We don’t all have a lot of money to drop on an awesome Battle Foam miniature carrying case packed full of pre-cut trays for transporting our models. A lot of us, myself included, are on a budget.
So, I’ve put together a very short list on the best miniature carrying cases you can buy at an affordable price. There were some cases I’d love to have put in this list, but they were just over what I considered affordable and they didn’t make it.
What I consider affordable is a case that costs less than buying model kits. If you play Warhammer 40K, then affordable would be less than the cost of buying a box of Tactical Marines. So, by not buying a new box of whatever it is you want, you can set aside that cash to get yourself a case for your models.
Now, if you’re just after some great miniature storage cases then I’ve got a list for that too.
Best Affordable Miniature Carrying Cases
This list is in alphabetical order in case you were wondering.
Citadel Skirmish Figure Case
The second on the list is the Citadel Skirmish Case. It’s a smaller case, but there are people who can get 60 infantry models into it, which is impressive for the size.
Speaking of size, the case measures 16.3 x 10.6 x 5.1 inches, so pretty compact and light to carry around.
Also, the Skirmish Case has the channel foam. It’s like saw teeth that expand to accommodate models and squeeze them into place. It’s a unique setup to the foam that’s worked very well for the Citadel cases.
Here’s a bit more of an explanation from Games Workshop:
We know that you want the best protection for your miniatures – the foam inside the case is slightly larger than the case itself, and will compress around the figures when closed, ensuring a minimum of movement for any miniature.
I have also done a more thorough review on the Skirmish Case if you’re interested in some more details for this transport option.
This is an all-around solid case, literally and figuratively. I definitely recommend checking this out if you’re in the market.
Feldherr MEDIUM 135 Figure Case
Feldherr is a company I found when I was looking for Shadespire storage. They have a wide range of products and all of them at a very reasonable price.
One of the products they offer is the MEDIUM 135 Figure Case. This case, as the name suggests, will hold up to 135 miniatures – which is amazing, especially for the price.
So, the case comes with the trays included, which is awesome. The case itself is lightweight and has a shoulder strap for easy transporting.
Here’s a little bit from Feldherr on the case:
Foam tray with slots in c-slot design. The slots have a conical footprint. The dimensions of the foam mat with 45 slots is the same as that of the foam mat with 36 slots (345 mm x 275 mm). We have the slots arranged in a space-saving and optimizing the distances between the slots. On the mat five rows are pre-punched with a nine slots. The length of the longest side of the slot varies in three stages: 37, 39 and 49 mm.
The conical cut-out shape provides extra space for your miniatures.
I would say this is the best deal of the three offered. The amount of storage you get for the price is insane. It’s holds the most models of the cases, and is only marginally more expensive than the ArmyTansport Platoon, the cheapest of the miniature cases.
There’s a good chance you haven’t heard of Game Plus but maybe you have.
Either way, Game Plus has an extremely affordable carrying case that’s pretty damn big. The bag measures (in inches) 18.5 tall x 14 wide x 7.5 deep. That’s a very tall bag, which means you can stack quite a few trays in there.
I have a case by another company, who has since gone out of business, that’s the same size as this one, and I can carry around 2,000 points of Warhammer 40K stuff in there.
The case features the usual: side pockets and a large front pocket. So, you can store your rulebooks, supplements, gaming accessories, etc.
Also, the bag is made of a high quality nylon.
Lastly, this is the most affordable of the bags on the list, but it also doesn’t come with any trays. The size of the bag will let you put in Sabol trays, and Game Plus also make their own trays as well.
Compare the Cases
I put together this little chart to let you easily compare all three cases.
18.5 x 14 x 7.5 inches
Foam Not Included
~200 model capacity
16.3 x 10.6 x 5.1 inches
foam trays provided
~60 model capacity
13.6 x 10.8 x 4.7 inches
Foam trays provided
~135 model capacity
I recommend that everyone has a case to transport their models around, and now you can find some that won’t break the bank.
Seriously, invest a little into proper storage for your models and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches, not to mention heartaches, in the future.
There you have it, the three affordable miniature carrying cases on the market right now.
If you’re looking for more ways to save money, and you’re a Warhammer 40K player, then check out my article on ways to save money with 40K on my other blog.
Also, I have another article that covers even cheaper storage options, like boxes and containers. They lack the quality of the cases above, but they are extremely affordable.
If you know of any other affordable miniature carrying cases then let me know in the comments.