I talked in my previous post about why I went with the approach I did. Magnetizing the models at the shoulder looks terrible, and also there aren't enough arms for you to have all of the weapon options available. There are way more weapons than arms. So magnetizing at the wrist, though trickier, allows for all the options to be available, and allows for you to fill in the gaps at the shoulder joins, which looks a lot better. Magnetizing the heads allows you to use the same head for different armor sets, so you can use the same head for your character as their armor and weapons change in the course of the campaign.
I considered magnetizing at the waist, but didn't think it would be worth the effort. The armor sets have full set bonuses, so normally you will be trying to have a survivor with armor all of one set. It seemed unlikely that I'd want to have a survivor with chest and hand armor from one set, but waist and leg armor from another. Plus, it seemed like some of the body/leg combinations of different sets of armor might look pretty strange together. So it didn't seem worth the extra effort. I just use the body that most closely matches the armor the survivor has, which usually will be at least a few pieces from the same set. If you are looking to do yours the same way, just follow the steps below.
|File the bottoms of each neck just enough to create a flat surface for drilling. The top one hasn't been filed yet, the bottom has, so you can see the difference.|
|Drill the neck exactly in the center just to depth of the magnet, so the magnet will sit flush with the bottom of the neck.|
|Glue a magnet into male neck with super glue. For the first one, the polarity won't matter, but from now on it will.|
|Drill the female neck in the same way, but make sure to drill exactly in the center because the female neck is thinner.|
|Here you see the hole drilled in female neck. There is not much margin for error.|
|Drill down into the center of the neck opening of each body, to depth of one magnet (1/32"). Make hole a little wider than magnet diameter so you can dry fit to get the depth correct.|
|Attach (not glue) a magnet to a head so you can dry fit into the body. Dry fit often to determine when you've drilled to the correct depth without going too deep. Make sure the hole is a little wider than the magnet so the magnet doesn't get stuck.|
|Neck hole drilled in body. You want it just deep enough so the magnet sits flush, since the one on the neck doesn't stick out below the neck at all.|
|Attach (not glue) a magnet to the magnet on the female head. Mark the bottom using permanent marker to show which side will go into the body.|
|Put some super glue into the hole in the female body. Use tweezers to set the marked magnet magnet from female head into the female body, with the mark down (not visible).|
|Push the magnet down into body with a toothpick or something else non-magnetic and hold while it sets.|
|Repeat the process for the male head and body. Use tweezers (or anything metal) to hold the magnet from male head and set into male body, mark down.|
|Use your finger to slide the magnet off the tweezers into the opening in the body, then push down with toothpick. This was the easiest way I came up with to handle getting the tiny magnet down into the hole facing the right direction.|
|Pick a weapon hand to start with.|
|Slice off or cut with clippers most of the little "nib" that forms the wrist, then file it down flat. It should be about the same diameter of the magnets. The magnet will take up the space that was occupied by that nib.|
|Holes drilled in the male arms.|
|Attach (not glue) an additional maget to the magnets on each of the hands (one left hand and one right hand).|
|As with the head and body, mark the end that will go into the hole with permanent marker.|
|Put some super glue into the left arm hole. Hold the magnet from the left hand weapon with tweezers and slide into the left arm, with the mark not visible (facing in).|
|I made contraptions like this from paper clips and jumbo Popsicle sticks to hold the heads and hands for spray priming and varnishing. While painting, it also helps hold things while the paint is drying.|
That's about it. Just do the magnets in the rest of the bodies and forearms the same way you did the first ones. Then you have to do all the magnets on the weapon hands, which is the difficult part. Once you've gotten the first few done, it's easier to do more at a time, because you can use the existing hands with magnets to hold the new magnets you are gluing. Just make sure, like before, you match up a left hand with a right hand. Attach them to the paper clip frames for priming and painting and you're ready to go.
I hope this tutorial is valuable and helps other people get the most out of their Kingdom Death survivor kits. Let me know what you think, and if you try out my process let me know how it goes or any lessons you learn along the way.