"...amateurs study tactics; generals study logistics..."
-Author unknown- (to me anyways)
So every week, we all have the same dilemma, how to transport our armies to the FLGS (or whichever venue in which you play) and back again, intact! While not often discussed, this aspect of the hobby, is as integral to gaming as is dice, miniatures, rule books, etc. There are a myriad of products out there, many work well, while some, not so much. They are all however, far better then the old days of tanks in a box with the foam from the blister packs in between (if anything), and minis in plastic tackle boxes or the old rectangular Chessex cases (which I admit to still using).
A problem with the cases produced by the various companies out there, are that they don't work together, but rather in competition with one another (as it is so with any product). Here is what I use though, some of which isn't the typical set up. Not so much as thinking out of the box, but rather thinking of other boxes...
First off, the GW mini case.
Old, tried & true, i have 4 all of which were picked up 2nd hand or on clearance. GW has since come out with newer, larger types, but they're quite pricey.
Next the Sabol cases. Whomever invented these should be knighted!
Note: there is an IG case in there, a friend is borrowing my Basilisk this weekend, and i don't have a case for the Red Trukk yet.
Third (and far from the norm), the fruit of the month club boxes!
My uncle in Pennsylvania periodically signs my Grandparents up for the fruit of the month club for Christmas, and the boxes that they come in are perfect for artillery, IG weapons teams, lootas & odd shaped minis. Army lists, codexes, templates, etc fit in above the top layer of foam. Best of all, they're FREE! (to me)
So here we have it.
I'm at a loss on the Matilda, it just sits on the seat of my truck.
So what to do @ this point? Credit for that goes to my friend Murl who spotted this little gem @ Office Depot for about $25-$30 a few years back (stickers not included).
I think its intended for files or something. It folds up for storage when not in use.
it folds out easily, and the top is a good place to set your army up, before deploying without cluttering up the game table.
Up to two standard GW mini cases will fit, but only one is needed here. Its almost a custom fit!
Next come the Sabol cases...
Again, the deep tank trays will stack up to 2 deep while on top of the GW case.
Put the top on, the fruit boxes over that and are held on by a bungee cord, and I'm ready to go!
...and it even has wheels!
There are four of these in use in our local gaming group.