The Ultimate Guide to Magnetizing Miniatures for Wargaming

Magnetizing miniatures for wargaming, such as Warhammer 40k or Age of Sigmar, can significantly enhance your gaming experience. It allows for easy transportation, modular units, and dynamic posing. This guide will walk you through the uses and best practices for various magnet sizes, including their metric equivalents, to help you get started.

Why Magnetize Your Miniatures?

  • Flexibility: Easily swap weapons, arms, or other parts.
  • Transportation: Securely transport your miniatures without damage.
  • Customization: Create dynamic poses and modular units.

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

How to Magnetize Your Miniatures

Materials Needed

  • Drill Bits: Match your drill bit size to the diameter of your magnets.
  • Super Glue: For securing magnets in place.
  • Tweezers: To handle small magnets.
  • Hobby Knife: To clean up the drilled holes.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Plan Your Magnetization: Identify the parts you want to magnetize and choose the appropriate magnet size.
  2. Drill Holes: Carefully drill holes into the parts where magnets will be placed.
  3. Test Fit: Ensure magnets fit snugly into the holes.
  4. Glue Magnets: Apply a small amount of super glue and insert the magnets. Be mindful of the polarity to ensure parts attach correctly.
  5. Let it Dry: Allow the glue to dry completely before handling.

Tips for Successful Magnetization

  • Use Correct Polarity: Always double-check magnet polarity to avoid parts repelling each other.
  • Test Fit Parts: Before gluing, test fit all parts to ensure proper alignment.
  • Work Slowly: Take your time to avoid mistakes and ensure precision.

By following this guide, you’ll be well-equipped to magnetize your miniatures, enhancing your wargaming experience with flexibility, ease of transport, and customization. Happy wargaming!

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