Scent of a Gamer

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Making possibilities visible

This is a straight follow on from last week-end’s musing over whether the pile is one of shame or of possibility. I enjoyed the conversation and posts this generated. Later I went to the local discount store to pick up a number of ‘storage solution’ items (plastic boxes to me and you).

An hour later I went back again because I had underestimated the number of boxes I would need! Here’s the current pile:

Previously my bits and forgotten projects were in boxes like the old cardboard citadel miniatures box at the top of the pile. I have sometimes rustled through those boxes, but model parts, bases, and even whole models get lost in them quite easily.

Taking everything out and putting into its own visible spot took time. I’m not all the way through yet, but I have already found a few gems:

I should never be short of a large drum. Also I picked up some wings for a long-forgotten conversion idea. Also a random collection of metal weapons for Necromunda gangers.

That’s more horses than I knew I had, plus shields and random metal models. That classic devil model in the middle square on the right will definitely be joining my next tray of models!

For me this exercise has been fun, and while it’s not over yet I think it will help. For too long these pieces have stayed hidden inside old boxes. The new trays and boxes will keep them visible. I’m sure there has been more than one occasion where I have wished I knew where a bit was, but finding them in a massive pile is unlikely.

Ultimately I will pull the complete models out, since they aren’t exactly ‘bits’, but for now they can remain where I can see them.

11 comments on “Making possibilities visible

  1. John@justneedsvarnish
    June 27, 2020

    Very organised, Dave! 🙂

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    • davekay
      June 27, 2020

      Thanks John, hopefully I start using these bits a lot more after this!

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  2. maenoferren22
    June 28, 2020

    Well organised sir, I should really do something similar.

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  3. Bookstooge
    June 28, 2020

    Organization is the key. Have you thought about labeling each box so you can know what’s in it without having to open it?

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    • davekay
      June 28, 2020

      I did consider it, and that might be phase 2 – further sorting so all the fantasy goes in one box, all the historical bits in another, and so on.

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  4. Pete S/ SP
    June 28, 2020

    Great stuff. Nothing like a good organisational system getting up and running.

    Cheers

    Pete.

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  5. Azazel
    June 28, 2020

    A useful idea! I do a similar thing using tubs and these 8-compartment cases from Bunnings so I could see what was in the former cardboard boxes and model boxes.

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    • davekay
      June 28, 2020

      Yes, there’s a Reject Shop very close to me so I went there rather than Bunnings. It makes a big difference to be able to see these things and have them sorted.

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      • Azazel
        June 28, 2020

        Yep, I’m close to a Bunnings, so that works for me. Same idea, though 🙂

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