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Has anyone got any good ideas for transporting Heavy Weapons Teams within foam as I made 9 teams out of my battleforce boxed set but nothing really fits them well.
Do i have to go for like 50mm pick and pluck or does someone know of an alternative?
Battlefoam makes a good foam tray that will carry up to 20 of them.
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You can make a box quite easily, if that appeals to you I can take some photos and explain how to do it.
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Same, I originally used a tool box I customised but it was bulky and didn't do a great job, I lost bayonets and other parts that were liable to get caught on the foam. Frankly it put me off foam entirely.
Now I use a totally different method with multiple smaller boxes and very tightly packed miniatures. I still use foam to line the edges but I magnetise the base of the box so that the inf can stand upright without moving around.
This is how I did my HWS:
Here's a detail shot showing the magnets on the base and the coins I glued to the base to provide a contact point for the magnet:
You can buy small 5mm magnets on ebay for about 3.5p per magnet. These would probably work fine for the HWS too. I used some 10mm I had left over from when I made a Titan but 5mm are plenty strong enough. I used coins on my bases to make a contact point for the magnet but that only works with UK copper coins minted after about 1994. If you live in the US you can't use dimes sadly, however, you could probably use small washers or a small tack or something. Check your local hardware store and see if there is anything suitable. Worst case you can use a second magnet, whichever is cheaper.
Greenstuff is very good to help seat the magnets. It's expensive if you buy it from GW but if you search ebay for Kneadatite you can get it much cheaper. It's optional though, superglue works well as an alternative.
You can see roughly how it goes together in the first shot. You place the bases as tight as possible and mark the outer limits on a piece of card. Use your ruler to find the centrepoint and tape a magnet there with a small piece of duct tape. Cut out the base and use it to build the box.
For the HWS's base I used a knife to cut out the central drill guide then used PVA to set the coin in place. It sat on its head while the PVA went off. It takes about 24 hours. I then used greenstuff around the edge to really help hold it in place. I'd consider that step to be optional but it does help to make things secure, especially with the super-strong 10mm magnets.
The boxes I use for my squads are slightly different:
The boxes themselves are the smallest of the GW shipping boxes. They are the perfect size for 30 25mm based troops.
You can see the black PVC sheet I cut to size to form the base. This is somewhat overkill but it does make the box a bit more "de-luxe". I used a ruler to measure the placement for the magnets this time rather than actually laying all 30 figs out. I then used a drill to drill 1mm holes in the base. This helps to give the greenstuff something to really hold on to. Then I placed a small blob of greenstuff down and pressed a 5mm magnet into it. It's very tidy and secure.
The sides and lid have foam but, again, it's overkill. The coins were set in using PVA again but I didn't see a need for any greenstuff since the 25mm base holds them so well.
Pros and cons:
This method is cheap, especially vs custom foam trays. It's very good for models with bayonets etc because they stand upright and the bayonets can be positioned to poke between other models. I've not had a single bayonet or entrenching tool snap off since I adopted this method.
It's very quick to deploy/pack up models. It's also very compact. I can fit about 50% more figs into the same space than I could using foam.
Finally it's modular so you can break up your army into what you're using that day, put it in a rucksack or sports bag and leave the rest at home.
The downside is that it's not as secure as foam if you are expecting rough treatment. I wouldn't feel happy putting these boxes through an airport for example, whereas I would do that with custom foam trays. Also, the magnets may not hold the figs if the box gets dropped a long way, say off a table. I'd recommend this for people who transport their figs by car or on foot but want a way to keep everything compact and safe from bumps and knocks.
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Thanks a bunch Korona. Now I know what I'll be working on during the holidays
Last edited by Sejanus; December 21st, 2010 at 11:03. Reason: typo