Storage for miniatures is often over looked, but what you need to consider in choosing the right storage solution is where do you game and how do you get there.
If you game at home, than book selves, cabinets or draws, but if you game away from your home, than one of the solutions listed below could be the answer.
Flat bottom boxes are very popular with wargamers who travel to their games by car, because if the miniatures are based up in groups (know as elements), they have low central of gravity.
Miniatures which are more likely to bounce around in a box, then magnetic tape on the bottom of the base of the miniature will secure them into a box lined with steal paper or ferrous tape (or a metal tool box).
Some miniatures are better stored in foam lined boxes, like the larger and heavier miniatures or those on flight stands (Foam is available from most High Street Drapers’ shops).
Also there is a commercial storage system of MDF boxes with inlays which hold each miniatures base separately.
Popular types of boxes
- Box Files (with the lever and spring removed)
- Plastic boxes design for keeping copy paper dust free
- Metal tool boxes
- Plastic screw and bits boxes
- MDF boxes
Foam Lined Cases
The use of foam is popular with people who travel on public transport to get thier group. There are a number of manufactures who make bags, backpacks and cases to protect miniatures while in transit.
Rare Earth Magnets are not as popular as a storage solution, but they can be used with metal tool boxes or with 2nd magnet stuck in a box. Some gamers mount aircraft models on to flight stands using magnets, so why than use a magnet in a box to store the model aircraft (Keep Rare Earth Magnets away from children and animals, they can be dangerous).
Foam Board is popular with board gamers to make trays to hold board games parts (including plastic miniatures) in game boxes. There are many posts about Foam Board on BGG.
Other Types of Storage
Many gamers have come up with a system which suits their needs. For example, a piece of foam in bottom of a board game box with holes cut out to hold the plastic miniatures for the game. Egg cartons are also useful for in box storage, as can be seen below.