Figure storage does create interesting situations. Several years ago, I bought a Chessex box for my Vikings. It held 80 figures and life was wonderful. But, my Viking army grew, so I bought another box. Then another. Then one more. And I told myself this would be a good place to stop. Apparently, I wasn’t listening, because a fifth box became necessary. There, I held the line. This was partially accomplished by moving Not Strictly Viking figures, like the monks and livestock to another box. The Welsh and Saxons I bought to fight the Vikings soon got their own boxes, and that helped, too.
In the meantime, other newly painted figures, mostly Colonials, were spreading across the chest of drawers (all the drawers already filled with figures and other wargaming paraphernalia), so I bought a box for the 1898 Spanish. Oh, Joy! Oh, Bliss! There was room on the chest of drawers. Better yet, there was room in the box for a third unit of Spanish! They are now waiting to be painted. At Christmas, I ordered a box for my 1898 Americans to clear more room. Somehow, it came with more Vikings. After much mental anguish, the Vikings got the box, filling about half of it. In February, I ran a Viking game at Genghis Con, and it was so nice to move the figures needed for the game into two boxes, and put the extra figures in the new box, so I didn’t get confused when it came time to set up. I’m thinking maybe a spares box like this would be a great purchase, because the new box, which was half full in February is now creeping up to three-quarters full, and I’ve got my eye on some standard bearers and berserks.
In the meantime, I find I’m starting to define my requirements for new armies in terms of how many Chessex boxes I would need. Welsh? If I stop at 16 more figures, I’ll have the box pretty much full. Saxons? I’d planned on three more packs, but two will fill the box, so two just came in the mail. Thinking about doing the Sepoy Mutiny. Will they all fit in two boxes, one for British and the other for Sepoys? What about WWII? Hmmm. Platoons have 40 figures or so, so it might hold two, but what about company command and heavy weapons?
Labeling the boxes has been interesting. I started out with the uninspired “Vikings.” This was followed by “Son of Vikings,” then “Return of Vikings,” "Revenge of the Vikings," and “Bride of Vikings (which held the civilians and the shield maidens and other odd things).” The box I bought at Christmas is “Last of the Vikings,” as a sort of reminder. I hope.
In the meantime, I find I have a new problem: Where do I put the Chessex boxes? The closet is full of wargaming things. Most of the Colonials are in cigar boxes. Should I replace them with Chessex boxes? Should I try to tough it out? My kid will complete his degree next May at the latest. Maybe he’ll move out, creating more space. Perhaps my wife will find somebody else to handle the costuming for her theatre group, and all those clothes will leave. Between the two of them, that would give me back what we planned on using as my gaming room when we bought the house. If all else fails, retirement, and maybe a move to a new town, is only about six years away.
Or maybe I could sell something off (ROTFL).
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