Now although there are no immediate plans to create interiors for my Witchfinder world, these resin accessories from ‘Dark Art Studios’ proved just too difficult to resist. The iconic Iron Maiden is a solid one piece casting and was a relatively quick paint job. Interestingly there is some debate as to whether the Iron Maiden was really used. That it might actually be an 18th Century invention to reinforce the cruelty of the middle ages in literature and museums.
The rack, by comparison, was very much a real entity and its simplicity in design very much in its favour. To be broken on the rack would be to suffer the most excruciating pain as your body, having been shackled by your wrists and ankles, was literally stretched. Joints would be dislocated and muscle and sinew torn from the bone. The pain inflicted could be accurately measured, but anyone who spent any length of time on the device would be disfigured for life, if indeed they survived!
The 'Dark Art Studios' version would certainly be capable of inflicting great pain, but I am happy to report that it wasn’t too onerous to assemble and paint. A really nicely sculpted set, that took paint well, my difficulty now is that I am starting to think that I need a torture chamber or dungeon in order to house them!