Hello once again for another post about how to get the most out of your model kits with the help of Magnets!
Todays kits are: Death Company troops and Blood Angels Dreadnought!
Now obviously the Dreadnought shouldn't be too bad, as I've magnetized similarly sized models before many times (helbrutes in case you didnt know). But magnetizing the Death company troops was a true challenge. I've only rarely worked with really small magnets on small models before so it was definitely tricky. But after alot of work, some broken bits and loosing a few magnets I was able to fully magnetize both sets completely!
Now when I say "magnetize" I mean that all additional options for each kit have been modified with magnets in them. Allowing me to swap out any and all wargear for any option I choose.
For example the Blood Angels Dreadnought kit comes with enough parts to make 3 different units! You can make either a Furiouso dreadnought, a Librarian Dreadnought, or a Death company Dread. Normally you'd just glue the kit as whatever model you think you'd need or looks the coolest and just be done with it. But with the help of a few dozen magnets, I was able to have a dreadnought that can be made into any of its 3 variants with ease. Because I'm OCD and I need to have all of the BA dreadnoughts. Plus I HATE seeing nice bits wasting away in limbo forever. And the BA kits have such lovely pieces too.
Now the idea for the Death Company troops was simple for me, I couldnt decide on what wargear to give each troop. Also I never could decide between Jetpacks or regular backpacks. So I stuck a whole bunch of magnets into literally
every weapon available so I can outfit my DC troops however I see fit. Maybe I want all my DC guys to have max specialty options. Maybe I want them all to have jetpacks and just chainswords and bolt pistols. Maybe I want them all to be regular and just have backpacks and bolters (it could happen....). And just like I said, the DC kit comes with so many beautiful pieces of wargear. Such lovely chainswords and bolters. Even their backpacks look nice! That was the main reason I magnetized all their options, so I can build them however I want them depending on the situation.
I don't believe I'll ever actually use these BA models for games (all hail CHAOS!) so the models will be for showcasing mostly. I won't have to worry about how strong the magnets hold them together.
Now, without further pointless exposition, lets see the Magnetized Blood Angels!!!
For the complete picture gallery, check out my Google+ link here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/112370739975906620682/albums/6113754836846594945
It has all the pictures I'll be uploading for this project. But I'll upload a few here just for !@#$s and giggles.
First few pictures are of the models in the maximum built stage. Meaning that this is as much gluing as I'll be doing. Everything else will get magnets and be detachable. The Dread body and legs are fully glued, as are all its weapon options.
The marines are assembled as far as their legs, bodies and heads are concerned. And their jetpacks are assembled as well.
The last pic is an idea of what each marine will get. For OCD reasons, each marine has their own "personal" set of wargear. Even though all weapon options will be interchangeable between any member, each marine will have his own stuff. The last pic is of Patient Zero. Also named Marinus.
His wargear includes: One backpack, one jetpack, one set of bolter arms (with shoulderpads), two CC shoulderpads, and three CC weapon options. The CC options are a chainsword, plasma pistol and bolt pistol.
Each marine has a balanced array of wargear, but the basic gear for each is jet/backpacks, a set of bolter arms, a chainsword and bolt pistol set, then each gets some extra specialty wargear. Marinus here drew the short straw and only has one extra weapon option (thats all that was in the kit).