Monday, April 20, 2015

Model Tray - A Review of a new product.

Dragon's Lair Accessories was kind enough to send me the first of a kind new tournament tray. For those of you not familiar with such things, tournaments are crazy and stuffed with people and moving your army's from table to table can be a chore. Tournament trays have been hitting the scene for a few years now and there are several big name places selling them in the $80+ range.  DLA is looking to break into the market and are much better priced. DLA has gone with real wood, and I like that. Other companies offer trays in both wood and acrylic (acrylic can be laser etched and personalized more readily. etc).

Here are a few pics of the DLA tray so you know what I am referring to.

So how does the DLA tray compare?

The good:

1. Its big and pretty darn light considering its wood. (when metal models are added this becomes a big factor).

2. I really like the long front piece that can hold, dice, cards, tape measure etc.

3. Interchangeable slots so that you can change your configuration based on army composition.

4. It's very sturdy and well put together.

5. Slots are well drilled and plenty deep to keep models in place when on the tray.
The could be better.

The needs improvement list:

1. While the wood is stained it could use a varnish coat. It is still rough (I will do this myself to seal it this weekend).

2. The interchangeable slots are too easy to pop out from the bottom, which could lead to spilled over models and nobody wants that. (I am going to add a few magnets to the corners of the board and the parts and see how that does.

So what's my final take on them? I think they are pretty darn good deal for the money he is asking. A few kinks to work out but then what new product doesn't have a few?

If you are looking for a tray and wan't to support the little guy jump over to DLA store and give him some business. (link is in the name at the beginning of this post).

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