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YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 8:32 a.m. PST

I have a slew of MBA resin buildings and terrain (mostly 28mm), along with resin classic Dwarven Forge pieces. We are now about to move (only across town, and I will move my gaming room MYSELF and not with movers), but when we moved into our current house I threw away all the original cardboard boxes (with styrofoam inserts), thinking we would never move again and I merely stored terrain items in the open on shelves.

I want to pack these items for moving, but also hopefully keep them that way for storage and transporting them to and from gaming sites. I purchased a number of rigid plastic tubs (small to medium sized) to pack in, but am curious what people do or recommend for wrapping the terrain items for protection. Felt? Bubble wrap? If felt, any recommendations on amount?

I am especially curious to hear from those of you who keep your terrain items stored full-time, taking them out to use then repacking them. I don't really want to pack everything like I am shipping it cross-country with United Van Lines.

Personal logo Condotta Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 9:15 a.m. PST

I endured the same situation. My solution was large, clear plastic containers with tight fitting lids. Bubble wrap keeps the models (painted/based and unpainted alike) safely enclosed. Tip:
1. Number clearly each container on all sides (alpha/numerical system),
2. Inventory each box as you load it on sheet of paper you can insert inside but visible from exterior,
3. Create digital record of inventory as well. This can be as simple as a Note on your device with list that briefly describes contents, or a more detailed spreadsheet. This allows you to efficiently locate the stored terrain.
4. Whatever your expectations are for how many containers needed, increase it by at least a third. Smaller containers, like photo storage boxes, are handy to store smaller bits and then load into larger container.

Let us know what you decide and how you get on. This is likely a common issue addressed on TMP before, so do a web search for more info.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 9:38 a.m. PST

I dismissed the idea of clear containers because I knew the buildings themselves would be wrapped and indistinguishable, but the possibility of reading the inventory sheet thru the clear plastic never occurred to me. Hmmm. I bought a few sample 17 gallon black plastic tubs, valuing strength and stack-ability. I may need to reconsider that.

Xintao23 May 2018 10:58 a.m. PST

I didn't think about the clear tubs. I have always labeled the outside of the box with a 3x5 card and packing tape. The downside is, over time, the label can come off.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

Use some of your bathroom toweling as padding. They are "free" and using them gets both to your new digs.


YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 7:34 p.m. PST

I am buying some super-cheap microfiber cleaning cloths/towels from Amazon to wrap pieces.

TheMiniatureBuildingAuthority Sponsoring Member of TMP24 May 2018 4:42 a.m. PST

After some searching, we here at Miniature Building Authority located a commercial source for 1/2 inch foam rubber sheets at a reasonable price. Some hot glue and 1/4 inch MDF dividers and we have good packing inside our plastic tubs used for show displays.

Borderguy19024 May 2018 6:14 a.m. PST

Sorta did the same thing MBA did. Cardboard and foam pieces removed from storage boxes (Econoboxes and KR Multicase) hotglued to make dividers and protection.

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