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Hi all,

In the 1990s I played Battletech and AD&D and Whitewolf stuff. Feel out of it in college, and then came more school, careers, family, etc.

Well now my kids are 8 and 11 and I was looking for a gaming option for them that didn't involve video games (they're not banned, mind you, but trying to introduce some diversity here). On a whim, stopped by my local gaming shop and bought some new DnD books and the Warmachine two-player battle box for Hanukkah. Turns out they're really into the idea of painting miniatures and wargaming, so it's looking like Warmachine is going to become something of a family game night.

But I'm totally new to it myself, so having a resource to ask questions for everything the crafts-related and rules-related would be appreciated. Not to win tournaments with competitive play or win awards for professional quality miniatures, just to have fun with our in-house gaming.
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Longtime Dakkanaut

I can't offer more about Warmachine than that you should take a look at Privateer Press' official forums as well as the subforum on this site, a little further down the list of subforums. There's probably going to be a lot of complaining but you should be able to temper it for your own purposes.

For general tabletop gaming, I suggest that you take a look at Reaper Miniature's range of Bones miniatures.


They are named after the weird white plastic that doesn't photograph very well so most figures look like they're poorly detailed when they really aren't. The whole deal with the material is that it's nice and springy so it handles being dropped much better than other materials and, perhaps most importantly, that it's incredibly cheap. If you want a griffon in metal it'll cost 28 dollars but if you want the exact same figure in Bones plastic it'll cost you 7 dollars. The line is unbeatable for monsters and you'll be able to amass critters and dragons for a fraction of the standard price.

Other than that, well, I guess Frostgrave is a currently popular skirmishing fantasy game that's about stealing treasure from each other and building up a band of people to get better at it.

For arts and crafts, check out the painting and project sections of this site or frankly any site related to miniatures wargaming. Be sure to check Youtube because there's both wargaming stuff as well as ordinary model building videos that show very nicely how to make mud, walls and whatever else you might think of. For terrain making, be sure to collect pieces of cardboard, clean plastic containers and other such pieces of junk. With some glue and paint they'll become anything you want them to be. Soon you'll be putting old electronics wiring, cork, fine chicken mesh and gravel on your Christmas wishlist.
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As for the official Privateer Press forums, I registered there a week or two ago, but their mods need to manually activate posting privileges for each account and never did so for me. And the WMH forum here, though small in numbers, has been very helpful and friendly.
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Swift Swooping Hawk

Hello and welcome to Dakka! The official PP forum isn't what it used to be, but there are alternatives out there. As for the game itself, I think it's better than it's ever been, but there's some serious negativity online. Don't let it get to you and enjoy building, painting and playing!

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