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In my Warhammer Fantasy life I play primarily Orcs. I also like to have the majority of my armies composed of core troops. Since I often play 2-4k battles its not unusual for me to have two or three hundred troops. The problem is it takes so long to set up all those troops, and some of the first turns are rediculous in the amount of time it takes to move all those greenskins.
So I need ideas for movement trays that can also hold the troops in place during transport. That way I can just pull out the trays and place them on the table. I can make any carry box needed to hold them, so the only restriction is your imagination, and a couple issues since the troops are already put together.
- The troops are already based, so I do not want to rebase them on multi-troop bases. The kind where one whole rank or more is on a single base.
- Many of the bases already have weights in the base or are made with the slotta base, so cannot mount something inside the base.
-Should be flexible. I usually field 30 man Orc units in a 6 wide 5 deep formation, but sometimes go as low as 4x4 and as high as 6x8 so the tray should be able to hold variations in troop sizes. I want to use the same trays for Gobbos, so the trays should be able to accomodate them. I can make a tray per unit or something of that nature. I would be willing to use two trays per unit, so a 4"x6" that can be used length-ways or width-ways might work.
-Should be able to set side by side. Nothing with thick borders so I can use two or more trays close together to hold large formations.
-Must hold the troops securely so they don't shift during transport or movement, but still be relatively easy to remove casualties.
-While I'm flexible on cost I do have to base about 450+ Orcs and 300+ goblins and numerous wolves and boars
I'm thinking along the lines of magnetic sheeting with some sort with sheet metal or magnet on the other half. Has anyone had experience using magnets or the flexible sheet magnet? What materials did you use or think might be good to use? How about 25mm and 20mm squares of one material on the base, and the tray made of the other? All ideas will be entertained and I'll do a write up on how it/they worked out.
I'm in the process of adding magnets to my 40K army for transport, figure it'll work much the same for you.
First off, I found that most magnetic sheet or tape is too weak (at least for metal or weighted figures). I mean, it'd prevent it from falling over on the table, but its not enough for a car ride.
My solution is THIS. The 1" ceramic buttons, specifically. 40K small bases fit them perfectly (they touch the edge, not the inner part that has the slot), and the magnets are rather thin. I have a metal toolbox with removeable tray, and both the box and tray (bottom, sides, bottom of tray even! are covered in figures. Works nicely. Hell, I had half my army stuck to the side of my desk while I was unpacking earlier.
For WHFB, I'd imagine making trays out of metal and glueing square magnets to each model would work. Transportation and on-table use all in one. Might actually be easier to line the trays with magnetic sheet or strips and just put a square of metal on the bottom of each model. And since at least your core orcs are plastic, they'll hold fine with magnetic sheet. For the bigger guys, chariots, monsters, heroes, etc, I'd go with something stronger.
Thanks for the link and the advice. I didn't think about the sheet magnets not being very strong. I think I'm going to try a variation of your button magnet idea. Since I need to fit magnets under the base to keep the mini from getting too tall and, as you pointed out, I probably need stronger magnets. I decided to get a bunch of the tiny rare earth magnets. Smaller versions of the button magnets you talked about. Many of my bases already have a round weight under them so there's little room. The tiny magnets will fit and I can tailor them to the weight of each mini, since the stronger ones are more expensive. I'll use lots of cheatp ones for the plastic boyz and powerful ones under the Black Orcs and such.
I'm going to use thin sheet steel to make the movement trays. That way I only have to vary the magnet under each mini and they can all use the same trays. Now I just have to remember to keep the army away from any magnetic storage media. 1000+ magnets make a pretty good magnetic field.