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When I got C&C:A at first, I was overwhelmed by its awesomeness. Then I got all the expansions, digging far and wide for #2 and #3 - and ended up with three mounted boards, lots of rulebooks and scenarios, and thousands (edit: 1687, apparently) of wooden blocks. Wouldn't fit into a few game boxes, and having six of them for one game (before Sparta) is not my thing.

So I looked at storage boxes in hobby stores, and found these instrument carrying cases made from aluminium with neat foam material interiors. Here's the result:



I put all the wooden blocks into ziplock bags, sorted by troop type, and put the ziplocks belonging to one army roughly together. That makes it quite easy to get just the ones you need. And the whole thing is very portable (though heavy), too.



The setup could accomodate 1-2 more expansions still, but it appears there won't be any more cry ... ah well, there's more than enough scenarios meanwhile
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Storing the units in the zip-lock bags like this would save some more space and help prevent damage to the stickers:



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Not a bad setup although I'd prefer some compartments that would prevent things from bouncing around loose inside.
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sduke wrote:
Not a bad setup although I'd prefer some compartments that would prevent things from bouncing around loose inside.

Nothing bounces, the foam material thingies keep it from doing so. They press everything neatly together. Edit: Another picture.



GeoMan wrote:
Storing the units in the zip-lock bags like this would save some more space and help prevent damage to the stickers.

Hm, good idea. More work to pack them of course, but it might be worth it - though they don't seem to move a lot, foam material thingies and all. I'd need larger zip locks for that, too But I'll give it a try.
 
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I currently use some cardboard ornament boxes for my C&C:A and C&C:N games. I really like them for their roominess and compartments, but they're a bit expensive for cardboard and have been steadily degrading as I take them out to gaming events.

If I can find large, compartmentalized, aluminum suitcases like these, I'd switch over.
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the foam material thingies keep it from doing so

Pretty sharp then!

What's the manufacturer for the cases?

It would be cool if a nice etched picture could be put on the side of the cases, but I like your system a lot!
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sduke wrote:
What's the manufacturer for the cases?

I honestly don't know - and I've looked, there's no logo anywhere...

I've bought them at OBI, but I doubt that this helps...

sduke wrote:
It would be cool if a nice etched picture could be put on the side of the cases, but I like your system a lot!

Aye, I've thought about that, gonna do something with spray paint and templates eventually I think.
 
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This large Plano tackle box has been brilliant for me....rules, scenarios, boards, tiles and decks fit in the under lid compartment (just), dice in the clear plastic compartments on the lid and the armies from base game and all the expansions divide up very conveniently into the removable Plano boxes.



Two big issues, though.....one is that they're bloody expensive, at least here in Australia. I never would have bought one for myself (it was a gift). Second is that I've filled them and now have to deal with the Spartans when they arrive.......and storing them separately will drive me nuts!!

If I didn't have the Plano I'd be bagging.....your solution looks great.

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I have a Plano box as well. I actually have 2 one for this and one for memoir 44. I love them and they work well for storage as well as transport. The price tag may seem high, I payed $50 US dollars for each, but they are well worth it.
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Shenderson2002 wrote:
I have a Plano box as well. I actually have 2 one for this and one for memoir 44. I love them and they work well for storage as well as transport. The price tag may seem high, I payed $50 US dollars for each, but they are well worth it.


Well worth it for that price. Unfortunately here it's over double that and it's a bit hard to justify paying almost the price of the base game plus an expansion for storage, no matter how good it is. Although it would be otherwise ideal, I can't justify the expense of another one for Napoleonics (unless I score it as a gift again). It's possible to cobble together an alternative with a cheap toolbox and compartment boxes from the local "hot dollar" shop for a fifth of the price (although nowhere near the quality).

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GeoMan wrote:
Storing the units in the zip-lock bags like this would save some more space and help prevent damage to the stickers:





Apologize for the "necro", but can anyone hazard what size, approximately are those plastic bags?
 
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NimitsTexan wrote:
GeoMan wrote:
Storing the units in the zip-lock bags like this would save some more space and help prevent damage to the stickers:





Apologize for the "necro", but can anyone hazard what size, approximately are those plastic bags?


Don't know the exact bag sizes but FWIW, from left to right the individual block sizes are 20x20mm, 25x20mm and 15x15mm (assuming Napoleonics uses the same blocks as Ancients).
 
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CCN blocks are actually a little bigger (18x18, 22x22, 22x28).

What I am really referring to is how thin those bags appear to be (compated to "normal") ziploc bags.
 
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