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  • #169412
    Avatar photoStug
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    Hi. I have received my first 6mm GHQ armies. I already have a few of those boxes. What is the best way to store my miniatures in those boxes so they can’t move freely and break?

    #169413
    Avatar photoMike
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    Cotton wool?

    I must admit I have only ever transported models in KR Multicases.
    For storage I just pop them in regular boxes, they don’t move in storage so I just transfer to KR Multicases when I need to move them.

    #169414
    Avatar photowillz
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    Foam packing.

    #169416
    Avatar photoforlorn hope games
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    If they’re on bases you could try magnetic backing and a metal sheet.

    Let your imagination be your guide
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    #169417
    Avatar photoMr. Average
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    A self-adhesive magnet sheet across the bottom and steel bases. Or a little ND magnet in the base and a steel box bottom.

    #169446
    Avatar photoMr. Average
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    https://www.greenstuffworld.cn/en/magnetic-sheets/75-steel-rubber-sheet-for-magnetic-trays-and-crafts.html#

    That’s the product that Forlorn Hope and I are referring to I believe. You could line the bottom of your box with it and then put a little magnet on the bottom of each base to hold it nicely in place and prevent damage.

    #169449
    Avatar photoSteven Francis
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    +1 for magnetic bases. I do this with my AoS bits and it means you do not have to worry around base sizes etc. Sadly as I use coins for 6mm bases this does not work for my Epic bits but for them I just take care and use a sponge layer.

    #169462
    Avatar photo6mmwargaming
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    It does depend if you plan to base your vehicles or not. I used to but now I go with individually cut slots for my vehicles, eg

    I wrote a blog post about this here, but I use plastic A4 sized document storage boxes.

    6mm vehicle storage

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    #169463
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    I have soft(ish) foam packing which is partially cut into 1/2″ squares. Just tear to the best size match and cut if the thickness is too much. I use similar for my 15mm figures.

    #169469
    Avatar photoJonathan Gingerich
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    I like “steel paper” on bottom of the base, as it will not wear out. You can then use magnetic tape or sheet on a steel chest of drawers to keep them in place.

    #169505
    Avatar photoRuarigh
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    Like Jonathan, I put steel paper on the bottom of the base and magnetic sheet in the storage box. My 6mm figures are all stored in VHS video cases with the magnetic sheet on the bottom and a layer of foam glued to the lid. This has the advantage of making it easy to print out a cover for the case that tells me what is in it. They look very neat stored on a book shelf, in my opinion.

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    #169526
    Avatar photoStug
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    Where can I find steel paper in Canada? Never heard of that before.

    I have just found this video about another system. What do you think? Have you used it?

    #169549
    Avatar photoJonathan Gingerich
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    I bought steel paper from Rennaissance Ink years ago. You can find steel paper on the web, but it’s a little tricky as the name appears to refer to a number of products. You want a thin steel sheet with paper on each side. Needs to be magnetic. Not sure if the stainless steel versions are. (Some stainless is magnetic, some not.)

    #169550
    Avatar photoTony S
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    Even in the Great White North, Amazon comes through.

    VEELIKE 15.74″x118.11″ Silver Stainless Steel Contact Paper Rust Resistance Waterproof Removable Peel and Stick Wallpaper for Metal Surface Kitchen Cabinet Refrigerator Elevator Door https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07S2HXDMS/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_XYMVSXYC13PJBKGNSQ2Z

    #169551
    Avatar photoTony S
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    Jonathan answered first.  I was wondering about the stainless steel aspect of it, but thought that since it is intended for refrigerators, it’s probably magnetic?  Coming adhesive backed is a bonus.

    #169554
    Avatar photo6mmwargaming
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    Sometimes its called “rubber steel sheet”. Sign companies sell it much cheaper than hobby shops do, and it quite often comes in roll 600mm wide.

    My 6mm Wargaming site https://6mm.wargaming.info

    #170034
    Avatar photoJemima Fawr
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    Sometimes its called “rubber steel sheet”. Sign companies sell it much cheaper than hobby shops do, and it quite often comes in roll 600mm wide.

    Yes indeed.  DON’T buy it from wargame retailers!  My late mum was a signwriter and would buy rolls of the stuff for the same price as an A4 sheet being sold by a certain well-known wargames-related company.  She kept my entire club supplied for free, just from her off-cuts.

    Her offcuts kept me going for ten years after her death, but I eventually had to get some more and used this company, who produce a good product at a decent price: First 4 Magnets

    My wargames blog: http://www.jemimafawr.co.uk/

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