Essential Magnet Size Guide for Miniature Wargaming

Magnetizing your miniatures is a game-changer for any wargamer, providing flexibility and ease of transport. This guide focuses on the essential magnet sizes you'll need to enhance your miniature wargaming experience.

Magnet Sizes and Their Uses

Magnet Size (Imperial) Magnet Size (Metric) Uses
1/16" x 1/32" 1.6mm x 0.8mm
  • Infantry Weapon Swaps
  • Light Accessories
3/32" x 1/16" 2.4mm x 1.6mm
  • Infantry Heads
  • Lightweight Plastic Components
1/8" x 1/16" 3.2mm x 1.6mm
  • Small Vehicle Parts
  • Larger Infantry Parts
3/16" x 1/16" 4.8mm x 1.6mm
  • Medium Vehicle Parts
  • Heavy Infantry Weapons
1/4" x 1/16" 6.4mm x 1.6mm
  • Larger Vehicle Components
  • Monster and Large Model Parts
3/8" x 1/16" 9.5mm x 1.6mm
  • Heavy Vehicles
  • Large Monster Parts
1/2" x 1/16" 12.7mm x 1.6mm
  • Super-heavy Vehicles
  • Massive Models
3/16" x 3/32" 4.8mm x 2.4mm
  • Small to Medium Bases
1/4" x 3/32" 6.4mm x 2.4mm
  • Medium to Large Bases
3/8" x 3/32" 9.5mm x 2.4mm
  • Large Bases

Choosing the Right Magnet Size

Selecting the appropriate magnet size depends on the weight and size of the parts you are magnetizing. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Smaller Magnets (1/16" to 1/8" diameter): Best for lightweight parts and small components like infantry weapons and accessories.
  • Medium Magnets (3/16" to 1/4" diameter): Suitable for medium-sized parts such as vehicle hatches, turrets, and heavy infantry weapons.
  • Larger Magnets (3/8" to 1/2" diameter): Ideal for large and heavy components like monster parts, large vehicle sections, and super-heavy models.

Tips for Using Magnets

  • Check Polarity: Always ensure the polarity of the magnets is correct before gluing them in place to avoid repelling parts.
  • Secure Fit: Make sure the magnets fit snugly in the drilled holes to prevent them from coming loose.
  • Use Quality Tools: Invest in good tools like a pin vise, drill bits, and tweezers for precision and ease.

By following this guide, you'll be equipped with the knowledge to choose the right magnet sizes for your miniatures, enhancing your wargaming experience with secure and flexible assemblies. Happy gaming!

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