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Monday, January 4, 2010

Homemade Magnetized Carrying Case and Trays

So I've had a productive couple of weeks.  I managed to finish:

Forty-five Dark Elf Spearmen
Fifteeen Dark Elf Shades
Two Dark Elf Heroes on Foot (the one with the great weapon and the female with two hand weapons)
and Eiryss for my Khador army.

Just like I have lulls in painting, I guess sometimes there are bursts of activity.

Anyway, I also managed to completely magnetize the bases of my Dark Elf army, minus a couple units that aren't travelling with me anytime soon (extra Spearmen and Repeater Crossbowmen).  This is because I'm attending two days of tournaments down in Charlotte this weekend, and needed to carry enough units for two entirely different Dark Elf lists.  Thus, my regular Army Transport wasn't going to cut it.  I needed to break out what my wife calls, "The Kiddy Coffin"...

This bad boy was built by my friend Ray in Fayetteville, NC.  He started by building a good sized trunk (it's 2.5 feet across, 1.5 feet front to back, and eight inches tall).  Sheet metal trays are arrayed along the bottom, with room for extra.  On  the left, magnets have been punched into the wood like studs in order to hold individual models.

Right now, I've got (left to rightish) fifteen Shades, three Sorceresses on foot, three heroes on foot, two Bolt Throwers, a Hydra, a Cauldron of Blood, ten Witch Elves, twenty Black Guard, fifteen Dark Riders, five Cold One Knights, twenty-three Spearmen, a Lord on a Dragon, and two Cold One Chariots in there.  And there's some room to spare.

The best part of this case (aside from its amazing capacity) is it's ability to carry models without any damage.  You can take this case with all these models inside, hold it upside down and shake it, and none of the models will move or fall.  This means that, in transit, there's very little risk of models falling around and getting paint scratched off, or worse, broken. 

You could easily make your own case like this from an old dresser drawer or the like, if you didn't need a lid.  Rare earth magnets and sheet metal make for an easy, and durable, case. 

Now off to Charlotte!

Tomorrow, I'll take a look at the cheap homemade magnetized trays I put together. 

1 comment:

  1. Looks good, my only comment is why didn't you just put down one large metal sheet to cover the entire bottom? Good luck in Charlotte, I won't be able to make it down that weekend.