I started in the hobby whilst I was at school, around age 12/13. Two of my friends had started collecting and I thought it looked awesome and joined in. One collected Eldar and the other Orks. As for me, I went for space marines, the mighty ultramarines in fact, well that is until I decided I wanted to do my own chapter. So as I had no concept of maintaining detail on the models I sprayed over the blue and turned them black. To top this off the defining feature of my marines was the orange shoulder pads. Needless to say this idea of my own chapter quickly faded away and I moved on to Blood Angels! Unfortunately lacking in painting skill, patience and my friends slowly drifting away for the hobby, I stopped collecting and packed everything in a box and filed in the loft. For many years they sat in the loft forgotten and cursing my poor painting skills. Until one summer when I was at college and we had a large clear out at home. Everything came out including the box full of blue/black/red marines and a Leman Russ. Nostalgia over took me as I looked at the hideous mess I had made of painting them, however this was short lived and I believe I said to my Dad 'Yeah don't need this any more', as I proceeded to add the box to the pile for the dump! (I have come to regret this decision since getting back into the hobby. I mean I had Calgar, Dante a few other characters, scouts, bikes, marines and the Leman Russ!! Quite a few of which haven't changed at all over the years!) Some more years past and whilst at Uni a friend of mine set a small flame alight after I discovered he was an avid 40k collector. This small flame burned away and every now and again I would take a look on the GW website and admire the models but I resisted. However the flame turned to fire one day at work when a colleague of mine showed me what he had been painting and after I showed an interest he offered me up his Orks from the Assualt on Black Reach box for free and that was it, I was in and hooked!! 10k of Orks, 3k of harlies/eldar and a sizeable Sons of Horus legion later and we reach today!
My Ork Dread Mob!
My Ork Dread Mob!
The Heresy addiction started when FW released Angron, I was just in awe of the model. My obsession with all things heresy really kicked off once I purchased the beautiful Betrayal book. I ended up spending many hours deciding what legion to collect, World Eaters, Emperors Children, Iron Hands and then Horus was released! His model is amazing and that was my decision made! The Heresy era is so deep, I love the story, setting, models and gaming!
For the Bunnies I will be taking command of the Emperor's Children and adding reinforcements to the Sons of Horus (updates coming soon!) and eventually World Eaters. My Orks and eldar will make appearances over the course of the Great Crusade campaigns as well. I am really looking forward to getting my models into the fight and making our own stories in this awesome universe!
I will leave you with a picture of my Harlequins as I'm really proud of them and as they were not present in the Great Crusade won't be featuring on the blog!