Sunday 9 May 2021

Is Wargaming Expensive?

I recently read an article which mentioned some data that was published last year suggesting that the Average UK household spending on Games and Hobbies was just £3.20 per week. That is a pitiful sum of money when compared to my hobby spending so it begged the question, is Wargaming an expensive hobby?

So it probably won't come as a big surprise that my conclusion is that while I may spend more on my hobby than the average Brit, I consider that money well spent and therefore consider my hobby to be a good value for money. You may disagree and of course, I would love to hear what you think in the comments below or over on my YouTube Channel Miniature Adventures

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  1. It doesn't have to be expensive. As you mention, it is all about disposable income. If you can afford to splash out that is your concern. But you can wargame more cheaply with DBA, One Hour Wargames and various skirmish games. Homemade or cardboard cut-out terrain can be equally acceptable and colourful. 3,6, or 10mm as opposed to larger figures can keep the costs down.
    Awaiting delivery of the LWTV Tombstone Tinderbox game. £46 with 15mm figures cardboard cut-out buildings and a clothfor gaming on. Plus trees and rules

  2. I don’t believe that £3.20 per week on ‘games and hobbies’ is credible. For example, anyone who supports a professional football team will spend far more than that per week just to watch them on TV, lest alone paying for a ticket, buying a shirt, buying a drink and a pie etc. As for wargaming being an expensive hobby, compare the cost with - for example - golf. It cost about £30 per week just to be a member of our local club, and clubs, balls, buggy hire, special clothing etc., must cost nearly as much each year. At least with wargaming we have something physical to show for our money at the end of the year.

    All the best,


  3. I'm not at liberty to disclose how much I spend on wargaming. If the Mrs finds out I'll lose my left testicle!

  4. I'm with Ray, if my wife finds this I only spend 50p a week...honest!


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