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A sea that raged no more21 Nov 2016 6:00 a.m. PST

For the encouragement of others, what wargame figures would you donate to a newbie wargamer starting out and how many pieces would you give.

I wonder what period would be most popular to give and whether skirmish size would win out over, say, a battalion, or more.

cavcrazy21 Nov 2016 6:24 a.m. PST

I have given entire armies to people.
If they showed an actual interest and I knew they would game, then I give what I can.
I have quite a bit of unpainted lead that could help out a new gamer.
I have even given a few painted figures away as well.
This hobby can get rather expensive and I think helping someone ease into the hobby is always a nice thing to do, and it is pretty good on a karmic level too.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2016 7:22 a.m. PST

To start in horse & musket other than skirmish, a newbie needs 200 or more figures. Ante up.

I recommend 1/72, but 15mm is also a possibility.

parrskool21 Nov 2016 7:57 a.m. PST

I have given to schools, youth groups, and to other wargamers. Selling items does not go well for me.

Weasel21 Nov 2016 9:13 a.m. PST

Since I am a skirmish gamer, a squad or two.

Enough to get someone started but not enough to give them no choices.

Chuckaroobob21 Nov 2016 10:01 a.m. PST

20 years ago I gave away about 75-100 GW Squats to a kid just getting started.

"Where are they now?" sometimes springs to mind.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Nov 2016 11:52 a.m. PST

Depends on what they needed to start what they were playing.

I have made squads of space marines for my kids, nieces and nephews (and a couple brothers/sisters-in-law) in their school colors upon graduation from college, all of whom were gamers, but not necessarily that type of gamer. One of my nieces also got a set of pink butterfly space marines.

I gave my entire Battle of Puebla set (terrain and figures) to a Hispanic heritage club at a high school.

I gave scifi bodies & weapons and toy giraffes to a kid who was drooling over my scifi giraffe men so he could make his own. I also gave away my first set of scifi giraffe men, but that wasn't to a starter person.

Depends on the situation.

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