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Ideas for “After School Clubs”

TABLETOP GAMING

We’ve been running an after school club for year 3 & 4 pupils now for several years, as you can see, our club revolves around construction kits, painting figures and now mainly the tabletop gaming aspect of the hobby.  A quick scan through this blog will show you the many areas of the hobby we have covered, from Airfix kits to Star Wars Battles.

The Headmaster and myself have been involved in the hobby for some years, in fact our combined total is around 100 years of experience. (That makes me feel quite old now!)

We’ve had a life time of painting and gluing things…..building up mountains of figures and kits that may never actually be finished.  For us its second nature to paint an army or two during the summer holidays for use when we return in September.  That’s largely been the way of it now for some time.  Its a big investment in time and energy, and we know that for most teachers thinking about setting up an after school tabletop gaming club, they simply don’t have that amount of time, and they may never have made an airfix kit, or painted anything quite so small as a 28mm figure.

Now you don’t actually have to worry about the painting side of things at all, if table top gaming is what you want to do then it seems Flatpack Forces may have what you need.

As the name suggests the figures are flat, printed in full colour onto 2mm MDF and laser cut. They have lovely detail and they remind me of the character style in 1970’s boys Comics!….oh and the backs are printed too which is pretty cool.

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Here are the figures for a WW2 battle.

All you have to do is pop them out and glue them with PVA glue to their round bases and you are ready to go. You could write your own rules or maybe use existing ones, there are plenty around to choose from a quick search for “WW2 Skirmish Rules” will bring up a host of entries, some free, some you have to pay for….again best to keep it really simple.

Flatpack Forces  Also make some terrain, we have the trees, but sand bag walls are also available, with more on the way soon.

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If WW2 is not for you perhaps you would prefer a Fantasy game with Elves and Orks, Flatpack make those as well. They even have a set of figures that can be used for a Dungeon & Dragons style Role Play Game, (see below) which is a bit more imaginative than just a full on Battle!  Again rules could be written with the children, Character profiles could be dreamed up, and they could also design (either by hand or on computer) and make their own scenery like castles out of cardboard.

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Picture courtesy of Flatpack Forces/One Monk Miniatures.

BENEFITS OF THE HOBBY

We’ve found in our club that it gets the children thinking about numeracy, they get to be creative, it helps develop their dexterity, keeps them focussed, helps their attention to detail amongst other things……..oh and did we said it was fun too?…one other side effect is we have found that parents often come up to us and say, “Thank you so much…it keeps them off their computer……or Phone” The parents are frequently very supportive of the new hobby in their childrens lives. It does seem to impact their lives at home and at school.

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Flatpack forces German Paratroopers and Trees (Tank by MengModels  World War Toons)

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Flatpack forces U.S. Paratroopers and Trees (Tank by MengModels World War Toons,  mat Aldi/Lidl)

FUNDING YOUR CLUB

Asking the children to bring in £3 or £4 for a term is a good place to start. That should give you the funds to get you off the ground, and maybe even stretch to giving them a figure to take home to keep.

We also sell stuff at the school summer and christmas fayres or even on ebay to raise funds, normally something we may have painted or have lying around!  Hobby companies are often willing to help out with discounts sometimes donate stuff for free which can be very useful and helpful.

Some companies like Airfix and Games Workshop have dedicated school clubs where you can get things at a special price, or even free like GW.

But to be honest we’d recommend that you start by keeping things simple and we’d recommend buying some of the flatpack forces figures, they are robost enough to stand up to the rigours of play, no painting required and you are ready to go….just add some dice and some rules.

 

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Green Dome Control Room

Been working on this for a while, its a companion kit to the Control room equipment model. Doors open and shut!  The kit itself is designed to fit into the next release which will be the Green Dome building itself, so there will be external walls that will surround this model…..but for now this is the control room completed, all coloured parts with the exception of the front steps are already pre coloured. There is a basic printed image for the view screen, which is supplied but it is fairly easy to print off your own chosen image to fit the frame.

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The Green Dome (Pantheon) …Our next release

 


Fund Raiser Ebay Listings

Just a quick shout out, We’re listing some Games workshop 40K miniatures on ebay to raise money for our after school club. Tthese models were kindly donated to us by one of our ex pupils.

I will be adding to this list in the coming weeks

some are quite rare now and out of production, so if you want them you’d better be quick!

First couple are

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Eldrad Ulthuan  Ebay link here

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Metal Wraith Guard (basic paint job)  (this one has sold)

GW 1

SOLD

GW 2

SOLD

GW 3

Eldar Dark Reapers (no weapons) SOLD

GW fire drag 2

Eldar Fire Dragons link

GW eldar Rangers

Eldar Rangers SOLD

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Eldar Heavy Weapons Platforms Link


The Other Table………

While I’m busy with Star Wars , on the other table there is Games Workshop battle raging.  Now, I don’t actually know what any of these things are called, they are the realm of The Headmaster Jeremy, who paints them…..I think his daughter Emily also paints them……Headmasters don’t have a lot of free time…………anyway Some of these figures are supplied via G.W. through their School Alliance progam, and some have been purchased with club funds.  The Children also get to paint and keep some GW figures…sadly i failed to take pictures of all their space marines and Stormcast Eternals they have been painting over the last couple of years.

The pictures below are from their most recent battle

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We’ve come a long way since we began our after school model club, we started with just an idea to do it, and £3 subs off of all those children attending. It was made easier by “Project Airfix”  who supplied not only kits but paint and brushes which we still use to this day.  Obviously we have expanded our stocks of paint and brushes, glue and basing products from a variety of sources.

Games Workshop, with their school alliance project  have also helped massively with regular boxes of essential products.

In addition to this we’ve raised funds through school fayres selling figures we have painted and models from our own collections, which have enabled us to buy into lots of other genres which would normally have been closed to us.

It also has to be said that we have been extremely lucky with donations of items down the years from so many model manufacturers, friends etc, all of which helps continue to make our club pretty special.

When we started the Headmaster Jeremy and myself would be pretty hands on with construction and painting duties, if time allowed we’d also then use all of the finished models in a tabletop game.  From September last year we have been very lucky to be joined by Karen, one of the school teaching assistants, who kindly stays after the working day to help us out.  She has taken over model/figure construction and painting duties in the club. It has meant that we can have slightly smaller groups, the advantage of this is we get a lot more done!

Of late our three groups are rotated through two different gaming tables, one is normally Games Workshop, the other has been Star wars Legion and a painting table…..in september the group painted some GW Spacemarines……and this years group have been busy painting Star Wars Legion Storm Troopers, here are the results of the first section to complete their figures.

Please remember these figures have been painted by children who’s age is between 8 and 9 and who have limited or no knowledge of this hobby before they joined our club.

I think they have done very well, fantastic work everyone.

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W.I.P Luke’s Landspeeder a Kitbashing

Before Christmas I picked up a 3d Printed Landspeeder based upon Luke’s X34.  Have to say print quality was a bit below par (lots of lines/layers) and no attempt to make a canopy for the cockpit.  I decided that it would need a fair bit of work, so put it on the pile and got on with easier things!

A few weeks ago i noticed that Fantasy flight games were going to issue a X34 of their own for Legion, it is a bit beefed up and has extra crew….this gave me an idea.  Mounting a gun is one thing but that clear plexiglass canopy does nothing for protection..its really just a civillian transport with a laser cannon attached!   My thoughts turned to armour especially as i didn’t have a clear canopy……wouldn’t it just be easier to plate over the hole?

Kit Bashing is probably the thing I like most about this hobby, there is freedom to do just about anything in sci fi.  I set about going through my vast heaps of spares collected over the last 40+ years  and opted for some of my recent bits……I had some spare Meng world war toon Tiger parts left over from a sturmtiger conversion (which is still on going) the turret parts would make an effective cockpit area. some other tank spares this time 20mm scale and bits and bobs, plus a spare laser cannon from the Legion AT-RT model.

If the rebel engineers got hold of an X34 for combat, this is what I’d like to think they would do to it in the work shops! Lots of extra armour, more sensors and sights/vision blocks, concussion grenade launcher in nose…its an on going project so expect a few changes/additions!

I will add progress updates to this post as and when they are made, and also hope it provides some inspiration to other kitbashers out there.

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A bit more added to front, and Primed.

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I quite like the idea of this being Grey with lots of weathering, sadly that’s the colouring of most Imperial vehicles….so this has to be different eventually I settled on a three tone camouflage scheme, of which the base coat is………………………

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Further painting is now on hold as i will be using spray cans in the garden….weather is terrible at the moment so it might be a couple of weeks yet (updated 14/03/19)

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Update 4/12/19 got a 10cm Legion style base cut for it.

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camo soon!

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Bit more done!

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More soon!

 

 


Two Lukes are better than wan ;)

To make life a bit easy we split the figure painting tasks.  Since we also play the game on two different tables we thought it was a good idea to buy another set of Vader and Skywalker for the school club, so that both tables could have them.

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My Luke on left, headmaster’s on right