I had a great week at Barstow Summer Camp with a group of kids that I got the opportunity to share the hobby of collecting toy soldiers.
This week long summer camp featured the American Civil War as our topic of discussion and gaming. I used the BMC civil war plastic 54mm troops to explore the collection aspect of the hobby and to teach the kids to paint miniatures.
We set up a simple map campaign game. Each student got to be an army commander. I had 12 students during the week.
The campaign map. Click to see a larger image. I have used this map for three summers.
The battle of Quincy Crossing. An encounter that occurred on the campaign map.
The miniatures started out as unpainted plastic obviously, but we explored the painting part of the hobby. The students engaged in this at their discretion and some developed an interest in this part of the hobby.
At the end of the week we had a battle royale with all of the commanders take home army on the map.