Safe & sound

Like many gamers I am always looking for safe storage solutions for my miniatures.

For years I have used expensive foam miniatures boxes. These are fantastic if you intend to put your miniatures through an airport baggage handling system or in the back of an armoured personnel carrier travelling across open fields.

This year though, I have decided to try something a little cheaper and more suited to normal handling. For some time now my companion-in-arms Charles has used a classic steel cantilever toolbox and cut magnetic sheet to stick to the bases of his figures.

So off I went and did some research. Despite the growth of the ABS plastic toolbox industry, places like Screwfix and other trade tool companies still have these robust items. I got mine for £14.99, less than the cost of a single figure from GW.

Then I went on the hunt for magnetic sheets. Quite a few hobby companies have these in various sizes, but none at a realistic price, until I came across the Magnet shop. This company sells to crafts people who like to make fridge magnets and similar gubbins. The nice thing is that they do a variety of sizes, thicknesses and shapes, and most importantly they are self-adhesive

For £3.95 I got 70, 25mm diameter, 0.85mm thick circles. They arrived in no time at all and I found that they fit perfectly on the bottom of the 2p pieces I use for bases.
I also found that they will adhere perfectly well to the bottom of 25mm slottabases. Something I had not expected as there is not a lot of plastic to stick to on the hollow bottoms of these.


The thickness of the magnetic disks means that they do not raise the figure up and are unnoticeable on the tabletop.

I have now half filled my cantilever toolbox and still have room for another hundred figures or so. It is heavy with all that lead in it, but no figures have ever fallen over in transit.

I was lucky enough a few years ago to get my hands on a metal drawer cabinet. This has ten drawers each 50mm/2″ high. When I pulled out a drawer often my miniatures would fall over or slide about. Now they are magnetised everything stays in place.

Special note: I collect 2p pieces in a jar and, when I have enough, I soak them in full-strength cola overnight. Despite the myths, this does not make them all shiny, but it does remove all the finger grease and other detritus from them. A quick rinse in warm water and they are ready for use.

You can find the magnet shop here in the UK.

I am pretty sure there must be similar companies across Europe, the USA and former British dominions.


About Craig

For those who need to know these things: - I'll never see 50 again. - I'm tall enough to see well in crowds and fat enough to leave a wake. - I'm well married to a woman with twice my smarts, three delightful and challenging children (er-hem), and one cat overlord. - I am Welsh. - I have to work for a living, but do nothing that makes me perspire.
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6 Responses to Safe & sound

  1. StiuMac says:

    They work brilliantly. Been using them for a couple of years now. I get some steel sheet paper from Magnetic Displays and stick it to the bottom of my Really Useful Boxes. I use 4 litre for most troops and 9 litre boxes if they have pikes or are poking spears and lances all over the place on horseback. I have a post on my blog about transporting vehicles too that doesn’t use magnets…

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  2. Rob says:

    Why don’t you just soak the coins in degreaser?

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