Space Marine Centurions and Mounting Putty

In my previous video post, How to Not Magnetize, I explored the world of using wall putty instead of magnets.

The Space Marine Centurion kit has long intimidated me. I like to build “What You See Is What You Get” models (meaning that the model itself shows what weapons it is using in a game) not because I play with anyone who requires it… but because it’s kind of a fun challenge sometimes. The Centurion Kit has 3 chest weapon options, 4 arm weapons, and 2 more options for one of those arm weapons. That’s… a lot of permutations.

And the Centurions have very tiny areas where these weapons attach, especially the chest weapons. They are so tiny. So very tiny. Magnets don’t really seem to be an option for the Centurion, not realistically.

But mounting putty? That’s a whole different story.

I built one Centurion, and then started making and sticking weapons on it. Here’re all the various arm weapons (I didn’t swap out the chest weapon, but trust me, they are swappable):

Centurion pictures
Siege drills with meltaguns, siege drills with flamers, lascannons, heavy bolters, graviton gun, and the less popular “no weapons” option

The putty option isn’t perfect. Sometimes, it’s hard to get the right amount. Sometimes, it isn’t enough. But… considering what a mess drilling holes for magnets could be, mounting putty remains a really solid option for building a completely flexible unit without buying a million models, or asking opponents to pretend the lascannons are heavy bolters. Don’t get me wrong – I think people who are strict about that kind of thing are likely assholes, but I do enjoy the challenge, and I really enjoy using all the parts that come in the box.

Once again, mounting putty is your friend!

Stormfangwolf – The Magnetizing

In the last post, I showed you how to not magnetize the guns on the Stormfangwolf. This time, I’ll just show you how I magnetized the rest (but not the lascannons, which I just decided wouldn’t be swappable). Here we go…

First, the magnets for the front door area. I cut the “Helfrost Destructor” bit for the Stormfang variant near the front and glued the remainder to the top of the ship. The “vent cover” piece for the Stormwolf variant covers the gun when it’s in that form. I also cut the side tabs off the Stormwolf front gate. You should be able to see all the cuts in the photos, so let’s get to those:

Inside view of the hull
Inside view of the hull

The magnets here on the left hull piece and the middle of the floor. These two magnets are all we need to hold both front bits in place. You’ll note the swatches of plasticard – that’s used as a spacer to get the magnets in the right position. Once I find the right place, I use standard superglue to hold the magnet in place. And then once everything fits together, I go back over each magnet with a small amount of Gorilla Glue.

Gorilla Glue is like an expanding foam that hardens, and it gets into cracks and crevices and creates an amazing hold. So, once I know the magnets work, I use Gorilla Glue to make sure those magnets will never move again.

Here are some close-ups of the magnets in their places (for no good reason):

Magnet on the top of the left hull
Magnet on the top of the left hull
Magnet in the center-front of the floor
Magnet in the center-front of the floor

I made a mess of the inside of these pieces, but the inside isn’t going to be up to display standards, so I don’t care. It’s more important to me that the pieces hold together. Here’re shots of the two front pieces in place:

Stormwolf front door in place
Stormwolf front door in place
Stormfang front piece (with the tip of the Helfrost Destructor in place).
Stormfang front piece (with the tip of the Helfrost Destructor in place).

Here’s a shot of the top with some of its magnetized pieces showing:

Top of the hull and its bits
Top of the hull and its bits

And the top in both its variants:

Top hull of the Stormfang variant
Top hull of the Stormfang variant
Top hull of the Stormwolf variant
Top hull of the Stormwolf variant

And a final shot of the top of the hull where the turret and engine cover thing goes:

Top rear hull and its magnetic babies
Top rear hull and its magnetic babies

That’s all of the Stormfangwolf for now – someday, I’ll paint it and post about that!

 

 

Video Post – How to Not Magnetize

Hey, it’s our very first video post here at Save vs. Blog! I’m excited! Are you? Well, you should be.

In this video, I explore the use of mounting putty instead of magnets. Why hasn’t anyone ever done this before? Maybe they have – I just don’t know about it. Check it out!

I’ll report on future uses, where applicable.