Monday, 4 August 2008

Humble beginnings

I bought my first Games Workshop game in the beginning of the first half of the 1990's when I was in my early teens. I was in a local toy store and I saw a big box with "Space Marine" written on it in big letters. Turning it over in my hands, I saw that it was full of tiny plastic miniatures in three different colours, cardboard buildings, and more. I was mesmerized. I brought it home and quickly began spreading the tiny space marines, eldar and orks all over the floor.

After reading some of the background material, I immediately fell for the space marines. And since these particular space marines were of a dark green plastic, I decided they would have to be Dark Angels. (The eldar were gray, and the orks were dark blue, by the way.) I still have most, if not all, of those miniatures, actually. Unpainted...

I did try my hand at painting some of the miniatures, but I never got far. And as you can imagine, the ones I did paint looked pretty horrible. :)

I played a few games with my best friend, but we never really got into the finer points of the game. I was hooked on the whole 41st millennium thing, though. A couple of years later, it turned out some other friends of ours were getting into Warhammer 40,000, and we joined in.

I knew right away that I was going to collect space marines, and that they would be Dark Angels. In '95, the toy store closed, and we could no longer buy GW product anywhere in town. In '96, though, I got a flyer in my mailbox saying a local hobby store had begun stocking Warhammer. The rest, as they say, is history.

I'm now in charge of the games department of that same store, and has been for several years. And I'm still in love with the GW hobby, particularly Warhammer 40,000. And I still like the Dark Angels space marines most of all...

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