How to Get Started with Miniature Wargaming

You may not know it, but miniature wargaming is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the world. It’s also a hobby that can last you a lifetime with all of the different types and levels of games available to play. If you’re thinking about getting started with miniature wargames, then this blog post will introduce you to everything that you need to get going!

Getting started with miniature wargaming.

Miniature wargaming is a pastime in which players simulate battles between opposing military forces. There are many different types of miniature games, some that have been around for decades and others that were created last week.

It’s not about the age and history though – it’s all about what you want to play! You can find some more info on tabletop wargames in this article, but here are three basic types of miniature wargames:

  • Tabletop strategy games usually consisting of a large number of units like Warhammer 40K or BattleTech
  • Role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons where each player has a miniature representing their character
  • Skirmish warfare games where two players pit small forces against each other like Star Wars X-Wing

Why you should get into it?

There are many benefits to getting into miniature wargaming. For one, it’s a great stress reliever and creative outlet. There is something very therapeutic about spending time painting a well-crafted miniature or building your own terrain pieces, whether your own enjoyment or just to take your mind off things.

And let’s not forget how much fun you’ll have playing games with friends! You’ll meet all kinds of new people with this hobby, and you’re guaranteed to make some lifelong friends. Because games can range from 30 minutes for a skirmish to several hours for a full match, you’ll have plenty of fun times together.

How to pick the right miniature wargame for you!

Picking the right tabletop wargame for you can be hard. There are many things you have to take into account, such as the complexity of the game, the time it takes to play, or even the cost of getting into the game.

But the number one thing to consider is how much the game interests you. You want to find a game that is not just fun to play, but that is fun to learn about. It’s not just about painting up some miniatures, pulling out a tape measure, and rolling some dice.

You want to find a game with a rich backstory and lore, one that allows you to pick a faction (or even create your own) that you love. A game that you can enjoy even when you are not on the tabletop.

You’ll want a game with miniatures that is simple enough for beginners but still offers the depth of gameplay in order to keep more experienced players entertained. For some great suggestions of wargames to get into, check out my blog on the 13 Best Miniature Wargames For Beginners.

Tips for the beginner player.

If you’re a beginner, then the first step is to pick out your game and collect some miniatures. The best and easiest way to do this is to find a game that has a beginner box such as the BattleTech Beginner Box. They usually have everything you need to get started, such as some miniatures and quick-start rules to give you a taste.

Second, if the game is on the expensive side for you then find a buddy to split the cost with. Since most tabletop wargames are 2 player games, then to get started both you and your friend would need to buy into the game. But if the starter box is more on the expensive side, you and a friend can combine your funds together to purchase the game and split it between you.

For example, if you wanted to get into Warhammer 40K you may want to get the Warhammer 40K Indomitus box. With over 60 miniatures, rules, and datasheets, it is a great way to get started but the $300 price tag can be out of a lot of people’s price range. But if you and a friend pitch in together, you would each have a starting army, a rule book, and could get started playing right away.

Lastly, have fun! If you are like me and are very competitive, then tabletop wargaming can be great. It allows you to use your cunning and ingenuity to outsmart your opponent in ways you can’t with traditional games like chess. But it can also be frustrating when you lose. That’s why it’s always good to remember this hobby is about having fun and not take it too seriously.

Final thoughts about getting started in this hobby.

Miniature wargaming is a great stress reliever and creative outlet. It’s also really fun to play with friends, not to mention making lifelong friendships! Getting started in this hobby does take some investment – from buying the game itself up to building your own terrain pieces for games. But once you start collecting supplies it can be easy enough to pick them up as needed, so don’t feel like everything has to be purchased right away–just get what you need now and add more later!

In the end, miniature wargames are great because they combine strategy and creativity into one awesome activity that anyone of any age or skill level can enjoy. Don’t hesitate too long before giving them a try if you’re looking for something new.


Hi! I'm Jason, the guy behind Alpha Strikes. I've been in love with miniature wargames for more than 30 years, even more lately. It has become my mission to spread my love of wargames to new players. I hope you enjoy the site!

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