With the Stormvault Skirmish Case, Games Workshop is redefining miniature transportation. Instead of traditional foam inserts, they’re introducing soft silicone bristles for a secure grip. Is this a brilliant innovation or an overpriced gimmick? We’ll find out in our review.
The Stormvault Skirmish Case has an RRP of £35 / 45 € / $60 and adds to Games Workshop’s range of cases. The dimensions when closed are 278x220x41.5mm.
Stormvault Skirmish Case review
The new Stormvault Skirmish Case is a masterpiece of engineering – when it comes to saving as much material and as many production steps as possible. The top and bottom halves are identical, thanks to their square shape, and you seal them with two interlocking tabs each. The silicone insert is not glued in place but simply inserted into the lid – the gray details on the outside are not attachments but the silicone passing through from the inner part. The plastic bends easily under pressure and doesn’t exude a sense of high quality. Aesthetically, the case appears quite utilitarian, with minimal Warhammer-specific details, except for a small Warhammer logo on the silicone insert.
The idea of the case is that the models are fixed in a sort of clamp grip by the soft silicone knobs of the top and bottom halves. The case can hold about 12 models with 25/28/32/40mm bases (so not enough for a complete Kill Team roster of 20 operatives). Here are Garfy’s impressions in a short video:
As Garfy stated, the Stormvault Skirmish Case works. At least for plastic models, which are securely held. However, with heavier metal models, it’s a different story. In my tests, the silicone knobs did not reliably hold metal models, causing them to shift within the case. Speaking of shifting, I couldn’t detect any paint abrasion or broken pieces on my painted models in my (brief) tests. Nevertheless, rubber or silicone has a rough surface on a microscopic level, and it wouldn’t surprise me if over time, especially with unvarnished models, there were signs of paint abrasion. Especially since you have to actively push the models into the bristles for them to stay in place.
Where to get
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