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I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask this, or if it has been asked before.
What do people use for transporting their magnetic based miniatures?
I've seen some people use cookie trays to certain toolboxes. I was looking for something else. Litko sales stick on plates for magnetic bases, so I imagine there are plenty of ideas out there.
Any other ideas?
Thanks for the link! I'll try to do a version of that possibly, without all the terrain. Any other ideas?
It would be nice if it could have a type of cover for inclement weather.
With the same setup for the link, you can actually design the frame setup to lay on top of a slightly larger frame to create a lip around the main frame. The edges can be rounded to create a display type trophy stand. With this you then design either a plexi box that can go over top and rest on the lip. Then fasten hooked clasps to allow you to lock the box down.
Or as an alternative to plexi, you could do the same with wood.
I am planning on making one when I return to the states, unfortunately, that does not help you now.
Hopefully from what I have described, you could figure out what I am getting at, and possibly replicate it.
Well...you could certainly do that if you want.
Or you can take the easy way!
You need adhesive sheet magnet. You can get it here: Magnetic Sheet with Adhesive
(30 mil is the correct thickness)
I used to buy it in two foot wide rolls, but now just buy the 8.5" by 11" sheets. (I based the entire AoBR set - Orks and Marines, on a single sheet of this stuff. Koptas and dread included)
For regular round base figures, just cut it into 1" strips and SUPER GLUE (completely around the bottom edge of the base) the figure to the adhesive magnet. Let it dry for a day and trim it with a hobby knife. It will stay forever. I do this before I even prime the figure, so it's painted as part of the base.
The box is simply a copier paper box (cut down to a convenient height) and lined with roofing metal. You can get rolls of it at Home Depot in the roofing supply section, and it also cuts easily with a paper cutter. Just cut it 11" x 17", flatten it out a bit and drop it in.
Go to this link (it's a battle report) and at the bottom the very last photo shows some of my troops in one of these boxes. 25mm Napoleonics
The advantage of this system is it is easy, cheap, the boxes can be replaced (so write all over them if you want) and they stack well in the closet. And they hold a TON of troops.
Last edited by Cossack; March 1st, 2010 at 06:23.
I love the paper-copier-box idea! Cutting the box would be great for taller models (deffkoptas, tanks, ect), I think I'll use that method but provide layers by glueing the metal sheets down to a light weight plastic piece that will be held in place by foam around the inside of the box, or some other means of spacing the levels. This way I don't have to cut the boxes for smaller models.
I have the citadel foam case and the larger 40K foam case. I have been thinking of ways to use them with magnets but the only way would be to make slots for the metal to go in so that when the case is held with the handle there is less likely a chance for the models to be bumped loose of their magnetism. I'll likely use the citadel case for mobile paint station, and the larger one could be used for storage.
I realize that when dropping comes to play the foam case s are far supperior in protection than any other method but I would rather store more models than spend all the money trying to get the right fit for a horde type army.
Edit: I'll post pictures as I create the carriers.
I've done the layer thing...glued balsa wood around the sides and used a shelf of cardboard with cutouts on the sides for my hands to reach in to grab it. Honestly, it's more of a pain than just cutting the box 2" high and having two of them.