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RobSmith22 May 2017 7:35 a.m. PST

Really? The showcase article for the next several weeks will be how to put stuff in a box?!

Or better, how not to do so, since the game didn't actually fit in the box?

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

Most labels will not stick on the Sterilite box so I just use a magic marker/sharpie to write on the end what the contents are.

I use these boxes to hold terrain, trees and buildings. They are too deep for 15-28mm miniatures. For those I use collectable card storage boxes -- the 5000 card size. With the dividers, 60mm bases fit. Otherwise I do not put in the dividers.

Rich Bliss22 May 2017 8:55 a.m. PST

I'll be curious to see how your Sterilte boxes age. I gave up on them many years ago due to UV embrittlement affecting them after only 2-3 years. In contrast, my old Rubbermaid shoe boxes are still going strong (and flexible) for 30 years.

Ainsty Castings Sponsoring Member of TMP22 May 2017 12:36 p.m. PST

I buy my games in boxes where they already have a label and hey, guess what, the game actually fits inside it too! awesome!

Nuff said

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2017 6:13 p.m. PST

Depending on what you're storing have you looked at photo album boxes? I've been grabbing them from Mihaels when they have a sale. About 3-4 inches deep.

wolvermonkey22 May 2017 7:21 p.m. PST

I use quite a few of those same boxes for my games. No probs so far.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 May 2017 7:46 p.m. PST

Really? The showcase article for the next several weeks will be how to put stuff in a box?!

First article in a new series, Rob! Enjoy! evil grin evil grin evil grin

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2017 2:46 a.m. PST

I've started using those boxes for figures. They're about the right size for 28mm. Flags are always the challenge.

Goober24 May 2017 7:52 a.m. PST

I use Really Useful Boxes:


The do make very handy containers in a variety of sizes. I have even used their collapsable crates as the basis for sci-fi scenery:



czfq2b Inactive Member24 May 2017 8:20 a.m. PST

Using shelf or drawer lining can help minis not slide around if you are not using magnets. Just don't drop the box and it works great! Credit to Jacob for the idea.


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 11:15 a.m. PST

May I suggest that you be careful with drawer lining material. I have tried that in the past and figures end up sticking to it if they're in the box for very long. This is when they are stored in a horizontal position, lying on the lining.

companycmd26 May 2017 7:17 p.m. PST

Unfortunately, companies who make these things are NOTORIOUS for stopping production. Sound familiar???
here's the problem with these things:

If you have PIKE troops, these MAY NOT be tall enough for 28mm so be advised.

However, for all 1/72 trees and buildings, these are PERFECT and we have many of these but here's the rub:

NO ONE MAKES A STORAGE UNIT for the storage boxes.

Get it? Here's whats missing: a shelving unit with a front door so you can stack these these up then close the door then take the whole kitten kaboodle to a con.

Get it? Tackle boxes, shoe boxes, even boxes from Kodak (xray) film. GREAT BOXES that cannot be stacked without some kind of drawer mechanism to put then into AS IF it was a large tackle box.

Now, mind you, METAL figures are going to be a problem, but 1/72 plastics? EASY. No where NEAR as heavy. Also, guys, bear this in mind:

The stair climbing cart is heavy; the dolly you can get on the internet. Its heavy by itself but YES it goes up and down stairs because of the 3-wheel design of it. Google stair climbing hand truck dolly or cart and you'll see what i mean.


Old Wolfman01 Jun 2017 6:49 a.m. PST

Working on it.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2017 8:42 p.m. PST

I use the Editor's boxes for storing plasticard (in the hobby room) and sandpaper (in my garage).

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2017 6:17 p.m. PST

I just throw everything into the closet..


Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2017 8:51 p.m. PST

Beware, Optional Field, for that way lies madness!

VicCina Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2017 10:23 a.m. PST

I use the storage boxes for my unpainted lead and terrain. I store all of my painted miniatures in foam from Army Transport. Helps with carrying them to games.

Part time gamer24 Jun 2017 11:52 a.m. PST

I use *Plano storage boxes. Easily stack-able.
Ive used them for GW's LotR mini's. Generally the '3700' series has worked great (making extra dividers lets me store 48 per box). Thank God for 3x5 card and white glue. grin

BUT Ive learned, get The 'Exact' model number. i.e., 3700, 3710 etc. More than once Ive 'grabbed' one in a hurry, 'looked' the same but wasnt. So the dividers did not work w/ those I already owned. (more 3x5 card)

Ive had some for several yrs now, still no 'embrittlement'. But being in the S.E., I make it a point to keep them away from any window for just that reason.

For my larger (2x2 based fig) Dark Age imagi-nation armies, their model 705: 12x12x3 w/ magnetic sheet worked perfect.

davbenbak Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2017 7:28 a.m. PST

I would also add that the measurements listed on the label of Sterilite boxes are not accurate so get a ruler off the shelf of whatever store you are in and measure depth and width yourself before buying.

DeRuyter Supporting Member of TMP01 Aug 2017 9:49 a.m. PST

I used Really Useful Boxes (Staples in the US) for my 28mm Bolt Action armies. Bases either have magnetic steel or a washer so I glued a magnetic sheet on the bottom. (Actually a magnetic heating duct cover (11 x 15)).

steamingdave4730 Aug 2017 4:10 a.m. PST

Really useful boxes also do a handy insert with 15 sections, each around 6cm square. They fit the 4 litre and 9 litre boxes. I am about to transport my entire collection 500 miles and much of it is now in these boxes. I have added self adhesive steel sheet to the bottom of the compartments so my magnetic bases get some grip. Time will tell whether it has been worth the time and cost.

Golgoloth Inactive Member25 Nov 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

Late to this, sorry. But as a so-called "Showcase Piece?"

Editor doesn't like throwing things in the box a game comes in because:

"…game boxes these days are often flimsy"

Never experienced that. In fact, I think they're sturdier than ever. Caveat emptor?

"…and the box is never the right size."

Utter tosh … it must have been the right size, otherwise it wouldn't have fit in the first place?

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