Wednesday, 14 September 2011

The Dreaded First Post – A journey Back in Time if you will

Hello, and welcome to my new blog!
Allow me to explain what this blog is going to be all about.

Just over 12 years ago, I was an avid table-top wargamer, speed painter, scenery builder and Games Workshop employee…then one day I just stopped collecting. To this day I can’t really remember why I gave it all up (or more depressingly, why I gave all my stuff away to my friends/younger cousins)but I never quite shook off the nostalgic feeling I had anytime I saw one of my ‘keeper’ models or an old copy of White Dwarf.
Anyways, before I quit the hobby, I had amassed a vast collection of games, miniatures, paints and so forth.

My Gaming History

I’ve played most of the Games Workshop games throughout the years including Hero Quest, Blood Bowl, Rogue Trader, 40k and Fantasy, but it all started for my with a copy of Space Hulk that I demanded as a petulant 8-year-old child whilst on holiday. Thankfully the only part I was interested in was the cool figures because the instructions were in French…I suppose that’s what happens when you buy a game in France. I remember painting the models with my dad when we got home, and I was utterly hooked and when I visit my home next, I’ll dig out the first model I ever painted for your viewing…um…pleasure?

Like I said, I became a obsessed collector and at various points had the following large (I consider large at least 3000 points) Warhammer Fantasy Battle armies; Skaven, Night Goblin, High Elf and Chaos Dwarves (hands up who remembers those beardy little guys), and the following Warhammer 40k Armies; Eldar, Blood Angel Space Marines and Orks.
I’ve never been a ‘beardy’ gamer, I’m a huge fan of military tactics so played many a game at a deliberate points dis-advantage – just call me General Custer – to test my abilities. All in all I played for the same reasons thousands of others do…to march my finely painted forces over the hill and back again, smashing all in it’s path!

The Cunning Plan

So, to re-cap, I’d been involved for about ten years with nothing but pocket money and a staff discount, and now, as a grown-up (sort-of) with a full time job and a life, I intend to start all over again and get everything I couldn’t afford back in the day! Thankfully my wife is a big nerd too so for every model I get, she wants one too!I’m not sure what sparked my interest this time round – I suspect the multiple ads everywhere I look for the new ‘Space Marine’ computer game has something to do with it!

I’ll be posting pictures regularly of my troops (once i decide where to start) and hope to hear from other gamers out there (I see you there lurking at the back). I hope you follow me each step of the way!


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