Thursday, December 14, 2017

Figure Storage Solution-Literature Mailing boxes

Recently I have had many inquires on the boxes I currently use to store my miniature collections.  As a result I decided to document it in one location so I can more easily share what I use.
Bolt Action Army in 2" box
Like many of you I have acquired a wonderful collection of "Toy Soldiers".  Once I started completing my armies in miniature I also faced the question of how will I store and transport them?
My Storage Closet-Left Side


My Storage Closet -Right Side
I went through a few phases with my various collections to include Plano style plastic boxes, various types of foam trays as well as storage cases designed specifically for miniature war gamers.   As my collection grew, I came to realize that these solutions were becoming unwieldy and in the case of foam and storage cases vary cost prohibitive.  When the cost of the foam could fund additional armies I decided to make a change.
A portion of Mark's Collection
I looked to my long time friend and gaming mentor Mark who has been in the hobby for decades.  I am not sure if Mark knows how many "Toy Soldiers" he owns or just does not want to admit it, but his sizable collection is in the tens of thousands ranging different scales and periods from Ancients through WWII.
Standard 3" box with magnetic sheet
Mark has been using a unique and very affordable method of figure storage for years.  He custom builds storage boxes in varying sizes using sturdy flat shipping boxes (Usually used for Literature) lined with magnetic sheet (similar to what is used for making magnetic signs).  Mark and the gaming crew order materials in bulk to have on hand and keep the cost even lower.   He then assembles as needed for himself and other members of the group when requested.  Actual cost per box is probably around $5 in materials, plus his labor for which I gladly pay him.
Bulk Magnetic sheet roll (Adhesive back)
The boxes can be purchased in a number of sizes depending on your collection.  I prefer to use all the same with are approx. 16" x 12" and then either 2 or 3"tall.  The boxes are all lined with a magnetic sheet (adhesive backed works best) which is ideal as all my figures are already on metal bases/washers.  Mark then goes the extra step by inserting a piece of wood in the front of the box which the box flap slides in between when closed.  This prevents the box flap from ever contacting and wearing on the figures that are safely stored inside.
Box Bottom templates used for cutting magnet sheet easily
To go a step further we have designed nice labels which make it very easy to identify the contents and look great.
Front edge of box with wood insert for box flap
As Mark's collection is very large he has even custom built shelving to the dimensions of the boxes. This way only so many boxes are stacked together.   The metal figures based on washers and metal bases can get quite heavy.  The boxes are very crush resistant, but I would not recommend stacking more than four high depending on weigh of each box to avoid any damage to the boxes on the bottom.
Assorted boxes ready for use
At this point the majority of my miniature collections are now stored this way, with the exception of those that are not based like planes and such.  I am even in the process of building boxes for my naval fleets.
Bottom of Team Yankee 6mm Box (Note inserts for shelf)
Top of Team Yankee 6mm box with shelf in place
The boxes are excellent for home storage and work very well for transporting figures although I would not suggest dropping them or turning them upside down (not that I have had experience).
28mm Vehicles and troops in 2" box
In addition to what Mark created I have come up with one additional inspiration.  Mark uses smaller size boxes for his 15mm collections.  I also have 6mm (Modern) and 10mm (ACW) forces.  Since I want to keep my boxes all the same size it seemed like a waste of space with the really small scale figures even in the 2" tall boxes.  My solution was to use a 3" box and insert a 2nd layer/tray so I can essentially store twice as many figures in one box.
ACW 10mm Bottom

ACW 10mm Top (drawer knob for easy lift out)
I did this by simply inserting 1.5" wide strips along the lower inside of the box and down the middle to support a shelf.  I used tag/matting board to cut the shelf to size and then simply attached a drawer knob to the center so I can easily lift off the top layer which snugly fits in.  All my 10mm and 6mm figs are under 1" tall, so the 1.5" height works great.  I am also in the process of doing this with my 1/2400 naval fleets as the mast are not that tall.


28mm F&IW figs in 3" box to accommodate flags
The boxes can be obtained from a number of vendors along with the bulk magnetic sheet.  I have also purchased the magnetic sheet from a local sign shop, but it was much more expensive going that route.
28mm Soviet vehicles and Cavalry in 3" box
A simple google search may be able to help you find a local retailer or online vendor.  Mark was not sure which company he ordered form last as he has ordered in bulk and they last awhile.


Here are a few links if you do decided to order in bulk to get you started (encourage you to shop around):
Boxes:
http://www.globalindustrial.com/g/packaging/boxes-cartons/CorrugatedLiterature-Bookfol/literature-mailers


Adhesive Magnetic rolls:
http://www.discountmagnet.com/categories/adhesive-magnetic-sheets/adhesive-magnet-rolls


In my opinion when compared to the cost of other solutions the cardboard boxes cannot be beat, especially if you have a sizeable collection.


Have Fun organizing your forces.



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

For Sale German DAK 28mm

German Afrika Korps-DAK 28mm


Updated: 5 December 2017


Moved these items to Ebay.  You can see my auctions here:


https://www.ebay.com/sch/filtea/m.html?item=332474691652&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562






Recently decided to go through the hobby room and thin out a few items.  Below is a list of current items for sale.  I will attempt to accurately describe each item and provide pictures here along with asking price.  If you have questions please ask.

I have a 100% seller rating on Ebay, but my intent is to avoid all the fees and keep prices down for you.   I also plan to post many of these items in multiple trade forums and will do my best to keep this post up to date as items are spoken for and sold.

Currently selling this as one large lot -$500 (includes shipping in U.S.)

Includes 55 Infantry figures (based on washers)- Black Tree Design
Tiger 1 Tank-Rubicon
Panzer II Tank-Warlord
251 Half track-Warlord
Pak 40 Gun with Crew-BTD
Medium Mortar with Crew-BTD
Motorcycle Squad (5 bikes 9 men)-BTD
Storage Box

4 Infantry Squads
Pioneer Squad
LT Team
Officer/Artillery Observer Team
Extra Figs (NCOs, FTx3, MMG, SMG)
Entire DAK Army in Box

Tiger 1-Rubicon


Panzer II-Warlord


251 Half track-Warlord


PAK 40 with 4 Crew-BTD


Medium Mortar with Crew

Motorcycle Squad-BTD

Squad 1-BTD

Squad 2-BTD

Squad 3-BTD

SMG Squad-BTD

Pioneer Squad-BTD

Officer Team-BTD 
Extra Figs (FTx3, LMG, SMG, NCOx2)-BTD


This is the one of several German forces I own for Bolt Action and Chain of Command.  We planned to do a North Africa Campaign that did not materialize.  Has not seen the gaming table in some time, so figured someone else can get some use possibly in time for X-mas.

Infantry and Motor bikes were pro-painted.  Pretty much selling at cost to fund other hobby projects.  Great looking starter army ready to play.

A few ground rules:

1) PayPal friend is preferred payment method. (If you prefer to use good and services then PayPal fees will be added)

2) Postage at actual cost and preferred method is USPS Priority mail. Most items will fit in a small ($7.15) or medium ($13.60) priority mail box.  Will entertain other options and do my best to keep shipping cost as low as possible.  Does not apply to this sale as it includes shipping in U.S.

3) Insurance to be paid by purchaser, if desired.  Not responsible for lost items.

4) Please ask questions before agreeing to purchase.

5) I place purchasers in order when they contact me.



Thanks for Looking!

For Sale: 28mm Bolt Action British 8th Army

8th Army 28mm


Updated: 5 December 2017


Moved these items to Ebay.  You can see my auctions here:


https://www.ebay.com/sch/filtea/m.html?item=332474691652&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESELX%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562


Recently decided to go through the hobby room and thin out a few items.  Below is a list of current items for sale.  I will attempt to accurately describe each item and provide pictures here along with asking price.  If you have questions please ask.

I have a 100% seller rating on Ebay, but my intent is to avoid all the fees and keep prices down for you.   I also plan to post many of these items in multiple trade forums and will do my best to keep this post up to date as items are spoken for and sold.

Currently selling this as one large lot -$400 (includes shipping in U.S.)

Includes 68 Infantry figures (based on washers)- Perry and Black Tree Design
Honey Stuart Tank-Company B
Indian Pattern Scout Car-Company B
Daimler Armored Scout car
Converted Jeep with Warlord Crew
Storage Box (Lined with Magnetic Sheet)

5  Infantry Squads
SAS Squad
2x 1LT Team
Officer/Artillery Observer Team
MMG Team
AT Rifle Team


Majority of figures are Perry and Black Tree Design, Not sure on the MMG and AT Team


Entire 8th Army in Box

Honey Stuart-Company B


Armored Car-Warlord

Indian Pattern Scout car-Company B


Match Box Conversion with Warlord Crew


Squad 1-Perry

Squad 2-Perry

Squad 3 -Perry

Squad 4-BTD

Squad 5-BTD

SAS-Perry

MMG and AT Rifle

Officer and Arty Observer Teams-Perry

Officer Team-BTD

Details
This is the only British force I own for Bolt Action and Chain of Command.  We planned to do a North Africa Campaign that did not materialize.  Has not seen the gaming table in some time, so figured someone else can get some use possibly in time for X-mas.

A few ground rules:

1) PayPal friend is preferred payment method. (If you prefer to use good and services then PayPal fees will be added)

2) Postage at actual cost and preferred method is USPS Priority mail. Most items will fit in a small ($7.15) or medium ($13.60) priority mail box.  Will entertain other options and do my best to keep shipping cost as low as possible.  Does not apply to this sale as it includes shipping in U.S.

3) Insurance to be paid by purchaser, if desired.  Not responsible for lost items.

4) Please ask questions before agreeing to purchase.

5) I place purchasers in order when they contact me.

Thanks for Looking!