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I'm posting this here instead of in the normal 40K section because I feel like I need help from fellow ork players because of the volume and strange size of our minis.
I was going to use standard model foam, the blocky kind you cut out, at 10$ a flat, but its proving unsatisfactory in amount of models held. Plus, I don't really need such intense protection for things like slugga boyz. This is primarily just house-to-house transportation, not packing for airplanes and such. Plus, my goals of saving space by putting models on their back is conflicting with my goal of being able to stack the layers since it means some things like Combi-skorchas stick up.
I'm interested to know what other ork players who are more concerned about quantity over quality of storage and transportation have found. The idea is to be able to just have all my 150-ish infantry models in one container that I can pick up and take with me. And preferably at a cost below 10$ per 20 models. What I'm looking for in particular that seems like the easiest and cheapest solution are hard cases tall enough to stand figures up in (Barring bosspoles, of course) small compartments, like a fishing tacklebox (I am investigating these for transport as well) or bead-box. I have bubblewrap I can use for padding as well.
So yea, just looking for inspiration. Like all Orky things, I'm looking for crappy but effective and cheap solutions here. The less gaming-company related the better, since they extort us enough anyway and are over-priced. Armed with info I get in this thread, I'll be taking a trip to Wal-mart to scavenge for ideas as well.
I pinched a couple of big polystyrene sheets from work. they were only 1/2 inch thick so i cut them with a hot knife and made them into a piece 1 1/2 inch thick, Use a cigarette lighter to melt holes big enough for a boy. When done attach another 1/2 inch section to make the base. cheap and you can customise to the size of your chosen container and any big boys like warbosses you may have.
I lucked out big time with getting some foam. The school where I teach bought about 40 some odd new laptops for the computer lab, and each one came packed in 2 sheets of egg-shell foam. I asked the IT director and she said they were just going to throw them out. Ask and ye shall receive - I now I have more foam than I even know what to do with. The sheets are about 12"x18" or so, and perfect for lining in a big crate for the ole boyz.
That's what I use. I mean, if you were to hit up some places that might be pitching packing material out, that could be a good place to find some stuff.
Hope this helps,
I use a normal GW case which holds 108 minis, basically all of the boyz and a few other small ones. A fishing tackle box with large compartments and foam from blister packs at the bottom transports the nobz and other bigger guys well, then a decent cardboard box with inserts to create compartments holds stuff like bikes and vehicles well.
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I have a bunch of bubble wrap (don't remember where I got it, just have it). I lay 5 or so guys down in a line, fold it over, lay 5 more down and just roll them up that way and put them in a plastic craft box (it's a rectangle w/ 3 columns and spacers) - rarely an arm comes off, but I have had very little issues with this, and it takes up very little space. Obviously I am a little more meticulous with my more delicate models, but this is how I trukk all of them around (even my GK Termies).
Hosea 1:11 - Great will be the day of Jezreel.
Good info so far. It's helped me with some alternative ideas. I have a bunch of bubble wrap, I may do something similar to Jezreel. And I may be able to find some eggcrate...
My current plan for mass transport is to use these shelves from a craft organizer to stand the boyz up in, then use my large amounts of bubblewrap I bought to possibly layer them on top of each other inside a shoebox (Or better thing I can find one). As an added bonus, they look like cool little WW2 lander-boats.
I'm using foam to keep my metal minis for now. Soon I'll see if my Necrons are better suited for the foam...
Big metal sheet, cheap 1/4"x1/16" magnets on ebay ($30 for 1000), and I'm done.
Here is what I would do.
Follow that. The site that this quide references sells cheap foam that you can buy in bulk. You have to cut and glue if yourself, but you can make whatever you want and since its cheap you dont have to care if you mess up.
The other thing that you need cheap is a box. I have found that the boxes that reams of paper come in are very sturdy and a great size. You can get them for free at offices or office supply stores. Then you make trays that are 8.5 by 11 just like a normal sheet of paper or you can do 17 by 11 and just have one big tray.
foamorder.com/packing.html add www. at the front.
1 peice of vigid foam .25in by 17in by 66in you can cut into 12 peices that would fit into the box above is about $4
1 peice of discount foam 2in by 17in by 22in you can cut into 4 peices about $7
1 peice of discount foam 3in by 17in by 22in you can cut into 4 peices about $10
1 peice of discount foam 4in by 17in by 22in you can cut into 4 peices about $13
The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th peices are cut by you into the shapes you want and then glued onto the 1st piece. Using this method you can make 12 8.5in by 11in trays for about $35 plus shipping and glue.