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Review: A-Case Magnetic Painting Grip

Painting holders… love them or hate them, am I right? Personally, due to sheer quantity of miniatures that go through my desk I’m used to paint miniatures mounted on shot glasses. Standard painting grips are bulky and take up too much space, not to mention price and need of at least few dozen of these to keep up a comfortable work flow. This is why I was never truly interested in any Painting Grips available in the market… until now!


Magnetic Painting Grip

A-Case is a well known, one-man company from Poland, specializing in probably the best magnetic carrying cases for miniatures that money can buy. Let me put this up front: I am a big fan of A-Case product line and grew tight with the company. I might be a bit biased here. That being said I try my best not to get influenced by sympathy for A-Case, to a point of being very sceptic about the upcoming new product. Luckily I got samples for thorough beta testing. After some brutal, ruthless hobbying, I can honestly say all my misgivings got put to rest. More so I grew fond of Magnetic Painting Grip to a point of pre-purchasing a set of extensions and switching to work with it almost exclusively. 

Quality:

At first glance A-Case Magnetic Painting Grip (MPG) might put you off. A mix of stylish design with a rather unorthodox production method result in a feel far from popular Chinese plastic we all are used to. A huge advantage of 3d printing is being able to fully integrate magnets and metal plates within the body, leading to increased durability and comfort of work. Apart from visuals, which are highly impacted by bare metal plates, the MPG feels great and I had no quality issues amongst two Grips and over ninety exchangeable heads I currently possess.


Visuals:

I really dig the shape and visual aspect of the MPG. The mix of colors and texture, specific to 3d print, makes it look sturdy and fit hobbyist’s workspace nicely. My only beef is with bare metal plates, which look out of place. Still, these are almost always hidden beneath a miniature so it’s not a big aesthetics issue. All the while bare metal means better magnet compatibility.


Functionality:

Here’s where MPG shines. Large integrated magnets combined with a variety of exchangeable heads makes it, in my opinion, the most interesting painting grip in the market. Different head shapes can be used to distinguish different painting levels, or mark units, which is paramount in bulk painting. Switching miniatures is fast and comfortable. Weight is balanced between light and solid further increasing the comfort of work. On the downside the MPG might be difficult to keep clean, but the same is partially true for all painting grips, regardless of material.
Additionally:

  • MPG is fully compatible with BluTack and similar miniatures mounting methods.
  • The exchangeable heads system is fully integrated with A-Case transportation cases allowing for some awesome transportation shenanigans.

After spending over a hundred hours painting Warhammer 40,000 miniatures with this thing in hand I can say it feels like made just for me. Goodbye shot glasses, as from now on the MPG is my go to tool.


Price:

Price wise the A-Case Magnetic Painting Holder just tops the immediate competition:

  • A-Case comes at a price of 8€
  • Games Workshop is 9€ (rest of EU)
  • Green Stuff World is 12,37€
  • Redgrass Games is 13,50€

Summary:

To sum things up: Magnetic Painting Grip is a brilliant design that fits the “magnetic” theme of entire A-Case brand. MPG is comfortable and user friendly. It also is fully compatible with A-Case transportation cases which adds additional value. Is there space for improvement? Yes, and I believe that depending on MPG’s success this will be explored in the future. Bare plates and 3d print means it’s not the perfect, smooth visual candy, but otherwise it is a high quality tool that goes beyond what a typical grip offers.
On a scale where 10 is awesome, 8 is good, 6 is ok, 5 is mediocre, 3 is bad and I don’t want to even mention 1 – A-Case Magnetic Painting Grip is somewhere between 9 and10. I am currently riding a hype train and spent each painting moment with this thing in hand for over a month now – it feels “awesome” and so 10/10 it is.

What’s your opinion? Let me know in the comments.

Where to buy:

Currently on kickstarter

A-Case online store (probably in the far future)

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