Award-winning ex-Games Workshop employee. Best Painted and Best Sportsmanship in WH40K Tournament with Khorne Army.
I started off having read many of J.R.R. Tolkien works as a child and playing Dungeons & Dragons; I collected metal miniatures made by Grenadier Miniatures, Ral Partha, and RAFM (a Canadian company based in Ontario which cast early Games Workshop non-slotta base figures) in the hopes of re-creating the party in "The Hobbit" consisting of one dwarf, one elf, one wizard, a couple of humans, etc.
I was amazed by the variety of metal miniatures being offered, as well as the multitude of miniature games. In late elementary, I ventured into a local hobby store in which someone asked me, why not an army of dwarves?
Or an army of elves? Or orks? I saw the Games Workshop "Warhammer Fantasy Battle" and "Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay" and could not decide which to purchase as I loved role-play and knew more people who played RPG's rather than tabletop miniature gaming.
However, a school friend and I decided we would each purchase a hardcover Rulebook. I choose the WFB and he choose WFRP; eventually I acquired the WFRP as well.
Then in early high school, i was on a summer vacation to a cousin's house and discovered that he played "BattleTech" and owned the "Technical Readout 3025" which was full of glorious technical drawings.
Much more to my amazement was RTB01; a box of original plastic "beakie" ( Mark 6 Corvus ) Imperial Space Marines ... as I already knew about GW, the Adeptes Astartes was intriguing.
I bought a hard-bound edition of Rogue Trader, and read about the scenario at the end of the book about the Crimson Fist Space Marines fighting Space Orks on Rynn's World;
I had grown up playing "chit" style wargames such as "D-Day" by Avalon Hill and thus gravitating to miniatures was an absolute delight!
I then bought a hardcover Warhammer Fantasy Battle rulebook, and my first WFB army was metal humans from RAFM ( metal miniatures made in Canada for GW / Citadel Miniatures sculpts ) and then plastic skeletons.
So far, i have painted / collected entire Warhammer Fantasy Battle and Warhammer 40,000 armies, including:
- Dark Elves
- Crimson Fists
- Dark Angels - Deathwing
- Dark Angels - Ravenwing
- Blood Angels
- Flesh Tearers
- Imperial Guard
- Space Orks - Blood Axe
- Eldar - Saim Hann Craftworld
- Nurgle - Plague Marine army
- Khorne - Berzerker army
- Tzeentch - Rubric Marine army
- Slaanesh - Noise Marine army
- Alpha Legion - Raptors
- Undivided Chaos