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So I'm trying to finally get my undead army built and hopefully primed. I've got in the realm of 200 miniatures to assemble, and it's my first time really dealing with multi-part minis since up until now 99.5% of my collection has been Bones.

 

Some of them I've already assembled over the last week, some of them I partially assembled about a month or so ago, but most of them are still on their sprues.

 

It's going to be a real experience for me. I'm already running into issues with storage for the assembled ones. The plastic doesn't seem to take well to being thrown in a box. Some of the minis have suffered damage that way.

 

Anyone have any advice on how to store and transport them in a relately cheap manner?

 

*sigh* My phone camera didn't auto-orient the pictures, so they're all upside down...

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I know about battlefoam, but those are outside my price range. Even their cardboard box cases start at $30, with my army needing at least 3 of that one.

 

I don't know any other companies that make them.

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Do you, or any friends, work at a place that gets a lot of deliveries? A lot of times, stuff comes in boxes with foam to protect the contents. Most places just throw the foam away, so you could get that for free. You'd have to cut the spaces for the figures yourself, but, FREE.

 

Depending on the thickness of the foam, you can probably buy (unused) pizza boxes fairly cheaply. Use hot glue to attach the foam  to the box and you're all set.

 

Alternately, look for the big plastic storage tubs from Walmart/Target/whatever and put your foam in that. Depending on the thickness, you should be able to fit 3-4 layers in each one.

 

Also, keep an eye out for sales at Michael's/whatever your local arts and crafts store is; they have a lot of things that could be used for storage. Don't forget the 40% off coupon that Michael's offers, too.

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I know about battlefoam, but those are outside my price range. Even their cardboard box cases start at $30, with my army needing at least 3 of that one.

 

I don't know any other companies that make them.

 

Making your own with some cheap foamboard from the DYS and maybe a plastic container goes a long way.

 

It doesn't have to look spiffy as long as it does the job.

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I've been meaning to do this. got a section of 1" foam for 2$ and used some foam board and some felt and have the material for 2 sheets of 9"x12" (I have some nice metal boxes from Muji and nobody makes a foam tray in that size).

 


 

Making your own with some cheap foamboard from the DYS and maybe a plastic container goes a long way.

 

It doesn't have to look spiffy as long as it does the job.

 

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I'm going to have to try and find some foam on the cheap somewhere, because the plastic tote and foam method is probably going to be my best bet.

 

In other news, I've gotten all of my zombies, mummies, and wraiths assembled now, as well as the 5 GW hexwraiths that will make up half of my Soul Reaver Cavalry regiment. I also started work on the actual Mantic Soul Reaver Cavalry, by pinning one of the riders to prepare him for painting and getting all the others cleaned up. I still have about half of my ghouls and skeletons to assemble, as well as my skeleton cavalry, but then I'll be done with this step. I've been getting things put together pretty quickly over the last week or so. I'm kind of proud of myself, even though it's really not that big of an accomplishment in the grand scheme of things. Pretty soon I'll have to start actually painting stuff if I keep up this pace.

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Go to a local craft store that has foam for pillows/padding.  It's basically the same stuff, can be bought in the right depths, and can be cut to shape with a sharp blade, I like the extendible razor knives that snap off when they get dull.  cut holes to shape, then glue (using wood glue) to dollar store foam core.  It will work very similarly at a fraction of the cost, but the weight and strength will be different.

 

I still prefer buying the pluck foam myself, but that may help with a less expensive option. 

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I can now add my skeletons to the list of things I've finished assembling. 20 Revenant Cavalry and 24 Ghouls left to go!

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Waffle foam.

 

***wanders off to look for picture***

 

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Might also be known as "egg crate foam" or "convoluted foam". Combine layers of that stacked inside plastic tubs. Figures drop into the valleys, lying sideways. Foam is always flat side down wavy side up.

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I'm still trying to decide how I'm going to pack up my stuff for transport, but I'm thinking I've got it mostly figured out now that I've seen the way my friend does it. He doesn't bother with foam or anything, he simply magnetizes the bases with rare earth magnets and has them kept in a tote that he lined the bottom of with a thin steel sheet. Nothing moves unless he wants it to move.

 

I'm now all but done with all my assembly. I've got a pack of ghouls that I need to add heads to, a few soul reaver cavalry that need pins, and then I can call this stage of the game done and move on to painting.

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To transport my KoW stuff, I have metal movement trays and line the bottom of photo boxes with rows of magnetic strip.  That way my army travels ready for war.   Also it's flexible enough to handle both individually based minis and unit based ones.

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To transport my KoW stuff, I have metal movement trays and line the bottom of photo boxes with rows of magnetic strip.  That way my army travels ready for war.   Also it's flexible enough to handle both individually based minis and unit based ones.

 

That's pretty much what I'm thinking I'm going to do, except with the magnets on the bases and the steel lining the tote.

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That's pretty much what I'm thinking I'm going to do, except with the magnets on the bases and the steel lining the tote.

 

 

I magnetized my KoW army, definitely recommend it, but may I offer some suggestions? Mantic's KoW bases are flat on the bottom, so I would not suggest using rare earth magnets because you'll have to drill into the base so the mini can sit flat. Kind of a pain. And if you are lining a tube with steel, I presume you'll need to cut the sheet steel, which is also a pain (and if you have my luck, likely to lead to a tetanus shot). Therefore, I propose this alternative:

 

1) Go to the craft section in Walmart and buy adhesive magnetic sheets. If you get the brand Basic Elements or Horizon Group USA, you get two 5"x8" sheets for $2. The sheets cut easily with a hobby knife, you can cut them to the size of the Mantic square bases, and a single sheet was enough to do 40 20x20mm square bases for me. Use superglue to attach them, the adhesive on the magnet itself is quite weak.

 

2) Go to Big Lots or another cheap store and buy yourself a steel cake/brownie pan with a locking lid and handle. The sheet magnet stuck no problem to it, and is strong enough that I can flip the pan upside down and not have a mini detach (granted, they will if you shake hard enough or drop it from high up). Mine only cost me $9 at Big Lots. Had a clear lid too so I can see into it.

 

Depending on prices in your locale, you can probably do your army for under $20, maybe $25 if you need to buy two steel pans. I did this with all my Mantic undead, and worked well for me. Note: I only had plastic minis, so I can't say how well those sheet magnets will hold a metal mini if you have any. Those might still require a rare earth magnet.

 

Hope this helps!

 

-MvM

 

EDIT: The brand of those magnets at Walmart may actually be Kids Craft, not the ones I listed. Go to Walmart's page and search for Kids Craft Adhesive Magnets, should pull up what the package looks like.

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Cutting sheet metal is no problem at all for me. I have access to a Beverly shear that can cut through 10ga stainless like it was butter. Some 26ga or thinner galvanized sheet like I was planning on using will be no problem. The magnets are something to think about, but I know that at least my large hordes/legions are going to be multibased on some MDF bases. Potentially some of the regiments too. But I do have some metal minis who will definitely be getting rare earth magnets. Especially the minis that are a combination of plastic and metal, because those are almost all plastic horses with metal riders so they're really top-heavy.

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