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#20536
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
I wasn't sure were to post this so I'll post it here.
This is a list of just bits and bobs of the various sets I've purchased from DF and ebay sellers.
1. older sets such as the deluxe room floor tiles have a different color from newer master maze floor tiles. the older tiles have a more yellow drybrush effect and are shinier.
2. 3 2"X2" floor tiles do not equal the length of one 6" wall tile. The old floor tiles would do with a few more mm in length IMO.
3. Paint chips off the metal posts of the 10' door posts. It happens all the time at the turning joint and spreads up the post. I'll probably repaint and add some varnish to correct. the doors also don't swing easily. Pliers will probably help this.
4. Advanced Builder Sets REALLY help you build. Half Walls and Extender Pieces are GREAT!!!
5. Diagonal wall sets are also GREAT!!!!
6. In the tiles system, the narrow passage pieces take up as much space as a 10'X10' piece???
7. I also can't find a bunch of pieces in the tilesystem sets, but this could just be me being screwy.... not sure.
8. Torches in the Deluxe room set are slightly too big for their wall mounts and thus chip at the bottom exposing their wire core when you try to squeeze them in. I suggest letting them chip and then gluing them in and having a few dedicated torch walls.
10. This stuff is awesome!!!!

Finally, I NEED to come up with a storage solution. I have around 35 sets now which is alot and would like easy access to them.
The two things that are most important for my storage solution is that it be A. CHEAP and B. possess a SMALL FOOTPRINT.
Any suggestions?

Cheers,
Sam
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#20537
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Finally, I NEED to come up with a storage solution. I have around 35 sets now which is alot and would like easy access to them.
The two things that are most important for my storage solution is that it be A. CHEAP and B. possess a SMALL FOOTPRINT.
Any suggestions?

Cheers,
Sam

I cannot emphasize this enough : KEEP THE BOXES. At the very least KEEP THE FOAM TRAYS. Please, you'll do much better for that. :)
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#20538
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Sam -

I gotta second DD's comment. I have something over 40 sets, and I have kept the boxes, cardboard AND styrofoam, for ALL OF THEM - and do not regret one single square inch!!

The ONLY WAY to safely store and transport DF is those styrofoam boxes; and the cardboard provides cover for the styro, and a label for what's IN THEM.

Not to be gross about it, but sell your soul (or whatever!) before you let those boxes go!

See ya!

Jim
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#20539
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
i inted to keep the boxes for transport, but it's too much of a pain for 35+ sets to keep them in a stack and break them out whenever I need them. I need them more to hand.
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#20540
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Sam,

I agree with my esteemed colleagues - keep the boxes.

I only use the boxes for transport. Finding and removing a piece from the box every time you need it takes too long. I have the stuff on a table top, which works great, but isn't very efficient, space wise. A tool cabinet would be great, especially since its movable. But the price is a bit steep. I've been thinking about building some cabinetry - a bunch of wide shelves on roller bearing slides would do nicely.

BTW, you're in Berkeley, CA? Between your 35 sets, my 20 sets, and I don't know how many pfworks' sets, we could get quite a game going.

Cheers,
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#20541
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
My suggestion for storage (and easy access) is having one or two walls of the gaming room being lined with bookcases dedicated to DF, MBA and other resin terrain pieces for easy access.

For the bookcases I chose/suggest are the common, 6' tall, 30" wide pressboard types. I found these to be a good solution for a few reasons:

1) Cost
2) They also seem to be readily available, should more be required
3) Additional shelves can also be added to these (by canabilizing additional shelving units). (eg) one 6' unit should provide six pieces of board for extra shelves -if the top, bottom and fixed shelf are also used.

As a result, with three shelf units purchased you can produce two units with 8 shelves each.

If DF pieces are to be placed/stored directly on the shelves, then each unit (with 8 shelves) should be able to accomodate around 10 DF sets comfortably.

That being said I took a few precautions to ensure the best stability with these shelf units considering the added shelves. I used new shelving units, used multi-material shelf supports-(for metal support strength and plastic grip) and finally anchored/secured these to the wall. The resin pieces are not light but they are not that heavy, so I expect these shelves to last me some considerable time yet.

ps My Lake and River tiles are not stored this way! I keep all of those stored in the styrofoam inside a cabinet.

I find that easy access to the pieces is essential for me. By using this method you could also store a huge amount of DF, should you need to.

The footprint is approx 2.5 square feet/bookcase.

I hope this helps.
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#20542
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Finally, I NEED to come up with a storage solution. I have around 35 sets now which is alot and would like easy access to them.
The two things that are most important for my storage solution is that it be A. CHEAP and B. possess a SMALL FOOTPRINT.
Any suggestions?

Look here, maybe you want to do something like this:

My MM transporting Cases


bye
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#20543
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
I have chucked most of my boxes as I do not travel with more than 3 or 4 sets of DF - ever!
Have any of you ever had the "driving at 20 miles per hour and cursing at the traffic light because you don't want to break hard and crush your figures/DF in the back seat" experience. I have and I don't like touching up damaged pieces. (Perhaps that's due to my testosterone fuelled Celica driving?)

As for storage, I have 'converted' a crockery display cabinet I was given by inserting another 4 shelves, to give me 9 large shelves. This holds all my cavern/MBS and accessories. The rest of it is on IKEA Billy bookcases. Cheap and easy to get hold of and build.

Dave :)
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#20544
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Keep the boxes. I built shelves on the wall that will handle a stack of two "highh" of the larger boxes for four "high" of regular sized ones. It spans the whole wall. That makes is so I can easily find and grab whatever box I need. I am also meticulous about putting all fo the pieces back in the right box so that I can use the label on the outside to find the piece I am looking for. Keep the boxes! :)
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#20545
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
I agree completely with the majority of posters here on keeping the boxes and the stryofoam inserts.

Even if you go the shelf route for your game room/gaming area, find some place in an attic or basement to keep the boxes. They are honestly best suited (that's their purpose!) to pack up the piece should you ever move house, run a game at a con or at a friend's house.

I actually use both systems: www.purgatorio.com/gameroom/gameroom2006/photos/tempo010.html

I have a three-and-a-half year old son who is just WAITING to get his hands on anything daddy leaves out on the shelves so keeping my pieces in boxes adds another layer of "security." He's really very good at following the "Rules of the Hobby Room" ("don't play with daddy's toys if he's not in the room with you" is one of them) but he is a kid and he does love this stuff.

I've never trusted transporting my DF pieces in anything other than the stryo packing. Had too many bad experiences with things chipping that I thought were "well packed" for a drive to a con or elsewhere.
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#20546
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
Here's something that literally just occurred to me as a solution on shelves, particularly that 'What about the extra sides?' question from cannibalizing shelves.
If they are being newly assembled, take the extra sides, and use them as backs! that will allow you to provide extra shelf support at the back of the shelf, by way of all those lovely predrilled holes for shelf pins! Two sides per unit means that 4 shelf packages will offer 2 EXTREMELY STRONG shelf units when complete. AND offer the extra shelves in each one!
I haven't tried this yet, but I know it WILL work (I used to build office furniture for a living). Only drawbacks will be drilling the pilot holes for securing the sides as backs, and not having the backs completely closed off. But if you can get past those two changes, you will have an extra-strong, functional shelf setup for your DF and other gaming terrain pieces!

PS: Keep the DF BOXES!!!

See ya!

Jim
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#20547
First Impressions on a bunch of sets 7 Years, 10 Months ago  
I just want to interject something here -- since the conversation inevitably turns to "Where do I PUT this stuff?" when a lot of new cool stuff comes to the door...

One of the things I really, really, really LOVE about DF -- in fact, the most important factor, the one that allows me to be at least SOMEWHAT guilt-free when I indulge -- is that it is modular, and breaks down into small component elements.

Sure, the stuff needs to be stored, and sure, it takes up a lot of room. But I spent years looking at cool buildings from GW and Forgeworld, at models built with Hirst Arts molds, at things from Pegasus Hobbies and Miniature Building Authority and all sorts of really fantastic stuff. And I always passed, because aside from the money issue, I thought to myself "Where would I put it? After the initial thrill wore off, how could I store it all?" Plus, every time I got something new, it would be sometihng ELSE to add to the pile.

And that's what's so great, so revolutionary, about DF. You can make whatever you want, and it breaks down and stores a lot easier than if it were a solid whole. AND you can rearrange it so you never have to feel like you need to buy sometihng new if you want something new to look at. AND when you DO get some new DF, it doesn't just get added to the collection, it gets incorporated -- it works with the older stuff so you can do even more, and it changes the feel of everything you already have.

It is really a massively useful feature of the whole DF approach. And yes, whenever I bring this up, HA fans always point out that you can use HA molds to design a modular system essentially identical to the DF model, and they're right, but it just so happens that the real appeal of HA to me has always been the ability to do things DF hasn't/wouldn't do (like whole buildings, or tall walls, etc) If I were to use HA to make exactly hte same stuff as DF, well, that'd be a lot of work and effort to produce stuff I could have just bought. (and barely save any money, too, since the cost of all that paint/plaster/molds would still be a pretty penny) But that's another discussion.

Anyhoo, back to your regularly scheduled storage discussion, I guess. I just wanted to interject, since while storing DF is definitely an issue, I'm amazed at how little an issue it is considering whta it COULD be, when you look at the quality of hte product. It's like we dodged a bullet.

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