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Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP20 May 2019 7:25 a.m. PST

Do/did your grandparents, parents, kids, grandkids, etc.:
– Paint/Build Minis
– Play Miniature Wargames
– Write Miniature Wargame Scenarios?

Grandparents/Parents – Didn't
DOM – Play, Write
SOM – Paint, Play
Grandkids – None yet!

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2019 7:56 a.m. PST

No to all

Thomas O20 May 2019 8:05 a.m. PST


Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2019 8:16 a.m. PST

No. My dad thought it was weird.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2019 8:27 a.m. PST

NOTA – though it's not too late for my kids yet.

Tom Reed Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2019 8:27 a.m. PST


Choctaw20 May 2019 8:29 a.m. PST


Grelber20 May 2019 8:31 a.m. PST

My kid sometimes plays. He's a computer person, and we encouraged this to get him out and doing social things.


advocate20 May 2019 8:52 a.m. PST

My older brothers did, so encouraged me to start, but dropped it relatively a quickly, while I never did.

Stryderg20 May 2019 9:02 a.m. PST

Never, and dad thought I was just playing with dolls. (guess he was sort of right.)

dapeters20 May 2019 9:04 a.m. PST

"No. My dad thought it was weird."

My Dad looked at my figs when I was in my 30s and said that he had thought I would have grown out of it by then.

von Winterfeldt20 May 2019 9:18 a.m. PST


Fat Wally20 May 2019 9:20 a.m. PST

My 11 yr old son wargames with me and plays half a dozen rule sets to a very good standard. He will write his own army lists too. He has no interest in painting though.

LaserGrenadier Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2019 9:39 a.m. PST

Play with toy soldiers? No, I'm the only one with this affliction.

mad monkey 120 May 2019 10:29 a.m. PST


bobm195920 May 2019 12:33 p.m. PST

Son will play ACW games using my stuff but has no interest in the modelling/painting aspects.
Daughter painted two figures when aged about 10
Wife nearly basecoated a horse once….

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2019 12:53 p.m. PST

My son plays and has already asked if he inherits my figures when I die.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2019 1:00 p.m. PST

My son paints WH40K figures and games in many of our group historical games.

My granddaughter is more interested in dancing and little girl things right now, although she sometimes will watch me paint my figures.


Legion 420 May 2019 2:15 p.m. PST

My Cousins built models back in the '50s & '60s … I think that is where I got interested in modeling and war gaming.

Zephyr120 May 2019 3:08 p.m. PST

I'm the only one in the family who ever did (and my brother is still mystified why I'm not selling off my huge GW figure collection…)

dilettante Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2019 6:42 p.m. PST

No, but dad was ok with it.

377CSG Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2019 2:03 a.m. PST

Yes, my Dad help me build a few plastic models when I was about 6 years old. I remember we built a "Long Tom" U.S. Army artillery piece and a MiG NATO call sign "Flashlight" Soviet jet.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2019 3:50 a.m. PST


TGerritsen Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2019 4:31 a.m. PST

My daughter tried playing a few times, but her brothers were really good and she hated losing so stopped playing and refuses when offered. She gets that from her mother who also refuses to play a game unless she knows the totality of the rules first, and then won't play again if she can't win or come very close on her first try. Both will paint from time to time.

My elder son took to minis at age eight and has been going strong for 14 years since. He's a great painter as well.

My youngest will play, and paint from time to time, but it's not his favorite thing.

My parents didn't show interest but don't mind. They are laid back folks.

My mother in law finds it laughable to the extreme to the point that when my wife and I moved into a new home she came to see it with my sister-in-law. Upon opening the front door, she burst past my wife and I, dragging my befuddled sister-in-law by the arm in search of my den where she proceeded to point out my collection and asking my sister-in-law if she had ever seen such a thing and how she can't understand a grown man painting and playing with toys.

Thankfully my father-in-law doesn't care.

x42brown21 May 2019 6:34 a.m. PST

My father brought my first figures (flats) back from Germany at the end of WW2 and whatched and encouraged play but did not play himself. No discouragement from older Generations.

My daughter plays rairly. Niether grandsons nor their families play but my grandaughter and her husband does (mainly RPGs) as does her children.


Andy ONeill21 May 2019 7:56 a.m. PST


Mum and Dad thought i should put my model making skills to work making models for films and tv.

Personal logo rampantlion Supporting Member of TMP21 May 2019 8:04 a.m. PST


SultanSevy21 May 2019 6:41 p.m. PST

NO to all of them.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP22 May 2019 6:24 a.m. PST

Amendment to my assessment in the OP:

My dad and I did build models of WWII tanks with windup or pull back motors in them, then bury firecrackers in the sand or put them in the tanks and Super 8 film the tanks driving through the "battle". Not really wargaming.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP22 May 2019 8:53 a.m. PST

My dad collected books on model wargaming like, "The War Game." He also played Avalon Hill and SPI wargames.

I discovered his books and games after he passed away when I was 8 years old. That started me gaming.

Blutarski22 May 2019 6:14 p.m. PST

My father built and flew control line balsa airplanes with glow-plug engines when I was very young – 3rd or 4th grade. He dropped that in his early 30's, then nothing very hobby-like until he retired – at which point, he got into building plastic ship models.

I am the only member of my family who got into miniature gaming.


ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa23 May 2019 11:58 a.m. PST

My parents initially attempted to seriously discourage me, but relented. My Dad then flirted with Napoleonic's, though is normally a railway modeller, to the tune of several 100 1:72 plastics (Airfix, ESCI, etc). My daughter has canned me playing X-Wing and WotC Star Wars miniature games… My son's shown no interest so far, but he's only 6.

Dynaman878924 May 2019 7:13 p.m. PST

My older son used to but now games with his friends and I game with mine. The age difference makes it an odd mix.

Timmo uk26 May 2019 5:56 a.m. PST


tshryock05 Jun 2019 12:32 p.m. PST

No all around. I jokingly refer to the tray in the living room with my paints and current mini projects on it as the "tray of shame" because I had to hide it whenever my daughter's friends came over.

von Schwartz12 Jun 2019 6:46 p.m. PST

SOM did some D & D and other RPGs back in the day, still finding dice in various cracks and crevasses. DOM no, parents and grandparents would ask me what the HELL are you doing?! Gotta start working on the GKOM, they are still a little young at 3 and 6 though. They wanna gallop my cavalry across the hardwood floors.

huron72522 Jul 2019 5:18 p.m. PST

Yes. Oldest brother built tanks out of toothpicks (for cannon) and cardboard boxes when I was single digit age, maybe 8 or 9. About an inch square maybe. Spray painted green with chalked on star for US and gray with simple cross for Germans. Simple d6 rules. I was totally fascinated and in awe.

It started my almost 50 years obsession with miniatures.

I remind him of that every once in a while, he just laughs and shrugs. He doesn't even remember but it was huge to me as a little kid.

Old Contemptible22 Jul 2019 10:05 p.m. PST

No to all of it.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP23 Jul 2019 5:34 a.m. PST


Old Wolfman23 Jul 2019 6:47 a.m. PST

NOTA; They were quite busy elsewhere. My youngest bro was a RPG'er(AD&D mainly)

uglyfatbloke04 Aug 2019 1:21 p.m. PST

Elder brother a bit and younger brother too in the dim and distant, but mostly just me. Children are not at all interested, but youngest grandson is getting quite keen on WW2 and Vietnam and granddaughter likes Vikings and Zombies. Wife has more wargame kit than I do – she does periods that I don't – Dark Ages, Ancient Egyptians, Indian Mutiny. She has a pretty massive Vietnam collection and a ludicrous WW2 collection – pretty much any kind of Germans you can think of plus Sikhs, late and early war Brits and 8th Army. Also has ACW and late WW2 in 54mm.

Sgt Slag05 Aug 2019 12:51 p.m. PST

One son will play my fantasy mass battles games with me. My wife, and my two younger sons, will play fantasy skirmish games with me. None of them collect mini's, paint mini's, or make terrain for games. Two of my three sons play 2e AD&D with me; my wife did for a while, but she does not anymore.

My oldest son is married, lives 1,400 miles away, across the country from us. He played AD&D with me, until he entered military service, right out of High School, 15 years ago.

Gaming started with me, in my family. Miniature gaming started with me, and it will likely end with me, as well. I suspect RPG's will become a family tradition with my two younger son's, and their families -- my oldest son's wife is not into RPG's, and she forbids any violent games, whatsoever, in the house. Those grandchildren will likely never get involved in wargaming, or RPG's. Cheers!

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