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Describe about your first experience with the Warhammer. What game system brought you in to the on-going obession you now have? How old were you when you started, and how did that experience guide the type of gamer/collecter you are now?
I first started with Heroquest. I was probably 8 or 9 and my best friend and next door neighbor got it for his birthday. I remember him opening it up, and as he started sorting through the figures and putting the scenery together I knew I was hooked. My mind soared with all the possibilities that this one box of magic could provide. Dungeons, Monsters, Heros it was all there. We spent the next few months playing through the missions described in the book, made a few of our own, and even made our own rpg out of it. We painted all the miniatures out of the set(although we were 9 or 10,) and I remember enjoying painting the orcs and goblins the best. Later he and I started being interested in different things and we slowly drifted apart, years went by but before we lost contact he asked me to help him move. While doing so I found the box piled under a bunch of stuff in a closet. I didn't even know he had kept it. I imediately started rooting through it remembering all the great times we had together. There were even our old characters in it. We laughed as we looked at the names we had made for them(Dingo the Dwarf, Ringo the Elf, Arkon the wizard, and Mehoff Jack the Barbarian,) we were 10 years old after all. He told me he always enjoyed our games and didn't think he'd ever use it again, so he let me have it. Later, a friend that we used to play with introduced me to the Warhammer Fantasy game and as soon as he started showing me his army I told him, "those are chaos warriors arn't they?!" My interest peaked, I immediately knew that this was the much bigger world that me and my childhood friend played in. I bought orcs and goblins from then on and I never looked back. Today, I play Warhammer as much as I can, being a father and having life-resonsibilities that time is limited these days. I have though, introduced Heroquest in to family game night(I get to choose the game every 3rd week.) My 6 year old daughter loves it, and her Barbarian named Fluffy is feared throughout the lands. I hope you enjoyed this and can't wait to hear about other peoples beginnings.
Last edited by Andy Davies; August 20th, 2011 at 15:20.
I was a bit older than that. My eight year old lad got interested in 40K about fifteen years ago, and I helped him assemble and paint a fledgling Ultramarine army, while I built a small Eldar force. We even played a few games. Prior to that I collected and painted historical armies, mostly romans and anglo saxons, vikings etc. He soon lost interest, but we kept the figures and eventually I took over his marines, converting them to a DIY chapter and gradually increasing the size of the army. I remember being seriously ticked off when GW redesigned all the space marine tanks, I thought I'd have to start from scratch. Only in the last two years have I actually played any games with my army, and I got tabled on both occasions, but still really enjoyed it. Lack of spare time is a serious handicap to playing more often.
I now have about 12,000 points painted and based to a reasonable standard, with prehaps another 2,000 still to be assembled or painted, and my current mission is to complete everything I have and get it to next years LO meet in Nottingham, to set it all out on one of their apocalypse tables. One of the lads from this years meet is planning to do the same with his Chaos army. That will be a serious photo opportunity if it comes off.
Jager bombs. Very efficient at wiping out friend or foe.
I was introduced similarly to you, Andy Davies.
I grew up in a military family, so I moved around a lot, and while I had lots of friends, I had very few who I had known for any long period of time. When I was nine, one of those long-term friends invited me over to his house. While looking for something to do, I found the old Citadel 4th edition starter (Lizardmen vs. Bretonians) in his closet and asked what it was. He said that his dad had bought it for him, he never really learned how to play, and we put the box away. But I was already sold, I wanted to play a game with knights and giant lizard guys! So I asked where he'd got the box, dragged my dad out to this tiny comic store, and looked around. He bought me a box of Elves. Literally- Elves - 2 High Elf Spearmen, 2 High Elf Archers, and 4 Wood Elf Glade Guard. Strangest box GW has ever made. It had the little collector pamphlet in it and I went to the website. Pricing was as crazy back then as it is now, especially for a 9 year old with a $5/week allowance.
So I made up my own wargames with plastic army men. I told my friends about this awesome game, but still couldn't afford to play. They got their parents to buy them minis, but nobody ever really sat down to play a game. By this time 5th was out, with the Empire/Orc combo. I started picking up the Empire halves of the box off my friends, bringing more people in so I could get more boxes. I must've started almost 10 kids into the game to get my Empire army. I've always played High Elves, but that's because I was getting models for Christmas and Birthdays, the Empire is the only army I collected on my own. From there, I went fully to High Elves, continued playing the game, and still play today.
The first contact i had with both genders came when i was six or seven years old.My father brought me some disks for that old fart-AMIGA we had in the day.Those were for a game named space hulk.I wished i had my super soldiers hunting down those geenestealers.Then a couple of years in a super market again my da bout me a board game: space crusade.Again little Chris(thats me)after playing with his friends for the hundredth time had dreams of marines blasting aliens.The came hero quest and PCs.And my first fantasy game.Shadow of the horned rat.
Thats it till i grew up,DND died and i decided i needed a new hobby.Thats were those childhood memmories kicked in and here i am unemployed and trying to build a DA army.
Praise be to the Emperor!!
My uncle bought me a boxset of Genestealers for my sixth birthday thirteen years ago, and things pretty much kicked off from there. I painted them up (badly, obviously) and bought a Hive Tyrant which I could not for the life of me get to stick together, a couple of Raveners, a Zoanthrope and some Warriors and played a few games with my brother who was three years older and started with Chaos Space Marines. Several years later, I bought the Necron Battleforce and codex but never quite got fully into Necrons and bought a load of Lizardmen models, whereupon my brother and I focused solely on Warhammer for the next two years or so, myself with Lizardmen and him with High Elves. That and a stint with Warriors of Chaos against my brother's Empire brought me to being 13 or 14, when I collected Lord of the Rings for a year or so and then got into Space Wolves, which were my first actually serious army. I still have my 4000-odd points of them covering three shelves above my computer desk with a very diverse range of models which I collected while my brother once again returned to 40K and his Chaos Space Marines, collecting them more seriously this time around. Then, when we both felt we had exhausted our respective armies, we returned to Fantasy and I picked up my WoC again and him his Empire. About a year later, we both decided to go back to 40K and try out something entirely new, and we were looking at Eldar since we're both pretty intellectual and it seemed like a pretty sophisticated army. ;P We decided to do a sort of mutual collection where we would both add to the same army and paint it the same way (our skills being fairly equal) and we would pitch it alternately against my Space Wolves and his CSM when playing each other and have great fun with it playing doubles against anyone who was up for it (which we still do regularly, cause it really is soo much fun). Since then that's pretty much been all we've done, and that's led us to the 8000 points we have now. I think it's fair to say that without my brother also being interested in it I wouldn't have kept up the hobby as I have done with everything that's happened in our lives since (and I'm glad I did, it's pretty much been the only thing that's remained constant in the last 13 years). Wow, I can't believe it's been that long.
I don't think I've missed anything out there. That was an interesting trip down memory lane. Thank you for the opportunity, even if I did stretch it a bit past 'your first experience with Warhammer'
I never played a table top game before Warhammer. I actually thought Warhammer was really dumb at first my friend collected Chaos Space Marines and I thought they were big fat oversize ugly soldiers. I made so much fun of him for playing this expensive game. Not to mention all the time wasted putting them together and painting them. I still to this day make fun of him for it. For some reason I picked up one of his Warhammer books and looked at the different armies. Then I saw the Imperial Guard Steel Legion army and thought they were awesome because they looked like German soldiers from WWII. He told me we could play sometime and I had to say yes because it was a challenge we are very competitive. He bought me a squad of Steel Legion Troops not to long after that and I bought some soldiers. I was really happy when I got my soldiers seeing how all my troops pretty much were already put together. I just had to glue them to the bases and paint. I played the game and I liked it so much I've been playing for 2 years now.