How I know the game

I love the game, I adore the game, it is complicated and as nerdy as it can get, but I really couldn’t care less. It is one of the most interesting experiences one can have. Getting into large groups and testing your wits against a fellow strategist and artist to see who can use their army to the fullest to best their opponent, that is a really enjoyable moment. At first I just liked the way the space marines looked, I did not know anything about the story or the game and soon thanks to books and video games, I learned all about the history of each and every single race in Warhammer 40k! I even learned about some extra races and downloaded free mods (modifications) for my games to be able to play as them. Here is another part of my project 2 essay explaining how I came to know about this game.

 

Some people may have never heard of the place that I chose to write about for my English project, and that place is Games Workshop. For those of you who have actually already heard of the company “Games Workshop” you know how nerdy this essay will sound. For those of you who do not know what it is, here is a brief description; Games Workshop is a company that specializes in developing board games, most of which involve models. They have many shops and most of the shops have an area where you can play their games. It is a public place since anyone can enter to shop or to play, however it is a little uncommon for someone who has never heard of Games Workshop games to enter the stores. The Games Workshop store I go to is the one in Memphis at Holmes Road.

            I first found out about Games Workshop when I still lived in Mexico. I was about five years old and my dad went on frequent business trips to the United States. He often brought souvenirs from the places he visited. One day when he came home he brought with him a large cardboard box which had a really cool picture of these men who were in armor shooting at an unseen enemy. It still looked pretty cool though, and even more so to a little boy. I could not stop looking at the box and thinking it had a lot of really cool toys in it, such as action figures of the guys drawn on the cover of the box. However dad told me that the things inside it were fragile and that when I was older I could play with them. In the mean time he gave me a rulebook for the game you play with the models; of course knowing that it had thousands of complicated words, my dad just bought it for me because he knew I would just look at the pictures and I did. The pictures were of the models for a specific army in the game “Warhammer 40k” called the “Space Wolves”; The models that were shown were men in full armor carrying cool looking guns, really futuristic tanks with giant cannons attached on all sides, bulky robots that were bulky and carried big weapons, and finally the space wolf models facing different models from other armies on small, realistic, handmade battlefield dioramas. 

I started learning more about the game and got into it when my family moved to Iowa. I was now able to read English and was getting into art, so knowing that “Warhammer 40k” was a game where one had to build and paint everything you played with seemed really enticing to me. So I actually read my rulebook and became interested in the story that someone made up about the army and in how the book showed you how to paint Spacewolf models. My dad decided to take me along to the Games Workshop store. It was amazing; I saw so many different models of aliens, soldiers, robots, tanks and more. Not to mention that when I got to the back of the store there was a little field with the models on it, sadly it said do not touch and I could not play with them. So my dad bought me some and I built and painted the models by myself. The quality was not very good of course but it only made me want to practice more. I soon learned a little about how to play the game by reading the games official rulebook. I kept asking my dad to take me to the shop every week and every two or three weeks he took me there. However, soon after my family moved to Tennessee.

 

 

Of course now I can also make dioramas. Of course I should admit that I am way better at the building and painting aspect of this hobby than the game itself since I have not still yet learned all of the rules to the game and am still building my army and buying more models for it. If one goes to youtube, he can find other players who are passionate about their models and have searched for extra parts to add to their miniatures to make them look all the more cooler. There are also recorded battles on youtube which allow one to see the many different strategies used with different armies. Either for him to use himself or to know what he is up against.

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Pride

Pride

Here is one of the models that my dad is building. It has almost been completely built (needs cockpit) and perhaps it has been finished painted.

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The hard work

Now after all the pictures I have posted, especially of the ship I am currently building, one might ask “Why on earth would you spend hundreds of dollars on models that you have to build yourself just to play a game?”. Well, the first thing that I would like to point out is that it is more than just about the game. I love painting and building the extremely detailed models. Building is actually fun because the sets give you a variety of options of weapons you can add for your vehicle. For example, a robot which I build called a Dreadnaught has two sides. Each side can carry a weapon, and the options were flamethrough, lascannon, missle laungher, and heavy bolter. I chose Lascannon and flamethrower, and it was fun and interesting choosing. Each weapon has its strength in the actual game, las cannons are good against vehicles while flame throwers are good against infantry up close. Painting is always fun too, since you can choose exactly how you paint your models. My dad buys quite a few models from the game just so he can build and paint them, after all they are quite detailed and attract many different hobbyists from all over the world.

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The process

The process

Here is a picture of what the models look like before they are painted, I use way more than three paints but I did not feel like taking them all out. It is very important to keep everything organized.

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Miniature

Miniature

The models are quite small and thus hard to paint. Although battles are usually very large scale despite the high prices of the models (because they are so worth the cost) and thus usually transporting armies requires more than one suitcase.

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The more intricate models

The more intricate models

This is a model of a aircraft which is really effective against infantry and medium armored vehicles. It is quite complicated to build and paint due to its size and the amount of detail.

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The game

Now if you have noticed on my posts, there has been mentioning of the difference between my models and the packs they come from. That is because all of these models are apart of a board game that is played throughout the world. This game is called Warhammer 40k. It is a game based on the future where man kind struggles for survival against all sorts of alien races. This game has set basic rules but they are very flexible so players can customize their armies as much as possible. After all, that is what makes Warhammer 40k unique from other futeristic board games. The models of the races I own are the Spacemarines (elite soldiers of man kind), imperial guard(man kinds army), tyranids (savage aliens), and the Dark Eldar (an evil branch off of the Eldar, pirates who have a sick pleasure in giving others extreme pain). My main army is the Space marines, they are mostly strong units so when fighting, my army will most likely be smaller than the opposing army (using a balance system of points, where stronger units are worth more points) since space marines tend to be worth more points than other races infantry. Also there are set chapters (platoons, sections of the army EX navy seals, marines, and army when it comes to the US military) with set paint schemes and models, however you are allowed to create your own which is what I did. I call my chapter, Storm Marines. I either paint my models in the color of dark clouds, really dark stormy skies, rain, or fog. 

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