I purchased a Battle Foam Shield Bag (Standard Load Out) as I had heard good things about them, however, it wasn’t until they held a black friday sale that I decided to get one as the prices could be seen as extortionate. In the end I paid a little more than you would for the GW Citadel Figure Case.
First of all I was disappointed with their level of service as I pre-ordered the case in November, and it still took them a month to send it to me. It does say on the website to allow 2-3 weeks for production, however, I did not expect to have to wait more than this long when I had pre-ordered the product over a month before release. Additionally, when I tried to contact them it took 6 attempts to get a reply that was less than helpful.
But onto the case itself. The overall look of the case is pretty nice, a simply grey colour and a simple cuboid shape give it a clean, functional appearance. It has space to hold rule books, army books (codices) and any other things in the side and front pockets, including reference sheets etc. There’s also a handy extra pocket on the front which could hold dice, tape measures, glue and any other small accessories. Now regarding the content, it contains 3 layers of trays; a small troop tray, a large troop tray and a 4″ pluck foam tray (the GW Citadel Figure Case didn’t provide this kind of variety). These come in handy with armies that have a variety of models and it seemed ideal for an army such as the Space Wolves, which use figures from tactical marines to terminators, through to tanks. Additionally, it seemed ideal for my fantasy army of High Elves which contain a mix of infantry, cavalry and monstrous creatures. However, the shapes of some of the slots don’t “agree” with certain models and it would probably be a better option to go for the empty bag and buy custom trays to fit your army (if you could afford that).
The convenience of the bag is quite nice as before I had only owned the GW Army Figure Case, and for someone who usually plays 1500-2000 point battles it was more than I needed. The Shield Bag will allow me to take a single army with me and take up less space. The bag also seems fairly durable despite not having a hard exterior like most figure cases and the choice of a hand strap or an arm strap is a nice touch. I you want to compare the Battle Foam Shield Bag to the GW Citadel Figure Case yourself, here are the links: http://uk.battlefoam.com/bf-shield-bag-standard-load-out/ and http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/catalog/productDetail.jsp?catId=cat440149a&prodId=prod1095470.
I’d probably use Battle Foam again, however, not if I need the bag quickly, and probably only when they are holding sales as my budget is only small at this moment in time.
Let me know if you guys have used them before and what you thought of the products, or feel free to share any information about other good manufacturers of figure cases.