Recently, I bought an Eldar fleet off of Ebay, and it has been gathering dust. After all, I can't play it because I can't take it anywhere. So, I made a case. Here's some pictures:
This is an art supply case, augmented with used pluck foam (thankfully saved!) mattress foam, foam sheets, and hot glue. You can see the results above. While I was making this, I thought about cases in general. After all, every model gamer needs to solve this problem. So, here's my take on how to tackle this problem.
In order to be effective, a case has to hold all the minis you need to transport. This can either be in one case (see my Space Marine case that I posted several years ago) or in many easy to carry cases.
You should also be mindful of how your collection will grow. If your case holds all your current minis, that's perfect until you buy one more. Above, you will see my Eldar case has several areas that are unused, for when I can get lucky enough to find more Craftworld Eldar on ebay. If you want your collection to grow, you'll need a case bigger than what you need right now.
2. Protection and Durability
Cases are useless unless they get your minis from point A to point B intact. One of my previous Space Marine cases was a large blue storage tub, outfitted with foam and cardboard tiers. I didn't really design it to hold up the tiers, and so it rested on the minis directly. As a result, several antennae, flags, bolters, and other extended appendages or items got broken on a regular basis. The Battlefoam case I got later protects minis much better, and breakage rarely occurs.
Even though I love my Battlefoam case, it was expensive as hell, even with a Gen Con discount. Frugal gamers have several options, based on what kind of minis you need to transport. Battlefleet Gothic lends itself to art cases or toolboxes that can hold ships well. For Epic minis, a fishing tackle box holds lots of small stands and has room for larger minis. 40K or other similarly scaled games such as Warmachine can use a variety of cases. My friend Andy used to use foam filled pistol and rifle cases, which worked great but was inadvisable to take into a secure area...
This to me is the least important, but still worth considering. My Battlefoam case looks great. The case shown above for my Eldar looks like garbage. However, both work just fine. You need to decide which is most important. For example, my 40K Orks are partially stored in an old, rusty metal toolbox. It's impractical, dirty looking, heavy, and makes loud noises when you open it. In short: it's perfect! I plan on spray painting part of it white, and then using a stencil to paint black checkmarks, then hand painting a few glyphs.
There's a lot of options. Think about it and make the case that's right for your collection.
Next: a battle report with Stephen and the debut of my Eldar fleet! Stay tuned!