How to organize your unpainted miniatures

We’re addicted to miniatures.

For D&D games. For wargaming battles. For board games. There are simply so many.

And way too many are unpainted models. Boxes of them. Boxes upon boxes.

From backing Kickstarters, picking up neat models at the game shop and, let’s be honest, landing quite a collection through Dungeon Crate, there’s quite a mass of unpainted pieces piling up in our offices.

And now it’s time for that to stop. Not the buying minis. That’s still going to continue

No, it’s time for these babies to get some paint.

We have a system!

1. Get all of your miniatures out.

Find the boxes of unpainted minis. Dump them all out on the table.

(Make sure you have plenty of room.)

2. Group them.

This is the organization phase. You’re going to put them into groups. Group them by game, by creature type, by size, etc. You can really do this however you want, but we recommend smallish groups of 10 to 15 models maximum.

Some suggestions: Divide them by game and genre and then divide them them again.

You could put all of your Hordes, Star Wars and Infinity minis in their own groups and then further divide them by faction.

Your fantasy miniatures could be divided by creature type (elves, undead, animals, dragons) and/or by size (large monsters, medium monsters, small monsters)

Aim to have every group include about 15 minis or less. (Find out why in the next step.)

3. Pick the group you want to paint.

You’ve cut your minis down into manageable groups, and now you get to pick one group and start painting.

Bam! You’re there.

If you have a dragon-themed campaign coming up, start with the dragons. Heading into an undead campaign for Halloween? Start slapping some bone white on all those skeletons.

Picking one group and sticking with it gives you some kind of theme and a manageable amount of models to tackle. And when you get done with that group, you’ll feel accomplished and move onto the next one.

Your massive pile of minis will feel a bit more manageable.

Nice work you.

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