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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2014 10:10 p.m. PST


Has anyone found a good organizational video, done by wargamers for wargamers, that covers most facets of the hobby, including paints, terrain tools, materials, etc?


PS. I already have tons of bins.

kyoteblue Inactive Member14 Jul 2014 10:18 p.m. PST


Roderick Robertson Fezian14 Jul 2014 10:32 p.m. PST

I don't think that word means what you think it does…

Brian Smaller Inactive Member14 Jul 2014 10:45 p.m. PST

If by 'organise' you mean randomly stacked boxes, tins and bags of miniatures and terrain in cupboards, on the floor and under beds – I will see what I can do :)

Martin Rapier15 Jul 2014 2:14 a.m. PST

I think some people are just more organised than others, the essentials are obvious – boxes, shelves, some sort of filing system. To paraphrase Clausewitz, doing the obvious can be very hard.

There may be some tricks which can be learned, but ultimately it comes down to personality, which his harder to change.

If you only do one thing, it is to review and sort all your stuff once per year (no more than once per year). Very hard the first time you do it, easier as it goes on, amazing amount of stuff can be binned and/or stored more neatly.

(Phil Dutre) Inactive Member15 Jul 2014 3:04 a.m. PST

Important issues:

Storage or transport? Does your storage system backup as a transport system, or are those by necessity independent systems? Or do you need transport at all – does everything remain in-house?

Amount of stuff? Storing 100 6mm figures is easy. Storing 10K 25mm figures is a bit harder.

Ease of access? Are you playing a game every week such that you need all your stuff on a regular basis, or do you have scenery, figures, … that will be used at most once a year or even less frequent than that?

doug redshirt15 Jul 2014 5:13 a.m. PST

But if it was organized where would the joy be when you discover that army you painted 10 years ago and forgot. Or the fact you didn't remember buying the complete Foundry Darkest Africa and Macedonia ranges back inthe 90s.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2014 6:00 a.m. PST

I think it depends on how much stuff you have and how much space you have!

Terrement Inactive Member15 Jul 2014 6:57 a.m. PST


YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2014 7:02 a.m. PST

I agree with above posters--the biggest decision you need to make is whether you want your storage to be directly transportable or not. If you want to transport large quantities of your miniatures and accessories, you need to invest in storage boxes and the like for storing your gaming supplies; if not, then you can look instead at display cases, built-in shelving, etc.

I am going with Container Store Elfa-brand shelving in my game room, but on the shelves I have my miniatures stored in steel-lined Really Useful Boxes, which are stackable and transportable. It is not as impressive for display, but it is easily accessible, transportable, yet efficient as pure storage. I am ditching the original boxes for all of my MBA and similar terrain, instead storing it loose on the shelves, but will have extra storage boxes for packing and transporting the terrain items.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2014 12:00 p.m. PST

My biggest problem has been finding the best way to store figures in a way that I can find them

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2014 4:28 a.m. PST

Label makers. I also used various colors of the Really Useful Boxes depending on type. Warhammer figures get purple, LOTR get pink, renaissance get green, ancients/medievals get clear, SYW get blue, etc.

OCD, yes.

corporalpat Inactive Member16 Jul 2014 7:48 a.m. PST

Been working on that one for 40+ years now. I'll let you know how well it works when I'm done! grin

Seriously, having a dedicated space, plenty of shelving, and consistently sized and labeled storage boxes seems to be a key. Make those clear plastic boxes and it gets even easier!

RazorMind16 Jul 2014 8:20 p.m. PST

sadly, I have to pack away stuff soon as I am going to sell my home. I looked upon all the gaming stuff I have in my back room and cried a little at the work that lays before me. My biggest fear is actually packing away the 28mm stuff because of potential breakage concerns. the 10 and 15mm should be easier. Good Luck Caribe!

Early morning writer Inactive Member18 Jul 2014 12:40 p.m. PST


I have that exact video but it cost me $25,000.00 USD and since you are the first to want to see it, just put together $35,000.00 USD and get it to me and I'll arrange a private showing just for you (though you'll have to cover your own travel and accommodation arrangements). Oh, and I'll need a few weeks to dig the sucker out of storage. And no refunds will be available if it wasn't what you were hoping for. (sorry about that last)


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