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cabomhn 17 Mar 2007 14:56

Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
I was originally inspired by FOXX to use the old M-16 ammo boxes to make cases for your minis. So I took some time and decided to give it a try.

The use of this ammo box was to fit 2 tanks ( a leman russ and a custom tank), and then also fit about 45 guardsmen. I would like to note that these and not WIP pictures. I went back and tried my best to be able to take you through the steps.

Supplies...
1. 3 of these
http://www.scifigenre.com/itemDetail...HQJWHG1WXO0NS1

2. Just one of these
http://www.scifigenre.com/itemDetail...HQJWHG1WXO0NS1

3. An M-16 Ammo Box
4. A hobby knife
5. And 30-60 minutes

Step By Step

Step one is simple enough, just get out all your supplies in a suitable place, in my case, the floor.

http://s179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020002.jpg

Step two is get out the minis you plan on putting in your case. This is vital due to the somewhat compact size of the case.

http://s179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020003.jpg

Step three Is to get out the large piece of foam.

http://s179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020004.jpg

Step four is simply cutting it to the size of the ammo box, just hold it up next to it and make a close cut, it doesn't have to be perfect.

http://s179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020005.jpg

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020006.jpg

Step five is measure and pull out the foam where you want the tanks/minis to go.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020009.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020010.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020011.jpg

Step six is to measure and cut the foam for the other three pieces of foam you have. These will be used for the infantry.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020012.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020013.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020014.jpg

Step sixOnce you have cut the piece out to put in the ammo box, you'll need to pull out the foam for where your infantry will go. A 2 by 3 spot will suffice for guardsmen. On this piece of foam you can make 15 2 by 3 spots.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020015.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020016.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020017.jpg

Step seven just put your models in the trays and slide them into the case.

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020020.jpg
http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w...s/S4020019.jpg

Well that about sums it up, you can fit a decent amount of stuff in this case if you've done it right. It also goes along great with a themed army like IG. Enjoy.

Chton 18 Mar 2007 17:10

Re: Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
Nice tutorial, I used the same idea when I first started the game. Only differece was that I use cal.7.62 boxes. ;)

But the only problem I had, was that my army contains between 100 guardsmen and 10 tanks. So...there was many boxes...and people looked worriedly at you when you sat on the bus...

A just as good idea would to find some low-price suitcases. I bought mine for the equivalent of 15$.

Montag 18 Mar 2007 20:29

Re: Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
where do you get an empty ammo box? ???

cabomhn 18 Mar 2007 21:34

Re: Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
There are several places you can buy these. Ebay being one of them, there is also the army-navy store and places like that who normally sell them. They are almost always under ten dolars so they aren't too much money like a regular case.

Chton 19 Mar 2007 02:41

Re: Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Montag
where do you get an empty ammo box? ???

Well, ammo boxes are really easy to get your hands on, as they are thrown away when the ammunition is spent. If you know someone in the military, a simple request and you'll most probably get some. Buying them over the internet I think would be unfavorable because of the price in shipping and the perverse high prices some people actually demand for such items.
My best guess would be as with cabomhn. An army store.

Tau Fanatic 19 Mar 2007 03:24

Re: Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
Great job. Stickied! http://forums.tauonline.org/index.ph...#msg1058257683

FOXX 19 Mar 2007 04:09

Re: Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Montag
where do you get an empty ammo box? ???

You can talk to us military folks, we usually have more than a few lying around.

Savon Saal 01 Apr 2007 15:25

Re: Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
hmmm... maybe a .50 box will do nicely for the somewhat larger armies. i wish i bought the 25mm ammo crate, would save me for the rest of my life. although i wonder how many points my army would be, 40.00? ;D

Frogger 01 Apr 2007 23:35

Re: Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
Sweet tutorial. Best I've seen in a long time.

cabomhn 03 Apr 2007 01:01

Re: Ammo Box Cases ( A Tutorial)
 
Thanks a lot for the kind words guys. I hoped the tutorial helped out.


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