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I am currently building my quite typical Tau army. I just bought a used battle suit commander yesterday. He came with the extra bits and flying bases too. I was wondering how everybody models their battle suits, do you put them on the flying bases?
Aesthetically the base would look a lot cooler and i suppose could help them see over taller cover. On the other hand they would be easier to see and everybody hates when those damn bases break.
What is your PoV?
Its your call really. It a pain in the but when a flight base breaks and it just as much as a pain the but when the battlesuit breaks at the ankles.
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Mine are all on flying stands because I liked the modeling possibilities. I have had two of the stands snap and require replacement (after my son accidentally knocked them off the table to the floor), and that is a real pain in the ass to do. It requires me to drill out the bit that gets stuck in the suit. Not easy or fun, but at least doable. I don't have any experience with trying to fix the common complaint of snapped battlesuit ankles yet, thankfully!
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I have modelled some of my suits in both fashion, one is mounted on a poor space marine
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i ussually do, mostly because the feet are extremely unreliable for normal bases, being that their toes are the only thing touching the base in that case.
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Thanks for all the help everybody. I think since I am already magnetizing the weapons I might as well magnetize the flying base. The person I bought the commander had him glued on his feet so I have to change that.
I dont think magnetizing a battle suit would require any modifications because rare earth magnets are quite strong. My idea for magnetizing a devilfish would include widening the top of the flying base with a thin piece of sheet metal from metals class. I have yet to try this but I do not see why it wouldnt work. I found a guide on google for magnetizing battlesuits. Il PM u a link.
Last edited by xXTrancerXx; March 16th, 2010 at 23:24.
A always have mine on foot, I never liked the idea of a transparent rod going spontaneously up their backsides! I always convert my Battlesuits in even a small way. I've discovered a method that could both strenthen the ankles without compromising the look of the model. It's in my WIP Tread if you want a look, the latest XV8 funnily enough, I'm hoping to repeat it throughout all of my Battlesuits hopefully.
I don't know if yo can see it, it's the hoof going through the barricade looking like a hydraulic piston where the bisceps should be on the legs. Sorry about the appalling picture hopefully I'll get the thread back up and running after I finished with Uni.
If you don't like the sound of that, just don't glue the rods in place just like the vehicles, that way they last longer and dont snap. Or you could have them flying over ruined buildings, battle detruis or enemies to hide that rod, which does usually look out of place and less pleasing to the eye.
Here's a good example of which, with none other than my Commander:
And yes, he's magnetised ^_^
Hope this helps
Last edited by Kai-Itza; March 18th, 2010 at 13:48.
Personally, almost all of my Crisis Suits are "walking". I do have one that is modeled with a flying post. Even magnetized I find the flying bases to be a pit of a PITA, so I pretty much avoided them.
One of the best ways to magnetize a tank is to go and get some very thin 3/8" x 1/32" rare earth disk magnets. Then you glue one to the bottom of the tank where the hole for the stand is. Then for the flying base, you need to go and get a bunch of cheep ball point pens that have the nice smooth tubes for the body of the pen. Take the pen apart, and cut a length of the tube to match the height of the flying base (after removing the peg that goes into the tank). Put the tube onto the flying base around the old stand and glue another magnet on top of that (making sure that it's facing the right way so it attracts the tank). Then you're done.
If you want to get a bit fancier, you can drill the bottom of the tank out a bit so the magnet is recessed in there, but I have found that the really thin magnets look alright even it glued directly to the bottom of the tank. Smaller magnets work too, but I've found that anything smaller than 1/4" makes the tank too wobbly.
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