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I had to do this for a project and wanted to post it up so here.
How to Start Wargaming Miniatures
You have probably seen boxes of little plastic soldiers in boxes at a hobby store. I am not talking about your average army men here. You decide to buy them not knowing anything about the game what so ever. When you get home you realize after opening the box the miniatures all grey are separated in pieces. You get frustrated as you try to glue the pieces together and paint them with wrong paints making the models look ugly. Fear not with this next section I will show you how to get started in wargaming.
First off you should pick what miniature game you want to play. It could be Warmachine (a game about sorcerers and machines), Warhammer ( a game about elves, darves, orks, and humans as they battle for conquest), or Warhammer 40k ( a futuristic battle of aliens and humans) are some of the most popular ones. Look on their websites to learn more about them.
Next thing to do is buy a starter set from your specific game. This will probably give you the rulebook, dice and other instruments used for play, and finally a couple of models for your entertainment. This will get you started. I would advise reading the rulebook before doing anything else. For if you don’t know any of the rules and you play someone you probably will be given a hard time especially at a hobby store.
Now is they time to make an army. I play Warhammer 40k and for us you need things like codex’s or otherwise known as army books. These you should read up on because they have the specific rules for your army. When you pick an army buy that armies codex and read it. Remember that you can only use the units of that codex for the army you are playing.
The following thing you should do is going through a checklist of what you want. Most games only allow you to have a certain group of models from that army to play. So there is your definite needs; the codex or separate rulebook for the army you like, the battleforce for your army that gives you most the model requirements you need two troop forces and a leader, a good brush set, the paints for your models (I would suggest Citadel Model Paints) with a black or white spray paint and the theme for your army, glue, and finally basing.
Painting is an important part of this game that is why it is called a hobby. I would first suggest gluing the model together but not to stick it on the base. Next spray the models with spray paint and make sure not to overload on the paint or we will lose model details. Now select the paint you want for you base coat and water it down to a 2 to 1 ratio. This will give the model its starting color. I would suggest drybrushing. This is a simple highlighting technique, which works best on textured areas of the model.
First, paint the area with your base color. This color should be a dark color for the contrast later on. Next, grab the lighter paint. This paint should be the same color as the previous one but of a lighter shade. Dip your small dry brush into the color, then start wiping most of the paint off onto the tissue paper. When you see barely any paint being left on the paper with each wipe, start lightly and quickly drawing the brush back and forth over the area you want to paint on the model. This should leave a little of the lighter paint left on the raised areas of the model. This is a very simple and quick method of highlighting. This highlighting gives the model is texture and makes it more life like. This whole process is called layering. Next is washing. Washing is a term that is when you paint a model in ink. This ink will help in getting details in crevices of the model. Remember washing is optional I myself rarely wash my models. Time to paint details. Most models have details that can be painted. These include jewels and other assortments items. Finally glue your basing to the plastic base. I would suggest sand for starters or flock. And after you have done this glue your model that has been painted to the base. One down thirty to go.
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Finally after all that is said and done you models painted and your point calculated up I world suggest going to your local hobby store to learn more about the game and how to play. They with play a pick up game with you and teach you more about the hobby in general. So pick up your rulebook, roll those dice, and punch in.
Pretty ok, but please please PLEASE don't tell newbies to water down their paints, especially to that ratio! I still dont do that if Im not glazing something.Watering down your paint is something to be learned over time, not to be started out with.
Why no hordes if you have warmachine mentioned?
And you spelled "dwarves" wrong , and fantasy orcs is spelled with a c.
IMHO, You shouldnt write a guide for a game you dont play.
Last edited by Hemogoblin; November 25th, 2008 at 20:48.
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Why not? It is how I learned to do it the first day I started. Also if you read the paper I state a guide to wargaming. I play 40k and not warmachine but I am not specific on everything because everything need to be painted. I understand that I spelled dwarves wrong and who really cares between orcs and orks?
This isn't a specific guide it is a shophmore writing project so relax and don't over do it on the "Thats wrong".
Eh- sounds very much like an exercise that I had to do in my junior year speech/composition class. Write a 5-paragraph essay explaining to someone how to do something. I'm guessing that this would have earned you a fair grade. However, I wouldn't really hold this up against the actual prospect of starting a gaming hobby. There is alot that should be considered. Your paper explained how to start collecting, however, deciding to start gaming always takes a bit of a personal journey, where you are weighing the rewards with the cost. It's an expensive hobby- cars, paintball, sailing, and marriage are all similarly expensive hobbies which require at least the same amount of consideration.
Don't get me started on paintball. Especially PSP tourneys.
Anyway it is used to get them started thats all. She is picky and does not like papers under 700 words.