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Re: An on-going problem of successful acquisition and mass
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 11:56:32 AM »
Ed, what can I say but, my problems seem petty in comparison... ::)

I do now know what to say if my wife ever complains about my hobby.

Mind you, you have done what I always dreamed of, namely have my own little museum which was always met with a half amused bitter look.

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Re: An on-going problem of successful acquisition and mass
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 07:20:41 AM »

You are fortunate, Mark. As well as thousands of unpainted and half-painted figures, I have to find room for dozens of boxed dioramas, most of them around 60 cm in width. We bought the house next door and knocked through.


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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2018, 01:47:21 PM »
Curious about some clever ideas around a problem most of us have – storage of unpainted figures.
In my own case I have what I felt was a semi-efficient system:

Unpainted figures are slipped into artist art board – similar to cardboard but, with foam in the middle;

  • Sets are grouped and stored together;

 I then store them in metal mesh four drawer file drawers;

  • This has been interesting as they look great and stack well but, are a bit unsteady.  (They have tried to kill me twice with part of a stack falling on me and raining flats);
  • They no longer manufacture these so I have out-run my ability to neatly store these.  (One answer is to quit acquiring stock or alternatively paint more than I purchase but, sadly neither has worked out);

 Finally I have the issue of documentation and background material. 
I keep a very efficient file system using file manila file folders;
  • Digital background is kept in a large free form program called Growly Notes – Mac program, Windows alternative is Microsoft OneNote  – which allows me to store pictures, data and notes together;
  • I generally keep things by Editor – by set with a variety of background material.  (Part of my enjoyment of flats is the research relevant to a set.); 
This all sounds pretty efficient as I write it but, sheer mass has made it a bit unwieldly.  Also as I tend to paint what is interesting at the time I tend to start many sets, half finish them and then revisit them at a later date.  This means that figures tend to be orphaned from a storage perspective.
So curious as to working alternatives to such problems or am I the most organized member in this bunch?  (That would be seriously disturbing were it so…).
In a nutshell how do others store and track their figures and documentation?

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