A wargaming miniatures carrying accessory is an essential tool if you plan on playing wargames anywhere outside of your own home. And while throwing everything you need into a shoebox (or the box the miniature came in) can be fine if they're unpainted (still risky though, possibly losing any piece of the miniature that sticks out), once you've put effort into the construction and painting of your army, then you'll want to make sure they arrive for battle in prime condition.
Your choice of case will be made up of several factors, the size of the case, how many miniatures it can hold, the size of the miniatures it can hold, and how safely it can transport them. Luckily, there are many options when it comes to miniatures transport, from cases with foam inserts, or metal lined so you can put small magnets onto your miniatures so they stick to the walls of the case.
In this article, Games Workshop sent along a new case for us to check out, designed for smaller amounts of miniatures than full-scale Warhammer 40,000 or Age of Sigmar games, the Stormvault Skirmish Case.
What Is The Stormvault Skirmish Case?
The Stormvault Skirmish Case is a small and robust miniatures carry case for transporting small forces for use in skirmish wargames. The case is made from a hard plastic of 2 equal lids that clip together to form the case. There are also rubber corners and a rubber piece with the Warhammer logo in the center of the outside of the case, this stops the case moving around when it's open on the tabletop.
Inside the case, both halves are lined with silicone bristles, spaced to accommodate miniatures on round bases from 25mm to 40mm or oval bases up to 75mm (like cavalry). When all closed up, the case dimensions are 278mm x 220mm x 41.5mm.
How Many Miniatures Can The Stormvault Skirmish Case Carry?
How many miniatures the Stormvault Skirmish Case can carry depends on the size of the miniatures. Small miniatures on 25mm bases, you can easily fit 28 in the case, the issue comes with any poses that take parts outside the silhouette of the base.
During our testing, we were easily able to fit in:
- 2 Warhammer Underworlds warbands
- 1 full Intercessor squad for Kill Team
- Most of the units for our Raven Guard Warhammer 40K Boarding Actions squad
- The entire Strike Force Octavius Warhammer 40K Space Marine Combat Patrol
What Are Our Final Thoughts On The Stormvault Skirmish Case?
The Stormvault Skirmish Case is robust and carries miniatures with no internal movement. The easiest miniatures to carry are solid and within the silhouette of the base, as those that extend beyond the base take up extra space. It can carry 28 miniatures on 25mm bases easily, which is great for our Tzangors, but it was difficult to fit several of the Thousand Sons sorcerers in as they have lots of fiddly bits and capes.
The first time you use it, there might be an uncomfortable moment when you first close it, as you hear the bristles of the top half rubbing against your miniatures while you close and seal it, but they did move around the miniatures without causing damage. Getting the entire Strikes Force Octavius Combat Patrol in was a bonus and will be our go-to case for carrying that.
Should I Buy The Stormvault Skirmish Case?
If you play a lot of skirmish games, the Stormvault would be a solid purchase. It's very robust, and there's no movement inside once it's sealed. If you have larger units with lots of fiddly bits, like our Thousand Sons sorcerers with the capes and dramatic poses, then a magnetized case might be better, but this is perfect for games like Necromunda, Blood Bowl, and Warhammer Underworlds and for Kill Team, Warcry and Warhammer 40K Combat Patrol depending on your faction.
The copy of The Stormvault Skirmish Case used to produce this preview was provided by Games Workshop.