I have been steadily ordering/printing armies for Neuroshima Hex, and now army storage is becoming a problem:
As you can see, there is a small mountain of plastic bags. The current situation is necessary in order to make everything fit (including two game boards and some reasonably large army reference cards), which this leads to a packing problem at the end of game night. The boards and reference cards must be arranged into a pyramid:
And then all of the plastic bags must be meticulously and artistically layered to fit within the box. I think the 'meticulous layering' step could be improved if I could store pieces in a stack, like a quarter roll. That would take up much less space:
I looked into other questions on storage and saw suggestions to use tackle boxes and toolboxes, but the compartments I've seen don't have the dimensions to fit an entire army. I printed unofficial armies on thick hexes, meaning an army in a single stack is 5 inches, and an individual hex is 1.5 inches measured from one corner to the opposite corner.
Another consideration is that I would like to be able to give players the compartment the army is stored in, so that they can discard into it over the course of the game and progress towards a cleaned-up state. This means rubber bands and similar options won't work.
This finally leads to the question: How can I store sets of hexagonal game pieces in a stack?