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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 5:35 p.m. PST

The club decided to go back to "To the Strongest" this week with some heavy Saxon on Gaul action. It gave me the impetus to finally finish upgrading my movement trays for the game.

The trays themselves are heavy sheet magnet painted green. These are sized for a frontage of 3 stands each 40mm wide. Depths are for two ranks for regular troops, one rank for lights. These are mostly for "deep" units that are based on 30mm deep stands (versus normal infantry on 15 or 20mm deep stands). I use the magnet that is lined with vinyl on one side, as it "slides" across the table so you don't always have to lift the troops (handy with troops in the middle of a larger table). And since I base all my troops on steel bases, they stick to the tray even on hills. On the back edge is a dice dock with a unit ID. The unit ID is color coded so each command is a separate color. The number then corresponds to the number on the roster, so you know your unit 4 is Warrior, or Light Infantry, Bow (or whatever). The dice is used to record ammunition level. These are removable and magnetic so they stick to the movement tray. Finally there is a printed track from 2 to 9 to record activation numbers. A log "slider" is moved during the game to show what activation number was last scored. This gets rid of having all the playing cards on the table.

The flexibility of basing figures on steel and using sheet magnet for various groupings is why I'm such a big proponent of it!



Son of Liberty14 Apr 2019 6:55 p.m. PST

What's your source for heavy sheet magnet?

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Apr 2019 10:17 p.m. PST

I bought a roll.

Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 1:54 a.m. PST

They look very practical! I sell the material in the UK, but have only used it for lining storage boxes- I must raid my own stock. :-)


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 5:20 a.m. PST

The stuff i use is very stiff and approx. 2mm thick.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 5:24 a.m. PST

And here's a pic with the activation number strip in place:


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Apr 2019 10:22 a.m. PST

Here are the components of a movement stand. Sheet magnet (before and after painting), a unit ID/dice dock and the "slider."


Here is a picture of the stand with my Vikings on it. In our club we use one rank of figures per "hit" the unit can take. It's a visual way to show light, regular and deep units.


And here's a picture from the rear. the log is just a handle for the slider so you can move it to show the last activation card drawn. This unit last activated on a 4.


Personal logo BigRedBat Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Apr 2019 1:43 a.m. PST

I really like that! I'd be tempted to use a casualty mini on the slider.

JeffGrein16 Apr 2019 1:25 p.m. PST

Any chance you could share the slider?



Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Apr 2019 7:30 a.m. PST

The "Slider" is a small piece of sheet magnet with a twig glued to it.

A casualty marker would be hard to "grab." You need to get a bit of grip and when in a scrum in the middle of the table, the twig works great.

Surprisingly, I've gotten a load of emails and comments asking for details so I'm going to do a start to finish video on making these – should have it done by the weekend.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Apr 2019 4:21 p.m. PST

If you meant the image for the green dots just email

I print them on sheet label

ether drake Supporting Member of TMP21 Apr 2019 2:01 a.m. PST

This is great.

So I take it you are using the Thick (0.030") Standard Vinyl Magnetic Roll?

Are your figures 28mm?

Have you tried the medium thickness and is it not sturdy enough for holding metal 28mm?

I'm thinking of using this to base anything from 6mm to 28mm figures.

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