|My $5 storage box(without the lid on)...|
One of the things I struggle with as both a modeler who wargames at home and advisor to the Military History Club at the high school where I teach(Military History amongst other subjects), is how to transport my models and figures between home and school. I have a fancy BattleFoam case for my Warmachine figures but I don't want to invest that kind of money again into army transports.
Years ago I bought some K & J magnets(see link to the right on this blog) so I could convert a plastic warjack kit so it could have swappable arms, weapons and heads(see this post). I decided to put my extra magnets to use for two purposes...both for army transport and for basing of armor. I shook my box up a bit and the tanks barely shifted...which meaning this should work well for carrying them back and forth to my club.
|With some tanks removed.|
I used a regular plastic scrapbooking container(I believe I bought this at Target for $5 a couple of years ago) and glued in some magnetic strips that I bought at Staples for about the same price(it comes in a roll). The magnetic strip has paper on one side and an adhesive so you could, in theory, just tape these into your box. However, I went ahead and white glued(Weldbond) the strips into the bottom of the container just to be sure(because the stripping comes in a roll, it could curl on you). I put some heavy books on top of the strips(into the box) while they dried. If you wanted to, you could glue some cardboard or foamcore beneath the magnetic strips to raise the magnetic material up closer to the hull of the tank(if your magnets on the bottom of the tank are shallow, this might be the way to go...you can see in the pic above that I did this for a couple of the strips). For you fantasy or 28mm historical gamers, just glue a small magnet inslip the lip of your base(such as the Privateer Press variety) and you could carry your minis the same way. You could even do this for Warjacks from Warmachine(anything you can attach a magnet under).
|The not so pretty angle of my tank models where I glued the magnets...|
|A PSC Panzer III on a detachable(magnetized) base.|
|Now off the base..note the magnetic strip on the base.|
|The same base now hosting a T-34.|
Well, that's it for now. Whether you are a historical or fantasy gamer, I hope you can use this method of transport and/or basing for your own collection.
Thanks for viewing...happy wargaming everybody!