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Consadine
18-12-2008, 08:21 PM
I'm not sure which forum this is supposed to go in, this one seemed like the most appropriate. But I need to figure out a nice safe way to transport my mini's. I'd rather not buy one of GW's cases because I'm a thrifty guy, and if I can DIY it I'll get to it.

Arkaedin
18-12-2008, 08:25 PM
Sabol army transports are the best, but are a tad expensive.

Econo box is the least aesthetically pleasing but very, very cheap. http://thewarstore.com/EconoBoxFigureStorage.html
I point you in those directions because making them yourself is a pain and may end up being more expensive than these.

Carrelio
18-12-2008, 08:44 PM
I used a shoebox for a while. Using the pattern: layer of bubble wrap, tanks on the bottom, layer of bubble wrap, bigger units like battle suits, layer of bubbe wrap, little units, layer of bubble wrap... close lid.

This 'case' can then be put in a plastic bag and transported with moderate safety.

LAZtheinfamous
19-12-2008, 12:31 PM
What I have been thinking of doing is this;

1. They now make these memory foam egg crate things to go on a bed. Got one for a queen sized bed for about $25.
2. Plastic storage container. Soon (in about a week), they'll drop from $15 bucks to about $7 for christmas colored ones. So while they'll be red and green, they'll be cheap.

So for about $32 bucks, you'll have roughly x4 the storage space. All you have to do is cut the memory foam to fit the storage container. Since they have an egg-crate scalloped type of contour to them, you don't need to cut out spaces for specfic minis, just lay them on thier side and put another foam sheet. Gotta wait til after christmas for the sales though.

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo124/laztheinfamous/IMG_1165.jpg
This is how they look. About an inch, inch and half thick. We got a slightly more expensive one, but they do sell them at Walmart for about 20 bucks. So if you cut it down to fit, you could probably use regular cardboard to strengthen it.

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo124/laztheinfamous/IMG_1166.jpg
This is what I mean by a storage container. We use this one for our 'portable' terrain collection (mainly insulation foam hills and felt). Possibly a little bigger then most people would want for a single army. But I could use it to carry my army, my sons army, and some other stuff too.

http://i368.photobucket.com/albums/oo124/laztheinfamous/IMG_1167.jpg
A bucket like this could be useful for a single army. You can get one at Home Depot (in bright orange) without the laundry soap, for about 4 bucks. The benfit of these types of buckets is that when you have a lid on them, you can also sit on them. Very very sturdy, and convienent. Most games stores I know do not have enough sitting room on tournament day.

Bytemeh2
19-12-2008, 09:23 PM
I like the bucket idea, especially for the extra seat or foot rest at tournaments.

If you want to go for a more.. military feel for your carrying case, you can also try to find a surplus army store near your area and get some old ammo cases. My buddy just got a large one (slightly bigger the the bucket pictured above) for about $10 bucks, all metal, so you can use magnets on it (get creative, my buddy clips his army lists to it during games so they don't get lost) and will adequately protect your minis. Fill it with some of the memory foam, or egg carton foam and you're good to go. You could even repaint it to look like it holds bolter rounds or lasgun clips, etc.

I have a few but I use them for keeping tools, dice, and my video game controllers, remotes, etc. Yeah, I just have one sitting next to the couch where all the remotes sit in, at least they never get lost.

ThePixelGuru
28-12-2008, 03:24 AM
Sabol army transports are the best, but are a tad expensive.

Econo box is the least aesthetically pleasing but very, very cheap. http://thewarstore.com/EconoBoxFigureStorage.html
I point you in those directions because making them yourself is a pain and may end up being more expensive than these.
Know where I can find some pictures of the inside of one of these? Can't really see what the foam trays are like from the pictures there.

I've been trying to come up with a good solution as well. I grabbed a giant old suitcase off of a friend who was throwing it out, so I'm thinking if I can find some good foam for a decent price that should have me set for both 'nids and 'crons. I have the GW hard case (don't leave them in your car, they look like gun cases and therefore will get stolen very quickly), but the problem is my monstrous creatures and awkwardly shaped warriors require far too much cutting of the trays - I'm thinking sheets of foam where I can pick out the proper amounts with my fingers and stick the models into customized spaces.

Eodred
28-12-2008, 12:09 PM
Have you tried This (http://www.totalwargamer.co.uk/feldherr-mini-raster-foam-model-trays-self-adhesive-60mm.html) sort of thing?
You can get a similar type of thing from GW in their tank cases.

Cheers
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LAZtheinfamous
31-12-2008, 03:12 AM
Have Foam, will Travel (http://www.astronomican.com/forums/showthread.php?p=142571)

My trials and travails of making a traveling case.

arceus1018
31-12-2008, 11:20 AM
You could just get a tool box, take out the storage components and fill them up with foam. That's what my friend did and it works really well.

Starky
31-12-2008, 12:02 PM
I found that figures in comfort (http://www.figuresincomfort.net/) do some very good cases. I have a few friends who have them and they seem very pleased with them all.

Starky