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The Hobby Guy

October 10th, 2006 at 10:28 pm

War, Table Top Style


Build a western town on your dinning room table, re-enact the sea battles of the Roman Empire with a few friends, or defend against an Orc army invasion in your den. If you are into models or games, this is where the two meet in miniature wargames.
A few years ago I had some business in Toronto, and my family joined me for the weekend. On Sunday we decided to check out the local mall and found a Games Workshop. I had previously been exposed to table top games , such as Warhammer , but did not have a full appreciation for them. The staff in this store did an excellent job at educating us and making us very interested in the game.
Before I knew it, my son and I were involved in a Warhammer 4000 game with six other people, all who were newbies like us. The staff made it fun, explained the rules, supplied us with models, and had a genuine interest in the game.
When the game was over, the staff explained the starter set we should buy, the books we should read, the dice and mat to get, and all the other items. No pressure, just informative selling. They did not suggest we needed them all, but showed us the possibilities. We were not ready to buy and my son and I walked away with a positive impression.
Every so often we talk about the game and how we would like to play again. Part of our hesitation comes from the thought of investing a lot of time, energy, and cash into building models for a game that we may not play more than once a year.

I had wished there was a middle of the road, less time burdensome, and less cash heavy way to enjoy such a game. I may have found that answer. White Wash Models makes printable model buildings in PDF format that can be used in “American Western” scenario table top games, such as Gutshot, or for model train layouts, or just display. The models are fantastic, absolutely stunning and original.

Whitewash models - Western Town

The highest price model is about $3.00 USD, I like that a lot. All you do is download the PDF file; print out the PDF on card stock; cut it out; fold and glue the pieces accordingly. I like this, simple, inexpensive, and you could build a whole town. They have some free samples, try it.

A little more browsing turned up other printable models, including Roman Seas, which is focused on recreating Roman Naval Battles and Roman buildings. I am sure there are more, and I will find them.

If building paper models is not your interest, there is a whole host of table top games using Lego bricks. Most notable is the free game of BrikWars. For a list of other free tabletop games and downloadable rules, check out Jim Wallman’s free wargame rules.

After finding all this, I realized how creative and artistic my Dad really was. I have in storage a few dozen card stock models my dad made for one of our n-scale model railroads. At the time I thought he was crazy. I was the smart 15 year old, what was this cardboard town stuff?

I will have to dig those models out. He hand drew and detailed each one. Wow! He had some real artistic talent and was thinking way ahead of me. It only took me 20 years to figure out the whole card stock model craze.

 

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