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Buy some magnets that fit snugly under a GW base, I use these. Glue them under your bases (1 for infantry, 2 for most vehicles, 3 for taller models).
Go to your local hardware store and grab three things:
Combine , making a removable metal sheet and sealable storage container that can hold a bunch of models, they don't shift or move much, you could flip the box upside down without issue. Easy to bring to a FLGS or move around your place.
I magnetized my bases with these. They work well since they are the right thickness to be pretty much flush with Citadel bases if you put them underneath (I just used super glue), I use 1 for bases under 60mm, and 2 for bases over 60mm. They are strong enough to stick onto metal when I shake them hard, so it is pretty good for transport and they don't cost too much (can magnetize ~80-90 models with these depending on your army).
Magnetize your bases (its like $13 for a bunch of medium magnets like these which fit flush under citadel bases, 1-2 per base is fine) then grab a plastic storage container that will fit your army and some metal sheets (bring a magnet to the hardware store to see if they are attracted to the metal) for like $25 that you super glue/tape to the bottom of the container. It will hold your models perfectly still and stable even if you turn the container upside down and nothing really gets knocked around during transit. Also magnetized bases make certain other things possible, like adding metal to the tops of terrain to keep units from being knocked off it during adjustments or making vehicles mountable.
The best solution bar none is to magnetize your bases (get some cheap magnets like these (note these magnets fit pretty much flush under citadel bases) and super glue them to the bottoms of your bases, one for bases under 60mm and 2-3 for bases over 60mm is usually fine) then use some tape or velcro strips to attack thin metal sheets to the bottom of some plastic containers, you can get the thin metal strips and sheets for around $20-$30 from a hardware store (test to see if the magnets stick before buying) and plastic containers from basically anywhere.
The magnets will hold the models down strongly, they don't slip or slide or get knocked around, and they travel very well. Overall you are looking for around $50 of stuff to make an army sized container that will keep your stuff safe for a long time.
It looks like these- but you get 100 for $6-$12. Lol
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I used these disc magnets and the loc-tite gel glue. popped the stem off the bottom of ships and replaced it with the magnets, and clipped a lot of pegs and glued some to the top. It makes a satisfying clip when placing the ships and makes it so much easier to remove the ships in the case of bumps.
The ones I've always used are pretty small. Here's a similar one down below. I just glue it or silicone it in place, then paint over it so I don't see silver discs everywhere.
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Magnetize your bases (superglue some cheap magnets to the bottoms, I find these work well)
Get a cheap piece of metal sheeting from a hardware store (home depot stocks them near the window flashing IIRC).
Attack said sheeting to the bottom of a hard plastic storage box with a lid using either velcro tabs, super glue, or magnet strips.
Put models in.
This is very secure and doesn't shift at all. You can flip it upside down and the models stay secure, and throwing it across the room will only tip the tallest of models. Very easy to store, models don't get dusty, easy to transport, easy to put a variety of things in there (like magnetized options).
I used those. the emoji isn't as strong of a hold as the others, but it still works fine. if they were thicker I'm not sure it would. I planned to dig a bit of a hole for the magnet if I had to, but it hasn't been necessary yet.
These look about right. And you will have 96 extra!
Don't use foam. Get some cheaper magnets of amazon like these. Use a dab of super glue to stick them onto the bottom of your bases, one for 40mm and less, two for 40-90mm, three for 90mm+.
Then go to home depot or another hard ware store and find some metal sheets. They should be there, though it might take some looking. I found some at home depot that was 18"x12" (they don't need to be thick, take one of the magnets you buy with you to make sure they stick) for $7. Then at that same hardware store grab some velcro tabs that can stick to surfaces and a storage box that will fit the metal sheet and is tall enough for your models.
The models are incredibly secure, don't slip or slide, nothing gets snagged or caught/broken, and it is cheap. I made a box that holds all of the Indomitus box+ the Thousand Sons Start Collecting box for $16 total. I tested it by literally throwing it across my room, the Canoptek Reanimator fell over but everything else was fine.
I use these when I make magnets. They are super strong.
>What is the best way for someone who has no experience with tabletop war games to understand Warhammer? The book? Videos? My ADD is going haywire with having a partially built army and lots of books that intimidate me.
For the game, you mostly need the basics. The basic rules are free here though you'll want the full rulebook eventually. Those rules are what you want mostly.
Generally each army is broken into units, which are composed of models. The unit moves together, and has to stay together. There are several phases in which you do things, and you use dice to decide how events happen (like if you hit what you are shooting at).
A good video for understanding the game is here. Generally though you'll just get used to the rules as you play.
Don't feel too intimidated, generally your unit's stats will be on a sheet of paper during the battle to reference, and you only need the new 9e Necron Codex and the core rulebook to start playing.
>I got trapped trying to catalogue the immortals of the army while looking at the CODEX because of the different weapons and colors because I don't yet know the game and I think that may have been a bad way to start. Thoughts?
Don't worry too much. Generally you can look up units online or even look up the instruction manual for their assembly to see what weapons they have, or even just ask on this sub and people will tell you. Try to separate the units into different types so you can understand what you have though, even if it will take a little bit.
>Do you have to stick with the colors outlined in the CODEXS? in particular I noticed different color necron immortals meant something different. But hell, I'm a girl, I want a pink army, darnnit. lol I ask because I can paint through all of the surgeries and stuff but might learn all that I need to know about the game until I'm better!
No, you don't have to stick with colors. They are your army, paint them how you want. Outside of Space Marines no one really cares about paint schemes anyways.
> My BIL has a pretty extensive army (I believe), but they are all in various stages of completion. Some haven't left the box to be built, some are partially painted, some are just missing stickers. How do you store them? He had some foam in a box for smaller infantry and lords, but no storage options (for traveling) for his bigger or more fragile pieces like the monolith, doom scythe, or canoptek wraiths.
Everyone has a different system. Personally for most models I use a magnetized box. Just get some cheap plastic storage containers from a hardware store, a piece of metal sheeting from that same store that fits in the container (Home Depot stocks them), glue it to the bottom then glue some small magnets to the bases of the minis (I use 1 for 40mm and smaller, 2 for oval bases and 40mm and over, and for bigger/taller models I use three of these.
As for some of the really big models, it is honestly quite difficult. Usually though a kitchen towel wrapped around them while in the car is fine, then on a shelf when at home.
> Lastly, I thought it was a bit weird that literally 3 of his pieces are 100% completed. Some are only primed, some a missing attachments. Is that ok? Are you allowed to customize?
That, sadly, isn't uncommon. Seems like he just never finished assembly. You are allowed to customize so long as the model is still recognizable as what it is supposed to be and it has the wargear it should (usually people only care about the main weapon and any swapable gear like shields on lychguard). Converting models is very popular and some people have done some pretty cool stuff.
A good application to build an army list is Battlescribe.
I just got my first 3d printer. I see a dice box in my future..
Btw, you can shorten your Amazon link to just https://www.amazon.com/GBYMIUY-Refrigerator-Magnets-Cylinder-Whiteboard/dp/B07873ZCY4 to make it look a bit less scary.
I usually buy them on amazon, any 6mm diameter by 3mm tall rare earth magnet will do if the tolerances are sufficiently tight. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07873ZCY4/.
My favorite solution so far is to get plastic boxes from the DIY store (e.g. small parts organizers).
I then use tin snips to cut out galvanized sheet metal to the right shape, and then use flex paste or similar to glue it to the bottom and sides of those boxes.
Then some neodymium disc magnets (around 3mm thick works, though some bases may require a bit of trimming to lie flat) to glue to the base of the models or to insert into the tracks or wheels.
I find the thick, slo-zap type adhesive works best as it fills in gaps and makes a stronger bond. THe bond will break if you don't use enough, so I normally hit it twice. Once on the actually join surface and then again when that's dry to make a ring around the magnet.
This makes strong enough connections for vehicles, all kinds of infantry, and by putting stuff on the sides of the boxes you have space for taller models.
The magnets are strong enough that you can treat the boxes pretty roughly w/o shaking the models free, and it's better than foam b/c foam tends to rub paint off over time and/or break smaller bits. I even have one model that's mostly pewter (a warboss based on an old WFB minotaur) that stays in place w/ these magnets.
Get the Recruit Edition and Command Edition Starter sets. That will give you two combat patrol sized forces, the core rulebook, and some starting terrain.
From there each friend should get the Combat Patrol for the faction they like the most, or if their faction doesn't have one, they should get their start collecting box and enough units to fill out a 500pt list.
You should choose an army you like the lore/style of. The starter sets come with Space Marines (pretty popular, someone in your group will want them), and necrons (also popular, spooky space robot skeletons, nice models too).
Generally the easier armies to play are the ones with lots of durable infantry, simple aura based abilities, and good damage potential. Necrons, Death Guard, Space Marines, Custodes, Chaos Space Marines, and Orks all fit that bill.
Cost wise for the two starter sets you are looking at about $180 on amazon, but that comes with everything you need to run games along with two armies, so it is a really good deal. Check your local walmart to see if they have any Indomitus boxes in stock as well, that set is fantastic and about the same price for twice the points. For each combat patrol or (usually, depends on the army) starting army you are looking at $140 a piece first party, though that can get lower to about $120 if its on sale (check amazon and ebay for deals).
You don't need to paint stuff immediately, but eventually you'll want to start.
For assembly you need a set of clippers (wire cutters, snippers, whatever you call them, like $7 on amazon), a hobby knife to clean mold lines ($5 on amazon), some super glue (the models in the starter sets are pushfit, so they won't need them, but a lot of kits aren't) ($4, I like testor's), some primer (I use Krylon, $7 a can and works fine), and some basing material (don't buy the niche hobby stuff, get a some baking soda and PVA (elmer's) glue. Spread the glue on the base then cover in baking soda. Let sit for 2 hours. Brush off as much baking soda as you can without being too rough, then prime with the model, nice sand/dirt texture without much effort or cost).
I would also recommend some cheap magnets, I use these, superglued under the bases so the models are easy to store. Get some cheap metal sheeting from Home Depot, a cheap plastic storage tub, and you got some very secure storage that keeps dust off and is easy to transport.
Yes I am. Heres the link to the ones I use.
Buy some magnets off amazon. I found these fit snugly under GW bases.
Super glue said magnets to the underside of your bases. 1 for bases 40mm and under, 2 for bases 40mm-60mm, and 3 for bases 60mm+ (height of the model should adjust this too, I put three under my canoptek reanimator but my outriders only needed two).
Go to your hardware store and get three things. The first is a metal sheet. Bring one of your magnets with you to make sure it sticks. Most hardware stores stock these near the windows and hardware sections (screws and bolts and such). Go to your hardware store's website to see where in the store they are (I know Lowe's and Home Depot have the location in store listed, and you can always ask a shop employee).
The second is a sealable plastic container large enough for the metal sheet and tall enough for your tallest model (I find that 7in is usually enough for most things, repeat this with a smaller box that is taller for the few tall models in order to save space). Grab the box second since it needs to fit the metal sheet. Make sure it also has a lid that is sealable.
The third is double sided velcro tabs. You peel off the paper, stick one side to the bottom of the box and then put on the matching velcro tab. Peel off the paper on top and make sure you have four tabs in the box (one in each corner), then set down your metal sheet so it sticks. The metal sheet is now removable and will stay in the box.
Assemble, container-velcro tabs-metal sheet.
And you are done. I put together a box large enough for all of Indomitus+a Start collecting box for $16 using this method. The models are very secure, don't shift, you can flip the box upside down and they are fine, and are easy to remove for play. The box is sealable so it is easy to store and will keep your models dry and stable even in a humid climate. It is incredibly cheap, easy to scale up, and you don't need a bunch of foam lying around.
Best of all, magnetizing your bases makes priming and creating paint handles easy. Just glue a quarter to the top of a pill bottle and you'll save money on sticky tack, and buy a longer metal strip of something to make a quick and easy handle for spray priming.
For sure - he said neodymium earth magnets. Looks like there’s a fairly cheap set on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07873ZCY4
They sure are. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07873ZCY4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
That's the big magnet
Step 1: Get cheap magnets like these (they fit under citadel bases snugly) ($13). Super glue them to the bottom of your bases. Takes about a minute to dry.
Step 2: Buy a larger, flat storage box from your local hardware store. I got mine for $7. It is about 22"x13" and 6.5" tall under the lid. I got mine at home depot.
Step 3: Buy a metal sheet from that same hardware store. Check their website for where in the store they are, just search "metal sheet". It should fit in your storage box. I got mine for about $8. Bring a magnet with you to the store to make sure that it attaches to the sheet.
Step 4: At that same hardware store buy those velcro tabs that have adhesive on both the spikey bit and the fabricy bit. Attach them first to the bottom of your storage container, adhering them. Then place the opposite part of the velcro on top of these so they stick, then remove the strip covering the adhesive on those. Then place the metal sheet on top and let it adhere. Cost me $3, I used four per sheet and there were twelve in the pack so $1 per box.
And you are done, place the models in, and not only do they look nice, but you could go offroading in a dune buggy and those models will not budge. I literally tossed my box across the room with 2k points in models inside and everything was fine (though when they got bounced around off my wall the taller models tipped over, but all the infantry was still in place). You can easily remove that metal sheet to pull out all the models at once for display or to show off, and the storage boxes will just stack up neatly. Transporting is a breeze, and nothing is going to snap or break since they are being pushed around by foam inserts.
The best part is the price. This cost me $15 per box, and the current box I have neatly stores 2500 points of Necrons, Space Marines, and Thousand Sons. You need 1 magnet for bases under 60mm, though as I learned you need 2-3 for bases 60mm and larger.
I used these ones. They were plenty strong despite only being 3mm wide