Thursday, July 18, 2019

Product Review: Mini Mag Trays

Hey Everyone!  Today I have another great product review, this time for the movement trays designed and sold by Mini Mag Tray over in the UK!  They reached out to me to check out what they had to offer and I was happy to see why these trays have been appearing all over my Twitter feed lately.  It isn't a secret that I am not one who uses movement trays in my games, despite hordes of Witch Aelves, but I have to say these trays really solves all the issues I had with using trays in my games.  Check out the full review down below!

As you would expect Mini Mag Tray offers a variety of styles and shapes for their trays in various base sizes.  Initially, I was surprised at how thin the trays were, but they are a very durable piece of metal.  The trays are powder coated with a layer of paint which make moving them across the board very smooth and removes any chance of snags as you slide them along.  I was also a bit surprised at seeing that no trays offered are above five models which was done on purpose.  This design was to allow a more dynamic flow to your units on the battlefield while still being easy and quick to move lots of models.

The variety of trays offered to allow you to maximize board space or combat with their design.  If you are wanting to zone out your opponent from alpha striking you or if you want to ensure you can get as many models into combat as possible you will have the option you need.  The trays play very nice with one another to easily stay next to one another to keep unit coherency while allowing you to adapt the unit's layout on the fly.

There was a lot of thought put into the different patterns from what I can see and I was a bit surprised to see just how flexible their tray system can truly be on the board.  One of the issues I have with movement trays is how they create a bit of laziness with moving your models in the same blob as you wade into battle.  These trays allow that blob to adapt and bend while still letting models get into base to base contact very easily.

I can't give a full review of the trays without talking about the magnets.  While magnetic movement trays are not anything new to anyone who used to Warhammer Fantasy Battles these trays really take advantage of them.  They preform the standard function of keeping you models attached to the tray for quick and easy movement without having models fall over to a small breeze.

The real key with these trays is how you can easily move along the tray while remaining secured to the tray and allow you the freedom of movement other trays limit.  This was the other real issue I had with movement trays as I saw models still on trays during combat toppled and fall on one another as they sit half within the slots.  It is a small thing, but a very good thing to be able to not have to worry about the tray getting in the way of the game.

These trays are really turning around my opinion on using movement trays as they solve every problem I see with conventional trays.  I can maintain base to base contact with my opponent, have the freedom to adjust my large units footprint during the game, and allow me to adjust models in combat without the tray getting in the way.  All of this while giving the benefit of quicker deployment and movement of my models.  I never thought I would say this, but it is likely you will see my models on movement trays in the near future.  Be sure to check out their shop and grab some for yourself.  Happy Hobbying.

Chuck Moore