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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Jul 2017 8:48 p.m. PST

Do you use magnets in your wargaming hobby?

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP24 Jul 2017 8:53 p.m. PST

Yep. Especially in air battles and space combat.

Grizzly7124 Jul 2017 8:54 p.m. PST

Yes. Lots in 15mm for vehicles. Attach turrets, treads, arms, barrels, and bunker roof for both sci-fi and WWII.

1/8 and 1/4 in round, and 1/8 x 1/4 rectangle.

The Beast Rampant24 Jul 2017 9:29 p.m. PST

Yes, to attach aircraft and spacecraft to their bases. Mostly because having the two components separate makes them a thousand times easier to store and transport. No more repairing broken flight stands for me.

Also, to give 'mechs (not the 1:285 ones) interchangeable load-outs, as well as making them swivel, and removable for battle damage.

advocate24 Jul 2017 11:07 p.m. PST

Aircraft only.

Chuckaroobob24 Jul 2017 11:35 p.m. PST

Yes I do. Interchangeable weapons, bases, etc.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 1:11 a.m. PST

Yes basing and weapon swaps

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 2:00 a.m. PST

I don't, but I'd sure like to.

DanWW225 Jul 2017 2:12 a.m. PST

Yes- tiny rare earth ones under GW bases and self- adhesive round ones under flat bases to store plastic miniatures to galvanised steel lined plastic boxes; and on 1/200 aircraft stands to hold the plane on.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 2:23 a.m. PST




JimDuncanUK25 Jul 2017 4:18 a.m. PST

Yes, I certainly do.

I have a modular magnetic fort using magnets to connect various parts, short walls, long walls, towers and gateways.

These can be reconfigured in various ways including making a linear city wall.





A quick change of flags and it changes nationality just like that although its appearance is Middle Eastern. I am currently tweaking it to look the part in an imaginary North Western Frontier arena.

I also use magnets to attach figures to sabot bases.



The fort has since grown in size by adding additional sections.



Dwindling Gravitas25 Jul 2017 4:27 a.m. PST

I don't 'yet' but plan to start this year.

@Jim Duncan: That looks effing brilliant!

Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 5:02 a.m. PST

I base my men on magnets. For example, 15mm figures are mostly based on 1/2" magnet. Then mounted on steel plates sized for the rules I'm playing. This has allowed me to change rules three times in the past without rebasing my miniatures.
I also line the carriers for my miniatures with magnet for fewer unfortunate incidents when going to away games.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 5:58 a.m. PST

Nope I don't at this point.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 5:58 a.m. PST

Yes for flight stands and ship models

Also use steel bases so my move stands are thin magnetic sheeting

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 6:19 a.m. PST

Yes, for aerial wargaming.

NCC1717 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

For 1/6000 naval: to attach ship bases to division bases and to attach damage markers to ship bases.


For 1/1200 ancient naval: to attach ship bases to unit bases.


rustymusket25 Jul 2017 6:26 a.m. PST

I use sheet magnets in the storage boxes. I base my 28 mm figs on 1" washers.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 6:34 a.m. PST

Only in storage boxes (ala rustymusket)_

Kevin C Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 6:42 a.m. PST

All of my miniatures are based on magnetic bases. Shogun Miniatures' magnetic bases are the best:

Col Durnford Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 6:49 a.m. PST

Just started a few years ago. Added magnets to the underside of colonial gunboat decks with the crew and guns mounted on small steel washers. No more crew falling over board.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 7:45 a.m. PST

Yes, in many of the ways already described.


Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 8:23 a.m. PST

Yes, in several of the ways fore-mentioned.

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 9:31 a.m. PST

Yes, individual thin metal bases onto varying unit sized magnetic sheets; eg company, half battalion, open order and skirmish.

Timmo uk25 Jul 2017 10:04 a.m. PST

Yes. Planes.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2017 11:33 a.m. PST

I have about 10,000 single figures 25 to 28 mm and about 3000 DBA stands with magnetic bases which i store and transport in thin metal lined boxes and movement trays.

Old Wolfman27 Jul 2017 7:17 a.m. PST

Sometimes. Mostly on resin/white metal vehicles or on plastic aircraft.

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