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08 Nov 2017 5:32 p.m. PST
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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 7:44 p.m. PST

How do you store your miniatures when not in use?

(a) Plastic storage bins
(b) Tool boxes
(c) Shelving units (metal or wood)
(d) Storage cabinets (with doors)
(e) Shoe boxes (cardboard)
(f) Glass cases
(g) ________________ (something else: please describe)

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut07 Mar 2017 7:51 p.m. PST

Over the years, all of the above.

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 7:52 p.m. PST

Plastic bags?

TMPWargamerabbit07 Mar 2017 7:53 p.m. PST

Cut down apple boxes with cardboard unit dividers and double layer on bottom of box. Fully labelled and unit identity clearly marked on vertical box wall and under unit. Each miniature stand has the same treatment of unit identity markings too.

Rottcodd Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 7:59 p.m. PST

Standard sized cardboard shipping boxes, 12x18x4.
Someday, when I have my gaming room, bookshelves with glass doors!

cavcrazy07 Mar 2017 8:01 p.m. PST

Wooden wine boxes

The Beast Rampant07 Mar 2017 8:07 p.m. PST

I have lots of plastic Chessex cases (though I haven't bought a new one in years).

Lots of smallish Plano-style boxes (especially the $2 USD ones from Hobby Lobby).

Lots of 15mm and 6mm forces are in their own customized cigar boxes.

I have a lot in glass cases, but most have their own box otherwise.

90% of my unpainted lead are in the back wall of the garage in above-mentioned Hobby Lobby boxes, baggies within plastic shoe boxes, or small GW lidded boxes (mostly Man-O-War).

Rich Bliss07 Mar 2017 8:15 p.m. PST

Rubbermaid Plastic Shoe boxes. The thick walled ones you can't get anymore. They hold my individually based 28's. Magnetic strip on the bottom of the boxes, figures on washers.

Ornament boxes for my Volley and Bayonet Stands. Most purchased cheap in after Christmas close-out sales

My 15's are in Apple boxes (Computer company, not fruit)

My 20mm WWII collection are in Lands' End soap boxes. One tank per section. People always wonder why my Panzer III's smell so nice.

Bill Rosser Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 8:24 p.m. PST

clear boxes on bookshelves

Disco Joe Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 8:28 p.m. PST

A. Plastic storage boxes.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 8:31 p.m. PST

Metal pigeon hole cabinet with 10 x 15 x 4 drawers

For shipping boxes about the same size with toasted non sugar cereal

To take to a game plastic closed photo album holders

For organization plano type plastic boxes

Wulfgar07 Mar 2017 8:48 p.m. PST

I have a couple of three-tiered bento boxes for my Japanese armies of the Sengoku Jidai era, which look similar to these:


And a set of wooden boxes like these for my Dark Age armies:


I have a tiny sci-fi collection which is unpainted. I'm open to cool thematic ideas for storing that one.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 8:54 p.m. PST

Sterilite 3 drawer thingies.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 9:03 p.m. PST

About 200 Sterilite underbed storage boxes, and about 50 of their large rectangular boxes.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog

Berzerker7307 Mar 2017 9:24 p.m. PST

Sterilite 3 drawer thingies as well

goragrad07 Mar 2017 9:25 p.m. PST

Small Husky (discontinued – now Plano)plastic organizers for the based that fit (bought 2 cases when Home Depot put them on clearance at 3 organizers for $5 USD). For taller elements the $5.50 USD plastic organizers from Wally World.

For the really tall elements boot boxes for now.

Unpainted in bags in miscellaneous boxes or organizers depending on the state of their progress.

Down the road looking at more plastic, one of the articles on lead rot recommended against wood (although not sure how a good coat of varnish would affect that).

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP07 Mar 2017 10:50 p.m. PST

C filled with lots of Sterilite A

grenadier corporal07 Mar 2017 11:30 p.m. PST

In bonbonieres (boxes for bonbons = chocolate candies, roughly 30 x 16 cm) from "Hofbauer", a Viennese based producer.
No, I didn't eat all of the sweets in them …
There are labels outside of the units inside.
How come? A story too long to tell here.

Martin Rapier07 Mar 2017 11:36 p.m. PST

A4 boxfiles lined with steel paper and magnetic strip on the figure bases.

steamingdave4708 Mar 2017 12:53 a.m. PST

Mainly in Bisley metal filing cabinets with small trays for 18 mm and below. Larger scales are in small metal filing cabinets with 6 trays, from Ikea. The drawers are just deep enough for a 28 mm ECW pikeman with pike upright All models have magnetic bases and the filing drawers have labels listing contents. I have lots of those moisture absoring bags in each drawer. 20 mm WW2 vehicles, 1/600 ships etc are in glass fronted cabinets. Stopped using sealed plastic boxes after the dreaded " lead rot" destroyed half of my 15mm Minifigs Russian artillery crews and limbers.
The metal filing trays are great as most of my games are away from home, with up to 80 mile round trips. I bung a couple of trays in an Ikea bag and figures travel safely, held in place by the magnetic bases.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 4:22 a.m. PST

Mostly plastic storage boxes. I do have a metal drawer cabinet that has most of my 15mm DBA armies in it.

vtsaogames08 Mar 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

Shoe boxes, migrating to plastic shoe boxes, all stored on wooden shelves.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 5:06 a.m. PST

Mostly plano boxes, a few chessex cases and some cigar boxes.

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 5:36 a.m. PST

Plastic boxes, in storage cabinets.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 5:47 a.m. PST

a, b, and now e – cardboard boxes (though now shoe boxes) that I collected at my former job. I have magnetic sheets on the bottom of the boxes and mount my figs (28mm) on washers.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

No glass cases but all of the others most are now in

Foam lined carrying cases or plastic drawer sets as photo.


Weasel08 Mar 2017 6:51 a.m. PST

Some on shelves, a lot in various ill-fitted boxes.

Larry R Inactive Member08 Mar 2017 8:39 a.m. PST

Mostly shelves but I have to get more organized, especially now that son is cranking out ships and taking up space!

John Treadaway Inactive Member08 Mar 2017 9:41 a.m. PST

Those I haven't got on display in glass caninets (Ikea)…

G - in the KR cases I buy for them

John T

wrgmr108 Mar 2017 9:53 a.m. PST

A) Rubbermaid mostly with a few Sterilite drawer types.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 11:08 a.m. PST

In Really Useful Boxes or Sterlite boxes on metal shelving units I bought at Costco.

Timbo W08 Mar 2017 12:58 p.m. PST

Cut-down cardboard boxes that A4 printer paper comes in. The cutoff bits are used to make dividers.

Some wooden stacking boxes from Homebase

Random selection of cardboard boxes that looked about the right size at the time, generally held in those sturdy cardboard fruit boxes you can get at the supermarket

Though the A4 files boxes look like a good plan.

These currently live in metal shelving units, but in the past have inhabited chests of draws, plastic bins, wardrobes, under the bed, on top of wardrobes and underneath desks.

Oberlindes Sol LIC08 Mar 2017 1:31 p.m. PST

Most of my stuff is 25mm.

Finished work is mostly in plastic boxes (Plano-type and small Really Useful Boxes(tm)), which in turn are in plastic shoe boxes and/or large plastic storage bins. This stuff is pretty much ready to take to a game day or convention.

My oldest figures, dating back to the late 1970s, are individually stored in plastic 35mm film canisters, which are in cardboard boxes that previously held high quality 8.5 x 11 stationery.

The film canisters fit perfectly in those boxes. I was happy to have stumbled on this arrangement. Also, I could easily afford the free film canisters that camera shops would throw away, and the free paper boxes that offices were going to throw away.

Plants, rocks, ruins, and similar terrain bits are in plastic shoe boxes, as are most vehicles. Larger vehicles are in plastic storage bins.

Work in process tends to be in various plastic and cardboard boxes, which are then kept in banker's boxes. Some parts of the lead mountain are still in their original packaging and kept in banker's boxes.

My ancient Roco collection is all in cigar boxes in a banker's box. In those days, all I could afford was free cigar boxes. Nowadays, cigar boxes cost more than plastic storage boxes!

Spaceships are in old Doskocil handgun cases.

Rules and play aids are in redwell pouches in banker's boxes (just like office files in transit).

dayglowill08 Mar 2017 2:14 p.m. PST

I prefer plastic boxes, specifically "Really Useful Boxes" in 4 and 9 litre sizes, as these have the same footprint and stack together. I don't have enough of these, so other minis are stored in a mixture of sturdy cardboard boxes, biscuit tins and, for unpainted minis, the boxes they came in.

mckrok08 Mar 2017 5:24 p.m. PST

Micro armor goes in tank traps/Panzer keepers. Most of the other figures in cake pans. I magnetize the bases to stick to the cake pan.


Ewan Hoosami Inactive Member08 Mar 2017 6:15 p.m. PST

(A )inside (D) Plastic storage boxes with adjustable compartments. I have used the same brand for years and have hundreds. Each time i go to the Bunnings hardware store for something I always grab one or two more. My wife calls it the Bunnings Tax. It always costs her $10 USD more every visit. They are stored in cupboards and on shelves with Dymo labels on the ends to display the contents. It all looks pretty OCD.

Personal logo Toy Soldier Green Supporting Member of TMP08 Mar 2017 7:14 p.m. PST

Jewelry plastic boxes for $2 USD from Hobby Lobby. Cardboard photo storage boxes from Hobby Lobby for $5. USD And have recently bought a wooden box from HL with the intent of painting and decorating it for a 1/72 Undead Army.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2017 7:49 p.m. PST

Used to be g (Fedex boxes ) now a/e plastic shoebox size bins.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Mar 2017 3:31 p.m. PST

Some on shelves, a lot in various ill-fitted boxes.

Yes, this.

Where's Waldo?

… and a bit of that …

SWMBO lets this in the people space!

Oberlindes Sol LIC17 Mar 2017 4:50 p.m. PST

@etotheipi: I feel your pain, but I am still envious.

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