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lljkk Wed 24-Oct-12 22:20:04

DS (nearly 13) saw a friend's collection the other day & he has been swooning about it ever since.

Is it something that people just play with their friends, so he'd have to go to conventions & gaming events to truly get into it? I just don't think it will work for DS, we can't drive him so far so often for so little.

And the pieces are very expensive, from what we gather.

Is there anything else to it?

sashh Thu 25-Oct-12 07:06:33

Pay a visit to games workshop, he staff are great at explaining the various games. They also hold sessions for painting figures, playing the various games. To work in their shops you have to have been CRB checked. If you go in on a Saturday you will, find it more like a youth club.

My local one advertises a 'parents' coffee morning' in December. You take your child's list of wanted in and sit drinkijng coffee with other parents while the staff pick your order.

There are tournaments in far flung places, but these are mainly adults.

Warhammer has various games and tournaments within it, all seem to have evolved from dungeons and dragons.

JuliaFlyte Thu 25-Oct-12 07:12:23

What I know about warhammer is thst we have hundreds and hundreds of pounds worth of the stuff in boxes in the attic that I was persuaded to buy. Proceed with caution!

lljkk Thu 25-Oct-12 07:40:55

I suppose DS is old enough now to take himself on the train to the big city (where the Games Workshop is). Probably better than spending all his time playing Shoot-Em-Up computer games, too.

Other threads on MN talk about "levels" and even just playing WH by yourself. DS is even muttering about selling his beloved Star Wars Lego to fund WH purchases (he doesn't do things by half).

amillionyears Thu 25-Oct-12 08:00:27

In my boys cases,they did use/paint/discuss/play complicated games for about a year and a half.
If your DS has friends that are also in to it,it is surprisingly sociable and keeps them quietly happily occupied for quite some time
They will probably grow out of it like everything else at some point.
They do look back at that era with fondness and memories.Part of their growing up time.

DeputyChiefJohnson Fri 26-Oct-12 16:59:50

JuliaFlyte we also have a box full of the stuff in the attic.

sashh Sat 27-Oct-12 03:08:11

Julia and Deputy

Get on e-bay, you will make ££

EMS23 Sat 27-Oct-12 03:20:56

My DSS 8 is just getting into this but he's being led by my DH who I suspect is the real fan!!
The shop and staff are great to be fair and at least it provides plenty of Xmas and birthday ideas for presents.

DeputyChiefJohnson Sun 28-Oct-12 14:20:57

sashh Ah now if I could be bothered to do e bay we'd have loads of empty cupboards and be rich. There must be a market for people to do e bay for lazy people on a commission basis.

fussychica Sun 28-Oct-12 19:08:58

Warhammer - only "toy" DS had that was a waste of money - he didn't even get around to painting all the figures he had before he tired of it. As others say proceed with caution. Some kids can't get enough of it though.

MrsMiniversCharlady Sun 28-Oct-12 19:12:22

My two eldest boys (12 and 10) are Warhammer mad, as are many of their friends. They occasionally go to Games Workshop for the afternoon, but mostly they do it at home and then arrange 'battle days' with their friends where they get to play with it together and show-off their latest creations!

Yes, it's expensive, but my two have spent huge amounts of time doing it and definitely get their money's worth! Buy a couple of pieces and see how he gets on.

lljkk Wed 07-Nov-12 16:57:55

Bit of a tangential WWYD:

Back in Yrs4-5 DS was badly picked on by peers, dented his self-esteem badly. Still not recovered (you never recover fully from bullying, do you?)

There's a Warhammer club at high school but DS heard that kids who go to it get called "Nerds". DS is half thinking to try to attend secretly. Just to avoid the name-calling. Else not go at all.

I didn't know what to advise him, What Would you Say?

wigglybeezer Wed 07-Nov-12 22:53:30

I'm still waiting for DH to grow out of it and he is 45! ( and he has recruited DS1 andDS2) to his cause.

QuacksForDoughnuts Sat 10-Nov-12 17:36:29

If price is an issue you can get a lot of it on ebay, which is what OH does. (he also still has the stuff he was buying when he was 11 or 12, which he took a break from in his late teens and twenties but has gone back to now) I'd suggest starting off with a smaller game like Blood Bowl (like American football with orcs and elves) rather than one that involves massive armies, and moving on to the other stuff if he sustains his interest. And feel free to ban it from various areas of the house - it has a tendency to take over and you'll be doing his future partner a favour not letting him get used to scattering it around...

elfycat Sat 10-Nov-12 17:55:52

I secretly want to do Warhammer, have since I was 15ish and I'm now 41. A few years ago I started painting some figures as a hobby but then had DDs and it's been shelved until I have time to do hobbies again.

DDs are 4 and 2 and I am hoping to brainwash tempt them into taking it up in a few years time so I can get back to paining and start playing. It's been 20 years since I last played.

Maybe start small. Half a dozen paints (one metallic), 3 brushes (one fine to do detailing) and a plastic box set of characters. It's the metal and large figures that are expensive. Maybe look on ebay but check out prices in shops first. You'd need little cutters, files etc to neaten the figures up from the packaging, and glue to put them together. B&Q hobby section is cheaper than Games Workshop branded.

Last note: DCs need to decide on warhammer, warhammer 40,000 (sci-fi ish) or the Lord of the Rings set if they want to play as each type is a separate game. Then it might be best to pick an army type within that game to build up an army.

example: I have traditional warhammer. I started with the 'orc and goblin' army, bought the painting guide book and gently collected figures. Then I did the same with the dwarf army (so I have good and bad guys to fight each other).

loo Tue 20-Nov-12 13:59:29

some schools run clubs if there are enough youngsters who are interested. It can be very rewarding socially and is very male dominated so for once allows boys to be boys without feeling geeky and the distraction of girls smile

phlebas Tue 20-Nov-12 21:54:43

my dd is an active member of her school Warhammer club grin

Mitchdafish Fri 28-Dec-12 23:02:06

And suddenly I am in the teenagers section! How did that happen...
Thanks for above, I was standing in Games Workshop today feeling really out of place, so utterly disinterested, in fact rather appalled at the ugliness of it all... your posts are helping me to come to terms with this new thing and also try to work out a bit of a strategy for not spending too much and for working out a good starting point.
This is all about me, isn't it? I suppose the dwarves were a bit cute.

Loshad Fri 28-Dec-12 23:04:12

pile of overpriced poo imo

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