Before Christmas I'd been searching around for a new case to store and transport my growing Malifaux collection, which currently lives in an old GW hardcover carry case. When I say "old", i mean "very old", the one that opens in two halves, each of which had a pair of eggbox type foam layers to holds models in the troughs and grip them between the peaks. Although it's served me well (and even survived a couple of falls down flights of stairs!), the continuing influx of new figures and crews, and the fact that it doesn't hold models larger than 30mm very well, necessitated an upgrade.
I'd heard of the Battlefoam Malifaux bag, and it immediately sprang to mind. The stitched Malifaux logos and the bespoke pockets for card decks, dry-wipe markers and stat cards made it seem the ideal product for what I needed. It comes with 76 slots on two regular trays as well as a pluck-foam tray for large models, which sounds like more than enough for around 5 crews.
With my Xmas cash in hand, I sent off for the standard load-out case.
Unfortunately, on unpacking the bag and having a look inside, I quickly realised that this wasn't the bag for me. I should point out that the quality of the product is excellent - it's a very well made and sturdy bag. There were 4 features, however, that I didn't like and seemed like design flaws to me.
Firstly a small issue, none of the pockets are big enough to hold Stat cards that have been opened up and laminated. There is a pocket which would fit them nicely when folded in half, but as all of mine are laminated I had nowhere to keep them in this bag. The fact that the bag includes two holes for dry-wipe markers therefore confuses me, as it would be a bad idea use these pens on unlaminated cards.
Secondly, the foam that comes with the bag fits far too tight for my liking. That goes for both the dimensions of the tray (it was quite a struggle to remove the top two layers of foam to get to the pluck foam below) and the depth of the trays in the bag (the foam extends over the edge of the bag past the zip, even when the case is empty). The fact that the foam was too deep meant that the edges of the top foam tray occasionally got caught in the zip, and the corners had to be squashed in and got mishapen (still with no models in it).
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