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As I begin the hobby and see how much time I'm investing in just cleaning the mold lines on my freshly minted Warhammer 40k Ork Hoard, I see the importance of not compromising on a case(s) for storage and transportation.
In the past I've used Pelican hard cases for some expensive camera and video equipment and it seems absolute ideal for game miniatures. As far as storing anything in a case I don't think it gets any better then a Pelican case. I could go on for hours about Pelican cases, but one can read about how rugged they are here:
pelican cases for laptops + camera cases + shipping containers from Pelican-Case.com
Some might consider it over kill, but there are a few reasons I'm strongly considering this case:
1.) It's a hard shell case thats industry proven to protect
2.) The foam is "pick and pluck" so you can completely customize interior shapes by removing cubes of foam
3.) The prices (if you search the net) are actually much cheaper then the GW cases for a comparable size, but are much higher quality
4.) Ultimately the time investment I'm making with preping and painting my hoard out values the cost of a high quality case.
It seems to me that a lot of people are really happy with the sabol army transport cases, but I'm having a hard time getting over the fact that they are soft cases. Anyways, I was wondering if there is anyone out there using Pelican cases for the miniatures? What size and how did you configure the foam layouts?
Wow, that IS overkill. Seriously, the soft sides aren't that big a deal. I sent my Charon case through the airport baggage handling several times and nothing has broken so far.
Pelican cases may be the best out there, but you're paying through the nose for something that might only save you 5 minutes with a tube of super glue over the course of your life.
That said, a friend of mine totes his Pelican case around. It's big and clunky, and doesn't have NEAR the capacity that mine does. He leaves it behind as much as he can because of the weight, which kind of defeats the purpose. I actually haven't tried to convince him not to use it, because I respect his decision, but he seems happy. If that's any measure of what you should do then by all means throw some money at a case.
haha, nice. Well to be honesty I'm able to get a case for $100 that will hold my 1k Ork Hoard, which is really only about $30 more then the sabol Mark II I priced. But, I don't really want to create any type of debate! I just want to dispell the "paying out the nose" feeling.Really?! That's my biggest concern, transporting on my bike or traveling across state with it. You checked in a soft miniature case and it got back to you okay? Impressive....sent my Charon case through the airport baggage handling several times and nothing has broken so far.
The big and clunky part is a big concern and great point. That's cool that you respect his decision. By the way, what type of case do you use Rex?
Last edited by russ_c; December 16th, 2008 at 06:43.
For some reason, that reminds me of something I'd expect to see advertised for at midnight, when TVNZ have run out of other shows to air/are a little cash-strapped.
As has already been said, a bit of glue, some foam, and a box can get you a really good case. Myself, I have the GW carry case, and I have a couple of customised cases. Whilst the GW case is brilliant (lots of models, pretty lightweight, and can take quite the beating if necessary), I find the cases I made myself to be a lot better in comparison to how much money and effort (from my end, anyway) went into them.
So yeah, personally, I wouldn't bother with those cases, but that's just me. It's ultimately your call.
Anyway, I flew from Washington state to GenCon Indy and didn't have any models in those cases break or get dinged up. The only thing that broke that trip was packed into a hard sided case.
I had two of these China Tool Case. Foshan Manufacturer, Exporter
with foam cut to shape around my Imperial Thunderbolt and Shadowsword. Both of them came home with pieces that fell off. Not really "broken", but certainly unglued.
The real loss of the trip was that I had to buy an extra bag in order to make the weight requirement for the airline. It cost me $40 for a duffel bag that didn't survive the trip home. It was either buy that bag or pay an extra $200 for an overweight bag.
Meh, if you want something fancy with a hard shell and a handle, buy a pistol case. You'll probably save a TON, and wind up with roughly the same protection.
I'm making a case for my army, it's actually made of metal. Now if I could only find a hobby store that sells foam!
The GW ones ain't bad, though for a much cheaper price and a little modification a hardware store multipurpose hardshell case would work well.