Tuesday 27 March 2012

Carry cases, my secret shame

With more than a few weeks under my belt now at my local friendly neighbourhood gaming club there is one aspect I'm still struggling with and one that even at this early stage is open to a little good natured banter from the guys. I've obviously put in a lot of work on my son's 'nids. Something that's not been lost on folk if the many admiring comments and praise are anything to go by.

What is problematic is that 'nids die, quickly and in droves and sometimes I think it's rude to spend time putting them back in the box when I should be paying attention to my opponents move etc. Anyway this is my largest gaming carry case. Originally from Trago Mills [if I recall correctly] this drill case was pretty cheap.

With some foam in place it's quite spacious and handy...

OMG [and you know I don't use that lightly] WTF [even less so]. If I were to say this was tidy you'd still be appalled, me too. I have some other small boxes that can take around 20-30 termagants at a time which are handy but it's all the Stealers and those sodding Gargoyles that just go all over the shop that really screw my 'filing' system up.

So I thought I'd look at some alternative solutions on ebay and came up with these ideas instead of a bespoke gaming storage system that may cost the earth and deliver pretty much the same result. I was quite surprised these two bargains I found.

£1.99 Delivered from Germany, with FREE Postage!

5 Boxes for £4.29 with FREE Postage and built in handles!

And to pad it out just one of the many eggbox sales on offer
10 Sheets, £4.39 with postage

However, when I was tidying out the loft so we could have some more insulation fitted I stumbled across an old 'portfolio' I had to keep all my magazine and software products I worked on over the years. I'm never going to use this for that purpose again so really I may as well find a way to repurpose this for my current gaming needs. Now I was sure these were quite expensive nowadays, I can't recall them being OTT back when I got it from Argos but a quick search on ebay reveals they're actually cheaper than I thought - £22.89 [with FREE Delivery]. Seems like a decent alternative if you're in the market and the other budget ideas above don't float your boat.


  1. i really like the case you found in the loft. it looks nice and solid add in some foam and i think that will be a great case. the "RECYCLED PLASTIC MULTIPLE SHIPPING BOX" also looks like it would work well but the "Women Plastic Stackable Shoe Storage Boxes" look to easy to crush to me. for the time we put in on our models i feel like they need that extra insurance. i have 2 of the cases from GW.... i still feel ripped off a bit as they are/were so expensive. but when i needed a case to carry my tanks and such i went looking for other cheaper ways of doing it. i went to a local sporting goods store and found a hard plastic case that all ready had 3 layers of foam in it for less then 20us witch i believe makes it less then £10 on your side of the pond. the top and bottom layer are egg crate and the center is pluck and pick i normally just pull that one out to carry tanks around as they are snug in the egg crate. but the pluck and pick has turned out to be great for my adeptus custodes side project army seance they all have very long haulbards and they don't fit in most "normal" cases.

  2. The women's shoe boxes aren't great. I got some for the wife for their intended purpose and I realised they'd be useless with foam inside, sliding them in and out with figures sandwiched inbetween.

    However, we get a lot of rectangular plastic takeaway tubs that are good for keeping 20-30 nids in and I can see these fitting nicely inside the box. The strength in the tubs and the handiness of the boxes to keep them all together.