Well I've been to Oldhammer Weekend and back. I've finally finished processing the pictures and am in the process of doing some reports. I've been meaning to share my experience with travelling with minis again, I've just been busy. I wish I could tell you I was as successful as when I went to Brian's birthday in July, but alas no.
It started when I got there and opened up my case. I had failed to secure my two trolls and they became wrecking balls in the tray they were in. The Clukkatrix and Abdul Goldberg had paint chipped, the plastic black orc had his axe broken, the mother crushers banner pole got slightly bent and the Bad Axe Boyz banner pole was bent back 90 degrees over the bearers head. Not good.
I thought I had sorted things out for the trip back, but I had the handle slip from my hand on the jetway as I deplaned in Phoenix and below was the result when I unpacked. (It is quite possible that the Flight Attendant plying me with drink may have contributed. Two Gin and Tonics will do you right.)
So nothing for it but to sort through the figures and see who was damaged.
What's interesting is that almost all of the original 90's figures were undamaged. GW paints straight from the pot, no varnish. The Trolls for instance didn't take a scratch. In the picture above I'm not even certain that the green flocked orc is dinged. He looks unblemished now that I look at him again.
The army banner bearer has had his arms come unglued. They're held on by tension at the moment, I'm not sure how to fix him.
- Only bring the figures you need.
- At least 2 magnets on larger metal figures. Better yet wrap them up in clothes or bubble wrap.
- Space is your enemy. Tightly pack side to side and consider how to fill gaps in every dimension.
- Consider which ways your miniatures will tilt. Put weight towards bottom and back.
I haven't totally given up on this, but I'll need to do more to make sure it's not blind luck getting my minis to the event unscathed.
If you have any tips I'd love to hear them, and yes I do know that they make foam cases. I prefer to take my figures carry on and I haven't seen a foam system that meets the carry on size restrictions. None the less, I'd like to hear what works for you, however you do it.