Fluffy, soft, and yet durable..

Review: ‘Game Plus Products – Gaming Bag’

Hey, hey! Its that time again! A moment to give credit where credit is due! Where might it go this time, you ask? An affordable and practical gaming/storage option for Warmachine/Hordes (Grymkin being this example!)

DISCLAIMER: I have not been asked to write this review, nor am I affiliated with any parties mentioned, nor have I been paid to create this post. I simply want to share the knowledge and my opinions as there was little available regarding this product.

Insert ‘Game Plus Products’ and their Gaming Bag distributed by Minituremarket.com Now, I know what the average player is thinking… “why not the other guys foam?” I’m trying to give a review from the affordable approach, that will work just as good as some ‘battle’ tested products out there. Also consider that Grymkin owners are either new to the game and have a larger buy-in or might be getting into them as a secondary faction. Either way, let’s move along with the show!

A quick TL;DR for those who will benefit from it. Yes, this Gaming bag and the associated Pluck Foam Tray(s) are totally worth it. DON’T forget to read the captions below the photos at the end for extra information before you buy! For the price, it cannot be beat!

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Game Plus Products – Gaming Bag (Dimensions: Size: 13″ x 18″ x 7.5″)

 

Taken from Minituremarkets website directly, “Features: 6.25″ x 9″ x 2″ Velcro Side Pocket. 13″ x 10″ x 2″ Velcro Front Pocket. 12.5″ x 12″ x 2″ Zippered Back Panel Pocket. Side Mesh Water Bottle Holder with Pull Cord. Thick Foam Interior Padding. 3-sided Zipper. Adjustable Shoulder Strap: 48″ x 1.5″. Clear ID Window: 4″ x 2.5″. Holds 14.5 inches of Foam Trays. Tray dimensions: 7.5″ x 13″.”

The bag itself is ordered empty/separate from the foam(s) themselves for an MSRP of $39.99 + tax. It can be had in an array of colors, most bright and easy to identify among the other bags during your tournament of choice. Keep in mind most colors will attract marks/grime easily, hence my decision of black (I really wanted Blue or Green!)

 

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Plenty of room for accessories and the beverage pocket on the opposite side (not shown,) can easily hold my pick of Nalgene bottles! (Note: The padded & adjustable shoulder strap for easy carry.)

So the bag itself…well its a bag. Lightly padded, not enough to stop a direct blow from a baseball bat or a angry opponent (kidding,) but enough to keep its form and resist normal bumps during regular transport. Craftsmanship is what you would expect for the price. Seams seem rugged enough to resist normal use and the materials used keep cost down all while making the satisfactory ‘cut’ to accept the charges and resist the test of time. I can easily see this bag lasting me several years.

Lets move on to the real reason your here….FOAM! Fluffy, Soft..yet surprisingly durable foam! (MSRP of $7.99 + tax, per Pluck foam Tray) Let me show you a loaded version with room for an extra tray (1.5″, being taken up by my storage box you’ll see.)

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Six Trays, with obvious room for seven! (While the official description read 14.5″ of foam, the reality is itll fit 15.5″ of foam..woohoo!)

 

During a recent sale, I bought two cases and enough foam to fit it all. (Should indicate the next sale wont be until the November shopping kick-off post Thanksgiving…good for some, for others your not saving too much!)

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With “MY” layout choice for the 15.5″ of foam trays, I choose not to haul the last 1.5″ Pluck Foam Tray. (I have no need for it as of yet.) In its place is a nice Plano StowAway Utility Box full of Dice/Widgets/Tokens!

The Foam Trays are made of pre-cut pluck foam, available in various sizes. The foam is cut very well, so no blade/knife will be needed unlike other brands/options available on the market. Its easy to remove what you dont need…and easier to pull a little extra if your going quick. I recommend a little spray adhesive ala Elmer’s Spray Adhesive (I used this as I had it handy, works great and did the trick for mispulls or rearrangement of foam/spacing issues. Be sure to see my extra photos at the bottom for some ideas regarding the spray!)

The Trays overall have a soft yet defined feel to them. Additionally the red baseboard foam creates a wonderful sturdy foundation for the models you will fit in each tray. This allows for each access/unloading without fear of the foam buckling to the weight of your models be they resin or metal. These Pluck Foam Trays mean business!

The point is made that this fits a good amount..but how much exactly? Well….I bought into Grymkin. I was easily able to fit the entire “recommended” purchases from the first wave, as follows:

Grymkin Models I own/Shown in this Gaming Bag Review:

  • QTY: 2 – Grymkin: The Wicked Harvest (All-in-One’s)
  • The Child (Warlock)
  • Lady Karianna Rose (Solo)
  • Death Knell (Battle Engine)
  • Glimmer Imp (Solo)
  • QTY: 2 – Cask Imps (Solo) (Blister Pack)
  • QTY: 3 – Crabbits (Lesser Warbeast) (Blister Pack)
  • Skin & Moans (Heavy Warbeast)
  • QTY: 4 – Gremlin Swarms

They all easily fit in the Following Foam Assortment Layout I chose to equip with the allotment of 15.5″ of foam trays the Gaming Bag in mention, holds (as Shown in this review):

  • 4″ Pluck Foam Tray
  • 3″ Pluck Foam Tray
  • 2.5″ Pluck Foam Tray
  • 2″ Pluck Foam Tray
  • QTY: 2 – 1.5″ Pluck Foam Tray(s)

**NOTE: One additional 1.5″ Pluck Foam Tray can/will fit with the sizes mentioned above. I chose not to put it in, due to the abundance of space I still have available until future releases.**

Below, is my “everyday carry…” so to speak which is a solid amount of goodies I carry when im tournament ready! (Even a Nalgene bottle fits in the Beverage slot, not shown!)

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My Gaming bag contents, unloaded. Includes my entire Grymkin inventory, iPad, Rings, Rulers, TWO Battery Banks, Snacks, Physical Cards, Dice Tray, Token/Dice/Widget Box…the works!

Its clear, this gaming bag can hold a good amount! Actually even more if your an organized packer such as I…as it prefers slim/narrow items over bulky options. Talk about storage! Heck, its not even unreasonably heavy when fully loaded. I can still hold it in front of me with one finger!

So we are basically at that point. The run-down has been given and you have a solid idea of what is what regarding this Gaming Bag and the Pluck foam tray options!

Something to note…below my conclusion there will be additional photos of each tray with helpful captions assisting with your purchasing decisions!

CONCLUSION:

I mean…at this point it really speaks for itself. The Bag is great. Has a nice feel to it and you cant really make any complaints for the price-point.

The Pluck Foam Trays come in a variety of sizes which is helpful if you so wish to purchase a few extras for swapping lists out before you head out for a game or two.

The price is on a budget, but not to take away from the quality you gain..essentially you can save some cash and invest in some more models……dinner/entertainment for the “S.O.” since you just invested in ‘another army,’ or keep that pocketbook a little more filled for the time being.

Whatever you choose, this option is uncontested for the price in my humble opinion. Sure there are better options that will ‘battle’ for your cash, but honestly…sometimes keeping things basic is okay. Be it Grymkin or a secondary army/faction…the Gaming Plus Products Gaming Bag & Pluck Foam Trays will do the trick!

PROS:

  • Budget Friendly – Allows for a great entry level solution, or appealing for a secondary faction/army.
  • Pluck Foam Trays feel great, and their sturdy base make for easy/quick access between them.
  • The Gaming bag itself has plenty of room, and is made of solid materials and nice stitching..price considering.
  • Sleek/Slender overall case design allows for easy storage in a closet or in the vehicle during transportation.
  • Less models/accessories, the weight is nearly non-existent.
  • Availability/Shipping is reasonable.
  • Nice oversized/adjustable beverage pouch.

CONS:

  • No handle, less the shoulder strap. At times id rather much carry the case than shoulder it. Personal preference, yes…so time to get a little crafty.
  • Foam is fun/easy to remove…sometimes too easy, so be careful!
  • No Zipper Pulls/Tassels. Nothing a trip to your local Camping Store/Walmart can’t fix!

Thanks for reading. If I missed anything please comment. If you can share some criticism/ideas/knowledge..feel free! If you enjoyed it, tell me so via a comment or like! I appreciate the time you took to read this!

-N.P.

ADDITIONAL PLUCK FOAM TRAY PHOTOS/HELPFUL CAPTIONS:

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3″ Pluck Foam Tray: Room for some larger models to boot!

 

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2.5″ Pluck Foam Tray – Id suggest a little warm water to ‘ween’ the maces/spears of the Piggybacks down a bit. They just miss perfect clearance by an 1/8″

 

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4″ Pluck Foam Tray – Death Knell, Two of Three Skin & Moans, and Two Cage Ragers find their home perfectly. No clearance issues at all. 2″ Pluck Foam Tray – Plenty of room for any number of upcoming units/models. 1.5″ Pluck Foam Trays – A little moving around fits the Hollowmen one tray…and small based models in the other as shown. I actually moved the ‘walls’ a bit in the lower tray, and put them in their new place via Adhesive spray, recommended in the review. No Issues otherwise. **See the un-housed Dread Rots? No worries..obviously I still have plenty of room…AND another Tray not in this Gaming bag, yet…hehe.

Grymkin: Advice on what to buy to get started, from a novice painter..

Memoirs from a novice in the hobby

Hey there! Newbie painter here! You might be wondering about the variety of tools, paints, and such…but with most things this day and age, I like to do a bit of research…and go a little “all-in.”

With the many videos available on Youtube.com from the likes of PrivateerPressPrime and Dallas Kemp, its fairly easy to get an idea on what youll need. Drop in the super friendly people on various forums and facebook pages, and your basically ready to paint!

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‘Lord Longfellow’ Grymkin Solo Model

 

So, what might you ask should be a core/staple set of items to get started on models, such as the one above? Well…let me make a few suggestions based of purchases ive made:

  • A good set of brushes: Army Painter Brush Set (Alternatively, you can buy a few Acrylic friendly sets from Walmart or your local hobby store with various styles if you want to keep it on the very cheap, end.
  • Glue, Glue, Glue! – Loctite Liquid Professional Super Glue (The Professional stuff is found at a Home Depot/Lowes or the likes…I REALLY love this stuff!) Option Two: Loctite Ultra Gel Control Super Glue (Not really an option, I strongly suggest you get in addition to it all, as its great for basing or tough to place parts!)
  • A legitimate hobby knife option: X-ACTO #1 Knife (Keep in mind, to remember the ‘number’ when it goes for refills!)
  • Hobby File Set: FP3: File Set (It’ll help remove rough edges and such, easily!)
  • Hobby Shears: Xuron 410 Micro-Shear Flush Cutter (How did I ever get along without these things!? Amazing!)
  • Paints! Oh mah gewrd, PAINTS! So…read below..
  • Pinning Set: Bastex Precision Pin Vise Hand Drill with Twist Bits (You can buy filaments or use bits of paperclips as the pins themselves.)

 

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Grymkin – Heretic (Work in progress..)

 

About paints…so during all my research (in the past,) it depends on how far you wanted to go..if you wanted to just start with minimal color option..I strongly suggest you choose Privateer Press P3 Line paints. Easy to work with, and require little watering down, if at all. Id suggest buying these two sets, for maximum diversity and options (sure, youll be missing some major colors but you can always visit your local gaming store for singular color options.) Look to buy: P3: Iron Kingdoms Colors & P3: Grymkin The Wicked Harvest Colors. I love the color options on BOTH! Especially the Grymkin choices! One other….”All in,” option is this..which is what I currently own, too! This set was a larger investment but you already get the brushes, a good variety color options including some GREAT metallic choices AND washes to liven up your models! (Probably need to do a little research, if your unsure what washes are!) This is the Set: The Army Painter: Miniature Painting Kit, Mega Paint Set II.

One other thing I suggest is a mixing medium…which is essentially colorless pigment..or the stuff that holds the paint & color together..you mix a drop or two with a few drops of paint and makes it super smoothe and easier to work with/apply. Also..there are other tricks youll find on your way through this adventure! Again: P3 Mixing Medium

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Grymkin: The Child, Warlock. Painted to loosely resemble Sully & Boo from Monsters INC.!

 

I think thats about it…Oh…well, youll need the models themselves and a good open area to work in! (Not a PC table like I..but you can see im decent with the limited space I have.)

Again, im very new to this all…ive only painted a total of six models in my existence at the time of this writing, including the three you see above. I ideally want to achieve a level of detail that allows for a good view from the tabletop while painting and maybe earn a commission or two down the road as painting is very therapeutic, ill admit!

As always, if you’ve reached this point..well thanks! Id like to request a like from you, a comment…some criticism? Id like to keep this going but not sure if im on the right path or not to gain some traffic traction! Take care and any requests for a post, please ask!

-N.P.

Thingamabobs & other doodads…

Widgets & Measuring Tools:

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“How NOT to play, v.1 – SR2017”

So SR 2017 and the CID aside, I thought id give some credit where credit is due.

Being a late blooming & returning college student, I wanted some very affordable (key point) tools. I felt they made playing this Tabletop game more interesting, effective, and time efficient. Having seem some popular options during my brief (new) tabletop career, I enjoyed how they worked and what they accomplished.

We have the usual options that you see around the tables or on the shelves. Broken Egg Games & Muse on Mini’s both deliver top not quality products that are aesthetically appealing to match your armies, and the durability to last your gaming career. There are many fine options, some easier to get than others. I was on the hunt for products similar in function, but more budget minded (lets be real, as long as the measurements are right..you cant go wrong.)

Enter WarpedMindGames, an Etsy retailer.

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Warped Mind Games

With a wide array of colorful, durable & to the point options they caught my attention at first sight! (Disclaimer: I have not been Paid/Sponsored to write anything for them, but I want to bring their fine products to the center stage as an affordable option.)

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“I can see clearly now, the blight is gone…”

I honed in on their “Generic Inch Measuring Sticks Set” & “Proxy Token Set” to fill the needs I felt I had. (Check out their vast inventory, though!) After realizing they have some stellar (did I just use the word ‘stellar?’) prices for a cant go wrong option to help measure movement, charges, threat ranges, & the likes…I was really satisfied with their color options an neutral gaming stance. What I mean by that is, I can use these in multiple games and not have OCD kick in about there being a specific theme or design on them that doesn’t fit from one game to another (like other options out there.)

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Ideal details make the difference: Front Arc etching, and identifying size for zero confusion. (If you couldnt already eye it.)

If I had to make a suggestion to WarpedMindGames, id love to see an option for a 120mm Proxy Token. A few people LOVED seeing the Tokens & sticks fielded this last week when I brought them with me (proud owner, I was!) A question a few times over was if they had a Colossal Proxy Token. Maybe the coaster thats normally used doesnt cut it? Maybe the option of buying a spare PP 120mm base isnt appealing? Id love one myself, personally. Oh, and their Warmahordes Blast Gauges Set is on my “doh! I did not see them, but wish I had,” list.

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I also like their bright acrylic presence on the tabletop. Its Extremely difficult to have the battlefield and the action mute them out, allowing for an easy to remember “clear” of them after use each turn/model activation. (See what I did there?!)

Purchased at the same time, the Proxy Marker tokens and Measuring sticks can be had to your door, more affordably than other measuring stick options alone. The extra savings can fuel you with snacks and drinks for the next FLGS SR Tournament, or inspire your next model purchase!

If your in the market for bright, affordable, & unique Measuring Sticks..Proxy Markers..or other related gaming widgets, give them a look! Their quality, craftsmanship, & inventory/options make them a solid option!

-N.P.