Got Wood?

Lostie Dieson recently attended the Ontario Team Championship, where I’m led to believe he acquitted himself quite well. Aside from doing his Khadoran Motherland proud, he also won some prizes, including a terrain pack from our pals at Tectonic Craft Studios. Being the wibbly gentleman that he is, he tossed it my way for unboxenating for your visual edification. Additionally, a kickstarter from Rathcore delivered, so I found myself with a selection of gaming products made from bits of tree. Accordingly, the question is to be asked…

Got Wood?

Forests! Hills! A Pond!the forests are actually made to accommodate trees also made by Tectonic Craft Studios, but I didn’t get any of them in the pack. Use your imaginations!

A trench template is just what you need for Gunnbjorn to hide his Sluggers in! Not sure if stonework or sandbags on the sides. It also occurs that it could double as a bridge if required.

The crate made me blink until I figured out that the six wood panels made a core, and then the three different sizes of bars neatly enclose the whole piece.

Wall, wall, wall, what have we here…

Alright, the glue’s still drying on the fallen beams, but there’s something wonderful about the burned out remains of a structure, that actually smells like burnt wood…

And then there’s these new tools! Rathcore is a company out of Germany that ran a kickstarter last year for their miniature holders. I’ve used a post to paint before, though I confess that as a general rule I hold part of the model that I haven’t yet painted, until I’ve got it on a resin base, at which time the base gets the caress of my greasy fingers.

These new grips/holders have a split cork insert a nice, comfortable, thick base to hold, and a support arm capped with a goofy skull, because it it ain’t wacky, what’s the point?

The three sizes are for working on models of different heights, and the support arms swivel freely around the base so that you can access whatever part of the model you need to get to.

Now, I’m not about to pretend that these new toys are going to totally up my painter game, but they are pretty cool, and there have been incidences where I’ve managed to annoy myself my rubbing paint off a portion of a model that I had previously considered to be completed. If these wood, cork and metal contraptions can spare me that little bit of frustration, then I’m game to kick tires with them and see what happens.

Who knows, they might even help me get back on track with painting that Menite army I’ve had planned for the last few months…