I guess this will sort of a greeting to the internet at large as well as a little background about me as it relates to the hobby. I was introduced to the world of 40k when I was in high school. At that time the game was in its third edition. I was sold a second hand mix of chaos space marines by a friend and so I began.
I was initially drawn to the hobby purely for the game. At that time the fluff provided in the codices and main rule book was minimal by comparison now and I was not immediately drawn to it. My painting skills at the time were quite poor (although there are times I feel like I haven’t improved much over the years). Plus on a limited budget like I had at that time, I would rather spend my money on models than paints.
Overtime I end up trading that chaos army for a fantasy army (vampire counts). The vampire counts were traded for empire. Then the Tau came out. A whole new race; and I fell in love with the aesthetic of the army. I started my first army from scratch at that time, the Tau. In terms of my love of the game, it was a competitive army, and that is what I wanted at the time.
I got bored of the tau, they succeeded with the winning aspect of the game, but there was no variety. I was drawn back to power armor so I started a space marine army. This was my first army that I really tried to paint well. And I failed miserably at this. I didn’t have the money to collect many models, so often my friends and I would proxy new units to see if we liked them before buying them. There was no friendly local game store, so all orders were direct orders from GW.
It was at this point that my involvement in the hobby went into stasis. I went off to college. My armies were eventually boxed up and put into the garage at home. I had zero involvement in the world of 40k and fantasy for 7 years. I left 40k during the beginning of 4th edition and 6th edition fantasy.
Upon leaving college and moving to Maryland I discovered a games workshop store in White Marsh. Thus my love of the hobby was restored. This is where I met the other members of this blog and our gaming group was forged. Many of my Saturday’s were spent in that tiny 3 table store. My fiancé was not to move up for a year and I lived in a tiny 1 bedroom apartment. So I had a little disposable income, which the hobby was grateful to take.
I literally got back into the game a month before 6th edition dropped. The manager of the GW store was kind of enough to tell me to not bother buying and learning 5th edition and just wait for 6th edition to drop. I used that time to get my armies back up to par. I got the old space marines and tau back from my mother’s. To be honest, I was embraced by the poor quality of the painting, modeling, and even the priming. Eventually I was able to salvage most of my tau army. Ultimately, the space marines were not salvageable.
Shortly after 6th edition dropped I grew bored of my armies (again). Tau was not appealing to play at the time, as I would need to buy a lot of models to fill out the army. Space marines were generally considered week, and I had about 1000 points of poorly painted stuff. I added a few units (terminators and rhinos I believe), but still yearned for something new. It was then that I heard the voice of gork (or possibly mork) and set out to start an ork army.
I acquired the vast majority of my orks second. I got a huge lot from a fellow gamer at the white marsh store. I picked up several lots through craigslist. I added several new units of course. The orks were the first army that I really got into the painting, converting, and the underlying story.
My orks are freebooters. I loved the pirate theme to the army. All my orks have red striped pants. There is a smattering of eye patches, great coats, parrots, and other pirate bits throughout the army. Looking back, the paint scheme I choose is very colorful, perhaps to colorful. It takes far too long for me to paint a single boy and I have hundreds of them. Sometime I will do a better army feature article on them.
After starting my orks I still felt like I wanted something different. This is where I get back into fantasy. I pick up a vampire counts army. I set standards for myself with this army. I could only buy a box once I had painted the previous purchase. It turns out I can paint them very quickly. I have rapidly accumulated about 2500pts of painted VC, with about 500 more points waiting to be painted. I have put fantasy on hold for the time being, but more on that in another article.
At this point I was feeling a little overwhelmed with my hobby. I had acquired nearly 3000 points in orks, all of which needed repainted in my freebooter scheme. The new tau codex had dropped and I went hog wild with new models for them. And of course, I stripped down the old tau to start a new color scheme for the army. I was steadily working on my VC, box by box. The space marines weren’t getting any love. So I sold the army. Stupid mistake.
Since then the lovely little store in white marsh has closed. I gaming group was displaced initially to Titan Games and Hobbies. We have recently re-located to critical hit games. There are pros and cons to both shops, something else I can go into later.
I have steadily progressed on both the tau and orks. The VC was “completed” and had been shelved for the time being. I have moved to a town house now that my fiancé is here. Overall my hobby budget took a severe hit, so I don’t often make big purchases anymore. I recently experienced a little hobby burn out. I had always liked the Iron Hands, and after they finally got some rules in the new codex, so I took this as my opportunity to re-invigorate myself and start a new army. I can cover the army and hobby burn out later.
And there you have it. A little long winded, but that is my hobby history in a nutshell. Hopefully this will serve to let any of you readers understand my background when I give my opinion.