Magnetic Movement Trays

Magnetic Movement Trays

Our magnetic movement trays are pretty unique in the market for movement trays.

This page not only explains their advantages, but also talks about how to magnetize your miniatures best for these movement trays, what types of magnets and\or washers to use, and how to transport and get the best use out of these.

Advantages and Characteristics

There are a few other movement trays that have magnetic qualities out there, but ours stand out for a few reasons:

  • No Rims!

    • A main advantage of these is that no more 'estimating' location by having a 1-2mm lip around the tray

  • The tray itself is a magnet

    • No more having models tip over or spill out when trying to move them around!
    • This also means the tray will bond to both magnets and steel
      • You can use affordable washers instead of expensive magnets on your models
    • The tray will stick to magnet racks for steel sheets used for transport
    • The polarity of our trays are omni-directional on both sides

      • This means the polarity of any magnets on your models doesn't matter
      • The magnetic strength is engineered to be lower than steel

        • This allows easy casualty removal or 'Pile-In' movements off of the tray
        • Other trays have too strong of a bond which either pops off magnets or makes it hard to actually adjust positions off of the tray or remove casualties.
        • Parts are die cut for precise size and dimensional requirements for unit formation and cohesion

          • No guesswork regarding coherency or maximum screen sizes.
          • Lightweight material makes it easy for them to pick up and move around without putting too much stress on the models and\or magnets used

          • We have the most affordable magnetic movement trays on the market!

          • The magnetic strength falls of significantly if there are any gaps between the movement trays and the magnet \ washer that you are using

            • We recommend having the magnet \ washer directly in base contact with the movement tray for best results.
            • See the next section for more information on how to apply magnets

          Combining these characteristics allow these trays to be used for:
          • Model storage in unit cohesion
          • Easy transport standing up and secure using a carrying case that has a magnetic shelf
          • Simple deployment since the unit stays in cohesion during transport
          • Quick movement on the table as you can move in bulk instead of individual models
          • The movement trays will bond to each other allowing you to connect multiple trays together and rotate them for turns or angles
          • Footprint and formation is kept precise for exact measurements and coherency requirements during the game.
          • Straight forward pile-in's and movement off of the movement trays when needed
            • Other magnetic movement trays have TOO STRONG of a bond, making combat or simple adjustments difficult to do and make the trays more of a hindrance than advantage.
          • Casualty removal is easy due to the engineered bond strength
          This video below gives a visual explanation about the advantages of our movement trays and how they work in practice


            What Size Magnets to Use?

            The most common question we get for these is what size magnets to use for best results, and then how to attach the magnets.

            As mentioned above, the magnet or washer gives best results when it is base contact with the movement tray. The best way to avoid this is to either buy a magnet that is the right depth or use hot glue \ green stuff to make the magnet \ washer flush using wax paper.

            The answer is that it depends upon the game system and base sizes that you are using. If you prefer a stronger bond, you can buy a wider magnet that would increase the surface contact.

            Here are some general answers:

              Warhammer 40K, Age of Sigmar, Kill Team, Warcry, Underworlds, Etc.

                  • In general, the depth is approximately 2.5mm or 1/10" to get base contact

                      • The depth in the GW bases change based on the size of the base (larger sizes have a slightly deeper depth)

                    • The width and strength depends on the size and weight of the model that you are using
                        • In general 1/4" or 5/16" works for plastic infantry models 25mm - 40mm

                        Shatterpoint and Marvel Crisis Protocol

                        • These have a depth 1/16"
                          • Again a 1/4" or 5/16" width works well for the standard models

                            Using Washers

                              • Stainless Steel grades 409 and 430 are the most common magnetic stainless steel and work great
                                • Avoid stainless steel grades 304 and 316 as their very weakly magnetic


                                  How to Apply Magnets and Washers

                                  The best way to apply magnets is with a simple hot glue gun.

                                  Get your models, your washers \ magnets, and some wax paper and a glue gun.

                                  1. Apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of the base
                                  2. Put the washer\magnet you're using in the center of the base
                                  3. Push the base flat onto the wax paper and rub it around to ensure the washer is flat and is embedded in the hot glue
                                    • This will keep the washer \ magnet flush with the base and provide best contact with our movement trays.
                                  4. Pick it up and check the bottom to make sure everything is flush.

                                  It's quick and easy, and provides great results!


                                  If you've used these and love them, we'd love to see pictures! Either tag us on Facebook (Gray Matter Gaming), Twitter (@GrayMatterMats), or Instagram (@GrayMatterMats) or send us an e-mail (

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