|A good collection of bags|
Righty-ho, I've had a few people ask me if I planned on doing reviews of carry cases other than the ones I've done for Battlefoam products. Well the answer has always been yes, but I had to find another product I liked the look of, and another product I'd want to put my miniatures in! While at Salute 2012 this year I had a good long look at the Figures In Comfort, KR Multicase and Feldherr stands, stores and products. I didn't buy anything at the time, mainly because I was totally skint, but I did make a few mental notes as to what products looked interesting. I was personally most impressed with the products from Feldherr, and unsurprisingly I guess, it is Feldherr product reviews that are the most requested from you guys, followed rapidly by KR Multicase it has to be said. So as you can see from the picture above I have got myself a few different bag options to review from Feldherr.
I have to offer an apology though to those of you who have repeatedly asked me to review the Feldherr Backpack and Messenger bags. My limited resources wouldn't stretch to snaring those as well, although I guess if these bags serve me well I might look at those options at a later date. The bags I went for are the Maxi, Mini Plus and Mini. I'm obviously not going to review these right away because I want to test them out in everyday gaming situations and use before passing judgement. In fact the first tests are today and involve me carrying stuff around in them while traveling to the Mantic open day! So the reviews are probably a few months away, however, I do want to give you some initial thoughts:
|The waxy paper you need to remove before sticking the tray tops to their respective bottoms.|
Thought number 1: I was not expecting to have to 'stick' my foam trays together. Perhaps I should have been, but with other companies my foam trays come fully assembled. Feldherr's trays do not. It's no biggy to put them together though as all it takes is to peel some waxy paper off of the already glued bottoms and then stick them onto a foam bottom.
|Leaving some of the waxy paper on the trays makes it easier to remove sections.|
Thought number 2: The foam trays in the larger Maxi bag do actually deform quite a bit when loaded with miniatures, especially metal mini's like HoMachine or my Hell Dorado stuff. So it'll be interesting to see how this characteristic manifests when putting the bag to use. Also given how bendy the foam is the spacing between cut outs is thicker than Battlefoam trays and actually wastes a fair bit of potentially useful space.
|Good job I have steady hands.|
Thought number 3: The bags themselves are exceedingly well made. Well they would be, they're German. The stitching is well done, and the lining and all the other details are well realised. However, they do lack the very useful extra pockets of the Battlefoam bags I own.
|I had issues with one or two trays where the glue on the bottom had either dried out or wasn't run to the edges.|
Thought number 4: They're not as 'features' laden as there Battlefoam counterparts, perhaps I'd go as far as to say the specification isn't as good. Things like the rubber handles and heavy duty clips on the Battlefoam bags just aren't present on the Feldherr bags. The biggest difference though is the hard inner shell of the Battlefoam bags, the Feldherr bags don't have them. That means their bags don't have the same structural rigidity. There are a few other noticable differences but I'll leave those until I actually review the products properly.
|Then it's a case of pulling out the sections you need too.|
Thought number 5: They are though a fair bit cheaper than they're Battlefoam counterparts, but not by as much as I initially thought they would be. The question for me will therefore center around whether the slightly lower features / quality is out weighed by the slightly lower price tag the Feldherr bags come with. We'll see I guess.
So those are my initial thoughts having just got these in my hands and had a bit of a play with them. They don't look too bad on initial inspection. Am I happy with them? Yeah, for now, they'll be fine I'm sure for some of my smaller skirmish games that I own and don't actually take out of the house on that regular a basis like Hell Dorado or Freebooter's Fate. Peace out!