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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-23-11, 04:42 AM Thread Starter
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Default How do you move armies?

So I would love to hear how everyone out there deals with moving and taking their armies with them. I'm currently a college student living in a small apartment and so have limited space for my minis. Next year is going to be my last year of undergrad and I intend to move out of state to attend grad school (here's lookin at you Boston!) where I'm sure I won't have a larger place. Now I really, REALLY want to start Grey Knights but I only want to have to deal with storing one army at a time and shipping one army across the United States. Now I suppose I have two questions...

1) How do you compromise with storing armies in a limited amount of space? Do you sell armies you don't really care to play or just try to jam everything into every space possible?

2) Have you moved and had to bring an army(armies) with you and how did you deal with that? Did you choose to give up an army out of necessity or ease and how did you choose?

I suppose I have a lot of time to deal with this, but I would rather not continue adding to an army I know I would sell in a little while. Advice and/or stories much appreciated!
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I bought a Games Workshop carrying case and I use it to store most of my models as well. I'm currently in a space crunch also but a spare book shelf does work well for keeping models in the open around the house.

The GW case wasn't cheap but my stuff stays secure, there are cheaper options if you're willing to look for it. But I got lazy I guess.
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yeah, i have used teh GW carry cases since they were first invented and they have always been good to my minis.

as for selling off armies you don't play any more ( i wont say @don't really care about as they all have a place in my heart...), that's exactly what i did this year. It was a hard decision but i realised i had minis in teh cupboard that hadn't seen a battle in 5 years or more... time to go.
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Citadel Case, then paint it so asshats at your club don't 'accidentally' go in your case.

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I also rely heavily on the durability of the citadel case. There`s no room in my car after all the crap I lug around for work, so I just tie a rope around the handle and fix it to my bumper bar. The case looks like shit, but the models inside are just fine!

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That sounds hilarious.

I myself cannot really afford to throw money on a citadel case. Since I now only use plastic based figures I can shove them in a shoe box and they survive the journey. It is a real space saver as well.

And yes selling off old models or models you hardly use in your army is a good idea since it gives space AND money as well.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-23-11, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
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Ya unfortunately I think it will be my Tyranid army going if I like GK enough. It will be so much easier to store vehicles and the much smaller amount of models versus the swarms of gants and such I currently have. I may invest in a travel case within the next year as well but find the materials to make my own I think. Thanks for the advice everyone!
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I currently have the luxury of storage space. However during college and a year in Ameri*Corps, all my minis stayed in a closet/attic at folks' house.

There are many options that are more cost effective than a GW miniatures case. I have a 3 old gray chessex cases, 2 Doskocil 2 layer pistol cases, 1 gw case I bought used, 1 single layer pistol case, 1 shotgun take-down case, and a few of these: Plano 4 pistol cases.

I don't own any guns. GW used to sell rebranded pistol cases from other manufacturers before they created their 'own' miniature cases. I'd recommend the Plano 4's, they have a lot of space, good foam (and by that I mean fairly dense, with a deep egg crating which holds models in place really well), and are pretty inexpensive.

I'd avoid the shotgun cases, at least mine doesn't close tightly enough to keep my models in place when I pick it up and move it. Its fine for storage, but not so much for travel.

I hope that helps!


edit - I've sold a few armies over the years, usually just from being tired and wanting to start a new army. And in most cases I've found that the sale didn't generate the cash I wanted. At this point I find I'm too invested in the time and effort expended on converting miniatures (not so much the money) to sell them off. Besides, after years of playing chaos in various forms, I like haveing a smorgasbord of things to choose from when writing an army.

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Well, my models just sit on a shelf until there needed and I move them round in a shoebox.

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Ive got a tool case, and it workes well.
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