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I was introduced to WHFB in 1992 by accidentially crossing about an issue of the white dwarf (still got all WD's I've ever bought) in the "Delirium Ludens" in Biel. This must have been a total coincidence since the game was introduced to the german speaking part of Switzerland much much later. Fantasy Gaming and RPG hadn't arrived long in the country and I almost knew all the fantasy shops in every major city - WHFB was only available in the french speaking part.
It certainly helped me a bit to learn french, but honestly I had to travel to Exeter and then London if I wanted more information, more stuff to buy and more painting technology. So, GW in London was a real paradise, but guess what - the only thing I bought were two more issues of WD and an assortment of citadel inks. Yes inks, that made me a local star in painting further miniatures for games like Hero Quest and Dungeons and Dragons. I am still using the same ink from those days and they're still useful.
I've seen the coming of the first German issues of the White Dwarf and then the introduction of Warhammer FB and 40k to the rest of Switzerland. Some stores of the old days survived, the smaller ones did not. Games Workshop never officially opened up a shop here, maybe because there's fewer inhabitants than in neighbouring Germany. Whilst not a completely untrue fact - Swiss people earn much more money than Germans do, and they pay less taxes. So, there's maybe less customers but more sold stuff. The smaller shops often did not have the financial resources to survive warhammer droughts. And by such droughts I mean the introduction of Magic the Gathering and other Trading Card Games in Switzerland, starting in 1994 but exploding a few years later, then followed by PC Games and later MMORPG's.
Well yes, without a community and a shop that really cared about Games Workshop I mostly collected minis and painted them. I met a few talented painters around here now, and the local fantasy shop did really fine for the last few years.
I own a large High Elf Army, mainly consisting of models of 4th Ed. I have minis of the Undead, Bretonnian, Empire, Orcs & Goblins, Some Lizardmen and Chaos; Eldar, Sisters of battle and Space Marines. Lately I began to collect and paint Sobs but dropped it now for WHFB 8th ed. I am repainting older models (repainted mummies only to discover that they don't exist anymore - just as the everqueen and her maidenguard which was so expensive when acquired) and trying now to buy and paint an Orc & Goblin Army. Since it is so expensive, it will take a long long time until there will be a playable army.
I really hope 8th ed. brings back old players abandoning the system for 40k and introduces some new ones. Time is great since Online Rollies seem to lose their appeal for many. I read alot in the librarium for quite some time now and I'm looking forward to discuss with You Games Workshop addicts and learning a lot of interesting stuff.
Jack aka Pascal
Hey there you will definitely learn a lot of interesting stuff here on Librarium Online like painting techniques, conversions & much much more & you will also find that all the WHFB & 40k forums will have a lot of helpful info there & everyone here are friendly too they won't bite..... much anyways hope you find/get everything you are looking for & enjoy your stay here. Welcome to LO.
Thats the most comprehensive introduction i've ever read, sir. Welcome to LO, i'm sure you'll find a lot to like on the site.
Jager bombs. Very efficient at wiping out friend or foe.
Nice to have you back in the game. Show us some of your painting when you get the chance.
Welcome to LO,
I am right 94% of the time, why worry about the other 3%.