Saturday, 14 March 2009

098 Troop Manoeuvres

Hey, All!

I don't often get the chance to take my models on a trip and game with them...but if I did, this is how they'd travel:
First up, here's the infantry:
In the first four compartments in each of the top three rows, there is an entire infantry platoon of 40 pax. Each of the compartments along the bottom row contains a heavy weapons platoon of 23 pax - fire support platoons in the left- and right-hand ones, and my mortar platoon in the centre. On the right are a couple of inverted sentinels, two lascannon squads, and two company command squads. There are some snipers in there too - and a regimental mascot! That's all of B Coy and D Coy with their respective command HQs and some support: I make that a total of 220 pax, 2 sentinels and a dog. Luckily there are still a couple of compartments spare...!

And the light vehicles. This one is only two-thirds used so far:
In the photo above, there are four chimerae and a salamander in the left compartment; two hellhounds and a earthshaker cannon in the centre; an AF squad and some bits on the right. I've rearranged it since the pic was taken though: now the centre compartment holds two hellhounds and two griffon mortars. I've never yet had any breakages of note.

These cases cost me twelve quid each - money very well spent as far as I'm concerned. Having a largely varnished and largely plastic army helps too - as does trying not to care too much about my paint jobs. There are vast swathes of my army not to have any transport of yet, but with a carry case each for my detachments of the 1st and 2nd/24th, I think I know what I'll do when it comes to moving the tanks around!

Have a good weekend, everyone,

- Drax.


  1. Think I'll have to stop caring about putting each model in its own space soon seeing how much you can fit into those spaces comfortably

    Where abouts did you get the cases from?

    - Courtney @ Cadian 127th

  2. Yeah - I couln't imagine trying to carry all my lads in individual holes!

    (Plus they're not emblazoned with GW logos, which is nice.)

    I got them from - and they were called 'N7OAP Metal Case With Foam'. The foam insert is customisable too, which really helps.

  3. ...but that was a few years ago now.

  4. This is why I build small armies. If I can't fit it all into one case...

  5. Thanks Ron - if only I'd thought of that eight years ago when I started back with Guard!

    I've found the cases at Maplin again, but they're crrently selling at twenty pounds! Strewth! I reckon I must've got them on sale...

  6. Oh goodness, is THIS what I have to look forward to when the IG come out in May? Tons of carrying cases? haha

    It's a shame I'm such a GW-whore that I can't resist collecting the army when it comes out. Oi.

  7. Can you even field Guard with 33 models total?

    Is that even possible?

  8. Hmmm...

    As far as I'm aware, HQ Squad (5) + 1 basic platoon (25) plus armoured fist (10+chimera) = 40 infantry models + chimera.

    I suppose you could use the 'grenadier' doctrine to field stormtroopers for both 'troops' choices, so that would work...but I don't hae my codex in front of me.

    It'll all be obsolete soon enough anyway! Ha-ha!

    - Drax.

  9. Pretty nice packing job there! If you read the Dan Abnett books, you'll find that Guard are used to being packed in pretty tight whilst being ferried from one warzone to the next.

  10. Cheers,

    If you spend any time in a British Army 'Bedford' truck you'll know the same feeling!

  11. Hmm I thought you would have kept em in Tesco bags ;)

  12. I love those cases. I always dreamt of using Pelican cases for army transport.

    something like this puppy:

    someday when I'm rich, maybe...


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