Product Review: Citadel Painting Handle

With the recent release of the Citadel Painting Handle from Games Workshop, we at WildStorm were able to get a hold of one for a review. 

 

 

 

What is the Citadel Painting Handle all about?

You might ask what the purpose of a painting handle is, well firstly it’s to avoid you holding your model directly and getting oils from your fingers onto the model which can affect the paint. Secondly helps with hand fatigue, allowing your hand to be in a more natural/relaxed state especially if you are planning on painting armies! Thirdly it should be quicker to place down without fear of your wet painted miniature landing on its side as your makeshift cork mount topples over because of its wine-soaked base.  

 

What it has to offer…

At first glance, it was unexpectedly smaller than anticipated, but the large bulbous base still fits in the palm perfectly and is quite comfortable. It is made from a hard plastic, black in colour with a white Citadel written on the side, all the mechanic parts for the moving bits are made from metal and all in all seems sturdy and strong. The mounting top has two tiers to attach different sizes and shape bases too. 

 

 

The bulbous base of the Citadel Painting Handle is flat at the bottom allowing it to be placed on a table quickly without toppling over. Having said this though we already experienced it toppling over when it was pushed out the way to get something next to it, it seems to be slightly top heavy. Thus, if a miniature is attached careful precaution will be needed to not push the handle absent-mindedly and cause it to topple over with your precious painted miniature. 

The top part where the miniatures are attached has a unique design. Firstly it can be screwed off the base and leaves us to wonder if other attachments will be sold separately allowing to transfer the base between mounting tops. Secondly, the mounting part where the miniatures are attached to, there is a 3 separate spring-loaded clamp/vice on each side, which has a positive tension thus allowing the two parts to be pulled apart and the miniature placed in. The design of this clamp/vice allows only miniatures that are already attached to their base to clamped, and as said above it’s able to hold all types of bases from sizes ranging from  25mm to 40mm when fully opened.

This is where most of the more serious painters are put off, as most of them paint with pinned miniatures and in sub-assemblies, although we at WildStorm did some innovating work and simply attached cork as you can see and now your pinned miniatures can be attached. Other tricks can be added to adjust to your needs. The clamp/vice tension is strong enough and you have no worry for your base/cork to slip out, it can be turned upside down to get to those awkward angles without fear of your miniature dropping. 

One thing that WildStorm would have liked to see on the Citadel Painting Handle is an armature as some of the other painting handle brands have brought this out. The armature is a very useful tool to help steady a shaking hand for those fine details!

In the end…

This is a nifty little tool to help hold your miniatures and for its price of £5 (R84) it might be worth replacing those wobbly corks and avoid hand fatigue when you tackle your armies. Although the serious more advanced painter may have no need for this tool.

Mieke


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