How to base figures with magnets
The easiest way is to stick the figures onto magnetic bases to start with but assuming that you are starting from scratch, you can buy self adhesive magnetic sheet (available from Magnetic Displays in the UK) which sticks directly to the bottom of your old bases. The sheet is not very thick, about 2mm and in many ways improves the appearance of the base (if you are in the habit of looking at the bottom of your bases). See picture on the right
If you are starting from scratch, there are plenty of different sizes and shapes of magnetic bases
Transporting your Miniature Collection
There are 3 main methods of storing figures. The first is the 'Shoebox' method. Figures are piled on top
of each other in a box. Ths is very cheap, but usually results in a lot of damage to your figures.
Secondly, there is the ' toolbox' method. Your figures will be well protected and easy to transport,
but toolboxes tend to be made of solid metal, so they are very heavy. Most toolboxes are very big too -
are you really going to use all that space?
Foam-padded boxes are a serious method of storing figures. Your collection will be well protected and
easy to transport, but it will be time-consuming to get your miniatures in and out of the box, and to
sort them before a game. Over long periods of time, constant rubbing can also damage the padding, making
it less effective.
We use box files, as they provide a good all-round solution. We take sheets of steel paper (available from Magnetic Displays in the UK) and attach
them to the inside of a box file. Magnetically based miniatures can just be stood inside and left until
your next game. The boxes stand the usual amount of normal moving around and car journeys, with the
figures staying in place. These box files are inexpensive to buy, easy to adapt, and stack easily.
Just lift off the shelf, take to the game and return. As a further bonus, organasing your figures becomes
much easier and quicker. All-in-all, this is the probably the best way to house and transport your
Storing your Miniature Collection
If you are an avid gamer, then you may need some heavy duty storage. At Veni Vidi Vici, we attach sticky labels to our boxfiles to identify the different armies. These can then be stacked in a storage cabinet (see picture right!), This way, the miniatures are organised and ready for easy access..
As usual, if you have any queries whatsoever, then please get in contact us by email. We'll be glad to help.