Outstanding Parents Guide to Tabletop Miniature Wargaming

There is more to our geek hobby than board games. Oh, so very, very much more. There are card games, dice games, live action games, role playing games, and the list goes on and on. One of the most visually stunning games of our collective hobby is also one of the most expensive and, some would argue, the most intimidating. I speak of the fantastic and always popular tabletop miniature wargaming.

Miniatures allow you to play games that could involve less than a  dozen to a possible hundred or so miniatures in various sizes and genres. Most often they are highly detailed with paint and are played on elaborate maps that sometimes include scale model buildings, hills, and forests. Light skirmishes, massive battles, and even scenario based play are all possible making tabletop miniatures one of the most diverse and highly flexible games available to you.

But, as I said, it’s also somewhat intimidating and can be very expensive. There are three tough hurdles to get past when you are just starting out. First, it would seem that you would need to spend countless hours painting, organizing, and building your miniatures. You certainly can do if you have the time. Second, it would seem that there is no limit to the amount of money you will spend and never have “everything”. This is true, to a point. Third, the rules can be exceedingly complex, where string, calculators, laser pointers, and rulers are all required. In some cases, these are not only suggested, but mandatory.

What is not immediately apparent is that you don’t have to concern yourself with any of this. You can start small, real small, and slowly build up your own collection and still have a lot of fun. There is no wrong or right way, only your way. Tabletop miniature wargaming can be personalized to fit skill levels, incomes, and personal taste. Even so, it always helps to have a guide, a mentor, someone who can break it all down for you and tell you how to put it all together again, piece by piece. It just so happens I have found such a guide and am very excited to share it with you!

A fellow geek has written a detailed and very well-thought-out guide to help parents learn more about the hobby, the pros and cons, the myths and facts, and condensed it all down into a single web article which makes it exceedingly easy to digest. Also included are visual examples and many, many helpful tips! The article, which would appear to be something of a work in progress, can be found at the Wargaming Tradecraft web site in an article titled “Parents Guide to Tabletop Miniature Wargaming“.

Taken from the article…

Many of us have fond memories of beginning this hobby as young kids. Back then our imaginations were fuelled by the excitement of controlling armies of small figures… these same armies that were themselves fuelled by loving parents and allowances. I’m sure some parents might look on these type of games with concern, since they can be harder to relate to, which is what I’d like to address in this post.

And address it he does, covering just about everything. Rules, tools, accessibility, tips, tricks, child safety, and even some suggestions on how to “test the waters” with your little geeks before you go investing blindly in a hobby they might not like. In short, it’s very much a “one-stop-shop” for everything you’ll need to know upfront and a source you’ll want to refer back to from time to time. Pure geek gold.

If you are interested in learning more about the miniature hobby, do check out the article “Parents Guide to Tabletop Miniature Wargaming“. You can also find it on the Father Geek StumbleUpon page.

About Cyrus

Editor in Chief, Owner/Operator, Board Game Fanatic, Father of Three, and Nice Guy, Cyrus has always enjoyed board, card, miniature, role playing, and video games, but didn't get back into the hobby seriously until early 2000. Once he did, however, he was hooked. He now plays board games with anyone and everyone he can, but enjoys playing with his children and wife the most. Video games continue to be of real interest, but not as much as dice and little miniatures. As he carefully navigates the ins and outs of parenting, he does his very best to bestow what wisdom he has and help nurture his children's young minds. It is his hope and ambition to raise three strong, honorable men who will one day go on to do great things and buy their Mom and Dad a lobster dinner Cyrus goes by the handle fathergeek on Board Game Geek. You can also check him out on CyrusKirby.com. Yes, he has a URL that is his name. His ego knows no bounds, apparently....
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