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Subject: Making foam storage for minis rss

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Chuckhazard
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After putting a ton of work into painting my super dungeon explore minis, I really wanted to keep them save for travel and storage (I store games upright bookshelf style). Battle foam sounded real cool, but it was expensive and their shipping time is a few weeks. I was willing to do fast and expensive, or slow and cheap, but not slow and expensive! I ended up with fast and cheap. I posted my results in the SDE forums, but the process would be equally applicable to any miniatures game.

Looking for battle foam or equivalent (Now a how to)

The foam was about six bucks from Hobby Lobby (remember you can almost always get a 40% off coupon from their website: http://www.hobbylobby.com/weekly/weekly.cfm.

The foam is cut straight through, and after taking the core out, about 1/4 inch is cut off and put back in the hole so the bottom is padded as well. Then the whole thing is glued to some poster board to keep the plugs and the frame together.
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I also do this for my games with minis. just check the following link

http://amaolivre.wordpress.com/miniaturas/arrumacao-storage/

Currently I'm working on Dreadfleet.

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Very nice! You're a lot more careful with your cuts than I am

Do you do all those cuts by hand? Do you use anything other than a xacto knife?

Edit: Oh, and, where do you get the gray foam? Locally nobody has anything except white and green.
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My main trick is to plan the cuts on a piece o paper. And then put that paper on top of the foam (use pins to secure it http://www.staples.com/Pins-Tacks/cat_CL10103), and use a ruler and a precision knife (http://www.staples.com/X-Acto-Gripster-Knife/product_428854)

I can only get in grey and orange, it's only pigments. But the colors don't mean anything. Look for flexible polyurethane foam or for non technical term sofa/cushion foam. I get my from a house ware shop, here you can also buy Tupperware's and other plastic stuff.

If you want to get geeky ( or can't find the foam ) you can do it at home. It's sell in two part kits to be mixed. see http://www.monstermakers.com/category/soft-expanding-polyure... not the cheapest site but you get the idea.
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Love the Internet! I bought milk crates from this company ... Look at this for mini storage:

http://www.uline.com/BL_873/Pick-And-Pack-Foam

I am buying some now and should be as good as the Sobol battle foam I paid $$$ for
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