The Feldmaster team have just launched their Feldmaster Indiegogo Campaign for a magnetic carry case for wargaming miniatures, we’ve been wishing something like this existed for a long time! The use of magnets in wargaming is becoming more and more common, whether its for magnetic movement trays or magnetised weapon options.
For us, magnetising the bases of our minis is the next logical step as they can then all be loaded on a metal tray and moved or stored very safely, no matter the size or shape of the minis. We’ve been doing that for a while but Feldmaster have answered our prayers with case especially designed for people like us, a new type of case that includes a metal tray for transporting magnetised miniatures.
Feldmaster kindly sent us one of the cases they are hoping to make reality through their Indiegogo campaign, so lets check it out…
With the outer packaging removed, here is our delivery from Feldmaster, a durable black bag plus a card box containing the aluminium frame and magnetic tray that will make up this storage/transport solution.
Opening up the box we can start to see the 5 anodized aluminium panels which will make up the frame, plus our magnetic shelf that will fit inside. These frames come in a range of colours, we chose marine blue.
Assembling the aluminium frame is very quick and requires no tools. We’ll start with one of the larger panels which will be our base. The side pannels slot into place with the rails at the bottom ready to accept the tray in future. Then we inserted the back panel and finally the top panel to complete the frame.
With the frame assembled the magnetic shelf can be inserted. Since this frame just slots together, that also means you can flatten it again in future if needed.
Now we’ve seen the internal frame, lets return to the outer bag. We’ve got the black version of the bag, but it looks like stretch goals will open up a whole range of colour and pattern options.
A wide strip of Velcro has been included along the top of the Feldmaster case allowing you to easily attach patches and logos of your choice. Feldmaster sent us their logo as an example, but this would also be a great place for gaming and army specific graphics.
There is a carry handle on the top of the Feldmaster case as shown here.
Both sides of the Feldmaster case have a generously sized outer packet which is a great place for storing dice, templates and other gaming accessories.
Opening up the bag, you can see the inside includes a collection of quick release straps. There are a pair for the front and back of the bag, plus a set which connect over the top of the frame in a cross shape as shown. Together these straps keep the aluminium frame very secure.
Lastly, the tray/shelf can be slid into place. The assembled case including its metal frame, the magnetic tray, and the outer bag, come in at around 2kg in total.
We were already well prepared for a case like this, nearly all of our heavily converted Space Marine chapter for Warhammer 40k – the Iron Guard have neodymium magnets underneath, even our tanks!
As you can see here, you can fit a fair amount of 28mm miniatures onto the Feldmaster magnetic tray. We’ve placed 2 pieces of artillery plus their crew, 3 tanks, and 30 infantry on here, and there still room to squeeze more on if we wanted. Unlike with foam trays, it doesn’t matter what size or shape these minis are, you just stand them up on the tray and you’re done!
Once the tray is loaded with miniatures, you can then slide it into the Feldmaster case, ready to travel with you to a game.
One thing we did find is that the magnets we used on the base of our minis didn’t initially attach to the Feldmaster tray as strongly as we would have liked. The best way to overcome this and ensure your minis stick to the tray extremely well is to use a thin sheet of metal between them, in this case we just grabbed the top half of a metal tin that some colouring pencils came in, you can often pick this kind of thing up in your local Dollar/Pound store. Because both the tray and the minis are attracted to this it creates a very strong connection, so strong that we could easily turn our tray upside down and shake it around a bit without the minis moving – great success!
While the Feldmaster case is easily tall enough for all the minis we use on a regular basis, it’s useful to know that the space between the magnetic tray and the top of the frame is 110mm. If you wish to put any models taller than 110mm in this case, you’d need to break them down into magnetised sections. The picture below includes a 28mm Warhammer 40k Space Marine for scale, and as you can see he’s got plenty of head room!
It turns out magnetised trays are not the only trick Feldmaster have up their sleeves, they also offer ‘sticky’ trays to suit people who do not wish to magnetise their minis. This sticky material is protected by a transparent covering sheet that can be peeled away before use.
Here you can see a few of our 40k Space Marine miniatures placed on the sticky material, and then in the second photo you can see we’ve tipped the tray 90 degrees and the minis don’t budge at all! We’re actually really surprised at how well the sticky material works its very effective at keeping minis in place, and removing the minis is easy you just give them a little twist and they come free.
It’d be interesting to know how this sticky material holds over time, and if its possible to keep relatively dust & dirt free, but our testing so far has left us impressed. Fledmaster have one more tray available as part of their Indiegogo Campaign. That one is a steel tray (rather than an aluminium one with a magnetic or sticky topper) which would be great for people who have magnetised their bases and want to attach minis directly to the metal tray.
One thing we realised when we took this case to a recent battle was that the gap beneath the magnetic tray is a great place to store a rulebook or other paperwork like army lists. As you can see here we have inserted the hardcover version of the Warhammer 40k Space Marine Codex, plus an army list we printed, which is about the maximum you can fit in this space as the hardcover is quite thick. If you were using softcover books you can likely squeeze a bit more in here.
Now that we’ve had a good look around the Feldmaster magnetic case and used it to take an army to a game, we can definitely recommend it to others. When using this to play a game, we found setting up and packing away the minis was noticeably quicker as we could just take out the whole tray ready for deployment, and when packing away you don’t have to carefully place each mini into the correct slot in a foam tray, you just place them standing up anywhere on the magnetic sheet and slide the whole thing into the case.
The other benefit of this for us is that since these minis are not touching anything (even foam) we know that they cannot be damaged, and the paint is not rubbing off against foam. We build lots of conversions, often making our minis difficult to safely fit into slots in foam trays, but this works perfectly for us.
We’d love to see the Feldmaster Indiegogo Campaign be a success, and are crossing our fingers to see more variations on this theme in future, maybe taller cases with multiple trays, or a way to connect these single layer cases together. Let us know what you think of this case in the comments below and be sure to check out the Indiegogo Campaign or the Feldmaster website at www.feldmaster.com for more info.