Warmachine, Warhammer 40k, & Terrain Projects

Magnetizing the arms of the Warhound Titan

Below are the steps I took to magnetize the arms of my Warhound Titans.

I ended up using 3/8″ magnets, specifically 3/8″ by 1/4″ step sided magnets.
There is (barely) room for 1/2″ magnets (which I used on my Reaver) and if I could do it again I might use those…as the 3/8″ magnets are ‘slightly’ too weak.

This is where I chose to magnetize the arms.

This is where I chose to magnetize the arms.

A Warhound titan arm is 3/4" diameter at it's widest, and the core arm is 5/8"

A Warhound titan arm is 3/4″ diameter at it’s widest, and the core arm is 5/8″

I used a 3/8" forstner bit to drill the hold for the magnet

I used a 3/8″ forstner bit to drill the hold for the magnet

warhound arm drilled

Test fitting the 3/8" magnet. You can see a 1/2" magnet on top of the 3/8" magnet for size comparison

Test fitting the 3/8″ magnet. You can see a 1/2″ magnet on top of the 3/8″ magnet for size comparison

drill a hole to allow excess epoxy to squeeze out, allowing the magnet to fully seat.

drill a hole to allow excess epoxy to squeeze out, allowing the magnet to fully seat.

JB weld, before mixing

JB weld, before mixing

jbweld, after mixing

jbweld, after mixing

Add jbweld to the drilled hole using a q-tip

Add jbweld to the drilled hole using a q-tip

Insert the magnet

Insert the magnet

Clean off the excess epoxy

Clean off the excess epoxy

Because the magnets I used were slightly too weak, the arms would 'droop.' I fixed this by drilling holes in the weapon and adding a pin to the shoulder.

Because the magnets I used were slightly too weak, the arms would ‘droop.’ I fixed this by drilling holes in the weapon and adding a pin to the shoulder.

Here you can see the pin that is used to fix the position of the weapons.

Here you can see the pin that is used to fix the position of the weapons.

And here you can see pics of the finished warhounds

5 responses

  1. Josh

    Hey, thanks for putting up the post with the details! This is very useful info.

    One more question for you: is there a particular pin (rough) diameter/material you recommend? (I haven’t pinned anything before, so I’m a bit in the dark). I’ve seen some at hobby places like Hobby Lobby, but most of those seem to be brass, and I’m unsure about them being strong enough (some of the packaging says “soft, bendable metal…”). I’ve also seen some people just using paper clips, but those don’t seem thick enough to hold up some of the heavier parts on the Warhound.

    I’ll stop pestering you before long, I promise. I just wanted to say thanks again for the details on the magnets and positioning; it’s been hard to find any specifics anywhere else on the internet. Most people just put up pictures with no measurements.

    December 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    • If you’re talking about the pins for the major pieces like the legs & hips, I used 1/8″ brass rod from the hardware store (HomeDepot in my case). At that thickness, the brass isn’t really bendable (unless you use a vice) and is plenty strong enough. I chose brass because it’s a bit easier to cut to length and is what I’m use to working with in miniatures.

      Brass rod used for pining the titans

      Brass rod used for pining the titans

      You could also use the 1/8″ threaded steel. The threaded steel rod would interface with the epoxy/resin with more ‘hold’ but it’s probably overkill as a brass rod coated in JBWeld is NOT coming out of the drilled resin hole.

      If you’re talking about the pins I used to position the arms, I used thin brass rod I have around for pinning regular minis… I think it’s the Privateer Press 1.25mm (not the 0.85mm). http://www.frpgames.com/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=44586

      No bother at all, if you have any more questions send ’em over! I’ll be interested in hearing about your build.

      I’m not sure if you’ve seen this post about pining the reaver titan legs… very similar procedure to what I used on the warhound.

      December 31, 2012 at 8:31 am

      • Hey, you mentioned being interested in hearing about my build, so I thought I’d drop a link for the blog I posted it on here: http://tarsis.neromir.net/

        Thanks again for all the advice. It made a huge difference and saved me a lot of heartburn; those magnets you suggested were perfect for the arms, and the pin stuff helped a lot.

        March 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm

  2. Jack

    Hi
    This article was relay helpful. Just one question… How deep were your magnets?

    March 12, 2015 at 3:58 am

    • They were embedded just deep enough to be flush with the surface. If I remember correctly, the magnets were about 0.25″ thick so I drilled just past 0.25″ deep, coated the hole with a thin layer of jbweld, and seated the magnets.

      March 12, 2015 at 7:29 am

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