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Carnelian
01-05-2006, 17:11
I was wondering what everyone else used to transport their miniatures around. I was thinking of getting the Intersponge osprey (with 32.5mm cells) for my SM army (which has a fair few dynamic poses/heavy weapons/jump packs/terminators etc.) but wasn't sure whether the above models would fit in a more efficient Intersponge Hercules (25mm cells)
I don't know anywhere in London i can see it before i purchase it though so i was wondering what everone's experiences with it where and whether it was easy to enlarge the cell size, or alternatively if anyone could recommend other miniature cases (such as the GW brand).

lord_blackfang
01-05-2006, 17:24
I bought a large plastic tool case for a tenner and lined it with random bits of foam I had lying around.

Zzarchov
01-05-2006, 17:26
I got some big carboard boxes, tomato crates from fast food.

I but a thick layer of foam on the bottom and cut out shapes were my vehicles fit snuggly in.

The infantry goes in a shoebox:
For infantry I have layers of foam (2) and have a layer of foam..then i add in a load of guys, throw in some cotton balls, nother layer of foam..more cotton..and then put the lid on the box.

Ironhand
01-05-2006, 19:43
I use ArmyTransport bags for everything except my Tank Company tanks, and they work great. Check them out here:

http://www.saboldesigns.net/armytransport.php

Grand Master Raziel
01-05-2006, 19:53
Well, for figures on the standard-sized bases, I've found that nothing works better than GW's carrying case. However, if you get the new big one, the foam trays don't fit snugly enough, and stuff tends to spill out. This problem is fixed by simply adding another foam tray to each stack, which also lets you carry more figures.

For my vehicles and figures on larger bases, I use the ArmyTransport bags that Ironhand mentioned. I like the Platoon cases, because you can clip multiples of them together, so as your collection expands, you can just get more Platoon cases and clip them together, up to the point where you're dragging the stack of them on the floor.

DragonPup
01-05-2006, 20:33
For my GW case, I place my Codexs(Codexi?) in to keep it nice and snug for my Sisters. I do need a better carrying solution for my Rhinos and Exorcists, however.

Melchor
01-05-2006, 20:40
This (http://www.gwindi.net/tabletop/default.php?cPath=746&language=en) shop sells foam inserts much like those in the GW cases. Worth a look.

Jo Bennett
01-05-2006, 21:51
I have cardboard boxes. If you enough minis in then they can't move. :p

x-esiv-4c
01-05-2006, 21:54
I have 1 "army transport" for AC, 1 GW small case for DG and 2 GW large case for Imperial guard.

boogle
01-05-2006, 21:55
I have 3-4 GW cases,an Intersponge and another on it's way

Steel_Legion
01-05-2006, 22:02
figures in comfort and a GW case for me, my pegasus go around in a shoe box :(

lord_blackfang
01-05-2006, 22:48
I should probably add that I'm beginning to magnatize my armies. The expenses aren't any greater than buying the specialised carry cases, it's safer, requires less space and saves loads and loads of time.

Lyinar
01-05-2006, 22:53
I have a GW case that I cannibalized to add to the open box from the BFG box set that I use for 'casual' transport, such as just going up to my best friend's to show off the new stuff I've done since the last time I was up there, or hopefully soon, actually playing a Combat Patrol mission.

For more serious stuff, I have an Intersponge transport, and it works quite nicely.

Carnelian
01-05-2006, 23:01
Interesting. I definately want to get a proper carrying case rather than one i built my self because i need to move them around a fair bit and it needs to be a hell of sturdy case. For all the intersponge users out there, do any of you collect space marines? and if so do they fit nicely in 25mm or do you need 32.5mm for the assault marines etc?
thanks
Carnelian

Ironhand
02-05-2006, 00:44
For my tanks I use the bottom half of a GW Army Box (it was Empire I think) well-padded with bubble wrap. I can comfortably and safely transport 4 Vanquishers and 4 standard Leman Russ.

I use a similar set up for my Dark Angels tanks. One box holds 2 Rhinos, a Whirlwind, a Razorback, a Predator, and 3 Landspeeders, and has room to spare.

Corn Berserker
02-05-2006, 01:11
I use a DJ style cd case with a divide in the middle and a handle at the top. Requires careful placement of metal minis but I can fit about 3,500 points of Chaos (minus winged prince) on one side nearly 2,000 points of IG infantry and 3 sentinals in the other, plus codexes, dice, paper and pen.

drakhar
02-05-2006, 08:25
well here in the midwest there is a hardware store by the name of Menards and there i found a power tool carrying case with locking (as in lock and key) clips and a carrying strap with i think its the interfoam stuff much like the Army Transporter has. I use it to haul my tanks and large monstrous Creatures around in, and only cost me $20.00! A helluva lot cheaper than anything else out there that does the same thing. plus it has a faux metal finish so it looks like a metal brief case and it doesn't look hokey. The only drawback is the top of lid underneath has a leather attachment to hold additional tools but is held in place by a turnkey. which i took out and replaced it with the foam that i took out of the bottom and hotglued the extra foam to a corrugated cardboard and slipped in place of the leather tool attachment. or i saw someone use a piece of acoustic foam cut to shape in order to keep the tanks in place. Not sure if they sell anything like that there but its worth a look?

Loricatus
02-05-2006, 16:24
I just picked up a $20 toolbox from Walmart with a metal bottom. That section holds all 9 vehicles for my mechanized Sisters force by the means of rare earth magnets glued to the bottom of each vehicle. The toolbox also has a plastic tray, into which I put reinforced plasticard sheets with glued-on 1" washers. The sheets are then attached to a magnet glued in the toolbox tray. Each miniature has 2 small rare earth magnets in the base, which secures it to a washer.

Everything holds very secure for a total cost of about $40. I don't have to worry about customizing foam trays or worrying about the foam damaging the paint. On top of that, I can get my army out of the box in no time since I can just pick up a squad at a time.

sigur
02-05-2006, 17:50
I have a GW case I got with a Valhallan army and I have to say that having a proper army case is a very nice thing (as opposed to the toilet paper-filled shoeboxes or cases for drill bits from the hardware store I used before that, but proper miniature carrying cases also cost a lot of money, so I built 3 cases (2 infantry, 1 for tanks) myself.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/koffer2-4.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v145/Lexandro/koffer1.jpg


Now that I started playing WHFB some months ago, I encountered the problem that the standard foamcase thingies just don't help when I need to transport Elves with Crossbows, Spears, Bolt Throwers and the like so I thought I'd either cut out some new foamtrays or magnetize my armies all over. I heard many good things about magnetizing, the only problem is that I have no idea where to get those legendary "rare earth magnets" in the area I live.

Dread Lime
02-05-2006, 18:41
I use 30cal ammo cans, and an old rocket crate.
It's heavy, but it works.

Inquisitor lorr
02-05-2006, 20:16
You can buy the gw foam separately through mail order.If this is any help i'll dig out the link in a bit.

noneedforaname
02-05-2006, 20:24
You can? im intrigued. Even the funky tank foamy stuff?

Inquisitor lorr
02-05-2006, 21:43
no tank stuff( i think):cries: but here ya go http://store.us.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.us?do=Individual&code=13239999009&orignav=9

noneedforaname
02-05-2006, 21:50
i will have to try annoying the trolls at uk mail order.

Thrash
03-05-2006, 01:48
As an Osprey user myself, I'd say that the bigger holes make all the difference when it comes to sticky out strangeness. Mine is mostly used for Eldar, but I see no reason why marines shouldn't be just as snug in there. Assault squads and devastators will thank you for the extra space.

I also have had no problems with space. I get a fairly sizable 2000pt Eldar force in there (other than a rogue wave serpent), so marines should be just fine unless you're running a bizzare horde army.

starlight
03-05-2006, 02:23
Battlepacks have done me well these last few years.

http://www.charonproductions.com/shop/

My next ones will be from the Delux line, likely a Skirmishpack and another Battlepack.

The owner of Charon (Andy) is a great guy and is on Warseer as Bladestalker.

AgentZero
03-05-2006, 02:47
I made my own and it's like a handtruck.
I can take a ton of stuff with me anywhere.
Probably cost me less then $50 USD and a weekend to make.

Toppan
03-05-2006, 02:57
i use an old gun case...its got foam but that doesnt stop my orks' arms from falling off lol

emperorattack
03-05-2006, 03:57
I use GW's mega transport case

Danny Internets
03-05-2006, 04:23
I use a shoebox with some tissue paper inside. 5 armies, one for each. Works wonders and it cost me exactly $0.

Ardathair
03-05-2006, 05:52
I mainly use double rifle cases. Got one for IG and one for Eldar. can hold about 200+ minis properly packed and runs about $30. Firearms cases are OK, but they are almost exclusively one layer. I have seen a few two layer ones but those are less common and cost far more.

P.S. The cases I use for minis I would never use for firearms because the locks are a joke and can be picked with a push-pin easy. They're cheap for a reason.

Anarchyman99
03-05-2006, 07:51
I love "Army Transports" but I still have 2 GW cases....did and one see the GW Tank case?

http://store.us.games-workshop.com/storefront/store.us?do=List_Models&code=305369&orignav=300810&ParentID=255930&GameNav=300810

mongoosedog300
03-05-2006, 08:53
well I just chuck everything into my battleforce box

bugbait_nz
03-05-2006, 09:53
Foam squares + cardboard boxes + PVA glue + large sports bag = something you can get all your books/dice and minis in easily like this that does cost much.

http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~reemo/40k/Bag.JPG

Bugbait out

lord_blackfang
03-05-2006, 11:46
Nice touch with the wording on the box lids, Bugbait :p

bugbait_nz
04-05-2006, 10:39
Just a coincidence, honest.

swamp_slug
04-05-2006, 11:09
I currently use a toolbox loaded up with foam, my plastic models are contained in small boxes inside while my metal models are wrapped to prevent chipping and then placed in more small boxes.
When I can afford it I will most likely be buying a deluxe battlepack from charon, as a friend of mine transports his 'nid army in one. If you can get one I say it is well worth the money, they are a fantastic product.

bladestalker
06-05-2006, 02:39
I currently use a toolbox loaded up with foam, my plastic models are contained in small boxes inside while my metal models are wrapped to prevent chipping and then placed in more small boxes.
When I can afford it I will most likely be buying a deluxe battlepack from charon, as a friend of mine transports his 'nid army in one. If you can get one I say it is well worth the money, they are a fantastic product.

Thanks for the kind words. Getting our cases in the UK is a little expensive (putting them on a par with a Domestic UK case) so I like to offer discounts to UK customers if asked to make it a little more reasonable.

bigbauske
08-05-2006, 03:47
I use army transport foam, I buy these and set them up for my army, Then I get a comic book box (the small ones) and the foan fits perfectly in there! Once done the stack neatly and I can Label/decorate the outside to match the army.

Stormwarningz
08-05-2006, 08:46
Try and find a company called models in comfort (I think).

EclypseDesigns
08-05-2006, 08:57
I present my transport option:

http://www.intersponge.com

i have 2 and they are perfect for my needs.

bladestalker
11-05-2006, 16:38
They are very similar to the army transport cases for those interested, but without pick and pluck foam.

Damore
11-05-2006, 21:21
I use fishing tackle boxes with cut seat foam, because My tyrants are all different sizes.

bladestalker
25-05-2006, 18:10
FYI we Charon now has scoutpacks in stock.

yodasluck
25-05-2006, 18:59
I use a hardcase for electronics storage that are similar to the GW ones when I'm taking a small army to play. I have a backpack cooler with wheels given as a work gift that works well too.

My buddy uses a pair (and thinking of a third) tool case from the local Home Depot that works well for his Nids and Necrons.

bladestalker
26-05-2006, 16:15
I'm thinking of expanding ou line to include a panier style case. Non canadians call these saddlebags. Essentially it would be 2 scoutpacks that are slung over the back of a bicycle.

Any thoughts?

Humongus
26-05-2006, 19:06
Bladestalker- that would be cool! I used to ride a bike for my main tranportation, and playing minatures was one reason I bought a car! (I ended up transporting a lot of terrain as well...)
However, even as a person who works in a bikeshop for a living, I have to say I don't think you would sell very many, so if it costs a lot to develope / make (and good paniers do) it may not be worth it.
It might be easier to check out what panniers sizes are commonly available, and figure out which of your cases fit them, and publisize that info (say include a picture of bikes loaded with minis). I know there are several rear-rack systems that are sized to fit a paper gorcery sack securely, for example, so that may be a good dimension to make a "bike friendly" pack in, if you don't already.
BTW, Its my expereince that very few game shops have bike racks...

Estragor
26-05-2006, 19:36
Try and find a company called models in comfort (I think).

Do you mean figures in comfort?
www.figuresincomfort.co.uk

bladestalker
27-05-2006, 01:19
Bladestalker- that would be cool! I used to ride a bike for my main tranportation, and playing minatures was one reason I bought a car! (I ended up transporting a lot of terrain as well...)
However, even as a person who works in a bikeshop for a living, I have to say I don't think you would sell very many, so if it costs a lot to develope / make (and good paniers do) it may not be worth it.
It might be easier to check out what panniers sizes are commonly available, and figure out which of your cases fit them, and publisize that info (say include a picture of bikes loaded with minis). I know there are several rear-rack systems that are sized to fit a paper gorcery sack securely, for example, so that may be a good dimension to make a "bike friendly" pack in, if you don't already.
BTW, Its my expereince that very few game shops have bike racks...


That's a good idea. I'll look into it. What's the general concensus on pick and pluck foam? Like? HAte?

starlight
27-05-2006, 02:34
I'll agree that it would likely be better to have a new way to mount the existing bags to a bike than a whole new bag.

?pick and pluck foam? My Battlepacks (1st Ed) came with the eggcrate foam and I've been happy so far. If pick and pluck is the customisable stuff, that's good too, if not - pics/links please.:D

GodofWarTx
27-05-2006, 04:24
i moved away from my Charon Battlepack after quite a few of the zippers broke on it, and the stitching on the , um, i guess the "zipper apron" became frayed and mangled. It didnt take long to do that, so i wasnt the happiest of it.

I now use Army Transports for everything, but my battlepack is sitting in my closet used as a "non-moble" storage,anytime i take it out minis get broken =(

starlight
27-05-2006, 04:32
Did you contact Andy at Charon to express your concern?:eyebrows: Its possible you had lemon.:(

I've had mine for several years without incident. I store over 3K of minis in mine and have moved across the country twice without damage or failure.

Bookwrak
27-05-2006, 08:01
I tried using Figures in Comfort, but they never returned my e-mails... So then I tried Sabol Army transport. I like the cases, and I really like that the foam tray design means you can customize every slot for each model however you like. Really convienient when a pose leaves a model with bits sticking out that I want to make sure stay protected.

bladestalker
28-05-2006, 02:24
Bookwrak - that's what we mean by pick and pluck. Sabol use those only. our trays are similar to the GW orange foam trays but with less slots (but wider) and a one piece design that doesn't require glue or come apart easily. I don't know if Figs in comfort service Japan as they are UK based We have shipped there but it's expensive. :(

Godofartx - drop me an email and we'll see if we can replace that defective case. Was it a standard battlepack or the delux?

NotElite
28-05-2006, 16:28
At first I loved the pick and pluck foam, but over time it comes apart and you have to glue it back together. Sometimes I feel like I need to protect my foam from my models.

For infantry, where you are trying to keep the "walls" down to one square thick so you can actually fit a decent amount in one tray, I'm finding the pre-cut trays to be more durable. For big items, pick and pluck works better. The only decent way I've found to transport a landraider it the 4" deep pick and pluck.

Clamp-style foam eventually snaps the aerials and such off my tanks.

bladestalker
29-05-2006, 23:48
ariels are a bugaboo for clamp foam. tyranids the same.

Ill Eagle
30-05-2006, 08:50
I just picked up a $20 toolbox from Walmart with a metal bottom. That section holds all 9 vehicles for my mechanized Sisters force by the means of rare earth magnets glued to the bottom of each vehicle. The toolbox also has a plastic tray, into which I put reinforced plasticard sheets with glued-on 1" washers. The sheets are then attached to a magnet glued in the toolbox tray. Each miniature has 2 small rare earth magnets in the base, which secures it to a washer.

Everything holds very secure for a total cost of about $40. I don't have to worry about customizing foam trays or worrying about the foam damaging the paint. On top of that, I can get my army out of the box in no time since I can just pick up a squad at a time.
This is a great idea! I'll be fashioning something along these lines. I probably won't actually mount the magnets in the bases of my figs though. What size magnets did you put in the figure bases?

HeraldoftheGods
30-05-2006, 12:39
I make my own cases, it takes a bit of work, but it comes out a lot cheaper than buying from a company (plus I reckon that they've got extra padding too). It looks very profesional as well, and works out less than 25 a pop.

I buy my cases from Ikea (it's a product called Brana - size 26x30x40cm) and I get all my packing foam from this company (http://www.smfoam.co.uk/). Don't forget to buy some foam glue as well.
For a normal case I get 7 pieces 15.5"x1"x10" and 8 pieces the same dimensions but only 1/2" thick. I then mark out a grid where every model has an inch width and almost 2 inches hieght and cut out the recesses (that's the most labourious part).
With each tray an inch thick and each divider 1/2 inch, you get 7 trays holding 40 normal sized models each. A bountiful 280 models to a case (with tons of room for vehicles).

The big advantage with making your own foam trays is that you can customize exactly how thick you want each compartment to be. My Raiders used to break all the time - now they have their own special box where everything is as snug as you like.

bladestalker
22-06-2006, 18:30
any chances of a picture of your case?