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05 Feb 2018 7:11 a.m. PST
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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Feb 2018 7:10 a.m. PST

On a scale of 1 (terrible) to 10 (awesome), how would you rate your organization skills when it comes to miniature wargaming?

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 7:18 a.m. PST

Absolutely not. I'm a 0.

RudyNelson05 Feb 2018 7:26 a.m. PST

2, better in games than miniatures

lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 7:29 a.m. PST

What is this organization thingy?

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 7:32 a.m. PST



Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 7:32 a.m. PST

Less than others and more than many😜

Monkey Hanger Fezian05 Feb 2018 7:48 a.m. PST

7 – All my stuff is sorted into boxes and drawers – not fully labelled but have a rough idea where things are…..


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 7:55 a.m. PST


jefritrout05 Feb 2018 7:59 a.m. PST

Normally about a 6, but since TreeGirl has taken over much of man cave with her projects, I'm down to a 3.

TMPWargamerabbit05 Feb 2018 8:04 a.m. PST

Solid nine….. If I didn't then my mind brain would revolt, declare independence, and move to another skull for better habitat.

All miniatures, either painted or raw metal/plastic, are filed into strong storage boxes, each box clearly labelled , and each sub compartment within boxes labelled for the unit. System designed for young gamers to properly return miniatures back to their storage box compartment without assistance. Books / rules shelved by era in separate library room. Paints and art material storage in drawers or in color sequence order on paint table. Spare lighting available when painting. TV nearby for background encouragement if needed (dvd/vhs, or cable).

Keeps me sane……

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 8:09 a.m. PST

At best a 5, that might be generous.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 8:11 a.m. PST


roving bandit Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 8:13 a.m. PST

1 maybe a 2 at best. Most everything is together with like items. But they are scattered about the house.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 8:16 a.m. PST

7 to 8.

Private Matter05 Feb 2018 8:17 a.m. PST

Organized? Me? Hahahahaha, that's funny.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 8:24 a.m. PST

Maybe a 2.

The Beast Rampant05 Feb 2018 8:39 a.m. PST


21eRegt05 Feb 2018 8:40 a.m. PST

9. Professionally a former school librarian.

rmaker05 Feb 2018 8:52 a.m. PST

6-7 normally, but still sorting out from the move, so maybe 4.

Doug MSC Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 8:53 a.m. PST


Neal Smith Inactive Member05 Feb 2018 9:08 a.m. PST

Running Games – 9
Organization of hobby stuff (before Summer 2017) – 4
Organization of hobby stuff (since Summer 2017) – 7

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 9:11 a.m. PST

Running games: 7
Organization of stuff used frequently (like for games I run): 7
Organization of painting and modelling equipment and supplies: 8
Organization of other stuff: 4. OK, 3.5. 3, then.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 9:20 a.m. PST


Everything is in a box with a label. The label accurately describes the contents. This includes finished armies, WIP and raw lead.

Games are very organized with custom QRS sheets, detailed rosters, well thought out scenarios where possible.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 9:27 a.m. PST

A solid 3. I know where most things are but for someone else to come in it mostly a mess.

General Kirchner05 Feb 2018 9:29 a.m. PST

up until 3 months ago, a 5-6.

i have gone through all my minis, purged about half, sold off cases, thrown away a half dozen terrain "projects".

sold off all space sci fi stuff
sold off 90% fantasy (have a box of halflings and a box of dwarves that have survived the purge, and they are trying to be quiet in the corner to escape attention)
clipped bits off of 5 boxes of sprues that i wanted and threw away the rest.
labeled all of them in bags or small containers.
purged all dried out old paints, that i kept saying i was going to try and revive.
Down to 4 historical periods, one of which may still go and one that is very small adn they are all neatly organized.

right now i feel very organized, solid 8, but we will see if i can resist traditional habits.

PzGeneral05 Feb 2018 9:37 a.m. PST

1…2 at the tops…

advocate05 Feb 2018 9:37 a.m. PST


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 9:38 a.m. PST


Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 9:42 a.m. PST

3-4, 90% of the time. After a game is played, 1… Takes a while to get them sorted, and back on their proper trays. Need more storage space to organize. Game room is shared with the wife, who has her own crafting hobbies. She is probably a 6-7, with her stuff; she'd be an 8-9 if we didn't have to share space -- I'd still be where I am at, without her stuff in the mix.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 9:46 a.m. PST

7 overall ,everything is in boxes ,by period,,books are on there shelf,6hen take off points for my cluttered painting table and a corner w/ piled up ,I;m saving these things for something…

wrgmr105 Feb 2018 9:54 a.m. PST

5 space is my problem, I have to sell to make space for new. Right now it really is a sell period, but I don't want to part with anything.
Given a larger space probably an 8.

M1Fanboy05 Feb 2018 10:19 a.m. PST

Somewhere between a 0 and a 4 methinks…

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 10:41 a.m. PST

Not sure of the number, but it is preceded by a
minus sign…

Palewarrior05 Feb 2018 10:56 a.m. PST

3-4 maybe??
I can usually tell where a particular mini is, to within a range of six foot. Then it's box opening time ;)

p.s. my current game room is 8x6'…

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member05 Feb 2018 11:05 a.m. PST

My minis, terrain, tools and paint would be an 8+.

My books and reference library is another story. I know where most stuff is or close to where it is but is not organized. It would be a 3 (on a good day).

tigrifsgt05 Feb 2018 11:49 a.m. PST


Rich Bliss05 Feb 2018 1:15 p.m. PST

All modesty aside, 9-10. Especially when running at a con.

Striker05 Feb 2018 1:35 p.m. PST


Redcurrant05 Feb 2018 2:13 p.m. PST

9 – every army has its own allocated space, and is labelled. I even have a map so that I can keep track of them

I am sure I have some form of OCD.

Legion 405 Feb 2018 2:45 p.m. PST

9 … sometimes …

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 5:10 p.m. PST

Armies, 8

Books, 9

Workshop and paint, 2

14Bore05 Feb 2018 5:27 p.m. PST

I am on top of my collection, could use more boxes but have had a plan where its going for a few years.

altfritz05 Feb 2018 6:30 p.m. PST

I've narrowed the periods I do down to two: pre-gunpowder and post-gunpowder.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP05 Feb 2018 6:52 p.m. PST

Scenarios, games, stats – 10
Minis and Terrain storage – 5 (aspiring to better)
Planning projects – -2 (and I like it that way)

Axebreaker06 Feb 2018 2:54 a.m. PST

Roughly a 6 or 7.


Cavcmdr06 Feb 2018 7:45 a.m. PST

I am amazed you chaps can put a number on it.

I admit to having "wargaming stuff" in four different rooms of a small bungalow. I presume I'm in negative equity.

goragrad06 Feb 2018 12:00 p.m. PST

Maybe a 5.

I have spreadsheets with most everything cataloged. And most of the minis segregated in boxes and organizers.

But still have to dig around a bit occasionally to find the figures to complete a project and a couple of figure have been hiding out for some time.

Stew art Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2018 12:43 p.m. PST

solid 10, because I would think that I am awesome.

I will only focus on 1 or 2 projects at a time and complete one before I start another one. Projects get done, and armies grow. I do miniatures and terrain.

All my game stuff is stored and I know where it is.

When I start a project / genre I will plan how to store it.

KSmyth06 Feb 2018 3:34 p.m. PST

7-8. Figures painted and unpainted have a place. My paint, brushes and assorted gear, if not exactly tidy, also have a place.

I'm pretty good, but every once in a while I lose track of something. Usually I hunt down the missing but occasionally it disappears. I have lots of stuff.

Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP09 Feb 2018 2:39 a.m. PST

My answer is-- I strongly desire to and intend to be so when I have time. So after retirement, I hope it will help keep me out from under the feet of my wife.

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