The safety of your miniatures when travelling can be paramount, as it should be. A lot of time and love has gone into your models. The last thing I’d want is to open my case upon arrival and be met with a pile of broken swords and detached heads. Foam cases are the mainstay in miniature cases and have been my go-to for many years. A-Case specialise in cases designed to house your miniatures using magnets instead of the tried-and-true foam trays. I was sceptical at first. However, with minimal extra effort these cases feel like an entirely new level of transportation for your models.
If you’re unfamiliar with the A-Case family of cases then allow me to inform you. These cases do not hold foam trays for your miniatures. Instead they house metal trays that slide in and out of the case frame. Magnets allow you to attach your models to the trays. This allows for easy access without needing to dive your fingers into fiddly foam inlets.
The guys at A-Case were kind enough to send me a “Victory 2.0”. This is the smallest of their upcoming cases that is not yet available for release. This was my first charge into non-foam cases. At first I was concerned that my models might not be appropriately protected. We’ll get back onto that shortly.
The case arrived with a handful of 6x2mm grade N35 magnets, which was a good start. Within the case were three shelves that slide seamlessly in and out of the case. The case can hold six shelves in total but then the height of the segments are quite small. I quickly learned to be cautious when opening the case via the zipped panel. The shelves themselves slide out a little too freely. If you don’t pay attention then these shelves could slip out and plummet to a disastrous end for their passengers. With this considered I was told this case would feature some sort of shelf locking mechanism on release.
The N35 magnets that came within the case soon found themselves super-glued to the bottom of some models. In my haste, I glued the magnets in and then sat them in the case. Be warned, this will leave white marks on the shelves from the glue drying. This isn’t an issue with the case, of course, just a problem with my impatience. Try not to suffer the same fate!
Aside from this the magnets performed a stellar job and held the models to the shelf with rather surprising grip. You could turn the shelf upside-down and give it a good shake with no model moving a single millimetre. I honestly felt that I could drop the case and know my models inside would survive unscathed. It sprang to mind that these cases would be perfect for taking your armies abroad. This would likely be ideal for those entering competitions for painting or playing in need of taking long-haul trips.
Capitalising on Space
One of the big bonuses of this style of case is that the shelves allow you to store models on either side, providing the magnets are strong enough. Although, this does present an issue with any particularly large models, which brings me nicely onto my only gripe with the case. Using one side of each shelf I could probably easily fit in close to 80 Grots (25mm bases), for instance. If I capitalised and used both sides that number would double.
Whilst these innovative magnetic cases do provide a surprising level of safety for your miniatures there are indeed some setbacks. As an example, having these shelves in place does limit some of the more grandiose and elaborate miniatures. This case may be small but it can hold quite a lot of infantry models within. However, I’d argue that these model are far less likely to damage or knocking than the taller, more brittle models. Of course, this comes down to the size of the case you go for based on your army but it’s worth considering. You’ll likely be stuck taking all of your little guys and needing a second option for anything of notable size, or visa versa. At least, this is definitely the case for the Victory 2.0.
Regardless, for its purpose the Victory 2.0 from A-case works wonderfully. It provides a somewhat innovative method of taking your miniature armies from one place to another. It’s a light-weight, attractive approach that provides peace of mind. All for for very little additional effort compared to more conventional cases. Although, this particular case may not be versatile enough for of armies or models, depending on your needs. However, if you’re looking for a way to carry your models around safely and in style, it might be worth investing in A-Case very soon. Especially if you need to take your delicate cargo on a long and perilous journey.
No doubt once we hear more regarding the release of this new line of cases we’ll let you all know. I’ll be watching with a close eye, for sure. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook. This is the best place for you to be kept up to date on all the latest news!