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I'm going to be taking a vacation in a month, and I want to take a selection of models with me when I go. I've got Warhammer 40k orks and need to bring a couple older trukks, loadza infantry, and a few large and pointy HQ models. Suggestions LO?
I use Sabol's Army tranport. Lightweight, and with different-sized trays available to accommodate almost everything except my poor Monolith. It's not very tough, so if you're looking to put it in, say, checked luggage at the airport, I'd suggest something a little more robust, but for just getting from A to B, it works nicely.
I've heard other people using various hard-shell cases, everything from rifle/pistol cases to briefcases, as long as there's sufficient protection.
Another option that probably won't work for you, but I'll mention it anyway, is the magnetic army. It takes some planning, but you build strong magnets into the bases of your minis (using green stuff, I guess), and just stick them to the bottom of a metal pan (I've seen many people use baking pans). You can turn them upside down and the models don't even budge, when done right. I don't like it because I can't store them like that easily, whereas the foam Sabol trays, whether inside the bag or out, can stack nicely, keeping the minis neat and clean.
The Sabol army transports are good for large armies, having a choice of foam thickness is good for armies with allot of larger than standard models.
The Sabol case is also good for fantasy armies that have their units magnetized to their movement trays, as you can make a slot big enough to just hold the entire unit.
I usually use a GW case for my troops and a gun case from wal-mart for my tanks.
Thank you all very much!
For travel I strongly recommend a case in the style of Sabol or others that uses trays rather than a 'sandwich' approach like the GW cases. When I fly with an army I wrap each individual tray with saran wrap so that the friendly and courteous security people who are always meticulously careful with travelers' belongings can unpack the whole thing and see everything inside without dropping painted models all over the place. Has worked great for me so far.
Of course if you are going to check it, it does need to be inside a sturdier suitcase. The regular size Army Transport fits fine inside a standard size rollerboard.
I think I am going to end up making something for myself... I am just going to get a handful of boxes and foam and then keep all that in a case. Carrying around 3 Valkyries, and 6 Leman Russ is going to be a hassle enough, but when I get to my full 9 and 9, plus 180ish IG and a handful of Chimeras... I am going to need something not only light weight but able to keep everything in the smallest possible container (I would prefer valk valk valk x 2, then one on top of that, and then the nine LRs next to that, Chimeras on top of all that (or with the LRs) and the IG on top of everything).
Anyway I was thinking something more: Foam, valk, foam, valk, foam, valk foam all in a box. Then the LRs can have their turrets and guns removed, and fit in as a stack with foam on all 4 sides, same with the Chimeras. While the turrets, guns, and IGmen can all just be thrown in boxes, lol.
Last edited by archonofdeath; April 25th, 2009 at 09:01.
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I use a standard tool-box packed with foam that you can buy at any local hardware store. All of the miniature-gaming specific cases are nice and look pretty and all, but they're running like $100.00 plus in addition to shipping and handling. Why not get the same thing at Bob's Hardware Store for $30.00 - $40.00?
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PCI boxes are the right depth and are fitted with foam inserts.
Mobo and cpu upgrade boxes are deeper and so, good for larger models.
Most pc repair places throw these boxes in the trash. Ask and ye shall receive.
Then, I started storing these boxes in standard airline carry-ons and duffels.
They're exactly like the ludicrous bags GW sells, at a fraction of their silly price.
Plus, if I travel with the army, what could be more natural than ... travel luggage?
I use a backpack to carry models to friends' homes for small games.
All of these materials are also usable for other applications.
So, for me, "cheap yet efficient" is the best option.
Also, with the depletion of the reinforests, we should all do our parts.
So recycle, everyone! Do it for the children! ;- )
I use a steel toolbox. All of my models have steel washers and 3mm by 1mm magnets. One washer apiece, one magnet apiece. With a $40 toolbox, I can store about 750 25mm bases in four compartments- not counting the ones I can affix to the walls of it. 100 magnets costs about $8, so it really isn't very expensive at all. Compared to a conventional case, it's cheaper, denser (more models in a smaller space), less chance of models getting scratched while rubbing the foam, and less chance of damage due to things getting shaken around.
The only downside is that solid steel can be heavy. But with just one case to haul a good 3000pts of troops, I think it's lighter than the three or four equivalent foam cases would be.
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