Miniature Wargames

Guide to Skirmish Miniature Wargames

by Raul, Quartermaster @ The Guild Hall

August 05 2019

So you want to get into miniature wargames, but you want to start slow, with a minimum of financial investment, and grow from there. I have selected some cool games to consider before going big and moving to more massive games. 😊This will be a very superficial overview of the games, as I tried to keep it brief. For more info drop by the store or visit the official websites. I hope you find this useful.

Lord of The Rings Strategy Battle Game: Battle Companies

Pros:

  • Very easy ruleset
  • No more than 9 miniatures per side needed to play
  • Fantastic diversity of narrative scenarios to choose from
  • Campaign mode that allows models to gain experience and advance in skill
  • Takes around 20 minutes to play
  • Has a strong community at The Guild Hall

Cons:

  • Very luck based
  • Not very balanced
  • Needs 3D terrain to play
  • Some miniatures are hard to find

Important: You can find ready-built warbands waiting for a test at The Guild Hall

Join the community: Every Tuesday we meet to play Lord of the Rings: Strategy Battle Game, come and join us!

Imperial Assault Skirmish

Pros:

  • Easy ruleset
  • Abilities and attacks are all written down on cards so it’s easy to search for rules and there is no need to flip through a rulebook
  • A vast number of scenarios based on objectives
  • Uses custom dice
  • No need for terrain (everything is represented on the tiles you use)
  • You need around 7 or 8 miniatures to play
  • There was an active community, but it went into hibernation (still, many people have the miniatures and cards so a game can be arranged at almost any given time)

Cons:

  • Miniatures are nice, but they are boardgame quality
  • Not very balanced but very intense
  • Players use a deck of cards for special actions – this plays a massive role in the game, as the deck needs to be custom-built every time (which can be very time consuming)

Warhammer 40.000 Kill Team

Pros:

  • Easy ruleset
  • You need around 5 to 10 miniatures per side to play
  • Huge variety of factions
  • An interesting system of command points and tactics
  • Campaign mode that allows models to gain experience and advance in skill
  • Has a small active community at The Guild Hall

Cons:

  • Not very balanced but fun
  • Needs 3D terrain to play
  • Many additional rules for factions and weapons

Important: You can find ready-built kill teams waiting for a test at The Guild Hall

Aristeia!

Pros:

  • Very easy ruleset
  • Exactly 4 miniatures per side
  • Abilities and attacks are all written down on cards so it’s easy to search for rules and there is no need to flip through a rulebook
  • Very fast and intense
  • Uses custom dice
  • Super easy to draft characters and start playing
  • Huge variety of characters
  • No need for terrain (everything is represented on the map you use)
  • Uses a draft mechanic to balance team composition
  • A very small community at The Guild Hall

Cons:

  • The miniatures are nice, but they are boardgame quality
  • Some combinations of characters can be unbalanced

Warhammer Underworlds

Pros:

  • Easy ruleset
  • You need around 5 to 10 miniatures per side to play
  • Wide variety of factions
  • No need for terrain (everything is represented on the map you use)
  • Warbands come in ready to play boxes
  • A very small community at The Guild Hall

Cons:

  • Uses cards as an essential part of the game
  • Very competitive
  • Needs multiple packs to build good warbands

Important:You can find the starter set ready for a test at The Guild Hall

Join the community: Every Tuesday we meet to play Warhammer Tuesdays in the Underworlds, come and join us!

Warhammer Age of Sigmar Warcry

Pros:

  • Very easy ruleset
  • Amazing variety in customizing your scenarios
  • You need around 5 to 10 miniatures per side to play
  • Abilities and attacks are all written down on cards so it’s easy to search for rules and there is no need to flip through a rulebook
  • Ability to have neutral monsters that attack both sides depending on factors
  • Good variety of factions
  • Has a campaign for each faction
  • Has a small active community at The Guild Hall

Cons: Needs 3D terrain to play

Join the community: Every Saturday we meet to play Warhammer Age of Sigmar Saturday, come and join us!

Miniature Painting Workshops

Every Saturday we have a Miniature Painting Workshop, but you can come at any time to paint your minis.

Those of you who know nothing about the subject will be able to start from scratch, and one of our staff members will teach you how to paint a miniature. Those of you who are experienced but want to spend some chill hours in good company and maybe finish a project they started are most welcome also.

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