So, like so many other people, I purchased Fantasy Flight’s new X-Wing miniatures game and purchased all of the expansions thus far. I am of course, waiting on the new expansions coming out soon.
When playing the game, I wanted a little bit more dynamic “pose” to the ships, and being familiar with flight stands that allow you to rotate and change the pitch and yaw of the mini, I thought I could make my own. I posted a short video at the end of this post of the finished product.
I made a trip to our local Wal-Mart and purchased some BBs in the air gun section as well as some pellets. You have to find the right type that are attracted to magnets. The BBs you see in the image are steel while the pellets I bought aren’t attracted to magnets, so they are useless.
So, what you need is:
- 3/32 magnets
- 1 x 3/32 drill bit
- BBs for an air gun
- Pin vice to hold the bit or other tool to drill
- X-Wing miniature game (of course)
Step one is to cut the tab off of the plastic post that inserts into the ship using your clippers. You can see where to clip looking at the image below:
Step two is to drill down into the same post that the previous tab was connected to. I drilled just enough to make a nice hole for the BB to sit in.
The next step, I glued the BB in place on the post in which I just drilled a small hole I used Gale Force Nine’s hobby glue for this.
The fourth step is to take your 3/32″ drill bit and drill into the post attached to the ship. This shouldn’t take much time or effort, but you have to go deep enough so the magnet goes into the post. Drill deep enough so the magnet sits below the surface of the post. I used a paper clip to push the magnet to the right depth. I didn’t use glue here.
Lastly, connect your ship to the new base and post and enjoy the game!
I would be happy to customize any of your X-Wing or other ships this way for $3 each.
As you can see, the modification is inconspicuous and doesn’t require a lot of time or effort. However, for those of you who may be a little hesitant, I’d suggest letting someone else try it.
I will be doing this for all my ships and I’ll show a completed shot of them in action when done. Finally, as promised, here’s a short 20 second video of what it looks like completed: