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  • #197123
    Avatar photoJustin Swanton
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    I thought it might be of interest to describe how I made the magnetic counters I use for Optio. It took me a long time to come up with a system that was easy, discreet and fuss-free for doing on-table bookkeeping. Details in my blog.

    https://wargamingwithoutdice.blogspot.com/

    #197126
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
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    They look great and would suit my fat fingers.

    I’ve tried the dice frames (e.g. Pendraken)  but with the 15mm figures I was using the smaller dice were too fiddly and the larger ones dominate the base 🙁

    Impressed by the recycling of the tin but like Jonathan Freitag mentions I would use ready made bases – possibly MDF with a strip of ‘ferrosheet’ from Tiny Tin Troops?

    The advantage yours would have though is that you could use magnets to hold the bases in a box…

    #197137
    Avatar photoJustin Swanton
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    Hi Andrew, yes, ferrosheet would be ideal – you just cut the stuff with a craft knife or scissors and there you are. I thoroughly recommend it if you can buy it where you are – it’s not available in South Africa where I live. Here’s a source in the UK.

    https://wargamingwithoutdice.blogspot.com/

    #197151
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    JS – That company has about the most expensive Ferrosheet I have seen. 10 A4 pcs will cost £93.29, buy from me at Tiny Tin Troops and it will cost you £19.15.

    Tony of TTT

     

     

    #197152
    Avatar photoJustin Swanton
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    JS – That company has about the most expensive Ferrosheet I have seen. 10 A4 pcs will cost £93.29, buy from me at Tiny Tin Troops and it will cost you £19.15. Tony of TTT

    I would gladly buy but what is the shipping to South Africa?

    I’ve let everyone know BTW.

    https://wargamingwithoutdice.blogspot.com/

    #197169
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Sorry Justin I only ship within the UK at the moment, heavy products like Ferrosheet cost a small fortune to send even to Europe. From what my brother tells me, mail is less than reliable in SA at the moment so it would need to go by courier.

    I’d be surprised if Ferrosheet or similar was not available in SA. I’ll see if I can dig up some alternative product names for the same thing. Many companies that sell magnetic sheet also sell a version of Ferrosheet – you could try those.

     

     

    #197170
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    OK, here is a starting point

    Flexible Magnetic Sheets – Magnet Store South Africa

    They seem to have 3 grades – The stuff I use is about 0.6 mm so the 0.5 mm listed here is nearest.

    Not sure what 54 Rand is pricewise but the sheet size on offer is about 4.5 times an A4 sheet so may work out not a bad deal.

    This was the second company listed with a search for Ferrosheet South Africa so there will probably be more.

    Tony of TTT

     

    #197171
    Avatar photoJustin Swanton
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    Hi  Tony, ta for this. I can get magnetic sheeting, no problem. What I can’t find is nonmagnetic ferrous sheeting. Seems nobody here stocks it.

    https://wargamingwithoutdice.blogspot.com/

    #197173
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Sorry about that Justin – the blurb I got before going to that link claimed this was sheeting that magnets would stick to – didn’t look at the other details, just assumed it was what I’d asked for.

    I’ll try again.

     

     

    #197174
    Avatar photoJustin Swanton
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    No probs and ta for trying to help.

    https://wargamingwithoutdice.blogspot.com/

    #197178
    Avatar photoTony Hughes
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    Well, not as simple as I thought. Flex steel and Flex metal are both company names in SA and flexmetal is the name some producers use for the metalised plastic they make helium balloons from. I had to try ‘flexible metal sheet’ before I got some sensible answers.

    Try this yourself as Google knows I’m in the UK and assumes I must want a local product and just ignore the addition of South Africa in the query. So much for artificial intelligence.

    Try this

    The last item on the list (MFL107C) says Ferro 0.5mm which might be Ferrosheet. On the list from the drop-down menu there is also a MFL107 – that might be the self-adhesive version.

    You may have to contact the company to find out as they don’t seem to have prices on their website.

    I’d hoped to do better but at least one supplier seems to have Ferro-something

    Tony of TTT

     

    #197179
    Avatar photoJustin Swanton
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    Ta for this. I’ve emailed them. Let’s see what they have to say. Whenever I try looking for nonmagnetic sheeting I just get magnetic sheets or steel sheets. I don’t think they’ve grasped the concept in this part of the world yet.

    https://wargamingwithoutdice.blogspot.com/

    #197294
    Avatar photoJustin Swanton
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    Great – they do supply nonmagnetic sheets, and pretty cheaply too. I’ve ordered a batch.

    https://wargamingwithoutdice.blogspot.com/

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