Magnetizing KS1

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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by marcoreds » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:24 pm

Ok guys, considered this seems a subject some people are interested in, I made an experiment to see if another method, without the need to drill, could work. Please forgive me for the bad pictures, but it's evening here, and the lighting is not great.

I had laying around one of these:

http://elementgames.co.uk/paints-hobby- ... etic-sheet

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The thickness is less than one millimeter, in particular after peeling off the paper:

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I cut some pieces off this sheet

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and attached them to the bottom of a floor, wall and corner pieces (this magnetic sheet is adhesive):

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Here you need to really push them together, since even with this very small thickness, you just barely fit in the "egde" of the bottom, there's really little room.

I tried and put them on a vertical metal tile:

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The magnetic strength of this plastic/magnet is not that strong. It's enough to hold the floor quite stable, but the wall and corner weight too much to be held. Furthermore, you really need to "straighten" the floor of the tile, if it's even a little bent, only a small part of the base comes into contact with the metal sheet, and there's no adesion at all.

I then tried to put them together in a position where they would lean on each other:

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This worked a lot better, they do stick on the metal tile more, I suppose since the total magnetic surface is a bit like the sum of that of various pieces, as they lean on each other.

In short, the magnetic adhesion is less strong than with the drill-and-glue-in method, the tiles need to be "bent straight" to adhere to the surface, but there actually is some hold, even if not a lot. I suppose it would be enough to move a prebuilt room from one place of the room to the gaming table, or to hold the pieces so they do not move on the playing surface with every bump on the table.

The cost is not high. These sheets (at least the one I got) are 21 cm x 31 cm, so you could do like 5x7 4,2cm x 4,2 cm squares out of each, so around 35 magnetic bases for sheet, at £ 1,99 per sheet, not bad at all.

I will keep on using my method, the hold is much stronger, but this could be an alternative, low cost, the sheet can be cut with normal scissors, no need for glue since it's adhesive. The hold is not great, so you might want to try with a sheet to see if you like it before committing :-). Also, no idea if the adhesive will hold forever, it seems good, but no idea.

Hope this can be another point for evaluation :-)

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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by marcoreds » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:35 pm

HeroQuestFrance wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:49 pm
It's not magnetized at all.
I know the truth Marcoreds, it's a levitation spell !
:lol:
Maybe :D
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Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:35 pm
Thank you marcoreds,

I will give this company some business then. I guess this mat of yours is 3 feet by 6 feet?
I find it unusual for a company in the EU to use the imperial system.
Woops, I went to measure it, and I actually got the 6x4 one :-/
I think the 6x3 wasn't available back when I got it...

Anyway, there's a lot of companies here that use the imperial system for wargames products, the grandfather game being Warhammer, based in UK, that defined the genre, so most wargamers are actually used to that scale, and many products are in that scale.

Then, a different thing is if the measures are correct... most times the measures "30 cm" and "1 foot" are used one for the other, without much distinction, so a "6x4" mat could actually be "180cm x 120cm".

Not this one though, it is the full feet measures.

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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by HeroQuestFrance » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:49 pm

It's not magnetized at all.
I know the truth Marcoreds, it's a levitation spell !
:lol:

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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by biowizard » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:35 pm

Thank you marcoreds,

I will give this company some business then. I guess this mat of yours is 3 feet by 6 feet?
I find it unusual for a company in the EU to use the imperial system.

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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by marcoreds » Sat Sep 09, 2017 4:58 pm

Hello Biowizard,

here is where I got the background mat:

http://www.deepcutstudio.com/product/wa ... bblestone/

The one in pictures is a 6x3 mousepad mat (€ 53,90 + shipping, firm based in Lithuania -EU).
Not cheap, but really heavy and heavy duty. Surface a bit "shiny", as in not 100% matte, but I like it.

Imho it is worth it for "general playing surface" that you will use a lot as a background.

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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by biowizard » Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:56 pm

I'm a little late to the party here but... beautiful work!

marcoreds, Could you remind me/us where you got this cobblestone mat?
I'm pretty sure I saw it before but I don't remember where.

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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by kitenerd » Sun Aug 13, 2017 12:04 pm

is it me, or did DF just level up?

I see the magnets as a game changer for how many of us use tiles - while they don't solve everything (dressings doors etc) the ability to build modular blocks is super utilitarian...

It literally is like my DF just gained a level and took the feat Magnetize!
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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by jchunick » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:41 am

I love this! Fantastic job. :-)
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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by Arcarius2001 » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:29 am

This project turned out nicely! Good job marcoreds! I am sure your brother will be happy with it.

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Re: Magnetizing KS1

Post by William » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:48 am

Thanks.
Magnetism is looking good. ;)
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