... a promised photo essay on how I cheaply organise, store and move my bits to share and prompt others into sharing and suggesting their own solutions or better .
I live in the country so when I go a-visiting it's a pretty serious logistical exercise. And I / we like playing relatively big games at the rare opportunities we can get together... so less time mucking about means more time playing and drinking beer afterwards.
At the discount-stores (here in Aus think "Crazy Clarks" etc etc) you can find these "underbed rollerboxes" pretty cheap.
;ie cheap plastic, stackable, transparent storage boxes with wheels underneath that are designed to be rolled under a bedspace ...
these will hold three A4 -sized boxes ..I originally started using A4-sized boxes because I could pick up old printer-paper boxes for free from the local Office supplies and photocopier supermarket. Now I use Australia-Post A4 sized packing boxes which are cheap to buy in bulk and fold out flat when I want to access fiddly terrain pieces inside. See the middle box with these AusPost boxes and the rear rollerbox with cut-down printer-paper boxes I started using .
At the front box you'll see that four takeaway containers also takes up a teeny bit more of a footprint than an A4 area , and if you find the smaller 500ml size they are just high enough for most 15mm figures ...so you can stack them about 3-4 high. That's 12-16 containers in an A4 foorprint. I make little floors out of scrap cardboard and sometimes add a magnetised floor for some takeaway containers that contain breakable items (eg helicopter models) . There is an Aussie mortar platoon in this one .
I also use these transparent plastic "organiser" boxes with 12x compartments that will juuust accept 3x standard battlefront bases (5x3cm). although they fit much better if you shave just a little of the shorter sides of a 5x3cm base. A whole Company fits into two of these.
and I tend to store the figures and models separate to the terrain pieces,
For taller figures model you find deeper versions of these organiser boxes ...here's one I use and have cut away the internal walls to make the figures easier to get to. ..there's magnetic floor in this one too, to keep things from moving around.
for smaller scale stuff (eg. 6mm) I can fit a shedload of terrain/scenery into one of these rollerboxes ...I only need two to travel.
but I have two boxes of "generic scenery" that will do for any scale ...mostly consisting of different coloured textiles/felts/plastic sheet/turf , hills (the bread-and-butter type) , and bags of lichen , smoke etc etc ..anything you will need for most table setups at the 'base-layer'.
If you're into foot-square terrain boards these will fit in these rollerboxes too. I use terrain boards only for DBA games where they are part of how it's done in this game.. All I need for a DBA game (boards/figures/rules etc) except beer will fit in one of these.
My old solution I used for 6mm stuff was these 'tackleboxes' of various sizes in plastic... 6mm stuff packs/organised very well into these because you don't need much height ,...and there is room for a few takeaway containers in the bottom of these. Note in this one ; I've put two giant lead sinkers at the very front to act as a counter-weight for when the thing is open and you take all the stuff out of the bottom.
If these tip ***-up ..it destroys your careful organisation.
I hope this has been useful and thought provoking .
Note my use of cheapest everyday items and how I've managed to find a way to fit these together. Magnetic flooring that can be moved around is really useful... to avoid having to magnetise everything which could be expensive.
I also find the turf matting really useful for terrain boxes because I can use it as padding, or to sandwich layers of flatter items such as fortifications etc etc . most of the A4 boxes of terrain (except forests) are packed two or three "layers" deep.
... How do other people here solve this problem. ?