Army transport cases come many shapes and sizes, and today we’re reviewing the new offering from Games Workshop. These are designed for their Warhammer Fantasy, 40k, and Lord of the Rings ranges, but also equally suitable for 28mm miniatures from other games too. The new cases come in 3 sizes depending on your need and feature a rather original design of foam tray. In this review we are focusing on the Citadel Crusade Figure Case, the largest of the 3 sizes available.
The Citadel Crusade Figure Case is priced at £75 ($124 US) and Games Workshop tell us that this can hold more miniatures than any other case they have produced in the past. The range also offers a medium sized case called the Citadel Battle Case, and a small one called the Citadel Skirmish Case.
The Citadel Crusade Figure Case appears to be designed to look like a reinforced container that wouldn’t look out of place on a Warhammer 40k battlefield storing some ammo or vital supplies. So far, these cases are only available in black, and have a large Citadel logo on the front.
Each of these cases comes with a folding handle that feels nice and chunky and should cope with regular use well.
The case comes with a decent quality padded shoulder strap, including metal clasps and loops, which appear to be nice and strong.
The case is held closed by two clips at the top, these are made of plastic and are quite small so it will be interesting to see how well the hold up over time. Games Workshop lists these as “nylon catches, so if you should drop it the catches won’t break” so hopefully they’ll be fine.
An easily missed feature on these cases are the small studs dotted around the main panel. These studs line up with holes on the underside to ensure that this Citadel Crusade Figure Case will stack securely with other Crusade cases.
Opening up the case we can see the foam trays inside. These are split into two equal piles each topped of with a sheet to protect the uppermost models from the top of the case.
Lifting off the foam topper sheets, we can see the real matter of interest in this review, the new design of foam tray. These trays are currently filled with some 28mm Space Marine infantry, and as you can see, you can really cram these guys in due to how the foam tray is formed.
So, this is definitely not the normal kind of foam tray we are used to. The typical grid is gone and has been replaced with these wavy rows which Games Workshop have dubbed channel foam. This new channel foam system comprises of blocks of two foam trays, with one that fits inside the other. This case comes with 4 of the blocks, the largest in the range. The Citadel Battle Case comes with 2 blocks, and the Citadel Skirmish Case is filled with a single block.
The foam itself feels very soft and the wavy rows are connected only at each end of the tray (not long the bottom) so that they can be pushed around to fit models of many different shapes and sizes.
Because of how these wavy rows can be moved around, you can fit a lot of miniatures in these cases. Here you can see we’ve placed a whole bunch of 28mm Space Marine infantry models in both trays and then can stack them together to fit inside the case. Its an interesting design, you really can fit loads in here, and within reason you can just cram in miniatures with all different poses and equipment and they’ll be fine. If you have one or two more delicate models that you are concerned are particularly fragile, you can simply leave a bit more room around them in the tray.
You’re not limited to squeezing infantry into these trays though, the idea is that they can accommodate larger minis including vehicles and monstrous creatures too. Once you’ve put the big things in, you can then fill all the gaps with the infantry and other smaller models.
After having a good look at these channel foam trays you may notice that they’re actually a little larger than the space inside the case. Games Workshop have designed them in this way so that the foam compresses around the miniatures when the case is closed, protecting them all and making sure they can not move around.
For a size comparison here is the Citadel Crusade Figure Case next to the older style large case from Games Workshop. The Crusade Case feels a lot more compact even though it can hold a great deal of miniatures.
Here you can see our Citadel Crusade Case alongside the medium sized case from the new range, the Citadel Battle Figure Case. The Battle Case holds two of the channel foam blocks we looked at earlier.
Many gamers have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Games Workshop, and automatically assume that any accessories they release might be over-priced and/or not stellar quality. This is a shame and we hope it doesn’t stop people looking into this new range of cases, because to be honest, they’re very good. It’s a totally new design of transport system designed especially for the miniatures they produce and it seems like a pretty good solution.
If you’ve not seen it, you can also check out this video from Games Workshop showcasing the kind of thing you can expect to fit in each of the cases, including an Imperial Knight! For more info head over to www.games-workshop.com