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19 January 2014

How to Magnetise Eldar Wraithguard/Wraithblades

Nick speaking,

Welcome to this tutorial on how to magnetise Eldar Wraithguard/Wraithblades, making them totally interchangeable with all weapon options. I hope it is useful to you, just leave a comment if you have any questions...


As pictured above, I built the majority of the minis first, except for the arms and heads. I will glue the heads on, but I want to see the poses with the magnetised arms before I do so. I used bitz from both the Guard and Blade minis for mine (Blade Tabards and Guard Heads) as they were the bitz I liked best. It also means that when I switch from one mini to the next, I will have attributes from each. I then drilled out a 2mm hole in the armpit of the bodies and placed a N52 2mm x 1mm magnet into it, I used some green stuff and super glue to do this to give me a nice strong bond...


Next I started work on the left arms as they are the easiest to do. I continued to drill out 2mm holes into the shoulders of the shield arms and the left sword arms. You will have to be a little careful here not to drill to deep, but if you take your time, it won't be a problem. On a side note, the swords that join the left arms have a very small area to glue them together, and in the end, I actually pinned mine on after I did the magnets, so that I could see the poses before gluing...



Next is to drill holes into all the other shoulder joints and fix them up with the 2mmx1mm magnets. Don't forget to check the polarities before you glue them in though...


Now onto the right arm that needs to be interchangeable from a sword to an axe. Sadly the magnets we were using are a little big for this job, so we will have to bring in some 1mm x 1mm magnets. The ones I used were N42, and to get the best from them, I decided to use two in each hole, this will make the fixing stronger. Just drill a small hole into the wrist sections of the swords and axes, and glue in the two magnets. Make sure the hole is big enough so that when you are dry fitting the magnets to make sure the hole is deep enough, they won't get stuck!



Once done, just repeat this on the right arm that holds the swords and axes, I also did the same for the left arms that hold the guns at this stage too...



Lastly, I went in and repeated the process in the wrists of the hands on the guns with the 1mm x 1mm magnets...



I then went in and glued all the heads on to finish off the poses...




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