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21 Mar 2016 6:15 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Univertsal Wargames Storage System " to "Universal Wargames Storage System "

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Anton Ryzbak21 Mar 2016 3:35 p.m. PST

I have finally broken down and decided to re-organize my toy collection. Everything will be repackaged into standard-sized boxes and clearly labelled. I'm making new terrain designed to fit into the standard box.

Take a look if you wish link

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Mar 2016 3:53 p.m. PST

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I keep all my armies in standard size boxes in two sizes. They are either 12 x 18" for larger armies (WW2, Napoleonics, Vikings) or 9 x 12 for smaller armies (DBA, Skirmish forces). And I make labels for the boxes (I'm behind and have a bunch to make) that describe scale and army. I try to make them look nice.

haven't done the same for terrain yet. Too much variety but I have about half of it in boxes as well. The rest is loose in tubs, bins and on shelves…

Personal logo Kaiju Doug Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2016 5:34 p.m. PST

I think that is the ultimate goal of every war gamer, organization. Recently I acquired the miniatures collections of two of our deceased club members, and the honor (duty) of hosting our weekly game nights. With the addition of these figures to the club, the number of troops is staggering, so I have started using 12x12 pizza boxes bought in packages of 50 at a time. I'm on my second package now and still have many to do. The old method used was plastic shoe boxes, pencil boxes and Tupperware, none of which kept the troops from harm. I have found that you can stand up 100+ 28mm figs in one 12x12 pizza box. So far it works well.
Some of my games I keep in copy paper boxes, complete with dice, rules, terrain and anything else needed to run the game. It makes packing for conventions a snap. I have a home grown game called Iron Fleet that fits in a tackle box and easily transports to any venue.
I don't think we can ever be totally ship shape. But knowing where those 28mm Vikings are can really relieve the stress a week before the con!

Syrinx021 Mar 2016 6:22 p.m. PST

We have been buying a lot of boxes from Uline for our club storage. For my traveling ancient armies I have bought a few RUB to store the figures on movement trays. My pulp collection is in KR card cases and the WHFB and 40K armies have the old GW plastic cases I bought years ago. Standardization eludes me.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2016 8:24 a.m. PST

I have been using universal wargames storage system for many years. For figures I have cut the boxes down to 2, 3 or 4 inches in height. Then like SYR I NX0, I started using Uline. boxes. 12" x 18" white boxes with folding tops with ear flaps. These come in two, three and 4 inch depths. Then I discovered sports card boxes that hold 3000 cards. If you put the inserts into them they are exactly 60 mm wide holding many DBA armies in five rows. I do not always use the inserts, instead make cardboard sections with metal strips such that they can be lifted out with groups of troops on them. I can get six rows of 60millimeter wide bases that way. So I have some standardization: individually based 28 mm figures and 15 mm DBA bases in Uline boxes and 25 mm DBA armies in sports card box. You can get the latter from eBay Monster card boxes in sets of 25 for $80. USD

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