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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2018 2:10 p.m. PST

The infantry of the new plastic Ogre miniatures are designed to snap into a plastic base so that you can remove figures as needed. Fearing that this system would likely lead to figures catapulting away through space, I've opted to use 1mm x 2mm rare earth magnets to make it easier to place figures on bases and to transfer them to/from transports.

It takes a lot of time drilling this many holes and gluing magnets in. But I've got the full Godzilla movie collection on DVD and haven't watched them in awhile!

Initial tests with 3/4" fender washers and 1mm x 2mm rare earth magnets went well.

Put in a request with my friendly local laser-cutter for some custom base-toppers to fit the fender washers. One style holds 3 of the Ogre infantry. The other holds 3 of the old GW Epic infantry; I'm using Epic Terminators for wet marines, and Eldar Wraithguard for heavy infantry. Behold, the chipboard emoji base-toppers:

Then acquired fender washers and rare earth magnets by the hundreds, and began drilling holes. Lots of little holes. I find it works best to mark the center, drill a pilot hole with a smaller bit, and then drill out with the 2mm bit. I've started this while watching the Millenium Godzilla series, I'll be well beyond that and into the Heisei series before this is done. After two Kickstarter projects of Ogre miniatures, I have a lot of infantry on hand!

Ogre Miniatures Set 2 just landed on my doorstep this weekend, with more infantry[!] and GEV-PC infantry carriers. I'll be able to put magnets under the transport bed of the carriers and easily move infantry on and off. The washers are a bit smaller than the bases supplied with the plastic Ogre infantry, and the smaller size will be a little more convenient for the tabletop.

The base toppers were made by Things From The Basement. Joerg is recently returned from summer vacation, and I suspect he will have these up on the shop soon in the page for Bases & Markers: link

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2018 7:15 a.m. PST

I fear too that the system of figure removal will lead to more permanent causalities and my system is less elegant. I plan on leaving them in and using small poker chips to make figure removal…

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2018 7:42 a.m. PST

PzGeneral, that is certainly an easier path!

Thomas Whitten10 Aug 2018 5:48 a.m. PST

Nice write up and pretty neat idea, but too much work for me. Even though I am normally cheap, in this case I just get extra infantry and make separate bases with 1 or 2 figures.

Thanks for the article.

On a different note, I am a big Godzilla film and I am looking forward to the new one coming to theaters.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2018 8:41 a.m. PST

I was originally planning on glue bases of 1s, 2s, and 3s. But then I was going crazy trying to calculate what would be a good proportion, and then opted for the magnets to avoid that headache and also to allow moving figures to and from transports.

Base toppers like this would also be good to use when gluing figures to stands, to avoid the headache of trying to fill texture around the tiny base of each figure to blend it in.

Hmm, new Gojira film! I about it gets a better release in the US than Shin Godzilla did. I was lucky to catch that in the theatre the 2 weeks it was here. Some friends were not so lucky and didn't even have showings anywhere near them.

Thomas Whitten10 Aug 2018 10:54 a.m. PST

<Q> Base toppers like this would also be good to use when gluing figures to stands, to avoid the headache of trying to fill texture around the tiny base of each figure to blend it in.

Wow, that did not even cross my mind. I'll be doing that.

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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2018 6:31 a.m. PST

The mag floor GEV-PCs are now operational!

First step was ripping out the plastic floor on the model and trimming down the compartment edges.

Then gluing in a new magnetic steel floor. I ordered custom metal bases from Shogun Miniatures. 11/32" x 3/4"; 12 each, with shipping in the US (48) were under $10. USD

Painted up the bases for the first 6 forces. (Grey and Glowy still to go.)

Sprayed the backside with a solid colour for each force to facilitate packing up at the end of a game and quickly identifyiing which ones go in which Plano box. Then gave them a couple of coats of Glosscote for protection (although if the paint chips on the bottom, that's not a real problem.

Sprayed the tops in speckled patterns to go with each force for easier tabletop identification. The 3 dark forces got a dark grey in their speckle mix. The 3 light forces got a light grey.

Now to watch many more Godzilla movies while I continue to drill holes in the bases of each infantry figure and glue in the 1mm x 2mm magnets!

The good news is that we have been using these in games and everyone is really happy with how well this system is working. The prep time spent will amortise well over continued game play.

Here's a photo from a couple of games ago when we were still using cardboard counters for the GEV-PCs and before the bases got painted. (I forgot to snap a pic of yesterday's game with the new improved models in action.)

J Womack 9417 Sep 2018 7:55 a.m. PST

What a great idea! I used old Space Marines for my Paneuropean infantry as well. But I used GW assault marines for my "wet" marines instead of Terminators. And I like the use of the Eldar for heavies (I just used missile launcher space marines to indicate).

I didn't even think about them being removable, though. I'm not going to go back and rebase an entire two-battalions, but it's a great idea.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

Got a new band saw up and running yesterday and was able to complete the final stage of my bemagnetted infantry system. Cut some 6" x 1.5" 28 gauge steel strips and bent them to shape to make caddies to hold the infantry in the Plano boxes.

Also finished up the detail painting on the forces of Dark Green

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2018 9:12 a.m. PST

Dark Blue infantry are ready for action. Their marines bearing the shoulder flash of the elite Underwater Marines.

Legion 418 Oct 2018 2:48 p.m. PST

Neat !!!!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP24 Oct 2018 5:54 a.m. PST

Things From The Basement has been busy with some much larger projects, but finally caught up with listing the laser-cut base-toppers in the shop, both Ogre and Epic infantry types. They're great for either using with magnets, or just gluing infantry onto 3/4" inch bases and reducing the need for filler. 20 base toppers per sheet. Will conveniently cover all the infantry in an Ogre Battle Box!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Nov 2018 2:37 p.m. PST

Dark Red squishies joining the ranks.

The how-to article on magnetising the infantry has been accepted for the next issue of Ogrezine!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP16 Dec 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

I was planning on submitting a scenario article for the next issue of Ogrezine, but then I got a request from the editor to write up an article on the Infantry Magnets. The pdf of the full issue is due for release next March. In the meanwhile, they are gradually releasing some articles. this article went live yesterday:

Legion 416 Dec 2018 2:37 p.m. PST

Very Nice ! But they look like Commies ! With all that red and all !

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