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You will probably already be familiar with The Army Painter, some of their excellent range of paints and hobby materials may even be in your tool box. Well recently the company has branched out into other aspects of the Wargaming hobby with the release of their Gaming Accessories range. This line of products has debuted with three entirely new products: The Markerlight, the Targetlock and the Rangefinder and in this review I'll be taking a look at all three.

The Markerlight

Any wargamer knows how easily disputes can arise over line of sight. Whilst your single infantry man is standing in an empty field its pretty easy to hunker down and get the 'model-eye view'. However, as soon as you introduce modular terrain, complex scenery pieces or other units things start to get a little more complicated. Being unable to get the 'model-eye' view without poking your eye out on a pike or crushing half of your unit makes determining line of sight much more difficult.

Well the Army Painters Markerlight is the solution to that problem. By placing the nicely compact Markerlight next to your miniature you can easily determine if they have line of sight. If the red dot can reach your opposing miniature then their is no doubt that the miniature has line of sight.


Although the Markerlight is essentially a laser pointer it is a much more powerful that one of the cheap key chain pointers you can find on eBay. This power is especially important on larger gaming tables with some laser pointers loosing intensity over distance and under bright lights. The Markerlight, however, has enough power for even the largest table and can be seen several yards away, even in daylight conditions. The Markerlight also has the advantage of being compact. allowing use you easily squeeze it in between your hordes of infantry or ruined buildings, and best of all, you can attach it to a key chain. At £4.99/5.99/$6.99 the Markerlight is a reasonable price to pay for avoiding the headaches that line of sight can cause.


The Targetlock

Whilst still a laser pointer, the Targetlock is a little different to the Markerlight. Instead of projecting a round dot it displays a straight line on a surface. This line is perfect when trying to calculate whether or not your regiment can viably squeeze through that gap or if your opponents are within your tanks firing arc. The Markerlight is also perfect for those times when you need to move or shoot through models or scenery.  

Being able to find easily create a straight line that will not interfere with whats on the board is invaluable. Especially on those close knit city scape boards when a tape measure is just that bit too bulky. As with the Markerlight, the Targetlock can also be used to quickly calculate line of sight around corners or other obstacles.

The Targetlock, like the Markerlight, is powerful enough to be easily seen in bright light conditions. The length of the line can also be adjusted by moving the Targetlock further away (for a longer line) or closer to (for a smaller line) meaning that it can be used for miniatures at a range of distances from each other. Once again the it is priced at £4.99/5.99/$6.99 which, considering that both the Targetlock and the Markerlight come with batteries, is hard to grumble about.


The Rangefinder

The humble tape measure is, alongside dice, the essential tool in the wargamers arsenal, without which there would a lot of guess work and (even more) arguments. The Rangefinder is The Army Painters very own distance divisor is the final product that we will be looking at as part of their
gaming accessories range. The Rangefinder is much like any other heavy duty tape measure to look at. It is red with a rubbery cover to stop you from damaging your walls when you throw it following consecutive bad dice rolls, or is that just me?

What sets the Rangefinder apart from other tape measures are the two 'hold buttons' situated on the side and the bottom. When pressed, this allow you to stop the tape from retracting without having to use the lock. Using these buttons is much more convenient when quickly measuring a distance, which when you have hundreds of miniatures to calculate the shooting for, is a god send.

Once again the Rangefinder has been reasonably priced, which is unusual for a lot of company branded products (I'm looking at you GW). At £3.50/€3.99/$5.99 you cannot go wrong for a solidly built and useful tool.


Summary

Overall I would say that Army Painters gaming accessories range has started out excellently. The products are useful, well thought out and best of all, reasonably priced. If you're an avid wargamer or just a beginner these tools will be extremely useful in any of your games. 

All three of these items will be released on the 27th September and can be purchased directly from The Army Painters webstore (EU/US) or from your favorite independent retailer. We would highly recommend Element Games to anyone in the UK as their price and delivery times are excellent. You can find the accessories on their site HERE

Health and Safety Time! When using the Targetlock and Markerlight, be careful not to shine the lasers in anyone's eyes. They may only be as deadly as a lasgun but they can still cause damage.


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