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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Dec 2018 4:13 p.m. PST

Do you make use of the material used in commercial packaging for your miniature wargaming?

John Armatys25 Dec 2018 4:20 p.m. PST


Plastic from blister packs makes good helicopter rotors, and the fibre packing from printer cartridges is useful for mountains.

Cyrus the Great25 Dec 2018 4:42 p.m. PST

Yes, a lot of it makes interesting buildings.

Winston Smith25 Dec 2018 5:01 p.m. PST

Particularly if I'm in a selling off eBay phase.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 5:09 p.m. PST

Sometimes. Almost everything could be used--but when would I find the time, and where would I put it?

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 5:33 p.m. PST

Some. I always save the little foam squares that Foundry used to put in there packs.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 5:34 p.m. PST

Reuse. Repurpose. Recycle.

epturner Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 6:08 p.m. PST



nnascati Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 6:50 p.m. PST

Yes, you never know what can be used.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 7:00 p.m. PST



BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 7:54 p.m. PST

Yes, but any packing materials I save are to ship out customer orders.

RudyNelson25 Dec 2018 8:28 p.m. PST

No, I have about two large garbage cans of it each week. Takes up too much space to store.

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 9:19 p.m. PST

Often. You know the square part of a blister pack can be cut out and used to hold water for painting. Other packaging items have been painted and used as scenery.


Allen57 Supporting Member of TMP25 Dec 2018 9:22 p.m. PST


nevinsrip25 Dec 2018 10:25 p.m. PST

I used to, but then I found that it was taking up way too much space. I keep a few small boxes and a bankers box full of packing peanuts on hand. The rest goes in the recycling

Chuckaroobob25 Dec 2018 11:40 p.m. PST

Yes, sometimes. Not as often as a couple years ago.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 2:41 a.m. PST

Some, most gets thrown in recycling bin.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 4:31 a.m. PST


21eRegt26 Dec 2018 4:48 a.m. PST

Yes. Some to repurpose, some for my own packing.

Sgt Slag26 Dec 2018 6:22 a.m. PST


khanscom26 Dec 2018 7:37 a.m. PST

I've used some blister packs for creating bunkers and pillboxes for my 15mm WWII Italians.

For Necromunda-- large chunks of styrofoam, spackled and painted, for corridor walls; large diameter cardboard tubes for a variety of toxic waste tanks; some .22LR ammo boxes come with perforated plastic panels that make perfect overhead walkways.

Legion 426 Dec 2018 8:27 a.m. PST

Yep …

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 10:47 a.m. PST

Generally I do, but certainly not all packing material that passes through.

Lazyworker Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 11:18 a.m. PST

If I can think of a good use, yes. Most often its just using the plastic half of blisters as disposable mixing containers.

Grumble8710626 Dec 2018 12:43 p.m. PST

Sometimes. I keep more junk than I ever use. Some of it does furnish containers for mixing paint, etc. and for soaking decals.

My longest-lasting conversions: a couple of portion cups made into pillboxes and many flat clear plastic bits cut up to make artillery templates. Sometimes I even get around to labeling the templates specifically for certain scenarios, with gun type/caliber, Dedicated or General Support, etc. Makes the Artillery Phase of the game move that much faster.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 3:33 p.m. PST

Not in over 20 years. But between 1987 and 1997-ish I used to get very excited any time I saw large pieces of white Styrofoam in someone's trash.

Since GW didn't have many (any?) buildings during this period, foam packing insulation was my main source of building material.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP26 Dec 2018 9:44 p.m. PST

WAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY too much. Just ask my wife.

But I am responding to your THREAD TITLE QUESTION -- which was about "SALVAGING" packing materials, as opposed to actually USING them. I do actually use them from time to time, but mostly I just… salvage them.

Grumble8710627 Dec 2018 11:50 a.m. PST

My wife actually brings me stuff and asks, "Can you use this?" The woman is pure gold. (And sometimes I actually say, "No, I don't think I can use that.")

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