Painting and Buying Chart
A lot of people use these, but the best I've seen is by Admiral Drax. This is simply a chart to keep track of all the models you own, and what stage of completion they're currently at.
Here Drax has done a simple Excel spreadsheet with colour codes for models which are bought, built, and completed. You might assume you'd know this stuff if you're collecting an army, but it can really help to visualise it and more than once I've bought a duplicate of a model, forgetting I've already got one. It's also really helpful for building army lists - you know instantly what models you have and what they're equipped with, and it saves you digging out every model to check if that sergeant has a bolt pistol or a chainsword.
I'm sure if you email Drax and ask him nicely, he'll share the template with you.
Fluff and History Chart
This one is more niche. It's for players who like to keep track of their army and its characters during a campaign. It shows at a glance the timeline of your army, all the previous commanders, and any medals they've earned. This is vital for me because I run a strict 'Dead is Dead' system for my officers, so it's hard to know who fought when and where.
Regular readers may recognise the format - it's copied from my Battlefleet Gothic admin chart. Down the left are the different units in my army, and across the top the different battles I've fought (the blue names are hyperlinks to writeups on the blog, too). Cross-reference for a given officer's contribution to a battle and what medals he won. Light red bars show the career of an officer who has died in battle, dark red are careers for officers executed for cowardice, and blue is for the current commander.
If you'd like the above as a template, email me and I'll send it along. My address is at the top of the right sidebar.
This is the main section that will be relevant to all Guard players. How do you transport your entire army of 50+ models? How do you keep the squads together? What about all the special and heavy weapons?
This is where I believe money is well spent. Boxes and cases are not cheap - my current setup of one BattleFoam bag, one small GW case and two large ones cost me the better part of £150 over the years. Always check Ebay for alternatives to the proper GW cases, as you can usually pick up the smaller cases for around £20.
The big cases are the most expensive, but the best for me as the foam trays are are 10 x 4, allowing me to store one platoon of 40 men in one tray. The first 'column' are the sergeants, the second is the assault weapon, the third is the heavy weapon, and so on along the 'rows'. This saves me having to mark the models themselves with squad and platoon markings.
|The 'pluckfoam' cases are absolutely ideal for storing tanks and keeping them secure in transit.|
This is a Battle Foam case and stores six tanks, three sentinels and several heavy weapons (as well as my WW2 tanks)
|Halfway through the reorganisation. I'm cutting some foam trays to make |
them large enough to accommodate 40mm bases.
|As described above - ten wide makes these GW trays perfect for storing whole platoons easily.|
|All my officers and Thargadd's Thumpers have their own tray.|
|Artillery and mortars are in a GW pluckfoam tray.|
|The inside lid of the GW tray has these plastic wallets with 'maps', so I can quickly find any model I need.|
Spending £60 on cases is a tall order; I have a £10 per week 'admin budget' I've been saving up for ages to spend on these. And of course the advice is free! Do email or comment if you have any more tips on organising your army, and I'm happy to share the electronic templates if you need them.
Thanks for reading,