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User:Private Benjamin

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:

  • Empire
  • Bretonnian
  • Undead
  • Dwarf
  • Skaven
  • 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


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