Summer is swiftly reaching its conclusion and soon our 4 kids will be “back to school.” I put that in quotes because we’ll be continuning remote learning with them as our schools will be offering both a hybrid and remote learning curriculum. What better way to end the summer and help keep the kids occupied come the colder months than starting a new miniatures hobby?
Enter Age of Sigmar. I used to be a 40k player back in college, but have always been more of a fantasy fan than a sci-fi one. With AoS’s updated ruleset it seemed like the perfect game for the family to get into. Well, at least 4 of us. After doing a bit of research online we decided against buying one of the Starter Boxes (Aether War, Soul Wars, or Tempest of Souls) and dove straight into the Start Collecting! sets for the armies we are interested in.
Bea and I will be sharing a Sylvaneth army, beings of the Wildwoods that look phenomenal. My 13-year-old daughter has chosen the Daughters of Khaine, though went back and forth for a bit between them and the Slaves to Darkness and Daemons of Slaanesh. She certainly is a fan of the more monstrous armies. As for my 10-year-old son, he couldn’t pass up on the Skeleton Horde.
I was also ready to plunk down some extra cash on the rulebook, but found out you can get the core rules online on Games Workshop’s site. Score. We’ll probably get the printed book eventually, but we’ve spent enough money for now. As most gamers already know, miniatures games are a DEEP rabbit hole to go down.
As for a place to actually play the game I’ve got my trusty ALPHA table, a 6’x4′ folding table designed specifically with miniatures gaming in mind. We’re also waiting on a few 6’x4′ battle mats from a couple of different companies to arrive for review, so I’ll post more about those once they come in.
The last, and certainly the most important bit (at least in my kids’ eyes) is the painting. We normally use Army Painter paints for minis in this house, but I have to say I’m curious about the Citadel Contrast paints, but that would require buying all new paint. We’re going to experiment a bit with primer and try a few generic brands on some 3D printed D&D minis, but if that fails it’ll be Citadel Spray Primer.
As for brushes, my daughter has her own set of nice brushes we had purchased her for her birthday a while back. Generic, but they get the job done. We’ll probably pick up a set for my son as well. As for my wife and I, we have a Legendary Brush Bundle from Games & Gears. They’re an amazing array of both long sable hair and synthetic brushes.
I feel like we’re off to a good start, and I’ll be documenting our process of getting the minis, assembling & painting them, then fielding them to the table as we go along. I hope you’ll join us on this amazing adventure and maybe even pick up the hobby yourself!
Media personality Rob Kalajian has been a staple in the board game world for many years. As a former writer for Purple Pawn and the owner of A Pawn’s Perspective, Rob focuses on board game reviews, events, and news. A self-proclaimed geek, Rob loves all things toys and games and even helps raise his four kids in his spare time.
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