Monday, 24 April 2017

Magnetising Stormwall/Hurricane

 I got hold of my Stormwall/Hurricane kit and got straight to work assembling and magnetising it!

A few people have done similar and shared their work on facebook but the temporary nature of facebook groups makes it harder for people to find out how to magnetise theirs.

A few people asked me to write this post detailing how I went about it, so here it is!


Sprues! So glad to see, made the kit so much easier to assemble.

The size magnets I used in this kit are 10mm x 3mm for the waist and arms - body connection.
3mm x 1mm this size was for all the weapons and changeable parts that make the model either a Stormwall or a Hurricane.


These are a few of the tools I used.
The tool on the far left is just essentially a spike (it might have a proper name but I have no clue!) I use it to put a small dent where I want to drill into a model.
The drill bit in the hand drill is a 1mm drill bit. I used this to drill a hole where the previous tool made a dent.
The Dremel has a 3mm drill bit which I use to drill into the 1mm hole I hand drilled this keeps the Dremel from slipping.


These are the wrist covers the ones on the left are for Hurricane they just needed gluing in place.
The Stormwalls needed drilling in place with the 3mm drill bit, and carving away the two line parts that guide the part into place. I found they made the wrist cover not fit flush to the arm unless I did this.


I cut the bar the wrist guard attaches to and made a place the magnet can sit then carved the bar down a bit to help the Stormwalls piece fit better


The Arc node and Stormpod launcher needed a bit of green stuff to make their magnet reach the one I drilled into the body (as seen below) make sure not to use too much green stuff or they will end up "floating" and look bad.


The big guns fit on the rail like sections, I drilled into the body to make that magnet fit. Then cut into the bar on the weapons to make room for a magnet. I tried to make the gap I cut snug to help keep the magnet in place. I also trimmed down the bar to make the weapons look less like they where floating.



I drilled in the neck hole on the body and the neck on the heads to attach these magnets.



The secondary guns seem to be the ones people have had problems with.
I put a blob of green stuff on the inside of that section of the torso before gluing it together.
I drilled into each different gun and glued a magnet into them all. When the glue was dry I put a second magnet on and pushed it into place on the torso which embedded the second magnet into the green stuff.



For the hips I glued a 10mm x 3mm magnet inside before gluing the two halves together.
The bottom to the torso I had to cut off the round pin like part that is meant to go down into the hips.

I carved away at it to create a hole big enough to fit the magnet then filled the part with green stuff and pressed in the magnet. I spread a layer of the green stuff over the magnet thinly to help hold it in place. Don't put the two pieces together while the green stuff is still soft or the magnet will be pulled out of the model. 
The magnet in the legs being inside them and making the two magnets never actually able to touch means that there is less of a connection so when you go to pull them apart the magnet is less likely to be pulled out of the model. The connection is still really strong though, I can pick up the whole model by the top half with no worries about it falling apart.



For the arms I glued a 10mm magnet to the inside of the torso exactly opposite the curved hole the arm fits into. I then built up green stuff up around the magnet to help keep it in place as shown in the picture above. I actually covered the magnet over completely with green stuff after I took this picture to be extra safe. 
It was at this stage that I put in the green stuff that would hold the secondary weapons magnet.


The magnets in the arms themselves I was unsure how to attach them. I was thinking about drilling into the ball joint to fit the magnet as I have done on my heavy warjacks. 

The problem was that the 10mm magnets are a lot stronger than the 5mm I use on heavy kits so I was worried it would pop out. 

I hadn't assembled the arms yet so I tried putting the magnet into the ball joint with out gluing it and found that the 10mm magnets where strong enough to hold the arms on even through two layers of plastic.

This came with an unexpected bonus... 
Pose-able arms!




The magnets do struggle more with higher poses but still hold really well! The magnet rattles around in the ball joint of the arm if its not attached to the body (in transport for example) but as soon as I attach the arm they don't move at all. When I move the arm to pose it you can hear a clicking noise as the magnet has to move to compensate which reminds me of old jointed toys I had as a kid!


So here it is set up as a Stormwall


And here it is as a Hurricane.

I can't wait to get it painted up so I can try out Hurricane (I have been "play it painted" only for over a year now so haven't tried it out yet)
When this guy is done I will be retiring my old resin/metal Stormwall unless I run double colossal, this kit is just so much lighter and will be easier to transport being magnetised. 


I am wondering how I should base it, seeing as it is a center piece model in my army I want to do something for it. My old Stormwall has two Sword knight defending him.



And here is one of my Stormstriders which is walking over a trench.



So I'm unsure of what to do for this one... I like the idea of another trench
What do you think I should do for basing??

I hope you found this guide helpful, if you did or you have any constructive feedback for me drop a comment below and let me know!

If you would like me to just do yours for you drop me an email at
thomasgbell84@googlemail.com
(I'm based in the UK)

4 comments:

  1. I think stormsmiths would be interesting.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I will add it to the list

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  2. I think having a Jack wreck marker from MKII on the base some place. Paint it up to look like whoever you play against most to inspire fear. :-D

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    1. I was going to do this! My local Cryx player had one he was happy to give me but I had already started making a Trench base and I couldn't find a place for the wreck marker without it looking too "busy".
      Great suggestion though thanks!

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