The Valhalla event is right around the corner, and I needed a good plan for transporting my models. However, there were a couple serious issues I have been dealing with.

1. My Dark Eldar vehicles literally have real hooks on them, and would probably not be suitable to bring onto a plane as carry on. Need a checked in baggage safe case.
2. The army is huge, old, and highly customized. None of the raiders or venoms for example are standard sized.... even for the old versions. Custom foam is required.
3. Its 6 days of gaming, do I really want to play the same army list over and over? Of course not..... means I need more space for more models.


So I am breaking down and investing in a nice... and large case. So yes, I sat down and ordered a Battlefoam Black Label case. Did I really need the largest of them.... the Black Label RJ-16 Case? Is that even a question? Of course I did.

Now I am of the mind that buying a case was a waste of money, after all, travelling is normally by car, and any case or semi careful transport system has worked for years. I mean really..... a can cost almost as much as a new 40k army.

Hmmmm, buy a case or new models? Well for years, its been screw the case.... egg cartons, cosco boxes, two old (from 1998) GW small cases that I picked up at a good price, and.... I am good. The problem has been yes, there has been damage to models all these years, and it was just well accepted by myself that this was going to occur, and some glue (and swearing) was always needed.

Getting older, hopefully wiser, and with a 6 day play a lot of 40k event coming, it was time to invest. So I went to the Battlefoam site, spent several days watching videos, and playing around with the custom foam tray layout designer.

I have to say, that the way it is set up is very cool. Will my custom sized raiders fit into a custom tray... hell yes, the system they have can fit any shapes you want, and you can even send in sketched drawings of your model outlines for your tray. I just spent a lot of time with my tape measure, my models, and my laptop.

Customer service. I called more than once to discuss the purchase, and customer service was excellent. The one downside of course, is that when speaking to a customer service rep, I always feel better when dealing with a woman's voice rather than a gamer sounding representative, but this is for a miniature hobby. A little biased perhaps? Regardless of my own issues, customer service was very helpful.

Now my order is in, however the case itself is not yet here.... nor should it be yet. I am a couple weeks out still due to the customization of the order.

So yes, thus far my Battlefoam experience has been excellent. I am excited about my investment into protecting my miniatures, and the freedom it will allow in transporting my 40k hobby with ease.


27 Comments:

  1. I have yet to find something comparable for europe, with an easy to understand customizable system.
    With the models getting bigger and bigger I also wonder how GW think it practical to carry your army.

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    1. KR Multicase are really good. They have a very simple system, based around the height of their basic card case. I have about 6 cases for my various armies (probably need another 3-4 for when everything is built. You can then get backpacks, carry bags, metal cases etc which carry 1-6 of these cases.

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    2. I have a Feldherr bag already. The quality is good, however even in their largest back its hard to fit in an army with many big kits.
      For a heldrake for example you need a 100mm foam, and I guess (never tried it so far) its very hard to fit in a 2nd drake into the same foam.
      Now even if you do this, this leaves you with not much space left to add in foam layers for the rest of the models. Either two for troops, or one 60mm one.
      I don't want to run around with several bags...

      @KR multicase: I must admit I have not fully understood their case system. Sometimes it appears there would be lots of "unfilled" space. But I will look at those again, even though they seem to be expensive too.

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    3. There shouldn't really be unfilled space if you do it correctly. Their card cases count as 1 unit, and their foam is either full or half width and is either quarter, third, half, two-third, three-quarter or full height.

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  2. magnets and metal are where its at. my 2000 point chaos army fits nicely in a small tool box i bought for 15 bucks at home depot. it took about 20 dollars or so of magnets (with many left over) to get it done. I have yet to fly with it though, but I feel fairly confident with it.

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  3. I'm in the UK - found their products to be top notch but the service lacking. Long lead time until delivery, even on standard off the shelf products. When it got close to the end of the estimate delivery period I emailed and got a snarky reply telling me they still had a day to go. It showed up about a week or so after. Great products, but for the money they charge I'd have liked a more courteous and time efficient service - just over a month for a click and buy item just seems too long to me.

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    1. well, from order date, they had said 3-4 week, but I have a little more time than that. 6 weeks is all I have.

      I will keep you posted on how it goes.

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    2. I've also heard the UK service isn't exactly up to par. I've used the Battlefoam AIR for travel so far and its worked out well. I may switch over to a different case though for local gaming.

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    3. 3-4 weeks I could handle if it was a custom order, that must add time to the process. But what I ordered was stock items (as far as I am aware anyway, I guess it depends on their business model). Best of luck with it all anyway Natfka! I wish you a speedy and successful delivery :)

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    4. @Ben: that's unfortunate that you've had a bad experience with Battle Foam's customer service. My experience was quite the opposite. My emails were promptly returned & courteous, as we're my phone calls.

      Battle Foam products really are very good, and they ship worldwide. I know from talking to the folks there that even for "stock" items, they don't keep a lot of stock on hand, and cut it when it's ordered. It's just that the custom trays require a bit more time, as someone at BF needs to translate your custom diagram into a pattern that their laser then cuts.

      I'm fortunate that I live in the same town as the BF factory, so I can pick up my order at their small gaming store, or even at the office (same building).

      For years I resisted going the BF route, as quite frankly, the owner of the company is known locally to be, well, let's just say not a very nice guy, and I didn't want to put money in his pocket. But his product is top shelf, and after one too many broken models (including DE Raiders & Ravagers), I broke down & went all-in with BF cases and a lot of custom foam for my CSMs. Also, his customer service has been great, at least in my experience & everyone who's dealt with them that I know...

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  4. I always love me some DE custom models. Can we have images of your army, Natfka?

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    1. I will get a few out later today. My Dark Eldar are all old school.

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  5. Battlefoam is shockingly expensive... but all of my experiences with them and their support have been so overwhelmingly excellent, I truly think it's worth it.

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    1. I agree, Richard, on both counts. It is rather expensive, and I'd love to see someone offer a competitive quality product at a more reasonable price. However, until then, I'm now using BF 720s, with a lot of custom foam, and they've worked out great.

      One way to reduce the cost, if you need custom foam cut, is to order a bag with the "Full Loadout" option, and include custom cut trays in your order. They don't charge more for the custom trays (at least they didn't this past December), and you save about $10USD per try by buying the full loadout that way. Takes some of the sting out of the price tag.

      If you're traveling by air to Cons or tournaments or other such events (such as Valhalla), then their hard shell Black Label cases look like the way to go, since airlines can be brutal with how they handle checked baggage...

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  6. Im not saying it is, but this sounds like a paid advertisement.

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    1. well, its not a paid advertisement. I am however a little overly excited to invest in a nice case after all these years. (I say invest, because these are rather costly.

      More than likely I will be do a review of the process and product for readers, simply because spending this much on a case is not to be taken blindly.

      The experience has been good so far.

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  7. Armycrate - armycrate.com
    Two guy operation here around Omaha; they do excellent work, just above cost.

    Everything is custom-made to order, you email him, he builds it for you.

    I am going to ask him to make mine out of composite. It'll be more expensive, but WAAAY less than anything comparable from another big company.

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  8. hey does anyone remember the metal case that doubled as a display case which you would magnatize your army and transport it that way?

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  10. KR multicase have worked perfectly for me

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  11. On a side note, Natfka, I've decided to treat myself to Valhalla in August this year. So I'll be very interested in reading your report(s) and seeing any video(s) you can take while you're there.

    Fortunately it's only a 13 hour drive or so for me, which I've made many times, otherwise I wouldn't consider doing it, cuz like you I'd feel like I had to get a decent case or 2 like the BF Black Label cases for my army to survive the flight.

    Best of luck with your experience with BF. so far my own have been very good, but it is quite an investment to make for transporting your already expensive army. But that's just the point, isn't it?: you've already invested a lot of money & time into buying, building, customizing & painting your army, so having a safe and secure way to transport it just saves you money, headache & heartache in the long run...

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    1. ahh. Too bad its not the one coming up. I will be posting live from there of course.

      I am hoping there is someone that reads here going. No idea if that is the case at the moment.

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    2. Yeah, work schedule doesn't permit for the one coming up. Plus, I want to get out of the Phoenix August heat and into the Wasatch mountains. But, most importantly of all... There's no way I'll have my army fully painted in time to make it to the next one. LOL! August gives me a deadline I can work with...

      I'm sure there will be folks there in April who read this blog, Dude. You're World-Wide!...

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    3. Yea, I am painting like a mad man to make it with the models I want to bring. Doing OK though, and will have lots of different stuff to field.

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    4. I'd estimate that 90 per cent of the world's hobbyists read this blog.

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  12. The thing about battlefoam custom trays is that they're awesome for keeping your entire army in storage, but difficult when it comes to taking specific army builds to certain events.

    You really have to be careful what you put in certain trays. For instance, I bought a Battlefoam Air for a tournament back in the UK. I put my two thunderfire in amongst an allied detachment which I was using at the time.

    However, now I no longer use the allied detachment, which means if I want to bring my thunderfires I have to bring along an entire tray with only two items in it.

    Sounds like a minor issue, but can be a pain, particularly as you swap around units. To solve the problem, I'd say only group certain units together on a single tray that you'd likely use together. I.e. put all your raiders together if you're going for a raider-heavy army. Or vice versa for your venoms.

    Similarly, the PACK system is better as the tray sizes are of a similar size, so you can swap them out with other bags.

    I haven't tried Battlefoam pluck foam, which is something I have been considering. I'd be interested to hear of anyone's experience with that.

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