HOBBY: Mastering Magnets – War Council



War Council discusses Magnets and picking the right magnet for the job.

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War Council™ is a presentation of White Metal Games™ and airs twice a month.  Unlike many gaming centered podcasts, our show focuses exclusively on HOBBY.  No mathhammer or GT/Meta game talk here.  We talk to industry professional about painting, sculpting, 3D printing and casting models, kit bashing, and more!  Caleb Dillon is the Owner of White Metal Games and Phillip Kohrman is the owner of Brushwork Minis.

We are full time miniature painters, making a living doing what we love, and we invite you to join us for a chat about miniatures!

Check out our most recent episode! You can also download us on Itunes!

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 Episode 34 is Here

In this episode White Metal Games resident painter Valentin Melik joins Caleb and Phillip for a chat about Magnets.  We talk about types of magnets, picking the right size, tips for maintaining polarity and not getting confused, as well as what types of magnets you should choose.  We settle the debate about grades of magnets (N fifty what?), discuss what ‘rare earth’ actually means, and point out our favorite vendors for not only magnets but magnet related products!

In addition we announce our new Tandem Commission, Deathwatch vs Xenos, talk about our upcoming Display Boards for two high level armies, and chat about Nova Open!  It’s our longest episode in a while, almost 90 minutes, so settle in for a long one!  We had a lot to say on the subject.


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Next time on the show we’ll be back from Nova and chatting about how the event went and all we experienced!  If you can’t attend, it’s the next best thing

Is there something you’d like us or to ask our guests?  All questions and comments may be sent to warcouncil@whitemetalgames.com.

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And until next time, PUT YOUR MINIS WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS!!!

Caleb Dillon, White Metal Games

  • JPMcMillen

    OK, someone needs to transcribe the part about magnets and make that a written article. If this is useful information it needs to not be buried in a 90+ minute podcast.

    • BloodAngel

      Ha! I didn’t even see your post until after I wrote mine. Right on. My thoughts exactly.

      • JPMcMillen

        Normally I don’t care if they post Podcasts and Videos, but this sounds like good hobby advise which would really be good to be able to reference.

  • BloodAngel

    Podcasts and Videos. How about regular articles for those of us who can’t or don’t want to watch vids or listen to people yapping?

    • Aezeal

      I have about 1 min to read an article and another 1 to do a post.
      My post here: I WANT TEXT.

  • TenDM

    If you’re worried about precision and human error when drilling get yourself a mini press drill and a good vice. Dremel actually make a really cheap press attachment that you can slot your dremel tool into.
    For those that don’t know a drill press is basically just a variable speed power drill mounted on an arm, and when you pull the lever it pushes the drill down into the target material. They’re used for drilling holes of specific depths and angles exactly where you want them.
    It’s not something the average person would be able to justify purchasing, even the mini hobby ones are expensive, but if you’re doing large orders it brings a valuable level of speed and precision. If you’ve got twenty identical torsos (think Tau Fire Warriors) that need magnet pots for both sides a drill press with a laser guide and a depth lock will let you blast through the job.

    Likewise get two of every drill bit and grind one of each down flat. You use the unmodified drill bit for the hole and then when it’s almost as deep as it needs to be switch to the flat tipped drill bit and clean out the hole. That will leave you with a flat surface at the bottom of the hole rather than the cone shape of the unmodified drill. No need to plug the hole with green stuff and the flat surface prevents the magnets from ending up wonky. Just make sure to practice a few times on a sprue you don’t want so you can get a feel for when you need to switch drill bits.

    • euansmith

      Now that is a useful article on hobby related stuff. Thanks for posting.