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Russell D
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I've painted two nations so far, as shown here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/game/all?username=angelg...

I was hoping for some advice from people who painted their miniatures some time ago and have seen how quickly they have deteriorated, if at all. At the moment, I'm putting the minis back in clear plastic ziplock bags and into the box. Will this start to chip the paint in time? (I've coated them with matt varnish, over the Citadel acrylic paint).

If I need to look for another solution, I'd prefer one that would fit in the box. Anyone tried to use foam trays or anything like that?

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Nick Case
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I made 3 mdf trays lined in cotton wool that sit in the game box, 1 for each of the armies and the third for the cards and other accessories.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/121372

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/121371

When the armies are unloaded and cotton wool removed, there are reinforcement cards under to store the figures during the game.

 
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Dave Wilson
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Cheap, plastic rifle case. Flip the top and bottom padding on the inside upside down.
 
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Nick Case
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For those of us Brits, what's a rifle case?
 
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Phillip Aquino
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I just threw mine back in the box in the original plastic tub thing. It's been about 6 months and a dozen or so plays later and they still look the same as the day I painted them.


Whatever way you decide to go, don't skimp on the clear coat (and by that I mean buy the good stuff of your choice..) the clear coat is what really protects the paint in the end.
 
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Yes, Philip is spot on, several nice protective clear coats are very important (and I think matte looks better than gloss). I finished mine over a year and a half ago and just keep them in plastic bags sorted by nations. After many plays and abuse, they look fine to me.

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Big Bad Lex wrote:
For those of us Brits, what's a rifle case?


http://www.airshooter.co.uk/acatalog/alloycasestogether.jpg
 
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To best seal your minis, first hit them with one or two coats of gloss clear coat. Follow that with coats of matte clear coat; enough coats so they don't look glossy anymore, 2 or 3 should do it. The gloss is much harder then matte and will protect better.

GIve them 10-15 minutes between coats. Give them 2 hours to fully dry before you handle them.

I use Krylon Uv-resistant matte and gloss.
 
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I thought I would share my experience with these figs.

I tried just throwing my painted figures back in the case in a jumble, no good.

I finished painting my minis about a month ago, and have played a few times. Here and there I have touched up a figure or 2 that needed it. Last night I pulled them all out and decided to give them a good look, and at least half of them had noticeable chips.

I sealed my minis well. 6 coats of Krylon Gloss, followed by 2 coats of Dullcote. I figured the thick coats coupled with the soft plastic would keep them in good shape, it doesn't

They're not totally trashed, but they are chipped. If you're anal like me, your painted minis will need a better storage option. Hopefully they'll do something nice for the collectors edition.

I spent a few hours retouching and sealing all the poor damaged soldiers. I'm going to build some card trays much like Nick's.
 
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