We all know where a general keeps his armies*, but where do you keep yours?

My 6mm Heroics and Ros ECW armies lived in a Cadbury's chocolate fingers tin. Handy, but useless. Probably explains why the pikes looked like over cooked spaghetti.

As my 15mm Napoleonics armies grew to silly numbers, storage became an issue. At the time Sally 4th came up with their Warchests boxes and lids.

Warchests are laser cut MDF boxes which come in kit form. You'll need PVA glue and some elastic bands to assemble them. Easy to assemble, but for some reason I find the 52mm boxes the most tricky, often falling apart during that awkward act of putting the elastic bands on (to hold them together whilst the glue sets).

They now come in a number of variations (clear panel, pre-coloured, different sizes, magnetic bases etc). Mine are the basic ones: I use 35mm height boxes for casualty markers and foot figures; 52mm for cavalry, dragoons and artillery; and 70mm for foot regiments that have pikes.

A smart and simple solution to figure storage. Recommended.

They seem to be taking over!
 As I seem to have got rather a lot of them (43, with another 7 in the pipeline), finding the right box was getting a bit tricky. So I have colour coded the boxes - blue dots are Covenanters, orange - Parliament, red - Royalists, green - Army of Montrose, purple - Irish Confederates, white - villagers and clubmen. Each box is also labelled, a clear Avery label. I used my usual chapbook italic font, allowed the ink to dry for 24 hours before a quick spray of Army Painter anti-shine varnish.

Should the Covenanters be next to Frith's Regimental History of Cromwell's Army?

*if you really are wondering, he keeps them up his sleevies. But you could have asked any five year old for the punchline...

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