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Default How to combat the "toys" Argument?

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At my school warhammer club, we get a lot of instances of passers by wandering in, only for them to see the fat kid in the corner clashing models together and shouting:
"Bang, bang! Aaarghh! You got me!"
There is also one child who doesn't actually collect warhammer, but brings in a box of toy soldiers, sets out scenery and just plays around. It is so embarrasing when someone from outside the club comes in.
This brings me to my question, how do you get rid of (or at least lessen) the idea of fellow pupils (or co workers or whatever) into thinking warhammer isn't just little plastic toy soldiers? Well, I know it is, but how do you make it more....mature...Sounding?

Any witty comebacks or help would be welcome, as the amount of hecklers at my school is insane. Thanks!


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"Bang, bang! Aaarghh! You got me!"

Well, I know it is, but how do you make it more....mature...Sounding?

Any witty comebacks or help would be welcome, as the amount of hecklers at my school is insane. Thanks!
first dont do those childish sounds, that'll prolly stop them from making fun.

thats how id make it more mature

to stop the hecklers, two options 1) lock the door; 2) kick ass if they dont stop laughing.

i know that these are obvious ways to fix the problems, but their also the easiest and not yet mentioned.

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Well, to be honest, it is just little plastic space men. But then football (soccer here in the states) is just running around kicking a ball under arbitratry rules for a pre-determined amount of time. It's a hobby that either you enjoy or don't. I was on athletic teams in high school, before I picked up 40k. Both are mainly to enjoy yourself with friends. If people you don't know don't like it, oh well. That being said, parents can get rather irked, and the ladies aren't always fans.

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If it bothers you sit somewhere else. Regardless of what that kid is doing alot of people are going to think it is childish.

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Yeah, he is kinda unpopular :p But it's that sort of person who is always noticed first. How would you promote warhammer at a school filled with yobs?


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If you want people to treat you seriously in regards to this hobby, then you are going to have to treat it seriously. That means setting the rules and enforcing them. You have a Warhammer club, meaning that the little child with the toy soldiers has to go.

Callous much? yes, but it's your club and your image and when people walk by, they aren't seeing a hobby where you spend hours crafting each soldier in your army, but a child playing soldiers.

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Any witty comebacks or help would be welcome, as the amount of hecklers at my school is insane. Thanks!
A witty come back requires I know what was said in the first place; otherwise it's not so witty. There's nothing wrong with Toys my good man; my guns are toys, my Bike is a toy, women often play with 'Toys' and no one seems to bat an eye at that (although they certain keep them open at the thought).

Many comedians wouldn't be where they are today if they gave into hecklers. Goes for a lot of people and their respective positions. The moment you start ignoring those who judge you the more enjoyment you'll get out of life.

Or you could do what the drama club always used to do; make a big dramatic scene where you embrace the geekdom but come out stronger because the hecklers lose all power over you. I've done it on occassion; their reactions are usually priceless.

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You have a Warhammer club, meaning that the little child with the toy soldiers has to go.
or you could actually sit down with him and get him involved in our hobby.

"hey little fat kid (or you know, use his name), so you think those marines, orks, elves, fishmen are cool? How would you like to learn how they ACTUALLY fight and shoot and blow big holes in each others heads?"




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If you had the time, you could seriousley confuse the people who are making fun of this hobby by explaining the infinately complex rules which they could not possibly undersatand. The people who make fun of warhammer are not even intellgent enough to grasp the concept, which is why they make fun of it to try and redeem themselfs in others eyes. Also warhammer can be seen as an art, if made and painted well enough warhammer looks very good, and, perhaps then these people would kill to have some warhammer because it looks so great.

Ive also had this experiance from other people , id keep it out of school and stick to after school clubs or meeting up at weekends.

I hope this helps you, it did for me.

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show them the rule book and codexes, everyone knows that toys dont come with that much reading required!

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