Review: Battle Foam P.A.C.K. Mini
My love of skirmish miniature gaming is well documented, and with my recent exploration of the MERCS game, I was in the market for a case appropriate for transporting a few miniatures safely. Battle Foam has become one of, if not the most well-known manufactures of miniature cases, and it was definitely about time for me to try one. However, popularity can come at a price, and these cases are not cheap (excluding their new budget line). However, I don’t mind spending a little extra money if the quality is there, and since I only need a case for skirmish gaming at the moment, I wasn’t going to have to take a huge risk up front.
I went with a P.A.C.K. Mini, with the standard load out. The standard load out includes three trays: a 1.5 in. pluck foam tray, a 1.5 inch troop tray, and a 1.5 inch tool kit tray. The case itself is made of sturdy green canvas reinforced on the top and bottom to add protection and prevent the case from bending. The front has an attractive stitched Battle Foam label and a clear pocket you can use to insert a label or your personal information in case it gets lost. There is a pocket on the inside and outside of the case that could be used for storing tokens.
Each of the trays are very well made and securely glued to their backing. The troop tray is by far my favorite, and was cut in such a way as to maximize the number of models you can safely store. The slots for models come in three different sizes so you can even include a few larger figures if needed. The pluck tray is pretty standard as pluck trays go, but it’s nice to have if your skirmish game has oddly shaped models. Then we have the tool tray. I appreciate it being included in the deal, but I honestly don’t get this one. My clippers, pin vise, and files all fit in the slots nicely, but I honestly don’t think I would ever use it. I do take a portable kit with me on trips when I work on models, but I use an ArtBin case that can hold my paints and tools. When am I ever going to only need my tools (and not also need to bring models or at least parts)? But, if you’re a hobbyist on the go you might get some use out of it.
+ High quality durable components
+ Troop tray carries a baffling 19 figures in such a small case
+ Versatile (three foam trays are included)
– Tool tray seems superfluous
– Price may dissuade some gamers
Everything about this product screams quality. As a case for transporting a small number of figures, I don’t think you could do much better. That quality does come at a price, but in the case of the P.A.C.K. Mini, the $31.99 MSRP seems reasonable. Admittedly, a case like the Chessex Small Figure Case costs only $12.95, (I own two of those, and I like this P.A.C.K. Mini more), but it doesn’t hold as many figures and isn’t as versatile (due to tray swaps). You can purchase the Battle Foam P.A.C.K. Mini from your friendly local game store or from the Battle Foam website.