The Hobby Room – The Geek Cave.

By: Kitbasha Jay

Those who are into miniature games generally are REALLY into miniature games. Our hobby become a huge part of our lives. Obviously some more than others. Some of us have been into the hobby right from childhood. Others got into it into their teenage years or even into adulthood. Some of us have been playing for a few years, others a few decades.

One of the things about this hobby that unites us all is that it requires a large amount of space. Both for assembling and painting, as well as playing, and even just storage or display of our collections. No matter what your circustances, we all have a hobby space.

When my wife and I first moved in together I was living in a bachelor apartment in East York. I had a large corner of the room carved out for my hobby before she even came around. It took up a large portion of the room.

Once we finally got a place that was ours together, we rented a two bedroom house in Scarborough. There was no way she was gonna have toy soldiers all over her house anymore. In all fairness, if she collected hello kitty memorabilia I’d go nuts having it all over the place. So I got the spare bedroom as my geek cave.

For those of you that have not had a full room for your hobby, it is a dream come true. I had shelves of miniatures displayed. Armies spread across the room as I assembled and painted mass legions. It was not for long though and due to a change in employment we had to relocate to a one bedroom apartment in North York.

This is where I sympathize with those out there that don’t have their own Geek Room. In this one bedroom there was storage under the staircase. It was a basement by the way. So all of my armies got put in cases and boxes and stored in the “Harry Potter Bedroom” as we called it.

When I wanted to paint something I had to find the case. Open it up. Pull a box that contained all of my paints out of a drawer and set up a foldable TV tray to paint on as I watched TV. Usually some horrible reality crap that the wife wanted to watch.

A year and a half ago we moved into another two bedroom apartment in Etobicoke. This time I got the spare bedroom. Not as big as the one I had in Scarborough but it did the trick. A few months after that I started Encounter Wargaming. The room served as a great studio to make terrain and display my miniatures for the camera.

Now that the channel has become a much bigger part of my life I’ve transferred into the master bedroom. The plan is to use the room not only for painting and filming, but also enough space for a gaming table. This will not only afford me the ability to film more battle reports, but also the space required to build gaming tables and terrain for clients.

I’m in the process of moving everything from one room into another and so am starting from scratch as far as organising the room to function as a studio, an office, and a gaming room. There are a lot of good organizational ideas for hobby spaces on the interwebs. There’s also a lot of inexpensive sollutions for making a hobby room all that it can be.

Tomorrow I’ll share with you all what I’ve done with the studio and what I plan to do. Today I’d love to hear from you about what situation your in. What kind of space do you dedicate to your hobby? What efficient ideas have you come up with that made your life easier?

I’d love to start a discussion about this since it is something that unites all miniature hobbyists regardless of your age or the game you play. Leave a comment on this blog, facebook or email me at I’ve told you all the spaces I’ve been through. Let’s hear yours.

Until our next Encounter!

2 thoughts on “The Hobby Room – The Geek Cave.

  1. About 20 years ago my “geek cave” was just a single shelf on a bookcase, mainly RPG’s, then it slowly started to grow into Warhammer fantasy with a Lizardman and Undead army. When I moved out, everything ended up boxed up and put into a crawlspace because it wasn’t getting used much. That space flooded and everything was destroyed, that started a period of roughly 10 years where I just stopped gaming. Funny enough it was also a really tough time in my life (coincidence?). When I met my wife I had started collecting boardgames again, those boxes turned into a jammed closet in our apartment. We rented a house shortly after and I got to take over part of a small storage room in the basement. It was easier to find things I needed but everything was still jammed away. Then we bought our current house, there was a large 14×12 room in the basement that looked just awful, the wife didn’t want it so I took it on as a project. I painted the walls, took out the ceiling, took up all the old flooring and painted it, we put in new lighting, and it started to change. I now have a full wall of shelving for display and storage, I have a 4’x7′ gaming table down there that has a 6-7 people around it a couple nights a week. My hobby and collection has grown a ton since we moved in, it’s spread throughout the house even though I have a room haha so as I see it, your hobby will always take up more space than you have for it, but the more space you have the more you can enjoy it. Having a nerd cave is awesome, and it’s something I hope everyone gets the opportunity to experience!

  2. My fiancé and I live in a two-bedroom house together, but we use the spare room for laundry and wardrobes for clothes, which means that there isn’t a huge amount of space left over for wargaming.
    I generally have all of my warhammer and infinity units stored in carry cases because this makes it much more easier to tidy away, and also convenient to easily pick and go whenever I have a game on at the local shop. However, the downside is that whenever I want to paint or assemble anything it requires an awful lot of rummaging around to get all my bits and pieces together.
    We’re renting our house at the moment which means we can’t make many changes at all, but if we could I’d definitely like to get some shelving put up so that I can keep more of my hobby stuff on display and easy to get out for painting purposes!

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