handle
Let’s start with what Games Workshop has to say about it.
Making it much, much easier to hold your miniatures securely while painting them, allowing you to find the perfect angle with which to access the fiddly bits while avoiding the inevitable hand cramps that come when holding a base for a long time, the Citadel Painting handle has been designed for painters, by painters.
If features a spring-loaded clamp mechanism, which locks tightly onto 25mm, 32mm and 40mm round bases, as well as fitting 60x35mm oval bases.
Grasping the sturdy plastic handle rather than the base or miniature you’re painting means fewer smudgey mistakes from careless fingers and will help you improve your painting all round!
Painting holders have been around for awhile now. You can find some on Etsy, Kickstarter, etc. However, they all had a common problem in my opinion – unreliable model holding abilities. The ones I’ve seen rely on using blu tack to hold the model down, or some other temporary bonding. I don’t know about you, but I’m damn rough when it comes to painting models. So, I never bought any of the other holders.
Disclaimer – I never really looked for painting holders, so if some exist that do what the GW one does then I wasn’t aware.
The spring loaded base holding ability of the Citadel painting handle was the selling point for me. I can hold the handle in any direction without fear of the model falling off. I can knock it over, the handle (and I have), and the model will remain in place. I’m seriously like a bull in a china shop with painting.
The size of the handle, and the shape, work really well. Your hand conforms around the handle easily and naturally.
Other than those things, the only other area is price. This was the most shocking part of the product for me – the reasonable price. You can buy handle for only $8. I know, right! I feel that this is one of the most reasonably priced products from Games Workshop.
I Don’t Need a Painting Holder!
This was something I thought for a while, though I was never adamant about it (obviously).
Here’s the thing, if you paint models at all then you can benefit from the painting handle. Have you ever damaged a model holding it? Maybe bent a sword or snapped off an antenna? How about rubbing off paint from handling the model? That’s what this eliminates.
Should you buy one? Hell yes, you should. If you’re like me and man-handle your models, and you don’t already own a painting handle, then buy this thing. It’s so worth it.
If you’re not convinced yet, here’s a video GW did for it.