Here’s the box after I painted it. I did some mistakes with the varnish (it was my first time working on a wooden box, instead of something of metal or plastic…), but on the whole, I am happy with the result. The silver symbol belongs to my first Hordes of the Things faction.
I have also attached a magnetic sheet to the insides:
The troop blocks stick beautifully to the surface – I tried shaking the box and not a single miniature moved. My youngest boy is sleeping very light tonight, so I’ll have to wait finishing the upper half of the box to another day. But the idea is to use a magnetised sheet there as well. I will use that space to attach an army list. That way, it will be easy to simply choose two boxes and get right down to gaming.
As I have been building my two armies for Hordes of the Things, I have started to also think about storage and transportation. On the one hand, there is the cheap route of a simple plastic box with magnetic sheets inside; on the other hand, there are the traditional foam or magnetic storage solutions, specially produced for wargamers. In any case, I wasn’t very keen on either of these solutions. I want my miniature containers to look good (plastic boxes do not) and be affordable (ready-made storage is not). So I instead opted for buying inexpensive nice wooden boxes, painting them, and then adding a magnetic sheet on the inside.
As you see above, I am still in the process of painting the box. Next, I will cut and glue two magnetic sheets to the inside. Here’s what it looks like now:
I really hope this works out! A box can easily fit a Hot-compliant army, while setting me back no more than 15 euro. Good for the bookshelves; good for the wallet!