So I ran out of black primer so that 4th squad of fire warriors has been on hold and I've been assembling/magnetizing/cleaning up the rest of my models for priming. 15 metal pathfinders, 6 gun drones, 2 hammerheads, 12 firewarriros, metal ethereal, converted high yield burst cannons and some misc equipment. So once they are primed I should be able to focus on painting instead of modeling. In the secret santa I got a ghostkeel which is my favourite of the large suits so that 4th squad is just going to have to wait cause I'm too excited about the ghostkeel.
I've got the ghostkeel assembled already and I'm trying out some vallejo putty my brother had purchased years ago and I inherited. It flows pretty well into all the cracks so hopefully this works out well and the model comes out nice and smooth. It's the white line you see on the guns. If it works I'd highly recommend it since it was really easy to apply. I did read that it needs 2-3 days to cure fully so I'll wait a bit before priming the dude.GhotskeelGun Magnetization with plastic filler
I've never seen one built in person so I magnetized the torso with a single magnet on each side so that I could get a better idea for posing him. The torso kept falling back and I decided I wanted to keep them magnetized as to be poseable. I added more magnets in the central well and found he still kept tipping back. So I figured I needed additional support to stop the tipping. My solution was to add 8 smaller magnets in a larger circle around the main one. This made the model have a super tight grip and the torso can still come off from excessive shaking but I think it will be just fine. I also can rotate him to multiple locked in spots which is cool.Torso Female Magnet ArrayTorso Male Magnet Array
The actual process to drill the magnet array was easy. Place the central magnet. I used an 1/8" dia X 1/32" thick N52 magnet. Then using where the mold comes together as a reference mark where you want your first 2 holes to go for the magnet circle. I used 1/16" dia X 1/16" thick N52 magnets. Try to keep them the same distance from center. Then mark 2 more holes the same way 90 degrees off of that so that they make a + sign. At this point just eyeball the remaining 4 holes putting one hole in between each of your already drilled holes. And voila you now have a good magnetized grip AND 8 positions you can place your guy into. The only downside is if you want to be outside of those 8 positions your out of luck. I think the trade off is worth it as I don't want the guy falling apart in games.
*Edit* - I am a fool. I should have left the little peg and socket and not put in the center magnet. Instead this would probably be a lot better with the peg and socket with the magnet arrays. Ah well live and learn.