Miniature Wargaming - What Is It, Why Is It So Popular And Where Do I Start?
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Miniature Wargaming - What Is It, Why Is It So Popular And Where Do I Start?

People who are out of ideas of things to do might just have found a new hobby by the end of this article. I'm talking about a hobby called miniature wargaming.

People who are out of ideas of things to do might just have found a new hobby by the end of this article. I'm talking about a hobby called "miniature wargaming", that has already enthralled thousands of hobbyists from all over the world. Thousands of people are already actively playing miniature wargames and you are quite sure to find a lot of enthusiastic players if you visit a public event such as the Role play Convention in Köln or the Gamescon. But what is so special about this kind of hobby, why are so many people playing it?

What is miniature wargaming and why is it so popular?

Miniature wargaming is a hobby that has existed for a very long time, and has attracted thousands of players over the last couple of years. Miniature wargaming is the art of painting miniatures by yourself, and then using those miniatures to fight tabletop "battles" against other fans with their own miniatures. Now anyone who is not into wargaming would think this is a chaotic hobby where everyone makes up their own rules. But it is not, there is a special book for every type of wargame (there are three main types: Lord of the Rings wargaming, Warhammer wargaming and Warhammer 40.000 wargaming) which contains basic and advanced rules.

There are about three separate smaller hobbies within this big hobby called miniature wargaming, the first one is painting your own miniatures, the second one is designing your own terrain to fight in, and the third is to play the game itself. This is what makes miniature wargaming such an incredibly popular hobby: it offers something interesting for any type of player.

Is there a way to go "professional" with this hobby?

There is a way for the more competitive players to win prizes with their skills. But if you are interested in joining these tournaments you need to know all wargaming rules and that isn't easy at all. But if you are up to the challenge tournaments are regularly being held by players, shops, or the creator of the wargames.

I would like to start with miniature wargaming, where do I start?

If you would like to start miniature wargaming you should visit the official site of "Games Workshop", the most popular producer of wargames (LOTR and Warhammer (40k)), or you should visit a wargaming shop nearby.

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Great discussion and sweet model of Minas Tirith in the photo.

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