So, the plan changed to two normal boxes: one with the stuff needed for playing OGRE and GEV (those maps, rulebooks, counters, and maybe the destroyed towns/rubble terrain overlays), the other with "extras"--the Shockwave maps and the rest of the terrain overlays. That should enable me to end up with two normal boxes, each 4-5" deep--still pretty ridiculous, but manageable.
Was the second box ever completed? Any pictures of them together?
An update: since the normal-sized box fits in another box with other games