Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Magnetising self-help

I'm a little late with my post today, but here it is.

There are loads of posts out there on the benefits and ways to magnetise your models.  I'm not going to try and repeat anything in these as its pointless, instead I'll try and point you to a few that I've taken inspiration from in the past:  Magnetising PredatorValkyrieSpeeder basesScreaming BellTervigon

What I'd like to add, is a little tool I've created for myself, to help me keep my polarities aligned correctly, so that no matter when I've magnetised things, they should always be interchangeable from whatever range I've used.



These two little tools are simply magnets fixed into the end of a blob of Milliput.  On the end of each blob is carved either a "B" or a "W".


The "B" is for body, I use this one to hold magnets that will be attached to the body side of any joint.  So, this is used when putting a magnet into the torso of a figure, the arm side of a wrist joint, or the hull of a vehicle, etc, etc.  The "W" is for weapon, and is the opposite polarity to the "B" magnet, I use this to hold the magnets I'm putting into the weapon side of any joint.  So this one is used for the shoulder of an arm, the hand side of a wrist joint, or the weapon of a vehicle.

Thanks to using these two little tools, I know that I can swap any arm onto any other model in my collection (particularly useful for Wolf Guard Terminators), any dreadnought arms I magnetise are completely interchangeable, and anything else I magnetise should always be backwards compatible.  They also make handling the magnets a breeze, and getting the aligned onto your models nice and easy.

Finally, to prove that I have actually been pretty busy, you can see my modelling station below and the pile of stuff all over it I'm working on.


10 comments:

  1. Absolutely the best idea I've seen all week. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Mike. From the responses, I guess I really should have posted this a long time ago, but it only occurred to me recently that others might not know about it. Really glad you like it and I hope it helps you out in the future.

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  2. Holy cow - that's inspired! I love it, definitely going to be making a pair of those in short order.

    Good stuff!

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    1. Glad you like it, not sure about it being inspired, but it is very helpful. Some side effects of course are you can jokingly stick dreadnought arms on terminators, and terminator arms on dreadnoughts :D I might have to post a follow up picture of that actually.

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  3. You sir, are a "Real Man of Genius" What I had done was always make one pair for a vehicle or squad of jetbikes, then use the first to test and install the rest. A universal magnet polarizing installer set. Very Smart. This is one of the best things I've seen on the blogs in a very long time. I'll be making one of these right away.

    Thank you sir, and "This Bud's for you"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rObUmdRMPoI

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    1. Spyrle - Thank You. I fully laughed out loud when I played that video :D
      I'm not sure if its quite the best thing on blogs, there are some very special things out there, but I really appreciate the sentiment. Thank you.

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  4. Absolutely inspired. Well done you!

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    1. Cheers Drax, I seem to have inadvertently done something good. Who'd have thunk it?

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  5. Great tip. I wish I stumbled upon it earlier.

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    1. Thanks very much. Glad you think its useful.

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