Created by Game Envy, The Hobby Holder is the only all-in-one mini holding solution and the most versatile painting holder and grip on the market.
And now it is better than ever with the addition of an injection molded Ergonomic Grip and XL Stability Bar that seamlessly integrate with the original Hobby Holder to give you the most enjoyable and precise painting experience ever.
Since our first campaign was a smash hit last year, the original Hobby Holder All-in-one Miniature Painting Handle and Grip (Patent Pending) by Game Envy has had a global impact on miniature painting. Now, with the introduction of our new parts, well over 8000 painters in more than 50 countries are using the Hobby Holder as part of their painting arsenal!
We have talked to hundreds of painters across the globe at conventions, online and in person, and we have listened to your wants and needs. Now we are back to add two new pieces to the Hobby Holder system: the Ergonomic Grip for even greater control and comfort and the XL Stability Bar for more support with a wider range of miniature sizes. We are also adding more color to your desks with New Colors of the original Hobby Holder parts with a second production run!
The Hobby Holder is the World's Most Versatile, Comfortable and Precise Miniature Holder and the ONLY All-in-one Miniature Painting Handle and Grip.
Attach Miniatures to the Hobby Holder with Standard 28mm Bottle Caps or Even Wine Corks for Pinning.
With the innovative bottle cap attachment method, just stick your miniatures, based or unbased, to a standard soda/water bottle cap with your favorite sticky stuff (we use Loctite Fun-tak, the best blue-tak on the market!) and you can quickly and easily screw them on and off without ever touching the miniature! Perfect for batch painting because you can switch even wet miniatures without smudging.
Pin your miniatures? No problem! The center hole of the Hobby Holder is perfectly sized to press fit standard wine corks or any 20mm cork. Just push them in, place in the pinned miniature and get painting! Done with the cork? Insert a paintbrush through the middle hole in the bottom of your Hobby Holder.
360 Degree Rotation in Any Position for Ultimate Precision
With our unique patent pending design, the Hobby Holder threaded base can easily rotate 360 degrees in the Overhead Stability Bar mode, with the Stability Bar functioning as the grip in Grip Mode and now when clicked into the Ergonomic Grip Mod, with or without the Stability Bar attached, in Ultimate Support mode. This affords more control and the ability to get all around your miniature without letting go!
New Ergonomic Grip Provides Even More Control and Comfort Tailored to How You Paint.
The new Ergonomic Grip gives even more support when attached to the bottom of the Hobby Holder Base and allows the use of the Stability Bar and Grip at the same time. Simply click in your Hobby Holder Threaded Base and start painting. The QuickClick design allows for Full 360 Degree Rotation of the Threaded Base with one hand while attached to the Ergonomic Grip.
The Ergonomic Grip is two pieces and can be taken apart and weighted if desired. It also has the option to add two standard nuts to screw in the original #6-32 bolt to lock down the Hobby Holder Threaded Base and now a 1/4" bolt to attach larger platforms if desired.
NEW XL Stability Bar Offers More Room For Larger Miniatures With the Same Superior Support.
The New XL Stability Bar uses the same QuickClick design as the Standard Size Stability Bar and attaches right onto the Hobby Holder Threaded base in Upright or Grip modes.
The XL Stability Bar accommodates miniatures with up to 70mm bases with ease and the offset finger support design allows you to attach miniatures that are even taller than the bar itself. The angle of the XL Stability Bar has been adjusted slightly so that even with the taller profile it is comfortable and easy to use with large or small hands.
Ultimate Support, Brush Control and Comfort with the Original Stability Bar and NEW XL Stability Bar
The original offset Stability Bar allows you to paint miniatures with up to 50mm bases in Overhead Stability Bar. Now with the XL Stability Bar you will be able to paint miniatures with up to 70mm bases.
With the offset design of the Stability bar you can even paint taller miniatures. And with the multiple pinch and finger rests built into the Stability Bar there is always a comfortable way to hold your Hobby Holder while getting even the trickiest areas painted.
Want to paint even larger miniatures? Simply flip either Stability Bar over into Grip Mode or click on the new Ergonomic Grip and the Hobby Holder will accept any size miniature.
Easily Switch Between Base Only, Holder, Grip and Ultimate Support Modes with the QuickClick Connection.
The Ultimate All-in-one Painting Handle and Grip Now Has Even More Customization with Hundreds of Holding Positions
More Great Features
- Made from strong, yet lightweight ABS plastic
- 4mm center hole for removing corks. Just push a brush, file or cork popper through and out pops the cork.
- Ergonomically designed and tested for maximum comfort while painting or sculpting
- Dishwasher and Simple Green safe for quick cleaning
- Reduced mess! Keeps your hands and work space cleaner
- Made in the USA
- Great for everyone – from those just getting into a hobby to seasoned professionals!
"As essential as a brush and pallet, the Hobby Holder is a must." - Sam Lenz
"I have been painting for over 20 years and one of the things I advise everyone on is how to hold your miniature while painting. The Hobby Holder is the best on the market for this. You customize the grip to how you paint and it has endless options to personalize your painting experience. Hands down the best holder I have used." - Neil Hollis
"You can't paint miniatures without a brush, shouldn't paint without a lamp and you won't want to paint without the Hobby Holder once you have tried it." - Watch It Paint It
"Well, in short, it's really dope... I'm doing all sorts of flips with this beast and got mad angles sniped with the brush with fluid ease. Highly recommended y'all!" - Malev Minis
"I've been painting for about a decade now, and one thing I've always struggled with was holding the miniature well; to help stabilize it, I always pinched down on the top of the model, which often lead to rubbing away some paint. The Hobby Holder has been a game-changer here - the vertical stability bar takes the place of that pinch, without needing to touch the model at all. The handle is comfortable and easy to use, and you can modify it to suit your needs - I've filled mine with a bit of wine cork for holding pinned models." - Mike Cousins, Epic Duck Studios
"From the first use, I fell in love with Hobby Holder, and MANY of my viewers in my stream have also fallen in love with theirs as well. Now with all of these great accessories available, how could you not use and love these products? Hobby Holder is the perfect tool for commission painters like myself, who need to quickly switch from model to model while batch painting, or get in tight on a competition piece. Hobby Holder is for literally anyone and everyone, and I feel it will help elevate any skill level! Thank you Kit, for such a great set of products! They really have changed my painting in a great way!" - Impending Duff
"The Hobby Holder has truly been a game changer for me! Not only for improved comfort while painting, but an overall improvement in the quality of my work. The handle is just amazing! I no longer have to touch my minis messing up the paint, and the handle has an area wide enough for me to stabilize my pinky on while I paint the tiniest of details. If that isn't amazing enough, the addition of the large hand grip is just icing on this already amazing cake. I highly recommend the Hobby Holder and the super comfortable grip for every mini painter!" - Super Sarah
"The Hobby Hobby is hands down my favorite way to hold miniatures. It gives me a consistent, adaptable way to hold just about anything. I've used it for everything from mouselings to large terrain pieces due to its flexibility of use. With the large grip mod attached to the bottom I always have a perfect hold on my piece, no matter the size. It's the tool I reach for with every mini." - Spotted Painter
"The Hobby Holder is seriously the best holder I have used; for my shaky hands, the Hobby Holder miniature holder, gives me the stability, control, and comfort I needed." - Brushforhire
The Hobby Holder does exactly what it says on the tin with its grip, handle and bottle cap base! It is easy to use and quick to swap bottle caps over while batch painting troops and even holding bigger models. - Garry's Workshop
The Hobby Holder is the perfect addition to any hobbyist's table. Whether you're clumsy of a good ol' perfectionist, it allows for comfort and precision for massive painting sessions as well as a handy way to switch between projects. I am so glad I discovered them!" - Samriel Painting Studio
All pledges will let you select the exact parts you want in the pledge manager based on the number of parts you pledged for.
Mix, match and personalize your choices so you get the exact painting support you need and want from the Hobby Holder, All-in-one Miniature Painting Handle and Grip!
*All pledges now include the "Hit The Ground Running" Pack that contains 5 bottle caps, sticky-tak and a custom button!*
Threaded Base, Standard Stability Bar, New XL Stability Bar, New Ergonomic Grip
All four parts (Threaded Base, Ergonomic Grip Mod, Standard Stability Bar and XL Stability Bar) are now available in Sky Blue, Fresh Green, Black, Purple, Orange, Red, Silver, Midnight Blue, Copper, White and Yellow!
Number of Parts Choices Per Pledge Level
- Just A Taste: Choice of ANY 1 PART
- The Hobbyist: Choice of ANY 2 PARTS
- The Discerning Hobbyist: Choice of ANY 3 PARTS
- The All-in Hobbyist: Choice of ANY 4 PARTS
- The Wargamer: Choice of ANY 6 PARTS
- The Professional: Choice of ANY 8 PARTS
- The Ultimate Painter: Choice of ANY 12 PARTS
You can choose any combination of parts (Threaded Base, Standard Stability bar, New XL stability Bar, New Ergonomic Grip Mod)
Reward Selection Example:
If you pledge at the The All-in Hobbyist level, you get your choice of any four Hobby Holder parts in any configuration and color you choose. You could choose to receive four New Ergonomic Grip Mods, or one of each of the four available pieces, or two Hobby Holder Bases and one of each Stability Bar Size, or any combination in between.
Don't Already Have a Hobby Holder? Not sure what to get?
Below is an outline if you do not have a Hobby Holder. This is just a guide. Remember you can choose any combination of parts you would like.
- If you want the very basic setup you just need 1 PART: the Threaded Base. This allows you to screw on minis on caps or on corks and offers some grip support.
- If you want the original design you would want 2 PARTS: the Threaded Base and either the Standard (50mm) or New XL (70mm) Stability Bar.
- If you want the full grip experience you would want 3 PARTS: the Threaded Base, either the Standard (50mm) or New XL (70mm) Stability Bar, and the New Ergonomic Grip Mod.
- If you want the complete Hobby Holder line you would want 4 PARTS: the Threaded Base, the Standard (50mm) Stability Bar, the New XL (70mm) Stability Bar, and the New Ergonomic Grip Mod.
If you want to add additional Hobby Holder parts, brush stands, extra bottle caps or even our very own mascot miniature, The Miniature Knight, simply add that additional cost to your pledge and you will be able to specify your selections in the pledge manager
- Additional Hobby Holder Standard Stability Bar - $9
- Additional Hobby Holder New XL Stability Bar – $9
- Additional Hobby Holder Base - $9
- Additional Hobby Holder New Ergonomic Grip - $9
- The Miniature Knight 32mm Mini, Sculpted by Bobby Jackson - $8
- Brush Bastion - $7
- Brush Bastion Plus - $12
- Brush Beam – $2.50
- 10 Bottle Caps - $2.50
- Wash Wizard (MDF) - Citadel Wash Stand - $2
- Large Paint Puck - $5
- Mini Paint Puck 5 Pack - $10.50
Additional shipping will be applied and charged via the pledge manager if your add-on selections bring your order over 8 o.z.
15K - GOAL!!!
20K Stretch Goal UNLOCKED - Stone Polish Finish
With this stretch goal we will be able to get a Stone Polish on the injection molds so that they have the same amazing feel as the original Hobby Holder parts.
25K Stretch Goal UNLOCKED - New Color: Black
28K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Color: Fresh Green
30K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Color: Purple
35K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - Guaranteed Molds
With the Guaranteed Molds stretch goal we can now upgrade the injection molds to a production mold! With this process the molds are now guaranteed for life, so if they ever begin to loose quality the molds will be recut for free. This means we will always be able to produce the full Hobby Holder system for you from now on!
40K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Color: Orange
45K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Color: Red
50K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Order of the Miniature Pin
Every pledge at the Just a Taste level and above will receive a new Order of the Miniature Pin with their pledge! The amazing Justin Shepherd, who did our original illustrations, agreed to do another custom illustration for the pin! Art in Progress!
60K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - Free Bottle Caps
We are including 5 bottle caps with each pledge at the Just a Taste level and above. This is the first part of the "Hit the Ground Running" Pack!
70K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Color: Silver
Holiday Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - Fun-Tak Sample
We will include some of our favorite sticky-tak, Loctite Fun-Tak, in the "Hit the Ground Running" Pack with the caps so you can start painting as soon as your Hobby Holders arrive.
75K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - Large Platform STL Files
All backers at the Just A Taste level and above will receive downloadable "Large Platform" STL files. These will include a range of diameters between 40-110mm in both Fixed style that bolts directly to the Hobby Holder Ergonomic Grip or Rotatable style that goes over any standard size bottle cap so they can be used with the Threaded Base.
80K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Color: Midnight Blue
85K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - Nuts and Bolt Included/Installed
With this stretch goal every Ergonomic Grip Mod will come with a #6 Nut and Bolt as well as the optional 1/4 Nut preinstalled.
90K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Color: Copper
95K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - Grip Mode Stand STL
With this stretch goal unlocked backers at the Just a Taste level and above will receive an STL file for a Stand for the Hobby Holder in Grip Mode that works with the new XL Stability Bar as well as the Original.
100K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Color: White
105K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - Cap Stand v2.0 STL
With this stretch goal unlocked backers at the Just a Taste level and above will receive an STL file for a new version of our Cap Stands for organizing your miniatures while painting.
110K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - Grip Weight Insert STL
With this stretch goal unlocked backers at the Just a Taste level and above will receive an STL file for a fitted insert that can go inside the Ergonomic Grip to add weight if desired.
120K Stretch Goal - UNLOCKED - New Color: Yellow
Injection molds are expensive. With the creation of the original Hobby Holder, we put a lot of research into finding a US-based manufacturing partner who could produce exceptional quality parts. We have been thrilled with the results and our painters can attest to the quality of the parts. With this new campaign, we plan to have the molds made by the same company to get that same superior quality.
When the funding goal is reached with your help, we will be able to produce a family mold for the Ergonomic Grip Mod, a 3-part mold for the new XL Stability Bar, and machine time to get parts made from our existing molds.
Working closely with our US-based manufacturer we have the injection mold files approved and waiting for the thumbs up to move forward. Once the go-ahead is given, we will see injection molded samples in about 15 days.
During this time, we will be sending out surveys through BackerKit for you to select the various painting handle and grip parts and add-ons you would like. Once the surveys are completed, we will place the order with the manufacturer and anticipate receiving the new parts at the first half of February, with pledge fulfillment starting the beginning of March.
After fulfillment is complete, the entire Hobby Holder system will be available on the Game Envy website at www.gameenvy.net
As many of you now know, my name is Kit, I am the founder of Game Envy Creations and creator of the Hobby Holder and many unique hobby accessories. I am a husband to a wonderful wife, father to two sweet boys and one cute kitty. I am self employed and dedicated to bringing amazing hobby products to life through Game Envy Creations and creating beautiful design through my freelance graphic design business. Making makes me happy and being able to share it with the world makes me even happier!
Risks and challenges
In our first Kickstarter campaign we learned a lot about the manufacturing process and acknowledge there is always the risk of delays. Working with a US-based manufacturer means we have better communication, only being one timezone apart. It also means we can get changes and parts done in several days, rather than months.
We are using our same trusted vendors who we are in close communication with to make sure everything is on track and have backup plans available if there are any hiccups. This combined with open and quality communication with our backers we were able to start delivering rewards within three months (two weeks early) in the original Hobby Holder campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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