A Guide for Parents to “Warhammer 40,000”


The 9th edition of Warhammer 40,000 is almost upon us. (Pre-order July 11, on sale July 25.) Warhammer 40,000 is one of the biggest wargames in the world, but for parents of interested kids it could be a confusing and scary world.

There will be a lot of content and information about the new edition (called Inodmitus) in the next weeks. Indeed the own of Games Workshop Warhammer Community blog has already devoted many hours of pages to it. Much of this content will be aimed at people who are sure to buy the new big box, that is, those who are full members of the Imperium.

I can’t add much more for these people. I don’t know enough Warhammer 40,000 do this. What I can do is offer advice and information to people and parents who don’t know anything about gambling or the hobby.

The videos and content I create about the game and the articles I write for GeekDad will be aimed at people who know next to nothing. War hammer. It will be for those of you who are nervously looking around the door of the War hammer stores, wondering what their child is getting into.

So here is my first “Parents Guide to Warhammer 40,000. If people like them, there will be more. I want to expand on this idea to cover all games from Games Workshop and beyond. Videos aren’t really designed for keen parents; Getting your kids to play your games is a whole different topic, but if you’re new to the world of hobby games, this series is for you.

What is Warhammer 40,000?

Originally established over 30 years ago in the UK, Warhammer 40,000, Where “40K”As most gamers call it, is a tabletop war game set in the distant future. In its dystopian world of “There is only war”, and in this context, players select armies from a range of plastic models that then fight on the table.

the 40K The rule set allows each player to deploy their army and move it around the battlefield, shooting and fighting enemies as they go. Games generally take place between two people over an area between 4 ′ X 4 ′ and 6 ′ X 4 ′. It can be on a table or, if you don’t have the space for it, the floor is perfect. Just be careful not to step on any figurines.

Although the base game is simple at heart, there is a huge amount of additional rules and different types of models, types of troops and armies that go into the making of the game. War hammer Universe the rich and popular place it is today.

3 reasons to play

There are 3 main reasons people love Warhammer 40,000. Each person appreciates each facet to a different extent, which makes each person’s hobby unique and personal.

1. Play the game

This is usually where it starts for most people. Models look great and there is something fascinating about controlling armies, fighting your opponent, and claiming the spoils of battle. Every battle tells a story, and the game’s mix of tactics and luck (there’s a lot of dice rolls involved) lends itself to telling some epic moments.

Once you have a few models, you can start playing, even on a fairly small table or floor space. It’s a great way to enter the world of War hammer. Later tables and battlefields may become more ornate, armies will grow larger, additional rule books may be needed. The game is almost infinitely scalable, limited only by your imagination… and the number of tables you can put together. Warhammer 40,000 has a strong competitive scene and a lot of people like to try to be the best player in their region / country / world.

It’s hard to imagine that it started out as unassembled gray plastic. It takes a while to get this good, but it’s a wonderful trip. Photo @possablementnerdyrob

2. The hobby

Models are supplied as gray plastic kits that must be assembled and painted before they can be used in battles. This is the first step on the road to “leisure”. Games Workshop make a huge range of miniatures and some people love to collect, build, and paint them without ever bringing them to the table. This is the artistic and creative side of Warhammer 40,000. There is a huge amount of painting and modeling resources available on the internet including Warhammer TV.

Painting is a discipline that takes a little patience and is tricky at first, but with practice and learning a few simple techniques it is possible to achieve good results. One of the great things about the hobby side is that you can see the fruits of your labor improve as you progress through the painting path. For great advice, check out the official website War hammer channel on YouTube. We even have a few recent videos about painting miniatures on GeekDad. Hopefully there will soon be an upcoming article on the first steps of painting as part of this series.

3. Tradition

Perhaps the most esoteric of the three prongs is “lore”, which essentially translates into the stories behind the games. Since its creation in the 1980s, the Warhammer 40,000 the universe grew larger as new miniature lines were added. The stories started out from classic games run by the creators themselves. They began to chronicle their escapades, featuring recurring heroes and villains. There is now a whole myth and saga surrounding the years between 30,000 and 40,000 and countless books that tell its story. Games Workshop even has its own publishing arm, the Black Library. The Lore attracts its experts and aficionados, those who love stories more than painting and even playing the game. The main rulebook gives an overview of the 40K story, but it is possible to go much further than that and it all adds to the rich flavor of the game’s setting.

A word of warning: some of the themes of the Warhammer Universe are pretty dark (it’s a dystopia after all), so parenting advice may be needed.

What will my child get out of the game Warhammer 40,000?

There are a lot of things your kids could take away from the game.

  1. This will move them away from the screen. Warhammer 40,000 is fortunately screenless.
  2. It can expand their creative side. Painting and building the miniatures is a big artistic endeavor.
  3. Planning. Whether it’s how to collect and save money for future purchases or how to execute their plan on the battlefield, Warhammer 40,000 offers many ways to help your children learn to plan ahead.
  4. Face adversity. This is true for any game. You can’t win all the time. Games teach you how to win and lose.
  5. Reading. Whether it’s the story or the rules, there are plenty of opportunities to read for 40K Fans.
  6. Tell stories. Every battle is a story. Your child will invent epic sagas and feast on stories of how their humble soldier held back the evil hordes.
  7. Math. There are a lot of dice rolling War hammer and the dice mean probability!

Hope this article has helped you understand a bit more about Games Workshop and War hammer. It is only the tip of a very large iceberg. Let me know in the comments if there’s anything else you’d like to see, and look for future posts that cover the new one. Indomitus cabinet, the basics of the hobby side of Warhammer, and a glimpse into the lore of the game.

Brighter work by @possablynerdyrob

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