Kevin L. Kitchens
Since I finished (finally) my design for the modular counter/component storage boxes, I decided to put them to the test and refit my Combat Commander: Europe collection. CC:E complete has seven different factions: American, British, French, Germans, Italian, Russian, and Partisans. Before this I had them all stored in three GMT trays (with a fourth for markers, etc. to be on the table during games).
Counters all neatly stored in GMT Trays
Rather than simply make cardboard full tray replacements, I took advantage of the modular nature and built custom "Force Boxes" for each faction specifically. This ended up being two-module boxes, essentially a 1/2 GMT tray each for the Americans, Russians, Germans, and British.
Two-Module trays for the larger force factions
The smaller forces, Italians, French, and Partisans, would not require a full two modules of 10 wells, but a single module of 5 wells was not enough to hold the units and their weapons. I considered just keeping those forces in their own box and the weapons for all three factions combined in a separate box. However, because my goal was to be able to pull out a single box for each side in a battle, that just nagged at me to have the additional box just for their weapons.
After some overnight deliberations, I came up with a better solution. A smaller, 2x3 six-well tray to accommodate these smaller forces. The tray and dividers all cut from a single piece of cardstock and the lid can be printed two to a page. So you can make two of these complete from three pieces.
I opted to go with a black, 60# cardstock for the trays and then color coordinated 110# stock for the lids. I designed labels to mark each of the boxes (file pending moderator approval on BGG) as well. So just like that I reduced my four GMT Trays of CC:E to one game-ready tray and individual and smaller force boxes for each faction. They take up less table space and are more convenient for players (or player) to select their units.
The whole kit and kaboodle
And of course these trays aren't just for wargames, but for anywhere you'd use a GMT tray or even bags to sort and store components. With the suggested addition of customized well size, I added single-wall dividers so you can subdivide as you see fit. Make each module 1/2, 1/3, or 1/4 in size. Or any combination therein. These would be great for sorting and storing each player's starting components for games like Russian Railroads for example, or other games where you want to save time on setup.
With the new editions of Lock 'n Load Tactical coming soon from Lock 'n Load Publishing, LLC., I intend to make more force boxes for those games as well. And Old School Tactical. And Band of Brothers... and I better get cutting!
Files are available on BGG under Miscellaneous Game Accessory as Modular Game Storage Trays (GMT Compatible) by Ones Upon a Game and the SVG files are included for those of you with Cricut or Silhouette cutting machines.
GMT Tray Dividers are good for this or actual GMT trays. There is already one for regular cut and fold, mine are designed for cutting machines: GMT Tray Dividers - SVG Files
Force Box Labels: Force Box Labels Set