Sorry – it’s been a while since the last post and even longer since one with pictures. However you’ll still have to wait for the pictures – but why they come you will get to see the start of my allies squads for the Tale of _ Gamers.
Today I want to talk about the differences in hobbyists – using myself as an example. I want to point out at this early stage that these are MY opinions and definitely bunch lots of people into a very small number of groups and in many cases there are exceptions to the rule!
Young gamers (up to 16) are normally only interested in the look of the basic models and playing games. When I say the look of the basic models I mean how all the models look out of the box. They will, more often than not, have next to no patience with modelling and painting, preferring to spend their time on crazy conversions and playing game after game. When playing the games they will often forget the rules or actively bend (break) them to their own advantage. In England this can be seen at almost all GW stores, where the parents have gone shopping for the day and left their kids in what is essentially a free child care centre.
I was definitely like this – I will even post one of my early models recently found to prove the painting bit. I remember crude and inappropriate weapon swaps and attempts at Chaos corruption – which in hindsight were rubbish. Finally I remember playing lots of games – whilst I never cheated or bent the rules plenty of other kids doing exactly that.
16-30 – my age group. Typically these have matured to the level that they are interested in painting, mild conversions and simple modelling – also enjoying the gaming side of the hobby. They want to push themselves to the limits with regards their modelling and painting skills, generally producing far better results than when they were younger. Games often break down into more of a narrative feel and are played in a competitive manner with good sportsmanship, and when sat around with other Tweens they will often refer to the huge amount of fluff including the Black Library books that fatten out the hobby and enrich the gaming universe.
Veterans have been there and seen it all. They are similar to the Tweens but have far more patience and are interested in some of the more obscure parts of the hobby. Rather than making an army (like the Young) and including some relevant hand made objective markers (like the Tweens – often based on literature) they will go the whole hog and have army based terrain.
The Veterans are the ones that answer the questions in the store, resolve gaming queries and advise on painting and modelling.
Anyone who read my post on Getting Kids Involved will know that I favour the Veterans and Tweens to socialize with and to hang out with in (and out of) the stores. It is important to note however that this progression really does make for a well rounded community with many people being involved for decades and getting pretty deep in the hobby.
As for now I will continue to strive to improve my painting, read my books and create themed forces to go out and continue protecting humanity (crusading is kind of hard when being attacked constantly from all sides). Who knows – one day I may even be considered as a Veteran, giving wise advice to mould young gamers into the Tweens and Veterans of tomorrow.
As an end to this post I would like to thank all those (Tweens and Vets alike) that have helped me improve with my hobby and I hope that one of my articles in the future (or past) will be able to help someone in a similar way.
So – what do you guys think, am I missing any big generalised group of players? Are my definitions/explanations flawed?