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As my force expands, I'm beginning to worry more and more about transportation. Yes, carrying cases. (Hence the stupid protection enuendo.) Anyway, I've looked in Battle Foam, and feel like I'd be getting the highest quality product there. I know that it's maybe a tad pricey, but I'm more than willing to buy it to protect my hard work.
Anyone know a different place that sells great cases?
I'm posting this thread to this section because our models have such odd shapes, and may indeed require a unique case. (Ex. Defiler, Prince, etc.)
Thanks in advance guys!
Personally I use GW cases... but thats more because when I got them a few years back they were £30 for a 3 tier hard plastic case. Alot of people around here swear by KR cases, and they look pretty good and customisable too. Have a look at them for sure.
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Magnetize your defiler in the "waist" so you can transport it more easy...it's a real hassle to transport...
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My brother (whose is Platypus on LO) has designed a rather novel way for transporting models. For infantry, it cuts down the space by over 90%. It takes some construction, but it's worth the investment. For example, Platypus can fit a 2000 point Space Wolves army onto just two of his trays, which still leaves 3" of open space at the top of the Motor Pool (i.e., the case featured in the first image). His Wolf army includes 7 tracked vehicles, so we're not just talking about a bunch of small Marines.
1) Metal Sheets (can be purchased at some hardware stores or recycled from old real estate signs)
2) Magnetize your models.
3) Screw in wooden dowel around the perimeter to provide spacing.
4) Complete. Total cost = $20.00 (transport case not included)
The design is surprisingly stable. The models don't slide around, so you can place them within close proximity. Consider this: The average foam tray can hold between 17-25 Marines. These metal trays can hold 150 marines per sheet.
Last edited by Rabbit; May 17th, 2011 at 23:36.
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A few additional comments on Rabbit's post above...I have done this transport for several people now and it works great. As you can see in the pictures above I built mine for the Sabol Motor Pool so the amount that fits on a single tray is the equivalent of 2 Sabol trays side by side. Rabbit only posted the Tyranid pics here but I have done this with my Space Wolves too and it works great, for both armies I have managed to get well over 2,000 points in only 2 trays.
There are some things that this method is not good for though if, you have models with weak ankles (E.G. Hormagants) they break easily when you pick them up if you don't grab them by the base rather than the model; however, for models like Marines and even Termagants they work great. For my marines I am able to get 5 rhinos, 2 predators, 2 dreadnoughts, & an assortment of tall infantry models on a single sheet. In the same size of Sabol trays I can fit 4 rhinos & 2 predators, so I am gaining 1 rhino, & 2 dreadnoughts in space. The increase in size is not as significant in vehicles as it is with troops but it still works well.
As for the construction of the case, I tried several different ideas as I built it. The hardest part of it all by far is getting the sheet metal of the right size for your transport. My first case I used old real-estate signs (the for sale or for lease signs that dangle from the larger sign), these were about the size of the Sabol foam trays. They worked well, but were not as efficient as the single large sheet. Also if you do use old real-estate signs be sure you use ones made out of steel, most signs now a days are made of aluminum. I also learned that most small sign stores only carry aluminum signs and don’t deal in steel at all, only large industrial shops deal in steel and they are far too expensive to deal with. At least that was what I ran into my area. So what I ended up doing was going to a scrap metal place and picked up a 4x8 sheet of steel sheet metal to cut down, it was pretty rusty but it still worked. We sanded off the rust, and then cut it down into smaller sheets with a circular saw w/ a metal blade on it. Finally we used a grinder to smooth the edges and corners down. It took most of a day to cut them all down and smooth them out but in the end it was well worth it.
After that I used some broom handles (the cheapest way to get the spacing rods I found) and cut them down to the heights I needed for my models, then screwed them into the corners and one in the center for stability, then the fun part of putting the magnets on the bottom of all my miniatures, tedious but not hard. I used a bulk two part epoxy that I have but when I built the case for a friend of mine, he used hot glue to put the magnets on his and it worked great (boy did I feel like an idiot when he told me that’s what he did…so much faster, cheaper, and easier…why didn’t I think of that).
Anyway if you have any questions on the case, feel free to shoot them my way.
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I bought a briefcase and layered it with 1" foam. I cut out squares for each model leaving about 1/4" between each. A roll of foam at the hardware store costs all of $10 and the briefcase I picked up for $2 at a rummage sale. The briefcase works well because it has a spot to hold my calculator, pencils and codex as well. The only thing it doesn't hold well is tanks. For that, I bought an $8 plastic tool box and lined it with foam. Simple and functional.
Awesome idea Platypus, so simple yet highly effective. Rep for you. And thanks to Rabbit for sharing your idea with us.
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