Magnetised Tau Battlesuit Weapons

Tau battlesuits have a huge number of weapons options open to them. So, unless you will be sticking with the same configuration from game to game or don’t mind spending a lot of time (and money) building lots of differently configured battlesuits then you need to find a way to swap weapons and equipment between games. In this guide we’ll be showing you how to use magnets to achieve this. Magnets aren’t the only option but are much neater than the alternatives, blue-tac etc.

To magnetise our battlesuits we’ll be using Blue Demon magnets, these are the best quality we’ve found and are therefore very happy to recommend them, you can pick them up from our store here: Blue Demon Magnets

Materials used in this guide

Magnetised Tau Battlesuits MaterialsIn addition to the obligatory Tau battlesuit we used.

Step 1

Hole Drill in recess where weapon is mounted.

Step 2

Magnet glued in place flush with bottom of recess.

Step 3

Hole drilled in tab that fits in arm recess.

Step 4

M<agnet glued in place flush with top of tab.

Step 5

Both magnets are now in place and weapon will now attach to the arm.

The model is now ready for assembly and the magnets can be painted.

This method can be repeated on both sides of the weapon if required, giving you even more flexibility including the ability to use weapons on different arms.

8 thoughts on “Magnetised Tau Battlesuit Weapons

  • November 22, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Nice guide, I’m sure I recognise it from somewhere. I did find that it works better using the additional pin that I used for my design, but I think with the slightly smaller magnets that you’re showing this should work. do you have any problems with getting the tab to fit in the slot?

    • November 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

      Hello Aun

      I did think of your article when I did this.

      I think the magnets I used in this article were a bit smaller than the ones you used so I was able to keep the weapon attachment tab in place which reduced the need to pin although pinning may help provide a little extra security.

      I also wanted to keep it simple.

      Readers can see Aun’s article here: Tau Battlesuits – posing arms and magnetizing weapons

  • November 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Great article Paul, should put more tips on Magnetizing other 40k models as well.
    A Predator tank magnetizing tips should be good.

    • November 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm

      Hello Harmulia

      It seems this article has proved pretty popular.

      I’ll certainly look in to putting some more magnetising articles together, will bear the Predator suggestion in mind.

  • April 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    How much are these and where can i buy them?

    • April 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

      You can Buy Blue Demon Magnets from Big Orbit Games, although they are hard to come by at the moment, more stocks should be arriving in the coming week or two: Blue Demon

  • May 28, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Can you buy them in New Zealand?

  • May 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

    You can certainly purchase them from us and we can ship to New Zealand but I don’t know of any retailers that sell Blue Daemon magnets in New Zealand.

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