Last year we were introduced to the woodworkers at Dog Might with the Dragon Sheath, a novel way to carry around dice and other essentials for your favorite tabletop role-playing game. Now they’re back with a new product, the slightly larger Skirmish Box, and it’s just the thing for carrying your miniatures into battle.
Not long ago I brought together a bunch of friends to run the newest iteration of the classic Tomb of Horrors module for Dungeons & Dragons. I went the whole nine yards, making a custom handout and digging deep into my collection of vintage miniatures. To get them where I needed to go I resorted to my old, faithful method of smashing everything into a Fallout lunchbox. You know, the one that came with Fallout 3 back in the day.
Now, thanks to the Skirmish Box, I can put that collectible back on the shelf where it belongs.
The Skirmish Box isn’t cheap. Models start at $159.99. They’re also not readily available. Lead times right now are about five to six months. But after a few weeks toting mine around I’m really impressed.
What makes the Skirmish Box unique is that the inside has a metal plate glued in. That means that by gluing magnets to the bottom of your minis you suddenly have a super secure way to carry them around from place to place. I was able to fit all of the monsters I needed to run Tomb of Horrors in there no problem, along with a dozen pencils and four full sets of polyhedral dice. It’s even roomy enough for a full squadron of smaller Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game models fully assembled, or larger ships removed from their bases.
Also, both the top and bottom are felt-lined, giving you a couple of options for dice trays once you get to where you’re going. I actually prefer rolling inside a Skirmish Box to Dog Might’s own dice trays, which are simply too shallow for my taste. It even functions as a card holder, mimicking some of the features of their new Component Collector, which is currently on Kickstarter.
While I’m not sure I would personally pay much more than the base price for one of these, I can’t think of a better gift for the game master in your life on International GM’s Day or as the grand prize in the next round of tournaments at your friendly local game store.