Welcome to our review of the P.A.C.K 432 Molle Army Bag, our second review of the cases available from Battle Foam designed for safely storing and transporting wargaming miniatures. We’ve previously reviewed the P.A.C.K 720 and Battle Foam have kindly sent us its smaller brother the P.A.C.K 432 to test out. The bag itself is priced at £60 (or $77.99), and we have filled it with a set of foam trays specifically cut to fit Warhammer 40k Space Marine miniatures. This foam Space Marine Kit for the P.A.C.K. 432 is priced at £45.60 (or $56.99).
The P.A.C.K. (Personal Army Combat Kit) 432 gets it’s name from the fact it can carry 432 28mm miniatures. It has been designed for airport travel and meets all FAA regulations for carryon luggage, which is great news for anyone needing to travel to tournaments or take other trips with their armies.
Another great feature of both the P.A.C.K. 720 and the P.A.C.K. 432 is the molle system, which allows you to attach further pockets and pouches to this bag, customizing it to fit your specific storage and transportation needs. There’s a whole range of these molle accessories which we will be covering in a future review, but for now you can see them here: P.A.C.K. Molle Accessories
The outer dimensions of this bag are 17W x 9L x 15H” (432W x 229L x 381H mm) and in combination with the specially designed foam trays, you can easily fit a fairly large army in here. Checking out the front of the case you can see the Battle Foam logo, and a couple of pockets for carrying your gaming accessories such as templates, dice, and rules. On the front of the pockets are some loops of material which are the first example of the molle system on this case, these loops are where you can attach the additional accessories to the case if you wish.
The sides of the case care covered in the more of the molle system, plus there are black triangular metal loops for use with the included shoulder strap.
Just as with the P.A.C.K. 720, our P.A.C.K. 432 came with this shoulder strap tucked in the front pocket. It’s got black metal clasps to hook onto the metal loops on the side of the bag, and as with the rest of the case so far, this feels high quality and durable.
The large rear panel of the P.A.C.K. 432 is not wasted as it’s completely covered in the molle system allowing for lots of customization.
The bottom of the P.A.C.K. 432 is completely flat, there’s no zipper here for attaching additional sections of storage like on the P.A.C.K. 720.
Returning to the front of the case you can see the embroidered Battle Foam logo.
Taking a closer look at the two front pockets we can see each of these is held closed with Velcro and is a great place to store dice, templates and other gaming accessories.
The front of the case also sports a much larger front pocket, again held closed with Velcro. This one is a great size for a codex and/or rulebook.
The top of this case includes a carrying handle which has a decent plastic grip to ensure this case is comfortable to carry when full.
To access the foam trays, we found the best way to open up P.A.C.K 432 is to lay it on its back and unzip as shown.
All of the panels on this case have a hard plastic interior, so there is a layer of armour between the foam and the outer material of this case. This hard plastic construction gives the P.A.C.K. 432 case a very solid feel, ensuring your miniatures are well protected during storage or transport.
Removing the foam from the bag you can see that the Space Marine Kit for the P.A.C.K. 432 is made up of 3 large Battle Foam trays and 3 foam toppers. This selection of foam allows you to fit a substantially sized Warhammer 40k Space Marine army in this case, and know that its well protected by the foam, hard plastic panels, and outer material.
We’re actually really impressed with the amount you can fit in here, In just these 3 trays we can fit:
- 40x Tactical Marines
- 11x Larger Space Marine Models
- 2x Banner Bearers
- 20x Assault Marines
- 15x Terminators
- 6x Marine Bikes or Scout Bikes
- 3x Rhinos
- 1x Predator
- 1x Vindicator
- 1x Speeder
- 2x Dreadnoughts
- 2x Attack Bikes stacked
Here are the 3 Battle Foam Large Foam Toppers which are designed to be a barrier between your minis and each layer of foam for an extra layer of protection and to ensure that the case is completely filled with no room for models to move around.
The first tray is a Space Marine Troop Foam Tray designed to hold 40 Tactical Marines, 11 larger Space Marine models and 2 Banner Bearers. This looks like a great option for our Space Marine infantry, even the miniatures with larger weapons or wider poses.
Next up is the 15 Terminator 20 Assault Marine 6 Bike Tray. As its name suggest it can hold 15 Terminators in the larger rounded slots, 20 Assault Marines with jump packs, and 6 Space Marine or Scout Bikes in the long slots. Between this tray and the one above, we’ve got a large amount of infantry covered.
Lastly is the Space Marine Vehicle Tray, this is a very deep tray that can store an impressive 1 Predator, 1 Vindicator, 1 Land Speeder, 2 Dreadnoughts, 3 Rhinos and 2 Attack Bikes stacked.
We’re impressed with the amount of miniatures that can be stored in the Battle Foam P.A.C.K. 432 bag, especially with these Space Marine foam trays. The P.A.C.K. 720 from our previous review is great if you’re taking a particularly large army, or a couple of armies with you, but for our average sized games, the P.A.C.K. 432 looks like it will do the job in a much smaller footprint. The P.A.C.K. 432 provides a lot of protection between the foam trays, armoured panels, and outer Kevlar material, so we know our models are going to be safe during storage and transport.
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