The age old problem of new shiny things syndrome led to the surprise purchase of a starter bretonnian army at the end of april. (yes it was a surprise to my bank account too)
This spurred me into a flurry of activity with the brush and of course made me forget about this blog.....whoops!
However it did have the eventual knock on effect of having some painted figures to play a wargame with. Now, not being sure i could explain 3rd edition fantasy battle to an over excited 9 year old, i thought what was the best child friendly solution out there........Age of Sigmar of course! Read into that what you will, but it really is a good little way to get yourself and a less experienced gamer pushing some toy soldiers around a table.
Chaos versus Bretonnia it was then. Getting out my trusty felt cloth and turning the dining table into a lush field of impending bloodshed.
The rules were skimmed over and data cards downloaded onto my mobile phone for quick reference. The models were lined up across the battle field and then we both went for it.
The experience lasted all of about 45 minutes and this included a break to sacrifice a few biscuits to the tea god and pick up the models that were knocked off the table in the excitement of the battle.
the Chaos battle line ready to cut down some manling
the valliant defenders of Bretonnia prepare for the onslaught
battle commences, halberds come crashing down on goats, whilst horns gore through flimsy chainmail.
and this was the last picture before they all legged it home.
Im pretty sure that my son enjoyed the game with me ask he asked me shortly afterwards when we would be doing it again. I enjoyed it immensely as rather than sit in a carry case the models were actually out and being played with. It gave me a good feeling to be playing again, after all this is how i got started in the first pace. I honestly believe that playing with painted figures enhances the game no end, but the most important is actually giving it a go. I think i just might have planted the seed in his imigination.......
hopefully in the next instalment i will have completed the bretonnians, at counting i have 12 knights to paint and 8 spearment to touch up and a handful of characters. Maybe then i'll start to introduce some 3rd edition and see how we go.