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Grimwell
10-09-2008, 12:10 PM
Simple question right? Where do you store your miniatures when you are not using them?

I've got me a fancy house with a library and a garage area, but no perfect spot for the mini's. I can place some of the finest mini's that I have out in the library as they are display quality cool -- but I have many more than I can display (or would want to).

I'm looking for your solutions on lower cost ways to store miniatures without putting them so far out of reach that I can't get them easy on game day.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
10-09-2008, 12:41 PM
For the commons, i just have them in a box, usually devided by category in plastic bags. Now for my collectibles(defined as pro-painted), i have them separated individually and in a protective case. Yeah, i know, extremes.

Grimwell
10-09-2008, 01:17 PM
Good extremes though. I never thought of just throwing the plastics in a bag and writing "Orcs" on the side of it.

Webhead
10-09-2008, 01:56 PM
I use cheap Gladware containers. You can get stacks of them at Wal-Mart for little cash, they stack nicely and are durable. You can line them with felt material or a small wash cloth if you don't want them rattling around. Granted, all my miniatures are the "foldable cardstock" variety, but they take up almost as much space when constructed as plastic or metal minis.

Mead
10-09-2008, 05:43 PM
Had a friend who owned a game store for a while about 10 years ago, he gave me some GW cases for helping him move his inventory. Bought another one recently, but if I was going to store long-term or non-mobile storage I'd use this (which I've posted elsewhere):

massive mini storage, holds approx 3000 minis

http://www.veseys.com/us/en/store/tools/indoorseed/squareplugtray

plus

http://www.sterilite.com/Category.html?Section=Storage&ProductCategory=150#

128 cell tray and #1948 tub, will fit three trays on a layer, looks like you can get 8-9 layers in it. Might have to trim the trays down a little for the lower layers.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
10-09-2008, 05:54 PM
A great place to buy miniature cases are from WFB stores. Usually, one can be found in every mall... at least out here on the left coast.

Addendum: I believe the stores i mentioned above are called Games Workshop, or something to that effect.

mrken
10-09-2008, 08:51 PM
A couple of the shelves I make serve my purposes well. They keep the minis handy and on display. http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c365/mrkenis/IMG_3088.jpg
http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c365/mrkenis/IMG_3089.jpg

Skunkape
10-10-2008, 07:08 AM
I have a tackle bag that you place modular tackle boxes in. The bag comes with 8 boxes in it that stack one on top of the other and allow me to store all man-size and smaller size figures and some large size figures. For the bigger minis, huge and up, I've got a cardboard box that I keep them in for the moment.

I'll have to get a link to the bag when I get a chance and post it, but the bag is at home and I'm at work so I can't look it up because don't even remember what brand it is!:lol:

I really want to get some plastic storage boxes and use carpet/furniture foam for padding but haven't started making that system yet.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
10-10-2008, 08:54 AM
I've seen alot of players/DM's use tackle boxes. Seems to be the most popular in my experience.

Webhead
10-10-2008, 09:35 AM
I've seen alot of players/DM's use tackle boxes. Seems to be the most popular in my experience.

They do seem virtually designed for minis. I recall using one years ago to store dice and glass stones, but I have no idea where it disappeared to.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
10-10-2008, 10:14 AM
They do seem virtually designed for minis. I recall using one years ago to store dice and glass stones, but I have no idea where it disappeared to.
Yep. You put the commons in bags at the base and your good ones in the individual slots that open up when opening up the lid. Makes sense to me. They're inexpensive, and very protective of your prized miniature collection.

DeathByDM
10-10-2008, 11:32 AM
I travel with my minis alot so a tackle box/bag has worked well for me. I have one that I bought at walmart a few months ago. It has plenty of space inside for 4 plastic separated cases, my 3 core books, and a box for my larger minis. It also has nice compartments on the side for notebooks, pens/pencils/markers, maps,and dice bags.

I used to use a duffel bag and this is so much better. It has a nice shoulder strap which helps because with everything in it it's quite heavy. If I ever bought one again, however, I might look for one with wheels.

Malkcntent
10-13-2008, 07:42 PM
GW miniature cases work great but can be pricey. The 'Army Transport' brand of cases also rock with foam that can be custom cut to fit your models. They're also a bit pricey. Gun cases can be cheap and work well.

tesral
10-14-2008, 10:53 AM
Good extremes though. I never thought of just throwing the plastics in a bag and writing "Orcs" on the side of it.

Exactly what I do. Plastic pre-painted get tossed in a big plastic box divided into zip-lock bags and have"Orcs" (or whatever) written on them.

Pewter get plastic boxes with layers of foam to keep them safe. Each in its own little cell.

Both seem the common solution.

Thriondel Half-Elven
10-14-2008, 10:58 AM
I kind of just throw all mine in shoe boxes. Though all i have are the pre-painted (i do repaint them) dnd and SW minis. but i DO seperate them between SW and dnd

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
10-14-2008, 11:29 AM
I kind of just throw all mine in shoe boxes. Though all i have are the pre-painted (i do repaint them) dnd and SW minis. but i DO seperate them between SW and dnd
Shoe boxes are a nice idea. You can lable them accordingly and they stack nice and neat(if youre lucky enough to have many shoeboxes full of items), for easy access. Nice idea.

Chi
11-18-2008, 04:08 PM
I kind of just throw all mine in shoe boxes. Though all i have are the pre-painted (i do repaint them) dnd and SW minis. but i DO seperate them between SW and dnd
We had them like this up until a few night ago. Someone threw out half an entertainment center, we took it and mounted it to the wall and walla we have a spot for all the mini's!!

MinipainterUS
11-30-2008, 10:45 AM
I have been using cases from http://www.charonproductions.com/ for about 5 years now. The one I use for most of my mini transport holds a 200 - 300 minis in its current tray configuration. Specifically, I am using http://charonproductions.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=3_27&products_id=54 this one. I haul minis to about 9 conventions a year in this, and have not had any major damage in transport yet.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
11-30-2008, 12:47 PM
I have been using cases from http://www.charonproductions.com/ for about 5 years now. The one I use for most of my mini transport holds a 200 - 300 minis in its current tray configuration. Specifically, I am using http://charonproductions.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=3_27&products_id=54 this one. I haul minis to about 9 conventions a year in this, and have not had any major damage in transport yet.
Good stuff. I saved the links. Thanks for posting.