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Cacique Caribe29 Dec 2006 9:48 p.m. PST

Look at these interlocking deep (3") drawer organizers and tell me what you see:


Just add a door, spray with textured paint (optional) and they are ready to prime and paint.


Cacique Caribe29 Dec 2006 9:52 p.m. PST

Here are three different sizes with the same height:


Mardaddy29 Dec 2006 11:22 p.m. PST

I used three 4"x3" (2" deep) of these for buildings in a campaign scenario about a year ago, I had forgotten about them… used the textured paint, the whole bit – they do the trick VERY well.

Delthos29 Dec 2006 11:33 p.m. PST

Then when you are finished gaming you can turn them over and put your minis in them and store them on a shelf!

Jay Arnold30 Dec 2006 7:18 a.m. PST

I'm exploring using plastic Gerber baby food tubs for instant pre-fab buildings.

The stage 1 containers (2 oz.) look good as 15mm storage containers and the stage 2 (3 oz.) look good as habitat modules.

Hundvig Fezian30 Dec 2006 7:37 a.m. PST

Handy and cheap. They (the organizers, not the Gerber stuff) available through any chain stores, or only online?

Cacique Caribe30 Dec 2006 10:34 a.m. PST


I got mine at Lowes's and Home Depot (hardware stores), in the organizers and container sections.

I think that at the store they are sold in variety packs of 10 for about $3 USD (you might find other uses for the 3 or 4 large ones in the pack – maybe as drawer organizers?).


Cacique Caribe30 Dec 2006 10:36 a.m. PST

Small plastic bins like these might also work (if turned upside down, of course):


Also found at the local hardware store.


Cacique Caribe30 Dec 2006 11:59 a.m. PST

For you folks in the UK, I am sure these bins can be found in smaller quantities:



Hundvig Fezian30 Dec 2006 12:30 p.m. PST

Off to Home Depot, then…

Space Monkey30 Dec 2006 12:31 p.m. PST

For a REALLY big building you could use one of these… (upside down of course):


Cacique Caribe30 Dec 2006 12:41 p.m. PST


LOL. But only if you want a leaning tower of (half-eaten) pizza!!!


Space Monkey30 Dec 2006 4:44 p.m. PST

Well… you'd want to find a 'newish' one…

Detailed Casting Products30 Dec 2006 4:55 p.m. PST

Yeah CC, I've looked over those spacesaver drawer inserts at my local home improvement store and made mental notes to myself for future use of them, but as yet haven't bought any. Yup, just add a door and some exterior piping and fiddly bits, and you're 'there'.

wolvermonkey30 Dec 2006 6:20 p.m. PST

Alot of the blister packs from toys and such work well too with just alittle paint and trim.

Angel Barracks31 Dec 2006 4:08 a.m. PST

bionicle lids are good for futuristic sci-fi domed buildings.



Rattlehead31 Dec 2006 9:27 a.m. PST

Hey, we had our silverware in some of those trays!

They WOULD make nice Sci-Fi buildings, come to think of it. However, they "interlock" so that they stay together and this is done with a sort of lip on one side of the tray. I'd have to trim that off to use them.

That said, be sure to check local dollar stores for these. They're rather cheap items and should be available there. In fact, it's probably where we got ours!

Eli Arndt31 Dec 2006 10:39 a.m. PST

Other things I have or have seen used -

Styrofoam "Igloo" coolers. The cheap disposable kinds. they come in all manner of sizes and even have neat butressing on them. Good for hardened buildings.

I have also seen plastic electrical junction boxes used as well. These are neat and can be picked up for cheap at your local hardware warehouse store.

I have made whole office complexes for 1/300 gaming with the packaging that comes in cellphone boxes.


Cacique Caribe31 Dec 2006 10:55 a.m. PST


How tall are those lids?


Cacique Caribe31 Dec 2006 5:06 p.m. PST


Could these be used as hallways?


Flip this one over and you have an interesting building, with a place to cut a door (if you wish):



Thornhammer31 Dec 2006 6:47 p.m. PST

I picked up a 10-pack of organizers very similar to the ones from the original post – they're the same thing (with two sets of four ridges on two sides), but in different sizes. Package was nine bucks. There are five small ones (that would make good bunkers), four long ones (barracks or other such buildings) and one big one. Got 'em at Lowes.

The only real prep work they need is to snip the interlocking lip bit, otherwise they won't sit flush on the ground. I took a pair of snips and went to work – I did all five of the small ones and one long one before my hand cramped up.

Good stuff.


Covert Walrus01 Jan 2007 5:15 p.m. PST

I have said before, I like the look of upside down and lined silverware baskets from dishwashers; They look like arcologies with lots aof windows, and come in a variety of shapes form differing manufacturers.

Still, these are also great ideas and would make a city in 6mm look great.

Zenwired04 Jan 2007 8:32 a.m. PST

Could these be used as hallways?

Sure… but why would you want to? Heck, at that price, I would rather make my own drawer organizers, much less buy them to make terrain.

Pay close attention to point #5. thumbs up


Chupacabras04 Jan 2007 3:51 p.m. PST

I use these. Lowe's also has them in 4-packs for $3:


Cacique Caribe07 Jan 2007 8:20 a.m. PST

For a more Utopian look, here is Goldwyrm's thread:

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