A while back we had an evening together without mom. I had been working on cleaning, assembling and undercoating a few zeds earlier in the week. They watched with interest and asked a lot of questions which I was happy to answer. I told them how long I've been painting and playing with minis and they were amazed to learn that I was not much older than them when I started. I asked them if they wanted to try and they did! On the spot we got the paints out and they had a go. I let them each pick out one of the undercoated zeds to work on and gave them a few tips on getting started. They dove in with gusto!
|A Hard at Work|
I only got two pics with my phone but we had a great evening and they did a decent job. For the first time out I think they did pretty well in fact...
|A's is on the left, T's on the right|
I have to confess that for years I was a bit anal about my figures. (I still can be at times but I'm in recovery...) Maybe it is the perspective of age but I'm realizing that one of the great joys of this hobby is sharing it with others and seeing them enjoy it. Having a pristine collection is cool, but seeing the eyes of young ones light up when they are invited to participate is even more cool. So, if you have Littles around, don't be afraid to share the hobby with them. Who knows? You might even raise a built in gaming group.
On a final note, I'd be interested in hearing how others have introduced their young to the hobby. Any good tips out there?