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Mike Petro05 Apr 2020 7:26 a.m. PST

My Napoleonic 10mm collection is nowhere to be found. Mostly professionally painted to a very high standard. Had French, Spanish, and British in a 1:20 setup. Was absolutely gorgeous.Probably $2,000 USD and alot of painting time to replace.

Ugh! I feel sick.

138SquadronRAF Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 7:52 a.m. PST

So sorry to hear about this. I wish you luck finding them.

Hamilton05 Apr 2020 8:30 a.m. PST

I hope you find them in a mislabeled box. Think of it as an incentive to completely unpack everything!

JMcCarroll05 Apr 2020 8:35 a.m. PST

Don't give up! After moving 29 years ago I found my missing troops 6 years ago in a box mislabeled. Joy and pain as I had re-bought, painted and based most of them.

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 9:11 a.m. PST

Yes. I had 700 painted 25mm minis stolen in a house move. In December 1994 I packed up to move overseas and some stuff went to storage, which included the minis. Other stuff came with me. In 1998 I moved back to London and had all my stored stuff redelivered. The minis were missing. I think they were stolen by the removal company staff, given to the kids for Christmas and trodden into the carpet.

I was heartbroken and 22 years later I still am.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 9:21 a.m. PST

Never had any stolen but over the course of moves have misplaced some – good news, pretty much always found them

We moved in the summer and I did misplace some Foundy SYW Prussian infantry that I was going to use to finish off some units, notably the Legion Britanique – hopefully will find them soon. On the plus side I found a 54mm French fusilier officer that I had forgotten about and I just finished to join the other "big boys" on a presentation shelf in the living room

genew4905 Apr 2020 9:35 a.m. PST

When I moved in 1997 I could not find my box with a company of painted Almark british troops and airfix vehicles and guns. After several months of looking I gave up. In 2005
after a brief hiatus from wargaming (8 years) I discovered AB
WW2 and started anew. Now I had to find that box and I did …in early 2006.

Dagwood05 Apr 2020 9:48 a.m. PST

You don't have to move to lose troops. Today I found a particular figure I had been looking for for the last six months …..

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 10:57 a.m. PST

I usually find them right after I bought replacements.

Don Manser05 Apr 2020 11:16 a.m. PST

Never miniatures but board games for sure. Had a plastic storage bin with both opened and shrink wrapped copies of Dune, Magic Realm, mint ASL modules and a Dark Tower game that still worked perfectly that never made it to the new house during the last move. Upsetting for sure but there are much worse things that can happen in the course of a lifetime.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 12:00 p.m. PST

A footlocker full of painted 5mm SYW figures--possibly lost in the disruption when my father died and my mother went into a nursing home. Coming up on six years now, and I don't really expect them to resurface. Worse things happen, and have happened. But the annoyance is considerable.

Brian Smaller05 Apr 2020 12:22 p.m. PST

When we moved to the Woolshed ten years ago We hired a mover to move our house lot. Except for my minis. I packed everything into my station wagon so that there was just room for me to sit and drive. I didn't trust them with anyone.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 12:52 p.m. PST

I lost my Han Solo action figure when we moved in 1980. I had just seen Empire Strikes Back and I had frozen him in a plastic cup in the storage freezer. I think he got tossed. ☹️

Old Paul05 Apr 2020 1:54 p.m. PST

Yep, just happened on a move from Colorado to Alabama. Looks like we (probably should read I) left at least one good sized box in Denver--I feel your pain!

Timbo W05 Apr 2020 2:49 p.m. PST

Four east european manufactured WW2 British training glider plastic kits, that were perfect because to scale gliders are generally too big for most games. Think I bought the kits for 50p each in a pound shop in the mid 80s. No idea where they went. I searched the loft at my parents house before it was sold but no luck.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP05 Apr 2020 3:07 p.m. PST

Twice I moved that it happened

Once from overseas back to US and ended up leaving several boxes of figures behind – not sure how

and once in college – mostly old boardgames

Lesson learned

FusilierDan05 Apr 2020 3:18 p.m. PST

I couldn't find my Watchful Studio figures for some time. I pulled all my gaming stuff out and put it all back with no luck. Then about two months after all that I came upon a red box in a pile of random Christmas wrapping supplies and there they were. Merry Second Christmas to me. I also lost to Plastic knights from the Perrys. I have two extra horses now, I went through the trash in detail but didn't see them.

I hope you find them maybe they're just in a different part of the house.

Mike Petro05 Apr 2020 3:50 p.m. PST

Misery loves company :) thanks for sharing guys, actually made me feel a little better.

jwebster05 Apr 2020 4:58 p.m. PST

Well, I could blame the movers, but …

In 1996 I moved from England to the US. Going through my stuff, I had to be ruthless about what I would take – shipping gets expensive.

I couldn't imagine that I would want anything to do with wargaming, so it all went to the tip ….


Syrinx005 Apr 2020 5:13 p.m. PST

A recent move? Have you tried contacting the new home owners? My Dad kept an all metal Lionel train set for years before we were allowed to play with it waiting for the previous owners to contact him.

Mike Petro05 Apr 2020 7:13 p.m. PST

We still own the home. It's totally empty. It may be in a mislabeled box, as some folks have admitted to above. Hope I open my wife's Christmas decorations and whalaa! That would be a great Christmas.

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2020 4:21 a.m. PST

If you had others pack up for you and stuff went to storage, it's probably been stolen, unfortunately. It's the perfect theft – you don't know it's gone till it doesn't come back from storage years later, and at that point, who will know who the individuals who moved you were?

Murvihill06 Apr 2020 4:49 a.m. PST

I have the opposite story: There is a shelf unit in our garage that my car faces and on the top shelf was a large box left over from our move. Every time I pulled into the garage I looked at that box and thought "I should take that down and find out what's in it." We never found our iron after the move, maybe it's in there? After 12 years of wondering and feeling guilty for not performing such a simple task I finally took the box down to see what was in it. It was empty.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Apr 2020 11:01 a.m. PST

I misplace them all of the time without even leaving the house.

Garde de Paris06 Apr 2020 1:14 p.m. PST

I have lost many figures to weather conditions. I lived in a house with a basement for 18 years, and while way on consulting work, we had an all-night, near-freezing rain, that pulled the rain gutter away from the house, and let the water run down the entire front to the foundation. Wife called next day to note 3 inches of water throughout the basement.

My scattered 1947-1952 Britains 54mm warriors (I had sold all my redcoats when I was in college for $.50 USD each, after paying $.25 USD, so most of the best were already gone); Authenticast 54mm collections; and Authenticast 15mm WWII Russian, German and US Infantry all contracted the lead disease. I could never resist painting these troops, so their value was limited, none in original boxes (what a horrible thing to do to a young boy interested in marching his troops around!). Just sentimental loss. I bought my first Britains in 1947 when I was 11.

I lived in Texas for 12 of the past 17 years, and had a nice storage room inside, not air conditioned, but opened into the air conditioned house. Unfortunately, mama closed the door during a 102 degree heat spell, and most of my Roco Minitanks became warped, twisted wrecks!


pbishop1207 Apr 2020 8:23 p.m. PST

I moved back and forth between the UK and US a couple times while in the USAF. Never a problem with the figures. Since coming out back in '89 however, I pack and load them up in my own vehicle if making a move. Some of my figures are very old now, so no way in west hell is anyone but me moving the lot. My wife can run along side the SUV on the freeway

Robert le Diable08 Apr 2020 5:16 a.m. PST

Careful! That kind of joke – traditional enough in form – could have unfortunate consequences nowadays if the wrong people were to read it. Including Mrs. Bishop…..

I unaccountably lost one old Minifigs 25mm about a year ago, the (unpainted) Personality Figure of Napoleon's servant Roustan. Probably abandoned the Emperor again.

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