Saturday, November 24, 2007

Anti-Gravity Device

Doctor Benjamin Franklinstein has invented an anti-gravity device for the movement of soldiers.

But seriously, I have been making movement trays out of black styrene with thin rare earth magnets sandwiched between 2 sheets of plastic. I made 20 2 inch by 2 inch trays for infantry (holds 4 miniatures) and have enough plastic left to make 11 2 inch by 4 inch trays (which would fit 3 of my cavalry), but need to order more magnets before we can move cavalry on the anti-grav devices.
The black plastic is ok as is, but I think I'll try painting some trays green to better match the minis' bases and my terrain pieces. Have to see if the paint rubs off over time sliding minis on and off the trays.


rpardo said...

Great idea!
I suppose that there are also magnets into the minaiture bases isn't is?

abdul666 said...

Batrachians are equally pleasant when patrolling the antipodes!

Fitz-Badger said...

No magnets on the mini bases, although that would make for an even stronger hold. I just base the minis on metal washers. With that the hold is strong enough for gaming purposes (and although they hold well enough to turn upside down I wouldn't shake it around too much like that!)
Now to get more minis painted to go on the trays!

tidders said...

Nice idea, you can get black platicard - could save some paint and eliminate ware marks.


-- Allan

Fitz-Badger said...

Thanks for the link, Allan!
I am using black plastic. I get mine from MicroMark. Since I am in the US and shipping and the exchange rates being what they are... well, I haven't actually priced it out, but in any event I have plenty of black plastic to keep me busy for a while. :-)

MurdocK said...

Just use a cut sheet of 'grass paper' as the covering.

See MurdocK's MarauderS for my solution.