Many will know that we like a bit of Star Wars at Shell Case towers. Many will also know that we’re a bit mental for the X-Wing Miniatures Game as well. Because it combines two of the greatest things known to man: wargaming and Star Wars.
Having acquired some sizeable fleets Mat and I had both outgrown our home-made figure cases – I especially as the Falcon is massive. So we got in touch with our friends at KR Multicase to see if we could take a look at the X-Wing custom cut foam range they have available. Happy to oblige us, we got to take a look at foam cut for both Rebel and Imperial heavy forces.
I’ve been using KR cases for a couple of years now and I can’t rate them high enough. I only have two Games Workshop cases remaining and that’s purely because they’re still fit for purpose and too badly battered for anyone to buy them off me…that and they’ve got Phil’s Ultramarines written on them in gold pen. What? Mat on the other hand is new to KR.
I mention this so as to emphasise the impartiality the review comes from.
Now I’ve always been dubious about custom cut foam. Not that it wasn’t up to snuff but because I use to have a lot of the aforementioned Games Workshop cases and so was use to cutting rectangular slots to fit anything and everything from cavalry to yhetees to tanks to winged daemons. So to have something that was done for me was both very satisfying and disconcerting all at the same time.
Mat and I had similar configurations with the deviation being he had capacity for a Lambda class shuttle and I didn’t. Which suited me fine. What I did have room for was the Falcon. Now, to cover off a common query quickly – why does the Imperial sponge have a slot for the Falcon? Because the Rebel players don’t have exclusive ownership rights. Imperial players can use it as just a YT-1300 transport for scenarios or, if you’re feeling cheeky a small games with the Imperials versus the Falcon. What’s not to love?
What sets the foam apart from regular cases or even regular custom cut foam is that it offers a complete game storage solution. There’s a variety of compartments for your manoeuvre wheels, cards, counters and turn templates. Other than the former and the latter it’s not abundantly clear what each compartment is for. Whilst not a major problem because I was able to figure out homes for everything, it would have been nice to have a sheet pointing out what is what.
The important aspect is, of course, the fit for the models. KR very cleverly designed a system that would allow you to house just about every fighter configuration in the game which is pretty clever. Better still it was designed so the models would be on their flight stands. This may seem at odds with the experiences of anyone with a Battlefleet Gothic fleet but it does, quite amazingly work. Through in homes for larger ships, the larger flight stands, and everything else and what you have is an incredibly useful miniature storage system.
There are niggles though. Aside from not knowing where everything’s supposed to go – apart from the obvious – the storage for the turn dials isn’t sufficient for the number of models the case can carry. I’ve filled mine and I’ve got two dials spare. And that’s only 10 models. The compartment for the upgrade cards whilst is deep enough, doesn’t take into account the piles of cards the larger ships, like the Rebel Transport, come with so that’ll quickly fill up as well.
This isn’t the end of the world as you can find homes for them elsewhere in the case but it does slightly defeat the purpose of custom fit foam. However it’s worth noting that this was a foam bundle and KR does off you the freedom to mix and match the trays however you like. The important thing is that it performs its intended function incredibly well and Mat and I are extremely pleased with the cases. They keep the models safe and all the counters, templates and cards stay where you leave them. What more could one ask from figure cases?
The foam is flexible yet supportive where the ships are concerned yet it does an excellent job of keeping all the (many) bits of cardboard in one place. I can’t stress how important that is to anyone not familiar with the game. There’s quite a lot of cardboard. But the bottom line is this: it keeps my very expensive models in perfect condition which allows me to transport and game with them without fear of them arriving smashed into tiny pre-painted fragments. And that’s an extremely good thing.
The X-Wing foam and carry cases are available from KR Multicase priced at £32.99.
And relax… So that was Salute. Well I have to say for my first show since Games Day many moons ago it was great and I loved every minute… But I’m getting ahead of myself, let me take you back to the Friday before…
It’s Friday night and I’m getting ready for the early morning start to pick up Lee, Neil & Phil and make our way to ExCel London. My bag is packed with all the standard supplies, chocolate, Jelly Babies for that mid show sugar pick me up, Business Cards, Wallet with money (but no credit card) and of course my all important ticket. Now I have had a pretty hard week and not a great deal of sleep up to this point so I was really looking forward to getting an early night and some well deserved Salute action. But one more thing had to be done, the car needed to be sorted ready for the drive up, which meant fuel was required, or so i thought.
So I take myself down to the local petrol station. On route I realise I have three quarters of a tank of Diesel so I’m probably okay for fuel but as I’m out I think: sod it I’ll top it up. It’s at this point everything goes horribly wrong and nearly ends in my not attending Salute. So I’m at the petrol station idly watching the litres tick over on the unleaded petrol and…fuck my life!
I end up spending my Friday evening sat in the petrol station for 2 hours waiting for the AA to turn up only to tell me they will have to tow me home as they can’t drain the tank until the following day. Needless to say the wife was less than impressed and I didn’t get my early night. This did mean I had to take my little run around with 4 blokes up to ExCel. All things considered it did okay. It got us there and back in one piece and that’s the main thing.
But what about the other car Mat? well my wife waited in the next morning and a very nice man we will call Trevor turned up at 9.30am and drained the tank and topped it back up with enough Diesel for my wife to get to a petrol station and put the correct jungle juice in (which cost us £152 people check your using the right nozzle it can be an expensive mistake to make), enabling her to meet Phil’s wife for there prearranged play date (with our 1 year old daughters).
Jump back to 10:30am Saturday the 12th of April… SALUTE! MAT BUY TOYS!
There was so much to see my poor brain couldn’t take it all in at first, there were hobbyists everywhere and toys galore, I don’t think I’m remiss if I say it was an awesome humbling sight, and it made my wallet cry.
But before I got to buying toys we had to round everyone up say hello as some of us had never actually met in the flesh namely Rob and Reece, it was great to finally meet thee guys, it also meant I could reduce the weight of my bag as I had Robs business cards with me. And once handed over I wold have more room for toys.
I had to remember that I wasn’t just here to buy toys, I was here on business, and it was with this in mind we headed over to a few of the indie stands to chat to a few people about some truly interesting games, that not only looked awesome but sound utterly brilliant.
Among these was a game that has been mentioned a couple of times on The Shell Case now and that’s World Of Twilight: Travels through Anyaral
first mentioned by Gav Thorpe in his guest post, but I will leave Phil to tell you more about this. What I will say is the models are gorgeous and it looks fantastic, I for one am really looking forward to this one.
Next up was a very cool looking game that got Phil and I very excited, its in development by a company called White Dragon Miniatures its called Shattered Void and it looks and sounds truly brilliant, the models look great and the artwork so far is stunning, its also going to incorporate a bit of RPG so your pilots will evolve as you play more games, and the movement template is frankly inspired, it also looks the utter tits when being played, I was slightly disappointed they only had the one demo on the go as I would of really liked to of had a game of this and really get to grips with it. As I say it is still in development although some of the models were on sale on the day and it took a great amount of will power for me not to succumb. But rest assured when the Kickstarter is due to go live we will let you know all about it. This is definitely one to watch.
Another in development game we got to have a quick look at and chat to the producers of was a game called Twisted by Demented Games, this was in very early stage of development but is set to be board game or maybe an RPG, I have to say I don’t think its 100% sure what type of game its going to be but one thing is for sure the models were beautiful, the ones we got to see were supposedly the main protagonists based on characters from Charles Dickens Oliver Twist (I’m guessing this is where the name comes from). From what I understood the initial board game idea sees different fictional characters brought to life by some sort of Engine. The Dickens characters are jumping about literature causing mayhem and mischief. As I say this is very early in its development and I think the concept is a little confused at the moment, but its still one to watch if not just for the stunning miniatures we saw. It will be coming to Kickstarter in the not too distant future, so keep your eyes peeled and hopefully by then it will have a better idea of what it wants to be.
Now… MAT BUY TOYS! I had a rather extensive list of things I wanted to get at Salute or at least look at but one of my main objectives was Pathfinders for my Tau force and some X-Wing shizzle to aid me in my ever growing struggle to actually win a game. So we all headed over to the rather large Wayland Games stand, I got my Pathfinders hoozaah, but alas there was no X-Wing Shiz for me or Phil although we did get some extra Dice for said game, I say these won’t help me in the struggle to bitch slap Phil, but you never know these could be the dice I was looking for.
Its Business Time… Whilst Lee and Phil queued to make their purchases Neil and I wandered over to Mantic, whose stand was swamped and with good reason, Mantic had brought with them a limited number of there pretty awesome Battle Grounds sets. During our rather long chat with the guys at Mantic we got a bit of an over view of the future of Dreadball, which honestly had us totally gripped and is something we can all really look forward to, I can’t say too much here but needless to say Dreadball is set to become something even bigger and better than it is right now. And getting the low down on the Battle Grounds set was awesome, it was really good to speak to the guys and find out what was there intentions for the scenery set, and we all agreed it would make a god damn brilliant Necromunda board, so watch this space as our Necromunda itch grows fuelled by Mantic goodness. After talking all things Mantic it was time for… MAT BUY TOYS!
And to Forge World we wound our merry way, we had 20 minutes before the #warmongers meet, so this had to be a strategic hit and run style purchasing spree with the queue neigh huddle still being rather sizeable. Phil, Lee and I worked together to cordon off an area to enable us to make our way to the front on the queue (eventually) and pick up our wares, I had preordered myself a tasty Tau Battlesuit for my growing Tau force, yeay another tick for me… and a slight addition something that had been tickling my hobby spot for the last week… DEATH SHROUD. Yep I crumbled it didn’t take much to be honest, and purchased myself a set of Death Guard, Death Shroud Terminators. I’m not totally sure what I’m doing with them yet I’m thinking a small skirmish force but that’s always how these things start.
FOOD TIME, so it was that time of day where we all broke out from the buying of all the things as Ashley would say and went in search of sustenance to enable us to continue our day of awesomeness. It was also time to catch up with the other #Warmongers and compare purchases and stories of our days so far.
Once more unto the breach my friends, after the #Warmongers meet it was time to head over to Heresy Miniatures, one to check out the new Netherlord and two for me to get my hands on a set of Andy’s amazing gangers, just to help me with that Necromunda itch. I’m doing Delaque this time around but don’t really like the original models Andy’s are a fantastic alternative the “not” Delaques are stunning and the full set ay of set me back £70 but for that I got 25 blokes and a big bag of weapons with some god damn inspiring choices. Sadly we missed the last Netherlord by a matter of seconds it was such a big hit that some desperate French man forced Andy to sell him the one out of the display case. but hey MAT BOUGHT TOYS! and another tick.
It was at this point Rob decided to join us the workaholic had missed the #Warmongers meet due to his blue foam addiction, and the need to push this on other people. Which I’m all for frankly. But it was good to have a catch up and compare purchases which were pretty meagre on Robs side of things, he did however point out Mierce miniatures were in attendance with some of their wares, so with this in mind we made our way over to the stand Via Forge World to enable Phil to part with some more money of some old armour variants for his Ultrmarines. Now I’m not going to talk to much about Mierce here mainly because I was so distracted by all the shiney I don’t recall much of what was said, luckily Phil was in attendance and did most of the talking whilst I and several other others of the crew frankly perved at the utterly beautiful miniatures on display. I managed to hold off buying anything here but mainly because at this point I was influx as to whether I was going to do Beastmen of Lizardmen for my Mordheim warband.
To West Wind Productions, now if you haven’t heard of them why not and where the hell have you been? They are the creators of the great Empire of the Dead Victorian/Steam punk skirmish game which has some great looking starter sets available with factions ranging from Vampire Slayers to Bedlam Inmates and Jack the Ripper, more on this game to come shortly as me and Phil face off with 2 opposing factions and a run down of the rules. We got chatting to Wendy whilst on the stand discussing our aspirations and explaining how much we liked what they had and what they were doing. It was at this point that Wendy filled us in on their upcoming update of Secrets of the Third Reich, One that got Neil and I pretty excited, I mean its a game that has Nazi Zombies for crying out loud what’s not to get excited about. And with its update imminent it is only set to get better. Wendy also gave us a quick update on their latest Kickstarter, War & Empire a 15mm Ancient Era Wargame, that got us all a little bit excited and I can foresee a few arguments about who gets to play which army. But more on this to come.
As the day was drawing to a close we headed to wards KR Multicase and its mountain of blue foam and card board… Via Forge World (again!) for me to acquire Calas Typhon to go with my Deathshroud. Phil also needed to make a stop at Studio McVey to have a quick catch up with Mike, and we dropped in on Sphere wars.
After a quick chat with the fine people at KR including Rob… Again! and a sit down on their fine chairs made of the finest blue foam available, Phil and I walked away with an X-Wing carry case each, reviews to follow, I will say now its bloody brilliant and has got me looking at KR cases for my other armies now as well.
It was at this point I took the opportunity to grab a few snaps of some of the stunning games boards on show at Salute, I am only sorry I didn’t stop long enough to ask a bit more about them, but I think you’ll all agree it doesn’t make them any less brilliant.
Oh and I bumped into someone who was clearly less than impressed with my last performance against Phil in X-Wing.
So with swag in hand we made our way to the Bar for a much needed rest and a post Salute catch up over a beer, or Pepsi in my case (other fizzy drinks brans are available) all before our mammoth 4 hour drive home, not helped by football traffic or Phil’s inadequate bladder.
So in review I thoroughly enjoyed my first Salute I didn’t pick up everything I wanted I had hoped to walk away with some Malifaux items but just couldn’t make up my mind on the day. I had also hoped to pick up some bits for Mordheim but again my own indecisiveness was the downfall there.
I did how ever tick a few of my boxes, I got my Pathfinders, Some X-Wing Shizz all be it just extra dice but that still counts, a gang for Necromunda and DEATHSHROUD. I didn’t foresee Calas but frankly I should of known the Pretty black boxes were just too much for me to resist.
Oh and the awesome KR case. Out of everything I have to say the Heresy Minis have become my purchase of the show and I really cant wait to build and paint them let alone play with them.
And its with some great contacts made and empty pockets I wish you farewell Salute for another year.
This was my first time at Salute and I didn’t really know what to expect. Especially as my last experience of an event at London ExCel had been a pretty average Star Trek related event. So when I rolled up and saw the crowds it was kind of amazing.
I’m glad to say though that Salute didn’t disappoint. Though a bit overwhelming at times (not helped much by the map, which seemed to be a bit off on some of the stands locations) it nevertheless managed to combine the feel of a big event with the friendliness of a much smaller one.
Marking themselves out as I walked in were Hawk Games, whose Dropzone Commander large-scale model drew the crowds in with its elegance.
After that I had a bit of a ramble around to get myself acquainted with the layout of the place. What caught my eye was the diversity. Though admittedly the mainstay was futuristic military sci-fi games and the fantasy hack and slashers that every wargamer loves, dotted around were some more unusual fares.
From the Dark Age skirmish game Valhalla, to a strategy game about building a bee hive and making more honey than anyone else, there was plenty of variety if you were willing to look.
Then it was time to meet up with the rest of The Shell Case team, who had bravely risked their lives trying to collect orders from the Forge World table during the peak time of the day. Plunder in tow we stopped to chat, grab a bite to eat and stare at all the pretty miniatures.
The standard was so high this year with an appearance by Mierce Minatures, though it seemed everywhere you looked there was something new and wonderful. Black Scorpion being nestled away in the corner with some fabulous models were another highlight, along with West Wind’s Secrets of the Third Reich line.
Then it was off to look at the KR Multicase stand. They were great guys and more than that, they had chairs available to the public – “And there was much rejoicing amongst The Shell Case Crew”. [Dogs were starting to bark by then. -Ed.]
What did surprise me was how inventive the folks running the stand were, constructing all manner of things out of the blue foam, including their banner, which could be clearly see from the other side of the hall.
I managed to grab myself some deals too, topping up the gangers I already have with some reinforcements from Heresy Miniatures, some very solid resin terrain from Simple Box Miniatures and a couple of rule sets that caught my eye (you’ll hear more on those in the future).
My thanks go out to all the #warmongers who met up with us on the day, the traders who were happy to chat and the many, many people running intro games, especially Christina, who graciously overlooked me calling her Selvig by accident after looking at the name on her t-shirt. You made Salute 2014 a great day and I’ll be glad to see you next year.
Now, where did I put that pen and paper? I have armies to plan!
So yesterday was Salute 2013, a day that I spend the previous 365 days looking forward too hugely. And why? Aside from it being a massive room full of toy soldiers, games, scenery and even more toy soldiers, it’s a gathering of wargamers from across the country enjoying their hobby. It’s always great fun to see all the different people who are drawn to wargaming and what kind of games tickles their fancy.
I had a rip-roaring day. I always make a point of visiting as many companies as I can that have supported The Shell Case in one way or another. So I stopped by Amera and may or may not have impulsively preordered their new Dreadball Arena. Also spent a huge lump of wonga with Ainsty Castings on a tremendous 4×4 sci-fi installation board so you can expect a review of that soon.
I also managed to catch up with Andy from Heresy Miniatures and Jed from Antenociti’s Workshop – who I must apologise to for not popping back to see him but time ran out. Mantic got some of my pounds as I picked up Dreadball Season 2 and the Judwan team. I also picked up those Troopers from Heresy like I planned.
Two big highlights for me: A couple of highlights for me was catching up with friend of The Shell Case, and all round nice guy, Chris Wraight at the Black Library stand and we talked Horus Heresy and what was coming next. Excited doesn’t cover it.
I also got the opportunity to talk to Mike McVey about what’s next for Sedition Wars which, again, is hugely exciting and I can already see my bank balance shrinking but it’s so cool I don’t care. The shitter was that I was so engrossed that I missed out on the last limited edition Vanguard model that was on sale. But you can’t have em all.
I also got to chat with the guys from Pulp City about their impending second edition. I may have also picked up a couple of their models just because they’re way cool…
Steel Crown Productions, the dudes behind Exodus Wars, are up to some way cool stuff and are really gaining momentum with the new ranges. By the time I caught up with one of the creators – Tom – there were a lot of empty pegs on their stand. I also came across a company called Ammon Miniatures who do some awesome stuff so make sure you look em up and check out their Indiegogo campaign.
An unexpected gem was what KR Multicase are up to. They’re producing wargaming tables and furniture. All I need to do now is get my man cave built in the back garden and I’ll be all set. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to speak to Dayl so I don’t have prices or anything for you but as and when I do I shall put them up.
I did spontaneously buy myself this bad boy from Forge World so it does rather look like I’ll be doing a small ally contingent of Tau to go with my Ultramarines.
Just to be clear, as it’s allies I don’t break my ‘no new army’ rule. So there.
Obviously one of the highlights of the day was catching up with various #warmongers and sitting down with a dozen or so of them for lunch. There was much showing off of toys and the usual banter one would expect from all lads together.
It was a chuffing brilliant day with lots of good people, piles of money spent and piles of plastic, metal and resin to show for it. All I can say is roll on next yet.
Regular readers will remember that I did a review on the KR MulticaseAquila 1 & 2 cases back in September 2012. You may also notice that it is April 2013 which means only one thing: I’ve been utterly shit at getting this second review out. However, this rather shameful delay has allowed me to do one very important thing when it comes to reviewing figure cases…and that’s use them. For the last 7 months the cases I talk about below have housed my sizeable Dystopian Wars and Firestorm Armada fleets and two full companies of Ultramarines. So I think it’s fair to say they’ve been put through their paces.
This time round I will be looking at the Classic Kaiser 1, the aluminium case, the card cases with a Kaiser 2 transport bag and the backpack.
So let’s kick things off with the Classic Kaiser 1. Essentially the big brother to the Aquila series, the Kaiser is a card reinforced fabric carry case with two enough space for either two large trays or 4 half sized. As I mentioned in my original review, because KR uses the same length for all its cases, the trays are interchangeable which is extremely handy.
I’ll be honest, when I put models in the case for the first time I wasn’t convinced it’d do much. The sides fold outwards quite a bit when it’s unzipped to the point that it’s a bit of a pain trying to zip it back up with flying stands tucked between the foam – as I had as it house my Terran fleet for Firestorm – but once it was zipped up it felt solid. The fabric is also tough and hard wearing after months of being in boots, backpacks, front seats, in wardrobes, under tables and dumped in the hallway it’s still like new. And more importantly not a single model has broken.
Moreover, because of KR’s tray system you the relatively small storage capacity is offset by its flexibility. That said a standard double width tray from KR holds more than the 3 tray plastic cases from Games Workshop but it’ll overall hold fewer models, and seeing as it’s £10 more expensive it’s a tough case to justify. That said, it’s compact, durable and I’ve never had a single model break from just sitting in the foam. I can’t make the same claim of my GW plastic cases so arguably it’s worth the extra investment. Plus, the flexibility in trays allows for fairly easy rotation of models.
Equally, the standard aluminium case is bloody brilliant. It houses my massive Covenant of Antarctica fleet for Dystopian Wars and my equally large Sorylian fleet for Firestorm Armada were crammed into this bad boy and I’d deliberately mixed the trays up so it was a combination of standard and pluck trays so I could see how the sponge took to the various model sizes and weights.
I’ll say this for the pluck trays: they’re a chuffing clever idea. I was able to store a dreadnought, carrier and two battleships in mine, all nice and snug and none have chipped or broken. But make sure you plan what’s going where as a mistake or misjudging in which direction the sponge is cut and you can waste a lot of space. Probably the best thing about the pluck trays is that they feel like they protect the models without feeling like the models are going to break every time you put them out on the board or away after a game.
At £50 it’s easy to gawp at the price but let me tell you a story… A couple of months back I had arranged a game of Dytopian Wars with Neil of the chaps. I met him at the bus stop round the corner from his gaff which was also, conveniently, right next to a co-op. As in our circle standard issue nose-bag is pizza and snacks are kettle chips and maltesers a brief shop was in order. Neil dutifully went in search of stone bake, Italian base, pizzas and I the munch. Whilst bending down to get the maltesers the shoulder strap slipped and the case swung forward and smacked into the corner of a metal shelving unit with such noise that the shop assistant at the counter asked if everything was all right.
We got back to Neil’s and a opened the case expecting my carrier to be smashed and my array of cruisers and frigates to be scattered about the case, paint and resin chipped. But no. Not a model had moved, not a model had broken. I don’t know of any other case that would have done that. And best thing of all? I chipped the sodding shelving and the case didn’t have a scratch.
I suppose it boils down to this: you shouldn’t spend £50 on a figure case if all you’re going to put in it is the contents of Dark Vengeance in there because no matter how well you’ve painted them, they’ll take a lot of breaking. If, however, like me you’ve got a shit load of resin and metal that likes to explode when dropped then actually, between the touch case and the lovely cushiony soft sponge of the trays you’ve got yourself a bloody good case that’s absolutely worth the money.
The funny thing about the card cases is that they share that all important protection with the aluminium case. Because they’re nice and bendy. Yet surprisingly tough. And stonkingly cheap at £25 and it’ll hold more toys than a GW case. Granted, it won’t stand up to a downpour and the handle also doubles as the locking mechanism which always makes me extremely nervous but as a budget figure case you absolutely can’t go wrong.
Especially as it doesn’t behave like a budget figure case. Yes, it’s not as pretty as the aluminium one or as easy to transport as the Kaiser but what you sacrifice in those areas you still gain in terms of protection of your models because KR recognise that it’s as much down to the foam as it is what you wrap around it.
Especially as for £27 upwards you can get a Kaiser Transport bag to put it in which gives you all the fun of an extremely tough carry all but includes lots of lovely pockets to keep things in. Which is always handy. The Kaiser2 transport bag even comes with a kill tray and a dice box complete with dice and a tape measure.
The important thing to remember when looking at the KR range isn’t necessarily the quality because to my mind it’s a given. They make bloody good cases with high quality foam that keeps the models safe. When you look to invest in KR cases it’s all down how many models you’ve got, what storage you have and how many actual cases you need. Foam can be stacked and rotated. If you can get away with two cases and a dozen trays then that’s the way to do it. KR Multicase is an intelligent figure case system that rewards a little forward thinking as well does the job of keeping our beloved toy soldiers safe very well.
Now, I did say I’d review the backpack as well. Although I have used the backpack for wargaming I’m instead going to say this:
Regular readers and followers on Twitter will know that just under 6 weeks ago I became a father. When it came to packing the bag my wife quickly realised that she lacked the space in her hold all for all the things she wanted to take, as well as a clean shirt and toothbrush and supplies for me. So I used the KR backpack. Apart from having two massive compartments that can accommodate the card cases it had a large forward compartment and pockets up the arse so it meant that we were able to carry everything we needed and at no point did I ever feel like a zip was about to break or a strap about to tear. It coped with it admirably so if it can do that it can more than handle us wargaming lot.
I think it’s fair to say I like reviewing things. I’ve done dozens of them over the last year and a bit for games and models of varying types. I’ve even reviewed a couple of games and the odd film. But I’ve never done figure storage.
Figure cases are a funny thing and, like scenery, are often considered to be something gamers have to purchase rather than something they want to purchase. This has always been true of me growing up with Games Workshop games and only, at the time, being aware of Games Workshop cases which meant £36 on something big bulky and inflexible. In GW’s defence their figure storage system has become a little bit more flexible but a lot a lot more expensive.
Enter KR Multicase. Now Daryl Elms, aside from being a bloody nice chap, is rather clever. Originally an engineer he’s got, to coin a phrase, know-whats. And he’s put them to good use developing the KR Multicase system.
So, first up, let’s take a look at the Aquila 1 & 2 cases.
The smallest cases in the range, the Aquila 1 & 2 are you definite skirmish cases.
The case itself is padded tight weave fabric making it very durable but light and flexible. This may seem like a bad thing but flexibility means the case and sponge moves around the models if the case gets dropped. With hard sponge it leaves nowhere for the models to go and that’s when breakages occur.
Such is my commitment to the cause I put my beloved Mordheim warband, including my Finecast Ogre Maneaster and a few other bits, in the Aquila 1 case and tossed it around like the proverbial Frisbee. I even dropped it on a hard wood floor. Although that was an accident albeit a useful one. And I can honestly say that nothing broke. The models had moved around within their slots but this, as I mentioned, is by no means a bad thing. The movement prevents the models from being crushed by the very thing designed to protect it as can often be the case with hard foam systems.
The great thing about the Aquila cases is that if all you want is to transport is a warband then you’re sorted. If, however, you’re taking one for a mate then all you do is take the two trays that your models are tidily stacked in and stuff them into your Aquila 2. Exactly the same trays, essentially the same case, just wider to accommodate the extra tray.
But the point is by working to standard tray size it means that you can take what you actually need in a sensibly sized case which means you get put two warbands, or a warband and miscellaneous beasties, in a single case which you can confidently put in a backpack with all your rulebooks, safe in the knowledge they won’t be smashed to a flobidigillion pieces. But, more to the point, by having your toys and books in a single space you have hands free to carry many beers and munch to the game. Which is only going to win you friends.
Now for the bit that people care about. The price. A Aquila 1 will cost you less than £15 and you can carry 20 blokes. The Aquila 2 is £19.99 and that’ll be 40 blokes. Or, to put it another way, a 1,000 point Space Marine army. It’s arguably less value than a GW case as that’s £36 for 109 slots but if all you want to do is take 1,000 points of Space Marines then you’re wasting half the case or taking the entire company with you. But you’re getting a far more durable and attractive case that doesn’t have stupid snap shut clasps that break far too easily. You’re also paying for the modular approach that I mentioned as, for a few pounds each, you have the option of buying multiple trays which you can store and only use the case you actually need which, in the long run, saves money and space.
I’ve got to say having dropped the Aquila 1 on a wood floor with my Witch Hunters in and being utterly surprised that they survived unscathed I’m completely sold. Throw in the modular system and the fact that there’s a case and tray for every occasion and it’s a very good, very viable and very affordable way of storing your models.