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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.

 


After School Club Painting…

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Our first Club of the new term was way back in September. We split the group into two managable chunks, Jeremy the headmaster, took the gaming group, and I sorted out the kit construction, and painting side.  The first couple of sessions were spent assembling the kits, once everyone had managed this, we looked at some images  of actual camouflage schemes to get the general idea, They then went away to design their camo scheme on a print out of a Sherman tank, coloured it in with felt tips, choosing the colours they wanted to use once the painting began.

We were then able to bring in all the paint that was needed from home! Once painting began some of the schemes evolved into something other than the planned scheme, which can sometimes present problems with the colours available.

The important factor here is we wanted them to have free range to choose any colours not just use the recommend Olive drab on the box art. We then also asked them if they had any names they wanted to add to their tank to make it even more unique.  While some tanks ended up being fairly standard in terms of normal tank colours, some were very imaginative indeed!

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After School Club 6

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Our next club is quite a large under taking, and we have spent months on this project. We had seen these extremely cute tanks from a company called Meng Models

and thought they would be perfect for our after school club, on the grounds that they would really appeal to the children, they are clip together so that helps us out a lot, and it seems they were designed for first time modellers in an attempt to get children interested in the hobby, which is basically what we are doing with our club, so it seemed the sensible next choice.   One issue with the club is always cost of the kit, so in order to bring this down we found the local importer and ordered a large number at trade price with the funds from our table top sale, which also means they are within budget for the children.

The plan for our next club is to make and assemble the Sherman tanks which the children can keep, and we also have enough of the Shermans and some Tiger tanks for the school club to have a table top game with. We ordered enough for several groups of after school clubs.  We will mention to the group that there are several other Cartoon style tank kits available from Meng Models if they wish to go out and buy their own, which to be honest, I think they will.

So far I have managed to assemble and paint the Tanks that we intend to use in the table top game. there will be 4 Tiger Tanks Vs 8 Shermans. I will be adding to this post once the club kicks off in September when we will begin to build the first Shermans with the group, so more Photos will follow.

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Sherman group 1

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Fury in tank Museum Bovington 20/08/17

Fury film tank

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Sher looney toons

Sher rebel yell

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