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Original Laser Designs is a unique company ran by a driven and focussed individual whom I can only speak highly of. I met paul in 2016 at a sort of mini con and despite my admiration for the fellah himself I will try my best to keep this review objective.
The O.L.D painting stand is a great piece of original design. I picked one up at crusade this year and I couldn’t wait to get something on it to use it properly. Now the irony of someone like myself using a piece of equipment like this is that I tend to speed paint in all jobs to a certain degree meaning that I generally do not mount my miniatures or put them on any sort of painting base. With this in mind I decided to dip into my ever growing box of “personal” miniatures rather than using a commission piece and find a miniature suitable for pouring some time into. This turned out to the best decision and also led me to find of the nicest quirks about the device.
The painting stand is a simple system. The main part is a handle with has a small base on top to put your miniature, connected to that is a lovely looking and also conveniently “cleanable” acrylic palette. The second part of the system is the stand for said hand held device, which like its counterpart has more than one use.
I painted a roleplaying adventurer and found that through using the device I laboured more time and love into this miniature than is usual for my personal collection.
The palette allowed me to mix paints at a very close eye range without having to stoop to my desk or move the palate into better light to match previously dried mixes. It was also conveniently flip able so that I could do metallic on one side and cloth and skin on the other, which is a massive bonus!
The stand for the miniatures comes with three “holders” – A basic 25mm base holder, a cavalry base holder and a large monster base one. Even with these three at your disposal you could very easily simply use the ingenious elastic band “holding” system to hold any type of miniature roughly in place. I imagine it is also extremely easy for O.L.D to make more holders so there really is no downside to that element of the device.
The stand itself is a great place to put your brushes (through the holes in the stand) which are then ready at hand, especially if you are like me with blending and you prefer to have three brushes on the go with different shades “no more brush holding in your mouth”.
As well as this neat little brush holder capability the stand has a lot of space on the three “non handle mounting” sides which means you can stack colours there as you sue them, therefor moving them out of your way and negating the everlasting worry of “paint pot knock over”. Although this is definitely not an intended function of the stand, I love this part the best and I often knock paints over and being able to stack the two or three colours I am using at that moment “out of the way” is a great help to me.
Painting with the actual handle piece gave me an immense feeling of calm, almost meditative. For me being a speed painter it was nice to have one single miniature pinned down and “taking up my attention”. I definitely highly recommend this to people painting miniatures that mean a lot to them.
So definite pros and potential cons –
- Easy to use, simple design but highly efficient.
- you can clean the palate or simply flip it in the holder.
- comes with three holders for different troop types.
- Adds an element of care to your work that you might otherwise neglect if you are speeding through.
- Adds a lot of great balance to your painting.
- can hide your current paints underneath the stand or behind it, either way it completely negates the dreaded “ink knock over” situation. (here’s looking at you games workshop wash users!)
- No assembly required
- Easy to store current brushes and bits on and around the stand.
- Small and isn’t cumbersome at all.
- Not a speed painting machine necessarily.
- No current mod for a wet pad on the palate.
- Some base types won’t fit the provided holders/ but I am sure this can and will be remedied, perhaps with an add on pack.
- you don’t get to meet paul in person and vibe off his good aura. :P
So all in all a fantastic piece of equipment. I would highly recommend this design and I would give it a solid 9/10.