Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Miniatures and why we love them! (part 3/5)

One reason tabletop gamers like miniatures is because they serve as their avatars in the game world. Just like a character played in a video game, miniatures are an extension of the player, and in a tabletop game, a miniature allows the player to become more immersed in the imagined scenario. Another advantage of having a miniature is that it makes battle easier to visualize—physical positioning is a very important aspect of tabletop gaming, allowing for battle tactics to be planned, distances to be measured, and larger strategies to be formed. Some games, like Warhammer, revolve around the use of miniatures, and the Games Workshop company has stores that exclusively sell Warhammer miniatures. Their fan base is so huge that they can dedicate their stores to the sale of Warhammer-related products alone. These stores are lined with packaged miniatures, game materials, modeled terrain, and everything a miniature painter needs to get started. When looking at the incredibly detailed terrain models and figures of wargaming hobbyists, it reminds me of the detail seen in tabletop train modeling. I wouldn't be surprised if there was a large amount of cross-over among hobbyists interested in trains and wargaming. Miniature collecting is a massive hobby, supported by tabletop gamers worldwide.

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