Storing and Transporting your Troops,rule book and gaming accessories to and fro from a gaming event effectively is always a issue for wargamers no matter what scale miniatures you game in .
My solution the humble plastic utility storage drawer system for offices.
|Plastic drawer container purchase at Office works for about AUD 16 dollars.|
|Image showing the drawers.|
|Once the all the drawers are removed you can choose to leave the spurs of plastic intact or cut them off, I chose to cut them off because I wanted to be able to remove the drawers.|
|Locate a large empty can of cooking oil, I found this on the side of the road near a restaurant.|
|Use a sharp instrument such as a chisel with the help of a hammer make a indentation in at the top of the can this will act as a point for the insertion your tin snips.|
|Wearing gloves carefully cut the metal and remove the top portion of the tin.( I took off my gloves just for the photo but did use the gloves pictured in the background)|
|Next cut down till you reach the end of the base, as you reach the lower portion of the base start angling the cutters so that you can cut off the bottom base portion of the container.|
|Measure the inner portion of the drawer and transfer the measurements onto the metal sheets using a sharp instrument or permanent marker.|
|Cut out the sheets with tin snips.|
|Round off the pointed edges and lightly sand the top surface of the metal sheet in preparation to receive the spray paint later.|
|Clear Silicon was placed on the base of the drawer, the metal sheet placed on top and allowed to set.|
|Drill 6 holes into the metal and out thru the plastic drawer, use a drill bit to match the rivet size.|
|Using a Rivet gun with suitable rivet.|
|Use the rivet gun to secure the rivet in place.|
|Image showing the firmly in-bedded rivet.|
|The large bottom drawer of the container had to be leveled using 2 pieces of 3mm MDF.|
|MDF pieces glued in place.|
|All the surfaces where sprayed with Rustoleum primer paint you can also coat them with a light coat of clear Matt vanish.|
|Completed storage container.|
You can choose different colours for different armies.
|Position your miniatures on the foam as desired.|
|Lift the base of the model and poke a hole using a sharp pointed instrument in the middle, where the base was located.|
|Use a drill with a matching drill bit just larger that the base of your figures and start cutting the holes in the foam board using the guide holes to locate the tip of the drill bit.|
|Completed circular holes for the troopers|
|Use box cutters to cut out the square and hex shapes into the foam board.|
And lightly sandpaper the edges of the holes.
|Foam core board glued to the metal base.|
I used red paint to help identify the different elements within the Platoon.
|1st tray: Clearly visible are the 3 different Sections , PIAT, 2" mtr and Senior Leaders.|
|Second tray: The support options include extra Section,Section of infantry in fox holes,PIAT team, 2"mtr, Vickers Machine gun, 2 Snipers, Adjutant, Medic, FO, JOP markers,Demo team, wire cutting team,Mine detecting team and Flamethrower team.|
|3rd Tray: More support options, 2 Bren carriers, Halftrack,Stuart tank, jeep , different Turrets for Churchill tanks and flame thrower trailter for the Churchill croc.|
|4th Tray: Which is the deepest drawer houses all the tanks and some gaming tools.|
|the tilting of the tray shows how the tanks adhere to the metal base on the tray, to achieve this I placed magnets on the base of the vehicles, this stops the vehicles crashing into each other when the container is being transported.|
|Using a hobby drill( match the drill bit size to the earth magnet that will be used) to create 4 holes on the underside of the tracks make sure to create the hole in a thick portion of the plastic.|
|Place super glue into each hole|
|Place the magnets into the prepared the holes.|
|Then place the vehicle onto a metal sheet and allow time to for the glue to set, this ensures that all the magnets will be at the right level so that each magnet grips on the metal.|
|Currently I am into Scenario 2 of Chain of Command Operation Martlet campaign game.|
The use of the tray helps greatly in keeping record of the troops that I have available for the next game.
Last of all, a big thanks to Mark from "The Tactical Painter" who brought to my attention this type of Platoon Board.
"Its worth visiting his blog for his take on the board".