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I'm trying to find a cheap way to build my own carrying case similar to the ones that GW sells, with the foam inserts that have slots for each model. I would really like to consolidate my army into one easy to carry small box, instead of lugging around a huge tacklebox and 2 other cases. Also, the foam sheets with small slots for each unit should make it easier to organize my army as opposed to sorting through shelves and piles of boyz in compartments (additionally it's nice because I'll know my whole army is there when I leave, instead of just hoping I had 20x Boyz in that piles I put back into my case).
At any rate, I'm wondering if anyone as attempted to make their own case? The cheapest foam I found that looks like the same type of foam in the GW cases was at Joann Fabrics. I could get a whole roll 1/2" foam $10 or 1" $15. I believe 1 roll would be enough, but I may get two and use the thinner roll as a backlayer and cut the holes out of the thicker foam.
I also got a cheap plastic file organizer bin from WalMart that would probably work as a box for now. Though I may want something sturdier and with a handle. Any Suggestions on where to get a good solid case and some inexpensive foam?
Hopefully, I'll have some good ideas by this weekend, and if anyone is interested, I'll post some pics and "How to" instructions, once I figure it out.
I found some cheap foam trays I think like $3 at a hobby store that fit into a random box that I had and it was perfect for characters and cavalry. It worked well, but got lost in a move
Good luck with your adventure... I hate shelling out to store models, but freak out when they chip so I am trying to figure out something new also .. think I'm going to save up and go with Battlefoam's case though.
I'd be careful trying o save much money on cheap foam - it can persih and form a horrible congealed black mess. Definitely not soemthing you want getting on your minatures.
Can you tell me where you got the Felt and how much did it cost?
Also, where did you find the case, and roughly how much did it cost?
Lastly, how do you make the trays? are they all made of felt or something else?
If you do not go the felt route, I've used the white foam you can get at fabric stores. Some of my cases are 10+ years old and still holding up. The foam has changed color slightly, but that's it.
Also, I stand my models up instead of lying down. A really cool way of doing this is taking an aluminum or steel pipe 1"+ and beveling the edge with a file (i used an old vacuum cleaner extension). You can twist it back and fourth and cut perfect circles in the foam.
Cellphone pics are the best I can do.
I used 1" foam doubled up, because it was cheaper, but you can use whatever you want. All my holes are just over 1" dia. here, but you can use whatever you want. I've even cut 2x 1" holes overlapping for longer models like Genestealers. I used a cardboard baseball card box for the container. The box is 3" deep so I add another layer on top to keep them in place.
Also notice I cut slits in the top half of the foam for models that have swords and such. I put the swords in the slit and it helps hold the model in place.
I imagine you can use anything cylindrical that you can bevel down or is real thin, like a can or something similar. When I was cutting with the aluminum pipe, it cut through the foam like butter. Real quick and easy.
Last edited by Naxn; November 27th, 2009 at 20:23.
I was thinking of doing the same thing and this website with military grade inexpensive cases leapt out at me! Seahorse Waterproof Case, Heavy Duty Waterproof Cases, Carrying Cases at Shipping Cases, Custom Cases, Carrying Cases, Tool Cases | Cases By Source
as for the foam i don't think it will deteriorate in a airtight/watertight case such as this so no worries i was worried about the fact that i heard that the foam can wear off your paint!!!