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Ok, I don't want to sound like I'm bragging or anything, but I'm running into an odd situation here, and I was hoping you guys could help.
Due to my location (the mountains of Colorado) I'm fairly isolated from any cities, and all the gaming stores. This has brought about me creating and running my gaming club. And it has also brought about a massive amount of terrain. I've got somewhere around 7-8 tables, ranging from your basic green mat with trees, to fully painted and layed out city tables with loads of different buildings/peices. I've got it all covered from Jungle terrain to Chaos worlds.
This brings me to my problem. I need to downsize the amount of space the terain takes up.
This has already resulted in the destruction (and rebuilding) of many of my larger terrain peices (for the jungle table, i killed off a good sized landing pad and a rather massive chemical facility and turned them into small clumps of trees). And I sent 2 of the more store-able tables to a friends house (the Chaos table and the Jungle table - both have smaller terrain features and the tables are either foldable or easy to store). And I took the fully detailed terrain table (lots of hills and permanent stuff on it) home to where it will never see a game again (except on the very rare occasion that someone comes over to my place). So the table issue is currently under control, there's 3 at the shop (and 2 4x4's as well), 2 at one friends house and 1 at mine.
Unfortunately, I have the terrain bug pretty bad, and I'm constantly making new peices for every table (from small clumps of trees to full sized forts). So every time I reduce the amount of stuff I have, it builds back up again. Heck, I just went on a terrain splurge and kitted out a winter forest table.
I have the space for the stuff at the moment, but, I need a way to store it better. It's currently rather spread out all over the place, and it makes everything look like a mess. I've embarked upon a quest to get it all properly stored away in 2 weeks time (insane, I know).
And I was wondering if anyone out there had any ideas on proper terrain storage. Or good recommendations on how to spread my "wealth" better among my local gaming community.(no, I wont ship it off to someone either, so don't ask, I'm possesive like that, sorry). Also, the rest of my club, being younger and all, can't take any of it home with them. So I'm out there too.
So, what do you do when the terrain starts to out-grow the tables?
P.S. I'm planning 2 new tables for next year. One's a desert table (it's the only kind we don't have) and I'm re-designing the city-fight table (just the table mind you, not the terrain for it).
just make the terrain movable. Thats what i do. I have about 7-8 hill and about 60-70 trees and they all fit on a shelf. You can then just flip the board the table is on its side, and Viola! you have a nice easy compact storage system
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No no. You're getting me wrong.
I'm saying when it's beyond that. The amount of terrain exceeds shelfs or anything like that. I'm talking boxes of terrain. Boxes and boxes of it. Large tupperware sized things that could fit a human body sizes here. I'm well past "put it on a shelf" there ain't no more shelf space left.
All my tables can be stored under a bed, or leaned away or rolled up. Were talking about massive amounts of terrain.
I can lay out a 4x8 table of nothing but ruins, and an army won't have LOS for 12" in any given direction.
I can do a 4x6 forest in trees of my choosing: evergreens - check, Broadleaf - check, Jungle - check. And that's before I add in other features. Baricades, bunkers, buildings - Ork, Tau, Human, Chaos: you pick.
Line Of Sight is an "option" on my tables: do you want to "see" your enemy or would you rather "hunt" your enemy.
I've got terrain everywhere. I'm asking how can I better control/contain it all? Or is there a better way to "spread" it throughout the gaming community?
Sorry if I was confusing you.
If we could see some pictures we might be able to help you some. Not to mention see your handywork.
If your experience means that you have skills and if you weren't so posesive (i'm not trying to nag) then you could make alot of monies selling it... But like you said you don't want to sell it.
that's all I have for ideas right now.
See if you could sell some of it somewhere.Do you happen to know if there is any gaming stores(if at all up there and are close to you)?You could donate some to them or something.The terrain bug huh?Thats a hard one to stop.
Just say no to terrain untill you have enough ROOM to start up again.Start selling some of it to your club members.Or if you can't stop making it,have people give you a general idea of what they want and build it for them(A cost of course included :w00t: )
Ugh sounds like you already have it figured out. The big tupperware tubs or whatever. I'd dedicate one closet in your house, take out all the selves, label the tubs by terrain type and start filling the tubs up and start stacking. When game day comes around, take out the tubs you need, set your boards then when the weekend/day/whatever is done throw the stuff back in the tubs and stack em again in your closet. Or dedicate a room in your house/store/whatever. The house I recently bought had a room that was a bedroom, but it was quite small for any decent bedroom IMO, so I stuck a computer desk, and a small work table, and a 4x6 gaming table. The room is pretty cramped, but moving around the table is possible. Oh and I have a closest that could be used to stack your tubs. Not to mention it would be easy as sin to put up some super easy/ugly selves on the walls, and possible to lean other boards against one.. Anyway I think your over thinking your situation. If you have that much terrain, I honestly think it's time to throw some stuff out, unless you constantly run like 7 table game days or something. If thats the case, get more tubs and closets....or ugh your garage with tubs would work too. Gameday go take the tubs you need bring em inside etc etc.
Or if there's a model RR club around they could always use terrain.
I think you should store some of it at MY house. Assuming you don't mind the drive.
Seriously, If it's a bunch of styrofoam stuff that's pretty durable you can hang hammocks in your basement and put all of the stuff in there. I've used this method for storing other bulky things like sails and old stuffed toy collections. But you'd have to make sure your terrain was VERY DURABLE.
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Ok, I seem to be getting 2 things from this:
1. People want to see some pics. Look here
That's a basic example. I don't really have time to lay it all out and take one big pic today. Maybe I'll try it on Sunday.
2. No one here runs a club.
Consider my situation something akin to a GW store - At a GW store, they constantly make new terrain for upcoming events. They have it stuffed under tables, in back rooms on shelves....it's everywhere. Unlike them though, I don't have the luxury of having people/hobby stores near me (by "near" we're talking about at least 50 miles, it is that isolated). So the terrain, can't be given away without taking an hour-and-a-half trip somewhere.
I've tried the following before without success:
1. giving the terrain to other players not in my region - I've offered it to people at tournaments, free. They always seem to get suspicous for some reason.
2. Giving it to other game stores or hobby stores - They're suffering from the same problems I am. The GW store is having a hard time giving away old terrain.
3. Giving it to current club members - No go. The younger players parents don't want it and the older players don't have room for it.
I'll consider looking in to putting some of it on ebay I guess. I'm not really that confident about my work, though the GW store says I'm pretty good. And I'm kind of attached to it, we've played alot of games and had some good times with it.
Maybe I'm just suffering from pack-rat syndrome, and should learn the meaning of "out with the old and in with the new".
so you would be willing to part with a chunck of it? I could talk to my game club's owner/managers and bet bac kt oyou, they may pay a small price for it unless you name a price. Like I said I'll get back to you about that.
I hope that will help. Plus we don't have much city fight or much of any terrain there...