Let’s talk about miniature display cases, shall we?
If you’re into the whole mini army building thing, you might have already …. well…. built an army of miniature figures. I mean that makes sense right? Right.
But let me ask you, what good are all these hordes of monsters and heroes if you don’t have a set up to keep them safe and show them off? Foam trays? Please.
That’s good for bringing them to the hobby shop or tournament but not for showing off.
How about putting those miniatures on display? You’re damn right you want to do that. Let’s explore the options.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Miniature Display Cases
I’ll put pics of my stuff below and show you some cool options, but first we need to figure out some stuff.
Size: First and foremost, you should consider the size of your miniatures. It’s best to measure the tallest one and look for a display case that can accommodate a model of that size.
Location: Secondly, you must have a clear idea of where you’re going to place the display case.Do you have a special spot saved for it? If yes, make sure you only look for display cases that will easily fit into that space. Will it need an outlet near it to power any lights? Will it be blocking doorways or windows?
Durability: Third, make sure you know what material a display case is made of before you invest your money in it. Keep in mind an estimated value of the total weight you may be putting in it to make sure carrying the case and moving it around is easy and convenient.
Cost: Lastly, you should know what your budget allows before setting your heart on a display case. Go for a model that provides the maximum value for money.
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Okay, so let’s start with what I’m personally using. If you have similar setups you can grab these items. If not, I’ll give you my take on some other options.
I tend to break this down into cases, risers, and single mini options. So here we go:
A small case, granted, but it’s great for what it does. The cost was reasonable, and it’s really good quality. Mine took forever to get to me for some reason but they are usually available on Amazon Prime.
I love these risers! They come in different wood grains or the faux leather ones. I’m not sure which I like more.
100% worth picking these up!!
Wooden Riser Set
Leather Riser Set
So this one is good for the price. I will admit I don’t use it really for display. I’ll use it as a stand for my miniatures that are due to be primed next (see the best primers to use here).
You can also use these for holding paints by the way, which makes them worth a look. (Check out my top recommendations for paint racks for miniature painting here.)
SINGLE MINI OPTIONS
I really like these guys for single displays of smaller models. For reference, in this image, I have a Hero Forge miniature in there. So it’s got a good amount of room in it!
Other Options For Displaying Miniatures
Okay so, let’s go through other options here. For me personally, I group my guys into sets.
So I’ve got a set of Storm Troopers, a set of DnD characters, some DnD monsters, Lord of the Rings guys, some Space Marines, some Warhammer Dwarves, and so on.
I like to keep them grouped, or possibly mix them in terms of teams fighting each other.
Maybe my DnD guys are facing off against a Dragon or something. Or my Dwarves are fighting a horde of skeletons. (Oooh that would be cool, I gotta buy some skeletons….)
So as you can see above with my risers, I want stuff organized into groups rather than just a bunch of minis on a shelf. That’s me. So bear that in mind as you see my options!
The Infinity display case is a clear black cabinet with a sleek design. With measurements 12 1/4″W x 14 1/4″D x 27 1/4″, this guy can fit miniatures, AND some terrain or risers or whatever else.
You can make a mini diorama on each shelf. Totally cool, and this is the one I’ll be getting next. My dwarven army is almost done, and this is in their future.
It checks my boxes of “Looks good” and does what I need it to do, as well as being durable. I don’t want to spend money twice. It needs to do its job and last a long time.
Please note that it isn’t very cheap so if you have a tight budget, you should consider other options before making the decision.
I love this for single minis. In fact, as I was researching this I just bought one. It’s the one I included a picture of above.
The thing with this one is it’s really for a “special” miniature which I’m not 100% sure who that would be for me ha.
The Plymor Mini Glass Display Dome is an uber-chic piece to invest in if you want to make your favorite miniatures look like masterpieces.
The base of this display case is made of medium-density fiberboard and is of walnut color. Its diameter is 2.875″ whereas the thickness is 0.5”.
This particular product is ideal for a standard miniature figure of 28 mm. The unique style and classy look may make you think it’s something out of your budget but nope!
I just love the simple design, and it is one of the most affordable options for you if you want a single miniature case to protect your models and show them off in front of your friends.
The Convenience Concepts 5-Tier Glass Tower is tall, not too expensive, and looks good. It sets up in minutes and doesn’t require the use of any tools. The poles are stainless steel so it should last.
Important: This display cabinet isn’t enclosed so it may not be suitable for people who live with small children or pets.
For others, the open design gives a unique look and a nice contemporary touch to wherever it is placed.
The case measures 15.8 x 11.8 x 62 inches, which means that it doesn’t take up so much space while standing 5 feet tall.
The five shelves can easily accommodate a huge miniature army. This sounds even greater when compared to the reasonable price tag it holds.
This is definitely one of the best products when it comes to convenience and storage to cost ratio.
The Minifigures Miniature Figures Display Case with a black finish features 11 shelves. The spaces between the shelves are about 2 inches and the interior depth is 2.5 inches.
The display case has a kid-friendly acrylic door to ensure your miniature figures remain safe from dust and moisture.
It is made of solid wood and can be mounted on the wall. This product comes in one piece to save you the hassle of assembling it.
If you practically live and breath miniatures, you will definitely want to check out the rest of my articles on miniatures and painting them. You can find them all right here.
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So, are you ready to put your miniatures on display and surprise your friends with the mighty army you have created?
Which one of these miniature display cases do you think will suit your army best? Don’t forget to let me know in the comments below!
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