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Hey all..the GW carrying cases are really expensive! I'm wondering if any of you have thought of alternatives.
I was thinking of doing something with ice cube trays in varying sizes along with shipping bumpers (You know, the cardboard that goes on the edges of objects inside of boxes)
I have a big plastic bin that I keep one of my armies in and they oftentimes lose limbs! It's a very dangerous place..
I think the best home made solutions by far that I have seen have been the ones that use magnets on the bottom of the mini and lay sheet metal to the bottom of a plastic bin and stick them to the bottom(or vice versa, using a steel washer in the base and then a magnetic sheet for the bottom)
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yesterday i saw a guy who had a cardboard box cut into a perfect shape to hold the foam trays, and he duct taped it all up. It actually was pretty cool.
I would say the best i have seen/used is the stuff you sometimes get in packages... The foam that is covered in the bumps (dont know the offical name) Just two sheets, and then a box to put it in. Failing that, a exacto knife, and a bit of foam, and you can emulate what the GW boxes are... I would seriously concider it though, 50 bucks is alot, but it keeps your minis safe. You might also look around for some sable carrying cases, which are a little cheaper, and some people say are better.
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ive created a few myself. i got some of the soft foamy stuff they use in the GW carry cases from a craft store and just cut out some holes for the models then stuck a thin piece of foam on the bottom. for the actual case i just bought two unmoulded drill cases from a cheapy shop and cut the foam to fit! all up it cost me about $10 aust. and then i even got a second case and used the bumpy foam on the bottom and top of the second case to put my tanks in
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If you live in the U.S then a good old fashion two layer gun case is great. I found some really thin foam stuff and made three layers in it so I can fit my 3000 points of Guard tanks and all.
Oh and _TOAST_ your thinking of egg crate foam I think.
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I use a camera box myself.
It looks really cool, black with silver strapping on the sides.
Most camera cases are lined with or full of foam anyways and you can get them from, well, camera shops
Just cut out squares with a craft knife and hey presto its done!!
You can also buy the GW foam sheets separately i think,
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A while back I investigated the practicality of doing a home-made case (using an old tin briefcase I have) for my Marines, but the cost in materials (including glue and tools admittedly) was going to be about $60 AUD. This compares with $80 AUD for the GW carry case, which saves me several hours of tedious cutting and gluing.
I also checked out other brands to try and get one cheaper, but found to my surprise that the GW ones are about the same price as others on the market.
Verdict: The GW case is pretty much ideal for 40k models, and not a(n especially) bad deal either.
I still need a way to transport my battlefleet safely...
The Sabol foam sheets are great and well worth the $5 or so in my opinion. They're the same kind of sheet with little pre-cut cubes to pull out that you find in a lot of camera cases. Keeps your minis very snug. You don't need to buy a Sabol bag if you don't want, they fit in all sorts of things.
I've got 12 Rhino Chasis, 14 Jump Infantry, 46 Infantry and my commander in my standard size sabol bag, to give you an idea how much can be packed in there. (Just don't build your rhinos with the wretched pintle style storm bolter that makes them ever so slightly more than 2.5" tall! =) )
Last edited by InquisitorAffe; August 30th, 2007 at 17:43.