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How to Set Up the Storage System
Organizing your BRO stuff Posted on [26/05/2022] à 23:02

The first post in this thread is aimed at new players who have just started their journey in the world of Heroes of Normandie (HoN). However, as I start to discuss some of the more targeted stickers, it is in relation to expanding your collection, so if you have more than just the BRO set, there is still something here for you.

I have created a PDF version with graphics to make this clearer.

BRO Kickstarter Storage (link to Board Game Geek).
(If you want info for Caen, read the next post).

It can be a bit unclear how to use the Storage System, especially if you just got the BRO pledge as an introduction to HoN. This is especially before you have a few games under your belt, but that is not usually how people get stuff set up. So I will try to give you a guideline to get started.

This is not official, but I do have a fair amount of experience with the storage system as I own everything and gave in to picking up the official storage for it all. (I resisted for quite a while, but the usefulness of the official system convinced me to use it).

*** Update: Molpov on the French side of the house has done a wonderful visual reference guide that includes an image of the appropriate storage stickers in the header of each section for various regiments and other recruitment options. That guide can help you visualize the stickers I am describing only in text. You can find a translated page of his post here [LINK]. ***

Important tip: Be familiar with the diagram of a Recruitment Tile found on p.06 of the BRO rules, it covers some terms I am going to use in the rest of this: Regiment Badge, Option Stripes. I will generally be referring to this type of Recruitment Tile as a Platoon tile. The reasons are historic, but just know I mean a tile with a combat group, rather than a Hero or Command version.

The Heroes just to the right of that diagram show you a good example of the Army Badge (star for US, cross for Germans) and the generic army stripes (the stripes on the left-hand side of the Hero's Option Slots).

Big Red One Core Box

Use the stickers you got in the core box on the Core Element's smaller storage drawers (ignore the big one for now). That will give you the following drawers for each faction:

Command drawer (Army badge surrounded by laurels)

Generic Army drawer (Just the Army Badge)

– Two Platoon drawers (with Regiment badge and platoon-specific option stripes).

That will get you started.

Put the platoons (and any related options with the platoon's same unique option stripes) in their appropriate drawers. Then put all Command tiles (and Command options) as well as any Heroes in the appropriate Command drawer. All the generic-army recruitment options (Gear, Traits, Support Options) go in the appropriate Generic army drawer for their faction.

How do you know what the various recruitment options are? Flip the recruitment tiles over as they are labeled on the back.

Spoiler :

Crate = Gear

Medal = Character Trait

Army Icon with Laurels = Command

Magnifying Glass = Customization

Red VP number = Support Option

Hold any Customizations aside, we will get to them later when discussing Miscellaneous stuff.

All the Rest From the Core Box

What about the terrain overlays, various markers like Suppressed/Activated, the Turn track and all of that? That can all go in the big drawer in your Game Elements storage, along with the Order Tokens and the blast templates. The Flame template does not quite bit, but you can lay it across the organizer and you can still close the drawer, or just keep it in one of the Generic Army drawers if that makes you more comfortable.

The tricky bit is the Buildings and the two-space overlays. They are a bit too big to fit in the big drawer unless you want to take out the organizer. You can keep them in the Core box for now, at least until the Element Storage Box is released with the arrival of the Caen expansion. You can store the decks there as well, and your order tokens if you have the bags for them.

Battle Pack 1 – Bloody Omaha

If you don't own Bloody Omaha, then skip this section and just store your terrain boards in your BRO core box.

Two of the stickers on the Omaha sheet go on the Terrain Storage Box — They have a different background color that matches the blank spaces on the spine of the Terrain box, and each has a logo of one of the two main products — The BRO logo and the Bloody Omaha logo. You can put the terrain boards from both BRO and Bloody Omaha in this storage box.

Use all the stickers for the platoons on drawers, but save the others and we will cover them soon. Put the platoons and all options with the same platoon option stripes in their matching drawers just as you did for the Core Box.

I will try to help with the option stripes, but my color vision is not great.

Spoiler :

US Storage

299th Combat Engineers (white/red/white)

2nd Rangers A Bat. (blue/red/blue)

116th Inf. Reg. Rifle Platoon (white/blue)

Tank Platoon (blue/gold?/blue)

German Storage

Festungskompanie (white/black/brown?)

Panzer-Aufklarungs (creme/green?)

Panzergruppe (grey/yellow/grey)

Each faction's Command stuff (with command option stripes) you got in Omaha can go in the appropriate Command drawer you already have…and put any faction Heroes in there as well.

Generic units should all fit in their appropriate Generic Army drawer which you already created for BRO. Again, just set the Customizations aside, they will get a home in a bit.

War Stories #0 (More Bacon)

Spoiler :

US Storage

[WS#0] Fury

German Storage

[WS#0] SS-Panzergrenadiere (black/grey)

Take 1 of the pair of stickers for each Platoon and label the appropriate drawer with it (German Platoon in German storage, US in US), you can save the other sticker on the sheet or put it on the other side of the drawer 🙂 There is a Minimum size on the sticker sheets, so you got a pair of these rather than the single sticker you get for all the other storage.

Each platoon goes in its drawer, hold the SS Dagger and its marker aside, those Customizations are about to get what's coming to them!


You can use one of your German drawers to store all the Customizations. The sticker for that matches the German coloration, after all. So all those things you have been setting aside now have a home. Use the Magnifier sticker from the Omaha sheet to label your Customization drawer.

You can use the extra drawers to start differentiating your stuff, or perhaps use the faction stickers with the medal as storage for Characters to help thin things out (this is what I do). That moves them out of the Command drawer which saves you room for future expansion. It is up to you which way you want to play that.

What About All the Other Stickers?

Save all the rest of the stickers. If you decide to pick up more expansions, then as your collection grows the generic recruitment options may not all fit in one drawer, then you can pick up some extra storage and split them into different drawers:

Generic Gear (Crate)

Generic Infantry (Infantry Shield)
Generic Light Vehicles (Light Vehicle Shield)
Generic Heavy Vehicles (Heavy Vehicle Shield)

DPG included them here for your convenience. If you picked up any older V1 expansions with your pledge, then you may need them sooner, hope you picked up enough drawers!

The few remaining stickers (Command+Crate, the Logo+Crate) stickers for each faction hold onto for now. Hopefully you are getting an idea of the symbology here, so use them where you need them.

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Organizing your Caen stuff Posted on [19/10/2022] à 22:21

Since we don't actually have the rewards yet, this is a first-pass estimate based on the board images.

As with BRO, we will start with the Platoons, since each requires their own drawer.

BP#2 (Epsom) has 4 Commonwealth and 2 German platoon Recruitment tiles, so each of those will need a drawer.

BP#3 (Goodwood) has 2 Commonwealth and 2 German platoon Recruitment tiles as well, so another set of drawers for those.

As with the BRO drawers, match the platoon stripes and regiment badges on the stickers with the various the Recruitment Tiles. Store the Tile along with everything else with the platoon's color stripes in that drawer (officer, Support Options, etc.)

Once you have finished that, you will have used a total of 6 drawers (1 full Army Storage box) for the Commonwealth, and 4 drawers for the Germans.

This will be on par with what you need for the American faction:

– The Commonwealth has 3 Command Tiles (High and 2 Field commands) to bring them up to parity with the American forces. Those go in a CW Command drawer, along with anything else with CW Command Stripes.

– Reserve 1 more drawer for a regiment from a War Story (described below)

That will take 2 of the 6 remaining Commonwealth drawers.

Now we have decisions to make for the 4 drawers you have left.

You could use the 4 different Generic stickers (CW Gear, CW Infantry, CW Light Vehicles, CW Heavy Vehicles) and then store the Heroes in with their relevant type (infantry or vehicle type). That should work pretty well, although it does not match my recommendations for the BRO stuff. If you are not sure what I mean by those types, take a look at my PDF about the BRO storage, under the "Flexibility of the Storage System" header.

However, if you put the Heroes in their own drawer, you will only have 3 drawers for 4 categories, so in that case you will will have to double-up somewhere and then remember that you (for example) put the light and heavy vehicles in the heavy vehicle drawer. Up to you how you want to do it.

As before, I suggest putting any Traits in with the Gear drawer, using it as a "non-Support Option" drawer.

In the case of the Germans, you already have drawers for those. Put the extra Feldkommandos and Division Stab in the German Command Drawer, then you can hopefully fit all the new German generic army stuff into your existing drawers. If not, you have 2 spare German drawers and the same set of "sub-category" stickers to start dividing the German stuff by type (Gear, Infantry, Vehicles (Light and/or Heavy)

Heroes may be getting a bit tight with the addition of the new Heroes, so it is definitely time to put them in their own drawer (with the Medal icon) at this point if you did not follow my advice in the previous post already.

But what about the 88, you ask? Hang on, we will deal with that in a bit.

In the case of any Customization Options, just add them to the Customization drawer 🙂

War Stories

WS#2 (Colombelle) has a REALLY big building but not a lot of troops. The Game Elements storage box is where this would reside, so not much of an issue. We will cover that in more detail later.

WS#3 (Juno) adds another Commonwealth platoon, so there goes that last drawer you had reserved. The LST overlay can also go in Element storage, so set it aside for now as well.

Now on to the sweetest new part of the storage system, the new Game Element storage drawer set. I have wanted something like this for a while and am happy to see it finally on its way.

The sticker sheet gives you a good idea of how to organize this one:

So now you have storage for all the roads, ditches, rivers, and other "inter-tile" terrain. These are a set of 2-by-X tiles designed to go between normal terrain boards to add roads, rivers, airstrips, and other stuch stuff. All that goes in the big drawer.

There is a dedicated drawer for all your buildings, both the core set and the new multi-part buildings. Finally there is a place to put all of those and get them out of the core box. :mrgreen:

There are two "Scenario Items" stickers — one for all your beach scenarios (landing craft, the LST overlay from Juno, etc.) and another sticker for all the other scenario stuff — the aircraft overlays from Caen, any dynamite, detonators, and other such misc. tokens you may have lying around. And on top of that, these drawers are wide enough to hold the dreaded Flak-88, so it finally has a home as well!

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How do you use the Storage System? Posted on [27/10/2022] à 08:42

I updated the BRO post with a link to a PDF version that is formatted and includes graphics. For those that work better with visual examples, that will hopefully help.

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How do you use the Storage System? Posted on [29/01/2023] à 22:39

I have not yet had a chance to complete the Caen pdf with graphics, but I have updated my post in this thread to offer a bit more clarity, with some suggestions of how to use the extra drawers to help sort out the various Option bits.

Hope it helps.

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