This isn’t a review because I’m writing it myself about my own product. It’s more an informative post that I can use to link people who ask me questions about the Garfy’s Get a Grip range. So if you want to find out why thousands of people have chosen to add these popular paint handles to their hobby areas then read on.
What is Garfy’s Get a Grip?
Garfy’s Get a Grips are a range of painting handles which help you to hold the model whilst you paint it. There are three Grips. Pictured above left to right; Get a Grip Pro Long, Get a Grip Pro and the Get a Grip Basic.
Garfy’s Get a Grip Pro Long.
Why do I need a painting handle?
Well you don’t. For decades I painted by holding the miniature and that’s cool and it works, but in recent years as I spent more time applying highlights I grew frustrated with rubbing or smudging the paint work off the miniature and having to keep retouching it. Using a grip (especially with the finger rest means I don’t ever have to touch the miniature.
Open the Grip with a single hand
What does Garfy’s Get a Grip do?
The Get a Grip utilises a torsion spring and levers to allow you to open the grip single handedly. The Grip body then holds 50mm Citadel round bases. For 40mm, 32mm and 20mm round bases you can use the supplied orange shims. Because you use form fitted shims the grip it has on your miniature is unrivalled. You can shake it like crazy and the model won’t pop out. Shims for different sized bases are available to order including shims to hold Square Citadel bases and shims to hold smooth round bases typically found on Warmachine, Hordes and other non-gw miniatures.
All Grips are supplied ‘flat pack’ to utilise cheaper large letter postage rates.
Garfy’s Get a Grip Pro Long assembled and ready to use.
Why do you have three Grips in your range?
Each Grip has a different role.
Garfy’s Get a Grip Pro is the do it all Painting Handle for £7.99. It holds 50mm, 40mm, 32mm, 20mm bases, it includes a wine cork (unused) at it’s core allowing you to pin models without a base or models with odd sized unique bases or even small components or sub assemblies into the cork. It’s other feature is a removable, rotatable finger rest. Which helps you keep your fingers off the miniature and makes painting the miniature upside down really easy.
Garfy’s Get a Grip Basic removes the cork and finger rest and only costs £3.99. At this price it’s a batch painters dream. If you have five Tyranid Warriors mounted on 50mm bases and you want to batch paint them then the Get a Grip Basic is a great option. It’s not uncommon for me to receive an order of 10 of these from one customer.
Garfy’s Get a Grip Pro Long has all the same features of the Pro but as the name suggests is longer and only costs £9.99.
Garfy’s Get a Grip Pro and Pro Long both include a cork for pinning small parts or models without bases too. It’s easily replaceable as it’s a wine cork. Please drink and paint responsibly.
40mm and 30mm Upgrade Shims for beveled edge bases such as Warmachine, Hordes models etc.
Star Wars Legion and Imperial Assault Upgrade Shims are available
20mm and 25mm Square Upgrade Shims for Warhammer Fantasy Battle models.
Available to buy on eBay
OK, where can I get one?
So I know everyone likes free stuff and you can get my MKI Get a Grip for FREE on Thingiverse. If you’d like to get any of the Grips (the MKIII design) shown in this post then just search ebay for Garfy’s Get a Grip (.co.uk link, .com link, .de link, .fr link, .ca link, .au link – if your Country isn’t shown here don’t worry, just search in your eBay. I post worldwide and dispatch same day. For combined shipping, I work it out afterwards once i’ve weighed the parcel and refund the difference on Paypal. Want to read the feedback, just check out my eBay profile.
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The standard GW handle does not take the largest base size that this handle does, it wins over the GW handle as it is much more stable when sat on the desk, and has the ability to mount objects using its integral cork. I have used the MkI for a while now (thank you for making this available Garfy) and have several on my desk (I also printed one for a friend's young son as he was just starting in the hobby) I must say these are bliss over the old school bluetac and paint pot. Now the Mk III is better again as the first incarnation is screwed together and swapping mini's out is a little time consuming but the mk III is spring opening. I don't think there is anything else that needs to be said really. It's worth it and we'll worth the cash
Good looking product!
The ".au" link, however, is not working. It needs to direct to "ebay.com.au" (the .com is missing) 🙂
- Ray Rousell
I want to start off by saying that I love these, and have a number of them (purchased about 2 months ago, each used for around 5 models each). However, has anyone else had issues with the circular clamp part of the finger rest breaking when you try and snap the finger rest to the base?
I still use it with a rubber band holding the rest on, I am just curious.
It shouldn’t break under normal usage. With enough force and with it being plastic it would be prossible to break it but the same is true of all plastic. I’ve had no signs of weakness or stresses on the ones I use and I use them a lot. This is the first time ever I’m hearing that one has broken.
Drop me a message on eBay and I’ll send out a replacement.
I really like what I see, and would be interested in buying it, but would there be any problem for its shipment to Spain?
No problem shipping to Spain at all.
Is it still possible to screw the new Grip?
(If the spring gets weak over time)
No screws on this version. The springs aren't stressed so I can not see them getting weakened. It's easy to take apart and retorsion the spring by bending it in the opposite direction. I haven't had any spring failures but if you're experiences issues please contact me on ebay and I'll be happy to help resolve it.
I really like your Grip (long pro)!
Especially 50mm bases and the upgrade Pack for oval bases works like a charm. (better than the Citadel Painting Handle XL)
After a little bit of flash removing the other Shims work like desired. The 32mm Shims had an "overhang", they reached the top of the base… I think i sanded them too much, because the Model is now a little woobly when attached.
This was my fault… overall the Grip is a great product!
Is it possible to buy alternate 32mm Shims (and cork)?
Drop me a message on ebay and I'll send out replacements.
I write you next month, this month i'm broke.
Maybe i order an Basic Grip and for an extra charge you can send me the 32mm Shims…
Don't misunderstand me, i really like your Grip…
Right now a Broodlord sits on top of it ^^
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Respectfully what is the USP of this product over Games Workshop own painting grip product they recently released?