A question popped up on the Two Hour Wargames forum recently where someone asked about figure storage solutions which allowed quick access to figures.
So, I decided to do a quick post on how I store my finished figures. Note, the unpainted lead pile of shame & terrain pieces are not covered in this post – we all know what a shoe box looks like.
Whenever I travel to play a game, I use one or more of these four cases. You’re probably familiar with them, they come in all sizes and colors (of course I would have a pink one!). Inside they have foam trays to protect the miniatures.
While these cases are great for transporting figures and storage, they are a bit of a hassle if you have to dig through them to find specific miniatures. Plus, some sizes and case material can be expensive.
Sterilite Stationary Cabinet
For quick access to figures I use a lot, I have some Sterilite 3-Drawer Stationary Cabinets I picked up at Wal-Mart or Target. I use one to actually store stationary: paper, card stock, printer cartridges, etc. Seems like they cost around $5 or $6 bucks.
It’s best to place a piece of paper or cloth on the bottom to keep the figures from sliding around when you open and shut the drawers. The only way I could see traveling with one of these would be to use a magnetic basing system with magnets & “paper steel”.
The Humble Egg
Several months ago, Jeremy of Black Magic Craft had a situation where he wasn’t able to produce an episode for his channel, so he reached out to fellow crafters & painters to each give one quick tip. Brent of Goobertown Hobbies had the most brilliant idea for inexpensive figure storage – egg cartons! They are the right size for most 28mm miniatures, they’re stackable & give some protection to the miniature. You can color code them & put labels on them. I think they will be the go to storage solution for my small WWII collection.
I hope this quick post has been useful. Let me know how you store your miniatures. Don’t be embarrassed, for years I used shoe boxes. How many of you stored Space Marines in a box that had Feragamo or Prada printed on the lid?
Here’s the video where I first saw the egg carton solution: