Let’s get this out first: I love display plinths!
To me it gives so much extra if a miniature is based on a plinth. I also think that it is important to pick the right plinth for each miniature, as it can either compliment it or overshadow it. For me, this means that I like to have many options to choose from when picking the plinth for a mini I am working on.
Over the past years I have used miniature plinths that were either plain wooden blocks (bought from a local craft store), resin plinths from Model Display Products and wooden plinths from various sources (like Sockelmacher and vendors at SMC). I love using resin plinths, but they are not very easy to cut or saw, therefore I wanted to expand my wooden plinths. Already several times I had looked at the plinths at the Crazy Wenky shop but as I had never ordered wooden plinths online before, I was a bit reluctant. But the pretty pictures kept luring me in and when I was in “desperate need of new plinths” (on the bottom of this post you will see why the quotation marks are there), I decided to place an order.
Crazy Wenky is a business run by Manuel Wenkert, who is also part of the DieVincis painting website. In the Crazy Wenky store you can find a large selection of plinths, both round and square and ranging in sizes. The plinths can be bought with a cavetto or roman pedestal. Ordering at the shop was easy and Manuel was super helpful when I made an error with the shipping costs.
The miniatures arrived at my home very fast after I ordered them and already the box made me smile. It is these little things that, to me, really create a good feel about a product.
Upon opening the box, all the plinths were tucked away in a great amount of fine wood chips so to make sure that they would not get damaged.
Each plinth is separately packed in a zip-lock bag and comes with an additional bag that has 4 tiny round pieces of foam plate that you can fit into holes underneath the plinth. This will prevent the plinth from slipping and also makes sure that the plinth cannot damage glass plates in your display cabinet (for example).
The plinths are made out of beech wood, it is quite hard so it does not get scratched very easily. Yet, with some tools you can cut pieces away from it. What I noticed is that the plinths are very smooth, this means that you will not have to do (much) sanding and you can pretty much use them straight out of the bag.
I ordered several different plinths, both round and square plinths. As I prefer the cavetto pedestals, all of them are the same. Also the corners cut (?) in the pedestal are very sharp and they look simply great!
All in all I am super happy with these plinths. The service is great and shipping is fast. The plinths are packed real nicely and care is taken that they don’t get damaged. The quality of the wood is great and the plinths are super pretty :). Big shout out to Crazy Wenky!! Now let’s work on the ladies that will be mounted on these plinths…