ASOIF: TMG – Magnetic basing and storage

How to magnetize model bases, unit trays and storage for A Song of Ice and Fire: The Tabletop Miniatures Game.

What you will need

Adding washers to the models

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1. Using your hobby clippers snip the two nubs off the bottom of the models base.

 

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2. With the nubs removed the base is ready for the washer.

 

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3. Apply a small amount of superglue around the entire edge of the washer. Firmly hold the washer in place for a few seconds and then let the model stand for the superglue to dry.

Adding magnets to the unit trays

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1. Use your scissors to cut the magnetic sheet into a long strip. Then cut small rectangles from the strip.

 

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2. Add a rectangle to each spot on the unit tray.

 

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3. Done! The models sit just a bit higher in the unit tray but these guys are locked in.

 

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4. Optional step – the flip test.

Storage

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1. Grab your stacking storage bins, these will be your transport and storage solution.

 

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2. Measure the magnetic sheet and cut as needed. I had to trim about an inch from the top of the sheet.

 

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3. Peel the adhesive cover off the back of the magnetic sheet and stick it to the bottom of the bin.

 

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4. Cut a second magnetic sheet as needed to cover the remaining space on the bottom of the bin.

 

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5. Fill the bins with your models. The washers glued to the bases will create a secure hold.

 

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6. Racked, stacked and ready to march for battle!

Enjoy! I’ve been using a similar solution for my Bolt Action armies for years without issue. I cannot go back to foam – this is easier and cheaper.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.

10 thoughts on “ASOIF: TMG – Magnetic basing and storage

  1. Very nice, plus it adds a small amount of weight to the plastic mini. I’m getting close to setting up a magnetic storage box. I’ve already weight the minis with a washer that will stick to a magnet (some won’t). Just need to find storage boxes that are fairly shallow, so everything will still fit only my shelves.

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    1. The added heft is a great feature as well! Luckily there are tons of options for storage boxes out there. The ones that Ben uses are shorter than mine – you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking some down that work for you.

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      1. If you have a Dremel tool, these bits also work pretty well to remove any protrusions from under the base, whether it be the underside of slotta tabs, etc.

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  2. I’ve heard about buying galvanized flashers but this aliases to different. Can you link to the magnetic sheet you bought or explain where you got it?

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      1. Is the 60 mil thickness needed? What about the washers? Was considering getting less thick on both so they won’t be so raised. Thoughts? I still want them to stay put 🙂

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      2. I’d be worried that the bond wouldn’t be strong enough without direct contact between the washer and the magent. But you could certainly give it a try!

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  3. I used 1/8 x 1 fender washers and they fit like a glove. I’m also using flatter magnets and they seem to be holding very secure. This was a fantastic idea and thanks so much for sharing!

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