Eugene Anderson, left, and John MacDonald play a miniature wargame during one of the weekly gatherings at the Colchester East Hants Public Library Truro branch. It was through Anderson that MacDonald became involved in the game, and both admit there’s lots to continue learning along the way. Raissa Tetanish – Hub Now

TRURO – Some people like card games, others games of chance.

But for a local group, its Miniature Wargames that they dabble in on a regular basis.

John MacDonald is one of those players, who got into it through his friend, Eugene Anderson.

“I had mentioned I had inherited some models, and he said I should give it a try,” said MacDonald. “It’s fun. It’s kind of a community thing. Sometimes the games can take a while, but we focus on hanging out.”
Jon Pedersen leads the weekly Miniature Wargames Program at the Colchester East Hants Public Library Truro branch, which joined under the Heroes and Adventurers group promoting a safe place for those who enjoy role-playing games. Pedersen said it’s something he wanted to see in the area for quite some time. He had ended up talking with Jon Hutt, who started Heroes and Adventurers.

“It has the same sort of principles as Heroes and Adventurers – creating community and building on imagination,” said Pedersen. “There was enough interest to spark us doing it. It’s a passion of both of ours and he asked me to take the helm on this one.”

When it comes to Miniature Wargames, the most popular is Warhammer. Participants are able to create their own armies of models. Each army has its own set of rules to abide by, as well as point values.

“It’s like chess, but with more rules,” said Pedersen. “Some games have objectives, some you just clear the opponent off the table.”

For Pedersen, it was the models that originally caught his attention to the game.

“When I first saw them, I thought they looked cool,” he said. “You have tiny, detailed models. Your armies can include planes, tanks, and monsters. It really captured my imagination.”
Gamers build their own models, giving them coats of paint. Colours and designs are often suggested for specific armies, however Pedersen many will go off on their own and create their own army colours.

“The modeling side I came to enjoy more than I thought it would. There’s a lot involved with the modeling and you spend almost as much time painting your models as you do playing.”

The Miniature Wargames Program has been up and running since the beginning of May, running every Thursday night, 5:30-8 p.m., at the library. There are about 10 to 12 members of the group, with about half of those participating on a weekly basis, at two players per game.

“We still have room to grow in here,” said Pedersen. “The weekly gatherings have helped grow the community outside of here. A larger game can go four to five hours, which people will play outside of the weekly group. This group gets people interested and helps build that local community.”

The Miniature Wargames Program is hosting an open house during its July 26 gathering, in the Maker Lab at the library, 5:30-8 p.m. Anyone interested is welcome to pop by to check it out. The program, however, is only open to those aged 16 and older.

For more information on the program, join the Heroes and Adventurers page on Facebook.