Tutorial – Form following function… storage?

This post is for those budding terrain makers out there for whom safe storage of there terrain is the most important factor (mainly here i’m thinking gaming clubs, but it also covers anyone whose storage space is limited).

The normal way of building terrain is to build big cool things, e.g. my Necromunda Terrain set for 6s2hit, and then when coming to store them scratch your head as how your going to fit this round peg into the square hole (p.s. sorry Kenny but it looks cool at least;).

The alternative, i’m gonna call the ‘club option’, is to start with the box (or shelf, cupboard, etc.) that your terrain is going to be stored in and design inside this area. Now lets take a quick sideline onto boxes, personally i’ve found that Really Useful Boxes are the best option for terrain storage as they are tough, stackable, and parallel sided (means things don’t have too much jiggle room). Particularly the 20L, 33L, 50L, 64L & 84L boxes as they have the same foot print for stacking:

Now as well going into the box the terrain also needs to not damage itself whilst in storage, so it needs to stack in such a way that the beautifully crafted surfaces aren’t grinding into each other. The simplest option is to design your terrain with a flat bottom (i.e. the base) and top so can be stacked neatly, and be of shapes that can interlock to fit within the box footprint:

However there is only a limited number of terrain styles for which such a convenient flat top/bottom structure looks good. So your other options are some sort of protective wrapping (sheet foam, kitchen towels, etc.) around the terrain when tetris packing it into the box, or building some internal structures in the box that surround & support the terrain:

So in summery when you run (or ran) a gaming club, or have limited store space for some other reason (like real life!), then its worth considering how your going to store your terrain before you start building it.

Hope this helps ;D

Nick

 

In other news i’m continuing with baby prep (/stress) by having a clearout and redesign of the hobby room. Some way still to go yet but here are some in progress pics and some terrain bits’n’bobs built from leftovers:

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About Nick

Who & Where? Me… sorry that doesn’t help! My name is Nick Brigg and i’m a gaming enthusiast in the Edinburgh area playing a variety of Wargames, Boardgames, Roleplay & LARPs on a regular basis. Currently I attend Edinburgh League of Gamers [elg] to get my weekly wargaming fix: http://elgamers.org/ What & Why? This blog is for me to share my enthusiam for the hobby, and in particular share my knowledge and experience of making wargames terrain and boards with the community. Hopefully improving the terrain which your playing on and making wargaming a prettier and more enjoyable experience.
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2 Responses to Tutorial – Form following function… storage?

  1. I have loads of these boxes :)

  2. vongutenboom says:

    All of my 6mm 15mm and 25mm Terrain are stored in Really Useful Boxes there the best! and some of my Armies are too! I drop in a cut out piece of sheet metal and put magnetized armies in, like my 15mm Greek Hoplite’s in a 9L bin they fit in nicely spears and all. and for armies that have a lot of units I just get more Really Useful boxes they stack real well.

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