Unboxing: Space Hulk Foam by Feldherr

Welcome to the unboxing and review of Space Hulk Foam by Feldherr! This is a specialist foam set for the famous board game Space Hulk that is designed to house both the miniatures and the gaming pieces within the Space Hulk game box. In the post I’ll be showcasing what the content of the package is and give you my experience in walking through the installation of said set with my copy of Space Hulk. Hop in and see if this is the solution for safekeeping your boxed game for you.

As this is a review for a product designed for the board game Space Hulk, make sure to check my review on it as well, can be found here. I also had purchased a raster foam bag from Feldherr to house Space Hulk miniatures, which I reviewed here.

Let’s begin with the box contents.

Very simple packaging of the goods. Aside from the special cut foam for the miniatures there are two sets of gaming piece slots that go to the very bottom of the Space Hulk box as well as two sets of instructions for setting up the containers, how to stack pieces and a map of the miniatures for the foam. Quite handy and I feel it’s pretty necessary given that there are a lot of pieces to tackle in the box. More on this soon.

I took out my Space Hulk box and met the mess that was pretty much untouched since unboxing.

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Yikes! What a mess.

I’m not sure what people do when they want to carry their Space Hulk copy but this is certainly not a good way to move things around – add to this the need to protect the precious miniatures and you have an idea what I’m hinting at. So I got to work immediately with setting up the pieces.

The instructions suggest folding the bottom and the separators first, set them up in the box, piling the game pieces and then inserting the foam on top which I followed to the letter. As there are plenty of corridors, gates, halls and starting pieces it’s a good idea to have a tally before starting the sorting. The container instructions are quite thorough with expected piece amounts presented next to each picture which helps with the sorting a little. It took me quite a while to make sure nothing was missing and comparing the pieces with the list provided on the instructions but I’m sure more experienced players would have a better go at setting things up. The dice and the hourglass go into the miniatures’ foam.

By the time I was close to finishing (which took about an hour), I decided to just eyeball the piece sizes and set them in the containers which would be the case for future setups. It seems like some markers and the game tracker as well as an entry piece is not mentioned in the manual. The game manuals like the mission book and the rulebook are also not mentioned so I improvised and set these pieces together in a way that doesn’t mess them up. I recommend lightly stacking them over the separators themselves.

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All done! neat enough for me. The huge piece can be seen to the lower left. 

Afterwards it was just a matter of setting the foam on top of this and putting the miniatures in their slots. No photos as this would just be a repeat of what is already provided in the manuals. One interesting thing I realized is that there’s plenty of space left for each individual miniature which made me realize I stuck them too tightly in my previous raster foam. The slots are also quite deep so I expect that the company wanted to have a bit of leg room for the miniatures. Not sure if I like the idea of minis moving around in their slots but I’ve seen a similar approach GW’s foam case for smaller models so I guess they know what they’re doing.

Topping everything off with the cover foam everything was good to go.

The most important part for me in this set was the special cut foam for the miniatures and I believe the company fully delivers on this. Even without looking at the instructions the model slots are obvious (it does help to keep the instructions for the first few setups though). The separated containers work great and seem to have the exact height to house the game pieces save for the ones I couldn’t find mentioned anywhere. While all this is great my only gripe is that the box doesn’t close completely after installing the foam. I guess you can avoid damaging your minis by not putting anything else on top of the box but I would have preferred a solution that allows exact fits.

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The box cover is permanently lifted a good inch or a half  after the setup. 

All in all I can recommend this product at the retail price of ~20,00 EUR – I deem it needed if you lack any type of protection during transportation. There are also alternatives on the market, primarily by Battlefoam with different prices and layouts so check the market for what suits you best.

Reception: ♦♦♦♦◊ Good

Here’s the link if you’d like to browse on Feldherr.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Be sure to like/leave a comment – I’d love to hear what you think of the product or its alternatives.

 

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3 comments

  1. Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking about getting something for this (and a couple of the other games from GW that I want to use more as board games, like Overkill), but haven’t gotten round to looking too seriously into it. While I do like what Feldherr has done for X-Wing, I agree it’s not exactly ideal it doesn’t actually fit the box. Might have to look into something else…

    Is it not weird, though, that GW themselves don’t go in for something like this??

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    1. Totally agree with you there Mark. Then again their stance against FFG for licensed games also shows their interest here. In the end I think foam and/or cases for specialist games make a lot more sense than their recent zigzag foam trays.

      Thanks for dropping by to say hi!

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