Miniature War Gaming
Miniature war games are a form of war gaming which incorporate miniature figures and modeled terrain as the main components of play. Like other war games, they are a type of simulation game, generally involving tactical comb at.
These Mini war games can be played with counters on a table with colored paper denoting terrain types, with model trees, hills and other scenery. Available in different scales, the spectacle of painted miniatures moving around on a table is very attractive to the players. Small models representing units of individuals, vehicles, ships, chariots, monsters, dragons, and many other fantasy/science fiction based entities tend to fascinate the gamers.
The Miniature war games as a hobby started around the beginning of the 20th Century. The fantasy and science fiction war games emerged as an alternative to games based on historical conflicts. While playing Miniature war games, players simulate a battle, using small figurines to represent the land, sea and/or air units involved. A tape is used to measure the movement of the miniatures is regulated using a tape measure. These mini war games can also be played using gridded terrain or even game boards.
One of the main reasons behind the popularity of playing miniature war games is because it gives its participants more freedom of play and an aesthetically pleasing tactical element over traditional games or computer games. Additionally, mini war gaming hobbyists enjoy the challenge of painting miniatures and constructing scenery. Plus, there is also a large social component to these war games as many participants are involved.
The miniature figures used in Miniature war gamings are typically plastic or metal, which are and are often sold unpainted. The scenery and terrain is often home-made, while the figures are painted by the players, who will sometimes even modify them to better represent the units they are trying to depict.
There can be any numbers of miniature war gaming rules, which can vary in the scale they depict. The most common for fantasy and some historical rules is one figure to one soldier. But some historical systems presume one figure to represent a platoon, regiment or even larger formations on the tabletop.
Scale in miniature war games is generally expressed as the approximate height of a humanoid figure from base of foot to eye line. Hence it is in millimeters and sometimes referred to as the Barret Scale. The perceived and agreed ratios of representative models to represented 'real world' objects are generally explicitly stated.
There are many miniature war gaming rules. You will find that many are not available in print while some are available free on the internet. Most many mini war game rules are intended for a specific historical period or fictional genre. Rules can vary in the model scale they use.
While playing Miniature war games, each player taking turns to move and attack with their units. Different models or soldiers have different abilities, strengths and weaknesses depending on the unit they represent. Moving at different speeds, their objective is to use their strengths against the opponent's weaknesses.
Miniature war gaming is fun and a diverse hobby which appeals to a wide range of people. There are many who enjoy and spend most of their time painting or building models, while there are others that just enjoy playing Miniature war games. It is a hobby which you can enjoy on your own or get together with people who share a common interest like you.