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A while back Joe Kutz posted a reply to a thread about holding the miniature while painting that included a link to a cool tool.

 

I have "add to my Amazon wishlist" for Firefox ready for any cool things I find on here or elsewhere. This was a no brainer. I usually store things in there for review later. Upon review I decided I liked it even better for the job.

 

Well, last week was my birthday and lo the Universal Parts Holder was delivered unto me.

 

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This thing is super cool. The pins can hold anything. I seriously played with it the entire night while playing Talisman. I locked in Talisman figures, dice, cards, etc. The next day I tried it out on my shale based minis. The irregular shapes were locked in nice and tight.

 

The grip is comfortable and sticks out from under my fist just enough to set it firmly on a desk/tabletop if I need an extra steady moment. You can unscrew the handle and put the jig assembly into a vise for cutting, air brushing, etc. I suggest taping off the other holes to prevent filling them.

 

It's worth the $20 Amazon calls for. The original site that Joe posted about is Widget Supply and they have a slightly different tool for a bit cheaper ($13).

 

I also got a tube of Kneadatite's Green Stuff. Woot!

 

I'll post a few pics with various sized miniatures held in it with various styles of bases later.

 

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Product Features

  • 60 Holes Part Holder
  • 8 Removable Pins that modifies to suit any shape work
  • Handle can be removed and head can be locked in a bench vise
  • Use: Jewelers, Hobbits and Wire Artist
  • Jaw Opens : 3/4-Inch

 

And it's not that often you see products designed for halflings!

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Product Features

  • 60 Holes Part Holder
  • 8 Removable Pins that modifies to suit any shape work
  • Handle can be removed and head can be locked in a bench vise
  • Use: Jewelers, Hobbits and Wire Artist
  • Jaw Opens : 3/4-Inch

 

And it's not that often you see products designed for halflings!

I'd like to think they meant hobbyists, not hobbits. However, I also like to think they caught the mistake, and left it like that anyway.

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On a similar note, one of these is extremely useful for keeping your Reaper paint Triads organized and figuring out what you want to do with a mini:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000LDH3JC/ref=s9_simh_gw_p60_d23_i3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=19CMNDBYF95P6MWBVJDK&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938811&pf_rd_i=507846

 

One of these plus one with the double-wide drawers is perfect for storing all your painting and basing needs, and you just pull out the various drawers with the paints and basing materials you want, and you're good to go. Saves a ton of time during painting if you're like me and not terribly organized during the execution of the model.

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Here is the UPH with my stone giant warrior which has a shale base (right side up and upside down):

 

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Here's Cobra from Chronoscope with a ruined temple base (right side up and upside down):

 

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Here's UPH set down while I go get another root beer:

 

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An here it is with the handle removed:

 

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I was looking at these ages ago but got scared off because I couldn't see how it would hold a mini in vertically. Your pictures show it holding upside-down though, so that's looking awesome again. Is there a slight taper on the pins to help hold things in? Is there any worry of denting soft materials like pewter since I imagine it has to be fairly tight to hold well?

 

Also, if you have a camera with a tripod screw hole... is it the same screw that mounts it to the handle? They look similar, and it would be neat if this could be mounted on a tripod.

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I was looking at these ages ago but got scared off because I couldn't see how it would hold a mini in vertically. Your pictures show it holding upside-down though, so that's looking awesome again. Is there a slight taper on the pins to help hold things in? Is there any worry of denting soft materials like pewter since I imagine it has to be fairly tight to hold well?

 

Also, if you have a camera with a tripod screw hole... is it the same screw that mounts it to the handle? They look similar, and it would be neat if this could be mounted on a tripod.

 

The pins are straight. The clamp does place pressure on the object that is clamped. I would assume that if you clamp an item that is made of a soft metal or similar soft material it will damage if you put to much pressure on it. But it clamps easily without requiring over pressure. So if it's the broccoli base you shouldn't have much issue. But you could also wrap the item and use the 3/4 inch straight clamp in the middle instead of the pins.

 

As you can see in the picture of the Stone Giant Warrior held upside down the straight clamp is quite large. Some cork, a wash cloth, or foam should keep the item inside the clamp and still without damaging the item.

 

I think the hole is to big for the tripod screw so you might have to concoct a two piece part to make the connection.

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Does it work on round bases?

 

I imagine. You can setup a 4 pin surround to get a good grip. I had to turn Cobra to fit within the pins better because the terrain from the base was winder than the bottom in some spots. Once the pins have solid access to at least 4 opposing sides of the item I am fairly certain it will hold.

 

I didn't have a round based miniature handy. I'll dig one up tonight and get a picture.

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Does it work on round bases?

 

As requested ... here it is with a round based miniature, D&D Chainmail: Human Death Cleric:

 

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It worked well. The beveled edge caused the miniature to rise up a little when pressure was applied but it still held it well, upright and upside down.

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