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Brother Ramael

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Good evening brothers,I came back to the hobby recently ( I quitted in 6th) and I need to acquire a few cases in order to move my army around....

I'd need to transport about 100 models ( with a few bikes)and a few vehicles (10ish including dreads I'd say).

 

At this point I'd like for some advice from the current veterans: hat are the best options in order to avoid scratching paint? I was left with one foam filled GW case which is serviceable if not really optimal.

 

 



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Magnets, magnets, magnets.

 

A sizeable metal toolbox (or two) or magna racks from Battlefoam are probably the most used option.


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I love that big Shape Shifter Army bag from Phobos Foundry. But the store is closed at this time.
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Magnets and this https://www.ikea.com...weiss-70198031/

 

I don't varnisch my models, so I try to never touch them other than at the base. Those trays retract so you can slide out your models only touching the base (if that matters to you).

 

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Brother Ramael

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I love that big Shape Shifter Army bag from Phobos Foundry. But the store is closed at this time.
https://www.phobosfoundry.com/

Yes that seems quite cool, too bad it's closed.

 

It seems magnets are they way to go then, thanks;)



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One more point for magnets as it's really the easiest way to do it.

 

As for case, I can't recommend enough the A-case, I had the messenger and now the Kane, it's a beast and I can put everything in it, it's really well made also !

link: https://shop.army-case.com/

 

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Magnets here, too.

 

But because I get annoyed with the way hobby specific stuff is always so much more expensive than things that are a bit more multipurpose, I've used biscuit tins. The steel base magnets just love.

 

I found some with windowed lids, so you can always see what's in there:

 

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Sorry to hijack this. A few questions to those of you have been using magnets:

What sort of size/strength magnets are you using?

Have you had any issues with models being pulled towards each other etc when playing games with them?

I've noticed in the links some options show models upside down in trays to add more space - possibly obvious question but will there be polarity issues with this if using the same shelf from above too?


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Sorry to hijack this. A few questions to those of you have been using magnets:

What sort of size/strength magnets are you using?

Have you had any issues with models being pulled towards each other etc when playing games with them?

I've noticed in the links some options show models upside down in trays to add more space - possibly obvious question but will there be polarity issues with this if using the same shelf from above too?

I'm using cheap chinese neodymium magnets for the bases. Usually 3x2mm round ones for infantry, 4x2mm for heavy infantry on 40mm-50mm bases and multiples on bigger models (like 2 or 3 magnets under a Ghostkeel or Riptide base). 
Never had any issue with models being pulled towards each other, but I also take care in keeping the same polarity (one side always up, one always down). 
Putting models upside down on the same shelf can be done even if you keep the same polarity (like I do), but you'd have to be super careful in the placement of the two models on the opposing sides of the shelf (not close to each other) and I'd generally advise against it. You can easily place them upside down on the very top shelf, which acts more as a ceiling for the inside of the bag, since you don't have any other magnet on the other side of it. 

In general it's something I encourage everyone to do because it's so much better than using foam trays. No scratching, no broken bits, no custom foam trays for complex models (Rhinos are a thing, Void Dragons are basically impossible to put into a foam tray)...

One last tip: put a very small ball of green stuff to fix the magnets in place under the base (together with super glue of course). It keeps the magnet perfectly flush with the steel surface it sticks to.
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Sorry to hijack this. A few questions to those of you have been using magnets:

What sort of size/strength magnets are you using?

Have you had any issues with models being pulled towards each other etc when playing games with them?

I've noticed in the links some options show models upside down in trays to add more space - possibly obvious question but will there be polarity issues with this if using the same shelf from above too?

 

For 32 mm diam GW bases the underside has a ca 2.5 mm depth, which suits cylindical magnets fine as long as their length is 2 mm regardless of the diameter of the magnet.

 

Cylindical magnets that have their poles on the flat sides have a much stronger pull force along the cylinder axis than along the radius, therefore with weaker magnets a bit heavier models may move along the metal sheet they are stuck on, basically they are prone to slide on the sheet if the bag/box/sheet is subject to sudden acceleration/deceleration along the sheets plane. So therefore always go for the stronger magnets even if the weaker ones give suffiecient adherence perpendicular to the metal sheet.

 

So, I tested with 6 x 2 mm cylinder magnets with N52 strength and with one magnet, a resin 30k space marine on 32 mm base and they have been fine dropping the bag on the floor from 1 m height. I marked the metal sheet around the base edge and observed after the drop that the model haven't slided along the sheet eventhough the bag rolled after dropping. So I recommend 6 x 2 mm magnets of N52 strenght, get a pack of hundred (or two hundred depending on army size) because you will need multiples for larger models.

 

If the model and the base are resin and extra chunky, like the 30k forgeworld character series models, then put several magnets on the underside of the larger scenic base agains the sheet and put two on the underside of the 32 mm base against the scenic base.

 

 

I had no issues with models pulled towards eachother during games just because of the weaker radial pull force of cylindrical magnets (the strong pull is axial).

 

I too don't recommed to put them upside down due to reasons mentioned in above posts.


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Thanks AenarIT and Imren for your responses.

 

I may have to give this a go. My ork horde is growing and I need better storage for this and loads of other models.


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Oh man, after recently moving house I just spent sooo long rebuilding my broken minis who suffered at the hands of classic foam cases and a combination of tissue paper and bubble wrap lol..

Hopefully the other boxes faired better but I feel like I've been living under a rock not knowing this magnet biz!
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I could talk about cases all day!

 

The "new" GW ones, with the zig zag foam are as far as I can tell..ok. But minis will still bump and nudge etc. The older cases with individual foam sections were better in my opinion.

 

That said KR cases are by far better and cheaper. They come normally with a cardboard outer box for easy storage, decoration, naming etc to and they stack very well.

 

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