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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian28 Jan 2015 7:46 p.m. PST

What age were you when you first knew you were a miniatures wargamer?

Personal logo gamertom Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 8:00 p.m. PST


Jakse37528 Jan 2015 8:01 p.m. PST

8, the first time I put paint onto lead.

morrigan28 Jan 2015 8:02 p.m. PST


Stan Johansen Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 8:05 p.m. PST

11 years old, 1957


taskforce5828 Jan 2015 8:07 p.m. PST

About 14 I think, when I checked out a copy of Don Featherstone's "War Games" from the school library.

Dave Crowell28 Jan 2015 8:08 p.m. PST

I'm still in denial. I can stop any time I want to. I just don't want to.

I've always been into miniatures. Playing with actual rules came later, but toy soldiers and elaborate forts etc, since I was very young.

Only Warlock28 Jan 2015 8:11 p.m. PST

13. Avalon Hill Bismarck while stationed in Puerto Rico. Played the engagement with the Hood and Prince of Wales.

cfielitz28 Jan 2015 8:15 p.m. PST

15 or what age one is when they start high school.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 8:17 p.m. PST


Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 8:19 p.m. PST

Six. My brothers gave me some Airfix figures for Christmas, and my life was ruined.

Sundance28 Jan 2015 8:29 p.m. PST

Used to play games with 1/72 plastics and Airfix HO.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 8:30 p.m. PST

Wargaming with real rules? About ten years old.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 8:32 p.m. PST

7 when father brought back a lot of flats at the end of the war (probably looted)


Charlie 1228 Jan 2015 8:36 p.m. PST

16. Started with Minitanks and Airfix figures.

vagamer63 Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 8:47 p.m. PST

9 After I spent my summer's worth of allowance and news paper route money buying and painting enough airfix U.S. Cavalry and American Indian boxes to recreate Custer's Last Stand. Even built my own Fort Lincoln out of twigs gathered from the local patch of woods. Drove my parents nuts in the evenings listening to me yell "Charge!" every few minutes up in my bedroom!! Ah, those were the days!!!!

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 8:48 p.m. PST

About 10. Got my parents to buy me John Tunstill's little book, "Discovering Wargames," during a visit to Polk's Hobby Shop in Manhattan. I never used the rules inside but the book's very existence confirmed that the hobby existed and there was something for me to do with my Britain's and Airfix soldiers in addition to lining them up on the floor and admiring them! That tiny book probably cost less than a dollar at the time but has had a pretty big impact on my life ever since.

cfuzwuz Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 9:03 p.m. PST

About 9. Got the Marx civil war set for Christmas. Played it for years. Best present ever.

skippy000128 Jan 2015 9:07 p.m. PST

Tractics and Chainmail-whenever they first came out.

Earlier-Fletcher Pratt with home made balsa ships on a ping pong table, around 1971.

Battle Phlox28 Jan 2015 9:12 p.m. PST

15, when I picked up Battle Tech.

Cyrus the Great28 Jan 2015 9:14 p.m. PST


53Punisher28 Jan 2015 9:32 p.m. PST

7 and then started "writing" my own "rules" when I was 8.

Winston Smith28 Jan 2015 9:35 p.m. PST

I had of course played with soldiers when I was a kid.
But I never considered it a "hobby" (obsession) until I went to a gathering of boardgamers in Joisey.
We stopped in Altoona to play the excruciatingly rare Trafalgar.
Then after playing a monster hand made Great Patriotic War game on multi maps we played some Nappie minis.
When we got home to Penn State I started in on WRG Ancients.

Perris070728 Jan 2015 9:38 p.m. PST

Since birth.

Winston Smith28 Jan 2015 9:40 p.m. PST

Funny story. I was reading a review of a uniform book in Strategy and Tactics which went into great detail on facings etcetera.
The reviewer sniffed that this had of course nothing to do with proper wargaming.
Even as a devoted Avalon Hill and S&Ter, I thought that was an odd comment. I had heard of those oddball loonies who played with toy soldiers seriously. I had just never met them. grin

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian28 Jan 2015 9:49 p.m. PST

12, "Fast Rules" with whatever models and Airfix figures we had

Henry Martini28 Jan 2015 9:49 p.m. PST

So it could be a congenital defect, Perris?

Neither of my parents is a wargamer, so now I suppose I'll have to go through the family tree to find out how far back the gene was first expressed.

Sergeant Paper28 Jan 2015 9:50 p.m. PST

15-16, though I was a boardgamer long before that.

Fergal28 Jan 2015 9:54 p.m. PST


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 10:11 p.m. PST

I got MPC ring hand toy soldiers in 60mm in 1958 at age 3. Never stopped collecting army men. Minitanks and Airfix still make up a sizeable part of my massive collection.

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Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 10:27 p.m. PST


Personal logo Gungnir Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 10:29 p.m. PST

About 12, I think.

The Beast Rampant28 Jan 2015 10:30 p.m. PST

I had been collecting miniatures since twelve. I had screwed around some pretty "informal" wargaming in that time, solo and with my cousin, but around 17 I got involved with a local group headed by a veteran gamer. I was hooked by Warhammer Fantasy Battle 3rd.

Sudwind28 Jan 2015 10:36 p.m. PST

I guess around 16 years old. I had been a board gamer before that….but I started gaming with micro-armor using the Engage and Destroy rules. Now I enjoy converting old board games to miniatures play. Using Panzer Leader/Blitz/Arab-Israeli Wars, War at Sea, Victory in the Pacific and newer sets as a basis for miniatures gaming really is enjoyable and makes me feel somewhat nostalgic.

Personal logo Nashville Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 10:43 p.m. PST



Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 10:44 p.m. PST


Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 10:54 p.m. PST


wrgmr128 Jan 2015 10:58 p.m. PST

At age 5 or 6 toys soldiers.
At age 15 in 1973 C in C and GHQ micro Armour.

basileus6628 Jan 2015 11:25 p.m. PST

I had been playing with soldiers since I was 6, but the first time I was aware of wargaming as a hobby shared by other grown men was when I turned 20.

377CSG Supporting Member of TMP28 Jan 2015 11:32 p.m. PST

Age 5 and 6 – 1957 and 1958 toy soldiers – 54mm American Infantry, ringhand, the helmets and gear came off in silver and Cowboys. Age 10 -1962 Marx American Civil War Set.

piper90928 Jan 2015 11:48 p.m. PST

Hmmm. I suppose I was 15, and it would have been "Little Wars" from HG Wells, adapted for those Revolutionary War soldiers you used to be able to buy from comic book ads. Shortly therafter I discovered the world of real toy soldiers and rules (thank you, Wargamer's Digest). But if you count those Helen of Toy boardgames/toy soldier games (also bought via comic books), I could push this back to age 13 or so.

And long before that, I took it upon myself to PAINT those Revolutionary War soldiers, and other toys from Marx Brothers playsets (Fort Apache; Knights and Vikings) to spruce up the games my friends and I would play with them. I was a larval-stage wargamer then!

Dark Knights And Bloody Dawns29 Jan 2015 12:09 a.m. PST


GarrisonMiniatures29 Jan 2015 12:29 a.m. PST

About 12 or 13, which was strange because that was still a few years before I knew there was such a thing.

snurl129 Jan 2015 12:44 a.m. PST

About 4. Toy soldiers were always the best toys.
With rules? About 10, Avalon Hill's Gettysburg. (old version)

Tacitus29 Jan 2015 12:48 a.m. PST

14. Set up dozens of green army men in the backyard, played against my friend. Won that game and not much since…

goragrad29 Jan 2015 1:04 a.m. PST

I played with 'toy soldiers' from grade school through high school. Although my brother and I had each gotten (floating) aircraft carriers and other 'military' toys even earlier.

Went to college and discovered Seapower and 1/1200. Then came 1/76 tanks with various rulesets culminating in Tractics.

Boardgames – Blitzkrieg and Gettysburg in junior high.

Chess in seventh.

Black Hat Miniatures29 Jan 2015 3:07 a.m. PST

11 (1974) when I got Little Wars out of the library and bought 4 boxes of Airfix 1/32 Napoleonics and 2 firing guns.


Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2015 3:41 a.m. PST

18 or 19. I'd been playing Avalon Hill games since 12, but I fell in love with minis at a MichiCon. After playing a Medieval game I bought my first set of rules "Strike Team Alpha" and loads of 'grab bags' of minis for it.

I still have everything…….


Yesthatphil29 Jan 2015 3:56 a.m. PST

Proper wargaming: 10 – although I guess I 'became' a wargamer progressively over the years that followed.


David Manley29 Jan 2015 4:11 a.m. PST

6, thanks to my big brother :)

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