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Im thinking of putting my next army on magnetic bases and I was looking around at different options. I final decided on the basing system made by "Gale Force 9" because I don't want to measeure and cut all those bases and It comes with paper steel. But I came up with a couple of questions that I hope someone can answer.
1) Can you cut the paper steel?(with sissors or x-acto knife)
2) How do you attach it to the movement tray?
3) most importent, Can you Paint it and if so how do you?
1. Yes you can cut paper steel with normal scissors.
2. Depending on the manufacturer it may have a peel and stick backing or you will have to use glue to stick it in place.
3. Yes you can paint it just like metal miniatures. However if you flex it after painting the paint will crack off. Glue it in place first, then paint.
First, if you are using paper steel on the movement tray you will have to cut it to fit. Save your money. Go to the hardware store, in the roofing section, get a roll of sheet metal flashing. Its very thin, get 24 gauge or thinner, and best of all it's dirt cheap. Cut it with scissors, glue it in place and you save a bundle.
If you were going to use the paper steel on the miniature base side, you'd need to order the kind that is already pre-cut into squares so you don't have to cut all the squares yourself. Unfortunately then you must buy the sheet magnet for the trays which is more expensive, and you can't stick your miniatures in place on any surface, like a metal toolbox for transport.
The second suggestion is don't use the sheet magnet at all. It it too weak for metal miniatures. Buy bulk rare-earth magnets (www.kjmagnetics.com) glue one or two magnets under the base of each miniature. Two are only needed for big metal guys, like Knobs or metal terminator commanders. Glue a piece of metal flashing on the movement tray, and away you go.
Here's a link to my short article on Magnetic Trays
thanks alot for the info. I really like the tutorials on your site. But the magnets you sugjested (size wise) were sold out and I don't wanna pay the extra fro the gold covered. Do you sugjest another size or company for the the 1/4" Thick and 1/16" round.
They're actually 1/4 inch in diameter and 1/16 thick, check for those.
You can fit a variety of sizes under the base, up to about 1/8 thick. The diameter you can fit depends on the base.
If its a non-slotta base you can use one that is almost 1" in diameter. However it's too strong and you'll end up ripping the model off the base or the magnet will stay fixed and pull loose from the underside of the base. For slotta bases you only get half the base to fit the magnet, so just measure the space. I got 1/4 diameter becase they are the largest that fit on one half of the small (gobbo) slotta bases. If you're using other bases just measure to see the size you can fit.
You could try eBay, but so far I haven't found any other ompany that matches the price and speed of KJ Magnetics. Try themagnetmall.com and wondermagnet.com