So when I first got into table top gaming, kit conversions and kit bashing were a big part of what drew me to these games. At first, I started with bigger pieces that were easily "magnetizeable", and eventually started taking that with smaller models. My latest kit conversion is with the Coryphee, from the Arcanist Faction.
Being that they can be used as single models, or as a duet, I thought I'd take a try at magnetizing the legs to the stands. After about an hour of work with a fresh Exacto blade, and 6 Earthware magnets, I accomplished my conversion (Please see pictures).
For those interested in knowing how I accomplished this, here's a brief tutorial.
1. First I built the 2 Coryphee models without their bases.
2. Next, using my Exacto, I carved the slots inside the 40mm bases slightly wider, since the magnets were just a little too big to fit through. I then used a bit of putty, and slid it from under the slot of the base. Next, I fitted two magnets in from the top of the base, molding the putty into a shape that could fit around both magnets. Then using some left over plastic from the molds of the kit, I filled in the rest of the gaps with them, and applied some plastic glue to keep them in. Let sit for about 20 minutes for the putty to solidify some, and for the glue to bond the plastic pieces.
3. Starting with the Coryphee standing on one leg, I applied a small bit of super glue to the top magnet in the base, and then applied her foot to the magnet. Applied a small drop of Zipkicker (Glue bond accelerant), and then pulled the foot and magnet out gently. Next, I applied just a tiny bit of super glue to the magnet inside the base, to reassure that it remained in place.
4. Then replace the magnet that was glued to the first Coryphee with another magnet in the base, and repeat the process with the other Coryphee. On this one, I put the magnet just at the bottom of the hem of her dress, that covers it's left leg. A little unsightly, but when slotted into the base, the magnet is barely even visible.
5. Repeat the process with the other 40mm base, only instead of fitting 2 magnets into the base, attach another magnet to one of the Coryphees, and then insert the base magnet by putting the Coryphee where you would like it to stand on the base. Allow the putty to solidify some, and then carefully pull the Coryphee out. Keep your Exacto blade handy, in case you need to pry the magnet a bit off, since there's no glue holding the bottom magnet in place yet. Once you've taken the Coryphee out of the base, and have ensured that the magnet stays in place, apply some super glue to that magnet as well.
6. Lastly, taking your Exacto blade again, bore 2 small holes into the 50mm base. Usually, there are some molded hole etchings on the bottom of the base that you can use as reference. One of them should do well as a good starting point. After boring 2 holes big enough for 2 magnets to fit, apply some putty from the bottom, and mold the bottom of the holes into a form where it can hold 2 magnets. Allow time for the putty to set, and then carefully pry the Coryphee's foot out of the hole, (hopefully) leaving the bottom magnet behind. Once the putty sets, it shouldn't be hard to take the Coryphee out, but I always recommend applying just a bit of super glue to it, just in case.
Repeat this process for the second hole, and viola! You have 2 successfully converted Coryphee models and a Coryphee Duet. The best part about this conversion, IMHO, is that both bases are interchangeable with both models, and both models fit in either of the 2 holes bored in the 50mm base as well. Any questions, please feel free to ask. Hope you enjoyed reading my tutorial!