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Longtime Dakkanaut






London UK

Yeah,
I know it's been out for a while, but I just got mine and thought I'd do a review for it.
I bought my BattleFoam Mini and some extra standard mini trays for my Blood bowl teams.
This is the product on BattleFoams site -> P.A.C.K. Mini - £25.20
and the extra trays - £6 each

Here's how I find it.
The material is the same material used on the P.A.C.K. minis bigger brothers and the weave is noticeably rough for the size of the pack.
The material feels very hard wearing and the stitching is all very tidy and the Zip opens and closes with minimal effort.
Even when stuffed full (it has got 4 nintendo gameboys in it in this picture) It's secure and doesn't look like it's going to split open at the seams.




As standard it comes with 3 trays ( the bag fits one tray at a time. )
You get;
  • a tool tray - I find this tray the least useful - doubt I'll ever use it and would have preferred another standard tray
  • pick and pluck - good if you have some awkward models to carry around - I used this to make a custom tray for my GameBoys photo further down.
  • standard tray- this is the most usefull and can be used for teams/squads of miniatures or carrying some paints and a few minis to work on.




  • The standard tray is great at holding a small painting project on the go or for carrying a necromunda Squad.




    Bloodbowl!
    The reason I got mine is to carry bloodbowl teams to the pub! I bought an extra tray for each team.


    Each tray has been customised a little to accommodate it's team.

    Slots were combined by cutting out the partitions to fit the big fellas in.
    While I used the left over pick and plucks to make snugg fittings for the little fellas.

    At first I wasn't sure what to do with my Pick and Pluck.
    But looking around the games room I saw my nintendo gameboys and their card board box transport was looking a little worse for wear.
    I decided to make a custom tray for the game boys
    This was a surprise result! I think this is a very classy way to carry the gameboys about.


    Every thing stacks nice and tidy ready for selection and action.



    I suppose I should do a summary, but you can probably already tell I'm very happy with my P.A.C.K. mini !
    £25 is a fair price for the P.A.C.K. mini considering you get three trays which retail at £6 each.
    I think It's great way to store minis for skirmish level games and you can get extra trays as you need them.

    My only disappointment was the tool tray, I think that is a waste of foam and would have preferred a choice of trays when I bought the item.

    A big thumbs up from me

    Panic...

       
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    I got a PACK mini when they did a holiday sale. Like you, my first idea was to use it for Blood Bowl.

    I may end up using my older Sabol case for Blood Bowl as I've got an old Skaven team and a newer Dwarf team that has a pretty full 'roster' including a custom Deathroller. I can carry the base team in the Mini, and even the Death Roller as the 'rider' mini is magnetized to the body, but I can't carry all the linemen minis at once. Still, enough for a basic game, I'd guess.

    Anyway, I do like the case overall. I use the tool tray to keep my tools at-hand at my workbench. No real need to make them portable the way I work (At home, in my basement...) but it's an option, I guess. I haven't touched the pluck tray yet, but may see if it fits my Dwarves better and, if so, look at if one will fit my Skaven as well.

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    Longtime Dakkanaut






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    yeah,
    Balance wrote:... I haven't touched the pluck tray yet, but may see if it fits my Dwarves better and, if so, look at if one will fit my Skaven as well.
    Yes The slots are a bit big for little bloodbowl players.
    If you click this link and zoom in on the models, you will see how I used the removed pick and plucks to support the models in the standard tray.
    The pick and pluck foam bits perfectly fit into the standard tray slots creating the perfect shape for little bloodbowl minis to rest on.

    PAnic...

       
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    I really like this pack and find that even though the tool tray isn't brilliant i still stick my tools in it, it will just be used as somewhere i stick them but i doubt i will use it in the actual pack itself.
    ideal for taking to work or if you are going away for a while and want to get a squad painted up i also really like the bloodbowl idea and necromunda could fit too.
    oh and those arbites look nice mate

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    Panic wrote:Yes The slots are a bit big for little bloodbowl players.
    If you click this link and zoom in on the models, you will see how I used the removed pick and plucks to support the models in the standard tray.
    The pick and pluck foam bits perfectly fit into the standard tray slots creating the perfect shape for little bloodbowl minis to rest on.


    I'll have to try that. My dwarves are Warlord's female dwarves, so most are pretty small, even on the GW round bases I've got them on. And Skaven are smalla s well, but thena gain there's a bunch of the mutants and such.

    It's also a great case for roleplayers that use miniatures.I've often had to wrap a mini in foam or similar and hope it survives transport.to the hosue we game in... This is a great option for that.

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    Why would you need to transport 4 obsolete game boys?
       
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    Yeah, I'm not so impressed yet. I bought mine at the same time as a way of taking little painting projects when I go away for work.

    I've taken it up to Scotland with me, but even the basic selection of paints/glue/bits I'd need to work on a model take up the ENTIRE tray, with no space for models. So I've had to take models in a separate case.

    I can see it being used for very simple things where I only need to paint one or two models, but that rarely happens tbh. I kinda wish I'd stuck with my original idea of the (twice the size) KR tray. Oh well.. we'll see...

       
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    yeah
    orkybenji wrote:Why would you need to transport 4 obsolete game boys?


    So I can play, In the Pub/Park/Wherever...
    It was Cheaper than 4 nintendo Ds's

    4 player BomberMan
    4 player MarioKart
    4 player MarioTennis
    4 Player Doom
    4 Player MarioBros
    4 player FZero

    Fingers wrote:I really like this pack and find that even though the tool tray isn't brilliant i still stick my tools in it, it will just be used as somewhere i stick them but i doubt i will use it in the actual pack itself.
    ideal for taking to work or if you are going away for a while and want to get a squad painted up i also really like the bloodbowl idea and necromunda could fit too.
    oh and those arbites look nice mate
    I'm keeping your Arbites safe for you!
    I'll probably chop up my tool tray to use as slot filler.

    ArbitorIan wrote:Yeah, I'm not so impressed yet. I bought mine at the same time as a way of taking little painting projects when I go away for work.
    I've taken it up to Scotland with me, but even the basic selection of paints/glue/bits I'd need to work on a model take up the ENTIRE tray, with no space for models. So I've had to take models in a separate case.
    I can see it being used for very simple things where I only need to paint one or two models, but that rarely happens tbh. I kinda wish I'd stuck with my original idea of the (twice the size) KR tray. Oh well.. we'll see...
    Not sure what you were expecting.. it has 19 slots so holds 19 things! like 9 paints 10 men...
    This is suitable for one or two day painting projects. getting a squad 90% done and doing the finishing touches and basing once you get home.
    I think the P.A.C.K mini is great for taking a single squad somewhere when you'll have a few hours spare, you will need to think about what you hope to accomplish and work out ratio of miniatures to paints...
    you can always get final highlights etc done when you get home.

    But neither this case or the KR case are going to be able to hold enough paints and minis to keep you busy for weeks on end! like what your doing in scotland...
    For that you need a full sized tray case to carry multiple squads, glue, basing materials and paints.
    You gotta get all that stuff there and then back again once painted, that's a big ask and is beyond such small cases...

    Panic...

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    Fingers wrote:.
    ideal for taking to work or if you are going away for a while


    And I just forgot to bring it with me XD
    It's a nice product that's very much to my liking, but I do need to remind myself of it's existence
    it might just be to small to notice... hmmmm

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    Panic wrote:yeah
    orkybenji wrote:Plus they are pink... I've found females tend to ask if they can play with the gameboys as they look cute...


    Is that how you lure them to your van? You're giving away trade secrets here.
       
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    I tried ripping up a pluck tray and discovered that the 'standard' tray is actually quite efficient for standard-ish 25-28mm models. I got less by using the pluck tray. I really should have planned that out in advance, but oh well, the pluck trays for the mini are cheap.

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    battlefoam is way overpriced imo.

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    I got my P.A.C.K. at last year's Gencon, with a selection of any of the three trays that I wanted. I love it for small things that need carrying, like minis to Roleplaying night, and games like has already been shown with Necromunda, Mordheim, and Blood Bowl.

    I actually got it on a whim to carry a game I bought at Gencon called "Zynvaded" which is a small skirmish game kind of like the old "Army Men" video games. A bunch of tiny aliens battling each other over everyday human clutter. Because it uses everyday household items for terrain, a P.A.C.K. will carry the original 12 models made for the game (6 for each side), plus rules, dice, dry-erase markers for the cards for each model, and a retractable tape measure- making it the ultimate travel tabletop game.



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    Just stumbled on this review of the Mini's probably most direct competitor. Good for a comparison, maybe?

    http://www.followingthenerd.com/role-playing/carry-on-casing-a-look-at-feldherrs-mini-plus-case/


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    yeah,
    While that case looks great it seems a little bulky as its double layered in the wrong direction if you get what I mean.

    I think Battle Foams main competitor is KR.
    Spoiler:
    KR Aquila 1 holds a half tray (half a GW sized tray) and is directly comparable to the pack mini (- it's a little larger.)
    £12.99 (inc P&P in the UK)

    KR Aquila 2. It holds a single GW size tray It's pretty good.
    £ 17.99 (inc P&P in the UK)


    I actually had a blue KR Aquila 2 its quite good. It held two/three teams and bulges a little on the foam as you close it but everything is very secure.
    I like how KR have increasing sizes of Aquila cases so you decide how many trays your bringing and select a case to match.

    All said I'm happier with the Battlefoam P.A.C.K. mini.
    In general it feels better and looks better.
    It looks more exciting with the handle and name tag slot and the internal pouch for holding stuff like brushes is useful.
    It carries single blood bowl teams like a boss!

    That said if Battle foam were to expand their range again I'd also be all about geting a P.A.C.K. Mini 'x2' case that holds two mini trays side by side, you know for when you wanna carry more!

    Panic...

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