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Hi guys. I have two 7 year old boys that i would like to intorduce to either Warhammer or 40k.  Whats the best starting point for them, or is 7 too young?  I also want to play with them and learn together.

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GW are much better these days with games that provide starting point. Although 7 might be a bit young to tackle the rules, which tend to be aimed at an 11+ age bracket, or older for some of the specialist stuff.

 

Getting into the minis does though...

Perhaps some of the novels aimed at younger readers, alongside some matching miniatures to assemble and paint, will be a good starting point.

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As the father of a 7 year old, it’s too soon for the game. The mini’s and the stories yes. Mine sometimes wants to paint but the game is too hard for me let alone him. 

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Aside from too many squigs to mention, I thought I'd paint up one of my old goblin shaman - the metal Oddgit from 1996 - that had been in my collection forever, spurred on by the weekly theme in Nottingham centre's GW being "magic"; I entered last week's contest with a squig herd, and thought I'd do so again - it's nice to have something to aim towards each week! 

 

Here he is learning SSAS: 

 

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More work done in my shadespire warband. I’ve been experiencing lots of negative feelings about my painting abilities recently. I can’t wet blend or lots of other advanced techniques that I read about. Combined with seeing all the amazing work on Instagram I’ve been putting off doing any actual painting. But I’ve had a moment of clarity. I’m painting them to play with, not to try and win a golden demon. A bit of dry brushing and washes is fine for tabletop, and that’s were I am with my skill level right now. So onwards and upwards. 

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The Warhammer Quest games might be your best bet.  Silver Tower is listed as 1-4 players on Board Game Geek, but that's very difficult to find these days.  (If you find it for under £100 let me know!) Shadows over Hammerhal is listed as 2-5 players, so perhaps they changed it in such a way that there isn't a solo variation at the moment.  The latest version, Blackstone Fortress, definitely has a solo variance.  That one is set in the 40K universe, and has the advantage of having some of the finest miniatures GW have ever produced, in my opinion.  It's a pricey box, but I'm sure you had already guesses that.

 

You could always do what a lonely 13-year-old feltmonkey used to do and play both sides of 40K yourself.  :(

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5 hours ago, MrEm said:

More work done in my shadespire warband. I’ve been experiencing lots of negative feelings about my painting abilities recently. I can’t wet blend or lots of other advanced techniques that I read about. Combined with seeing all the amazing work on Instagram I’ve been putting off doing any actual painting. But I’ve had a moment of clarity. I’m painting them to play with, not to try and win a golden demon. A bit of dry brushing and washes is fine for tabletop, and that’s were I am with my skill level right now. So onwards and upwards. 

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Is the right answer. You’re painting for you and nobody else. And you’ll get better the more you do it. 

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17 hours ago, Herbalizer said:

Hello again guys.  I come once again looking for advice.  Are there any games i could get that that i can play on my own? 

Games Workshop games? Only a couple.

 

Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress is the most recent - Dungeon crawl that's intended as co-op but works Solo. Lots of depth and variety to it and played across a long campaign that's inteneded to span several sessions. Lots of expansions available.

 

Assassinorum Execution Force is older but still good. Much more stealth-based like a 40k metal gear game. Less replayablity as it's more of a fixed board setup and it;s a one-and-done.

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17 hours ago, Herbalizer said:

Hello again guys.  I come once again looking for advice.  Are there any games i could get that that i can play on my own? 

 

If it's not just the minis you are interested in, Space Hulk: Death Angel is great as a solo card game set in the 40k universe. Been having a blast playing that on my own (thanks @Vorgot!), really good for a quick game or two. It can be very difficult to win and there are plenty of combos to try out making different teams so a good amount of replayability.

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https://www.newsarama.com/47145-marvel-recruits-warhammer-for-new-comic-book-line.html

 

MARVEL Recruits WARHAMMER For New Comic Book Line

 

Marvel Comics will launch a line of licensed Warhammer titles in late 2020. First announced on Warhammer-Community.com, Games Workshop's Warhammer comic books were last published by Titan Comics.

"We haven’t got any more details we can share right now (we like to imagine that, even as we write, super-cool clandestine meetings are being conducted in a hidden lair somewhere) but, rest assured, as soon as there’s more information, we’ll be bringing it to you right here," reads the Games Workshop statement.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are about diving into the depths of the expansive universes of Warhammer,” added Marvel Editor Mark Basso. “At Marvel, we’re no strangers to telling deeply character-focused tales set in an interconnected world of stories, and fans are going to love what we’re already starting to cook up with the Games Workshop team for the Warhammer comics.”

This is the fourth major license Marvel has picked up, following Lucasfilm's Star Wars, Cabinet Entertainment's Conan, and Riot Games' League of Legends.

 

 

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That’s a really good value box as well for what you get in it.
The starter teams are a bit unbalanced as they come out of the box, orcs are much tougher than the humans. 
The teams are missing a few positionals for ideal setup too but you will be fine starting off. 

this is a problem with lots of the reprinted teams - you get 2 sprues of 6 players, so some teams it works out perfectly - dwarves for example, while others its a bit bare bones. 

Though you should be able to pick up extra teams for those 2 cheap on eBay, basically the orcs need 2 more blitzers and 2 more blockers, humans need more blitzers and maybe catchers depending. Think they might have released a booster but being forgeworld it cost more than a full team box. 
 

lizardman brings me to around 11 teams I think. 
 

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They do look great - them and the lizardmen Blood Bowl team have me sorely tempted! 

 

In other news, work has seen me sent to Twickenham for three nights, which wouldn't normally be my favourite thing in the world, but I thought I'd take advantage and bring no distractions bar my phone, my paints and the constructed miniatures I needed to paint. I'm two nights in now, and housekeeping haven't yet thrown out my tableful of oddments: 

 

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Maybe I'll be able to justify some new minis after all... 

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I’m on holiday so I’ll keep this short for now, but I visited Warhammer World and it was very cool. I do wish the company history section was bigger though.

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