War Gaming: Let’s dispel some myths

Hey everyone! Have you ever wanted to start playing a miniatures game, but felt intimidated by your buddy’s collection? Did your wallet cry out in pain browsing the price of some models? Is painting something only reserved for your lounge as it takes too long? Maybe this is a hobby you just never thought you would have time to invest in? You’re not alone in thinking this! Any prospective hobbyist may turn down one of the greatest games on Earth after a single glance at a rules book, or it’s price! However, the truth of it is that nothing has to be that way. By the end of this article I hope to let you in on some truths and hopefully encourage a few wannabe warlords into the hobby. Let’s get going..

Myth 1: You need a large collection of models to play

When I first started to take an interest in miniature war gaming, I was blown away by the substantial collections my friends had accrued. Clearly, I had no context or time from over which they had amassed these great piles. It seemed like an unachievable goal, especially being from a working class family in one of the poorest areas of the country. Despite this, the journey was not as painful as you may think. Over time, little-by-little, piece by piece, I built up my collection which has taken a long time but at every step I was still able to enjoy the hobby just like everyone else. The fun didn’t stop because I had a few less models than my opponent. You see, it’s far more important to have fun than it is to own models. Make use of your full collection no matter the size. (Size doesn’t matter.. ammarite guys?) Most game systems like Warhammer introduce rules and regulations to allow enjoyable gaming with any size of collection. Systems such as Warmachine, Infinity: The Game, Malifaux require a single £30 box purchase and you are good to go for years of gaming pleasure! There’s always an option regardless of collection size!

Myth 2: Miniature wargaming is expensive

Whilst it’s true that some can spend thousands on miniatures, that does not mean that war gaming is expensive. Truth is, if you only have a limited budget per month to spend as life gets in the way, then only spend that! As above, there’s gaming systems that can be played in their entirety for as little as £30. You can always look to bolster your forces from seasonal holidays. Not to mention the absolute bargains to be found on the preloved market. Remember to start small and walk before you can run. I built a huge collection of Tyranids using £30 per week EMA funds (an education well spent) plus birthday money, Christmas gifts and the kindness of friends and strangers.

Myth 3: Painting is difficult and takes too long

*DISCLAIMER* I am one of the worst people to speak to when it comes to finishing a painting project. Like me, a lot of people never finish or even start painting their models. Seas of grey or undercoated models travelling 12 inches across a brightly painted lava landscape, because everyone wants to get playing as soon as possible. It happens, don’t feel bad about getting your minis painted right away, it’s all about fun. When you finally decide you’re ready to get painting that’s the time to do it. Like most things, you won’t be great at it straight away. I would go as far as saying you’ll probably be terrible, just like everyone else when they first started. Some very famous minifig painter’s first models looked like they had dipped entire models into nail varnish and called it a day. Practice makes perfect, alongside tonnes of free tutorial online combined with some simple colour schemes making an easy way to get a tabletop ready army on the board as quickly as possible. There’s even Games Workshop’s new Contrast paint system (which we stock by the way.. Shameless plug here) which makes painting effortless but with amazing results!

Myth 4:  I will not have the time for Wargames in my life

I can testify, most players work full/part time jobs, have families and can normally arrange 2-4 games per month. The hobby will always have something to do in any schedule. You can paint, you can build, you can play or just read! It’s a very versatile hobby overall. When my schedule fills up, I can always have smaller games with friends, throw a handful of models together before bed or on my break in work. I have seen some dedicated chaps gluing scouts together on the bus, rule books and codices read in the Doctor’s reception. Any time you have can be useful and keep you interested in the hobby.

Hopefully this has managed to clear up some of the many myths I have encountered with the hobby. War gaming is inclusive and open to everyone. Not to mention that the community is always willing to help those struggling, which is exactly why I wanted to write this article. Are there any more myths you have heard? Please let us know, we want to hear your experiences. I look forward to playing you soon.

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