If you’re anything like us, you’ve got plenty of armies and miniatures, and could always do with a decent solution for storage and transport. Today we examine two options from Tabletop Tyrant, we’ve already had a look at their smaller Squire Plastic Figure Case, so today we’re trying out the Tyrant and Dreadnought army figure cases.
Here you can see our two Tabletop Tyrant army transport cases, on the left we have the Tyrant, and on the right is the Dreadnought it’s armoured and upgraded cousin. Both cases are built from a water/stain resistant canvas and come with carry handles and shoulder straps. The Tyrant case is priced at £41 (around $63) from Gifts for Geeks, which includes a standard loadout of foam trays to fill it, while the Dreadnought is priced at £65 (around $100) including the standard loadout of foam trays. You can also choose your own set of foam trays or even buy these cases empty if you have spare trays (including those from Games Workshop) to fill it with.
We’ll start off by having a look at the outside of each case. First up is the Tyrant, its an all black case apart from the tags on the zips, with no obvious branding. This can be handy if you don’t want the world to know you’re carrying an army of toy soldiers around.
The tags on the zips are a bright red plastic and feature a tiny version of the Tabletop Tyrant logo. These look smart and feel a bit nicer to handle over standard metal zip tags.
On the sides are the clasps and loops that hold on the shoulder strap, these are all metal pieces and so should have no trouble supporting any army you fill this case with.
On top are a pair of handles with a Velcro lined pad which connects them while the case is being carried or stored. When you wish to open this case you need to separate these handles.
Just to give you a rough idea on size, here is the Tyrant next to a standard Games Workshop carry case. The actual dimensions of the Tyrant are: 15″x 12″ x 12″ (38 x 30 x 30 cm).
Moving onto the outside of the Dreadnought case, we can see it has a lot in common with the Tyrant including being the same size. One area is does differ is the large Tabletop Tyrant logo on a bright red background. It also carries the same red zip tags as we saw on the Tyrant. Whats not visible though, is that the Dreadnought feels totally different, all of the panels have been reinforced feeling much more rigid and should offer a high level of protection.
The Dreadnought case has a different design of handle to the Tyrant, we assume it only needs one as each panel of this case more rigid than the Tyrant so it will more easily keep it’s shape and balance the weight.
On the sides we can see the same durable metal loops and clasps for the shoulder strap as we saw on the Tyrant.
Part of the upgrade to the Dreadnought case is the addition of pouches on the front and sides. The front pouch is big enough for small rulebooks, army lists, and templates, while the two side pouches are useful for smaller items like tokens, dice, and snacks.
Both of these cases open up in the same way, the entire top and front panel unzip to give easy access to the stack of trays inside. Here you can see we’ve opened up the Dreadnought case.
The Dreadnought case comes with an additional internal pouch that is not present on The Tyrant, this is a good size for codices or rulebooks.
These cases hold quite a stack of foam trays, we’ve gone for a mix, but you can choose the trays to suit your needs or go for a standard loadout.
Top of the stack are a few foam toppers, these can be used to cover the tops of other trays or allow you to store rulebooks in your case between them without the risk of them getting damaged or them damaging your minis.
This is the Egg Shell Foam Tray, its not one we often use but its handy for lots of small or irregularly shaped items that you just want to throw into the case for easy access.
Further down the stack we have two of these 28mm Infantry Trays. As we start to pull out the unneeded blocks of foam you can see that these Infantry Trays can cary up to 36 standard 28mm troop models. we’ve included a couple of Warhammer 40k Tau Fire Warriors for scale in the second photo.
The slots in these 28mm Infantry Trays are a good size, and can accommodate models with longer weapons or dynamic poses. You can see here that we’ve compared it to an infantry tray from Games Workshop (in red) which has narrower slots. The actual trays are exactly the same dimensions, so if you already have Games Workshop foam you can slot it into your Tabletop Tyrant case and vice versa.
Towards the bottom of this case we find two very deep trays of pick and pluck foam. the smaller of the two is the 60mm Medium Pick & Pluck Tray, with the larger being the 100mm version. As you can see by the 28mm 40k Fire Warriors in the second photo, these Pick & Pluck trays are easily deep enough to accommodate your army’s vehicles and monstrous creatures. This type of tray comes pre-perforated in a grid so that you can pluck out the pieces you want to create exactly the shapes you need for your models.
All of those trays were contained in the Dreadnought figure case and the trays in our Tyrant case are similar except for the two in the middle…
These are the 2 trays we didn’t have in our Dreadnought case. On the left we have a 35 mm Cavalry and Crisis Foam Figure Tray, while on the right is a 35 mm Heavy Infantry Foam Tray. The Cavalry and Crisis Foam Tray is perfect for minis with larger bases like cavalry, while the Heavy Infantry Foam Tray easily handles things like Warhammer 40k Space Marine Terminators or other minis on 30-40mm bases.
These cases seem like a good option all round for storing and transporting miniatures safely. They seem very reasonably priced for their size, allowing you to carry a decent sized army, or two smaller armies with you. The extra protection built into the Dreadnought case is great, but for us our main selling point was actually the extra storage compartments, these are definitely handy to have. If you’d like to see the full range of cases and trays, head over to http://giftsforgeeks.org.uk/ you can even check out their interactive ‘build your own‘ army case pages. Let us know what you think of these cases in the comments.