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  1. (Forgive the first few posts; they’ll be a bit rambling as I try to catch up with what I’ve already done.) Warhammer 40,000. For the uninitiated Warhammer 40,000 (40K) from Games Workshop (GW), is a massive, decades old tabletop wargame which is now on its 8th edition. Backed by countless books fleshing out the massive background storyline to the joy of GW who according to Wiki had revenue of £158 million last year! (If you’ve never seen a tabletop wargame, just think of the figures as fancy chess pieces. The whole setting is basically Lord of the Rings in space, with orcs, elves with added Terminator /Aliens etc.) Back in ’87, me mates and I were all long haired teens into heavy metal, D&D, Tolkien, Sci-Fi etc. Ideal GW fodder, ripe for the fleecing. Reasonable pocket money prices, a lead/pewter Marine cost 75p and a plastic Space Marine boxset cost a grand total of £10 for 30 Marines (which now costs £30 for 10 Marines!). I remember being in the ‘Orc’s Nest’ games shop in central London the day the box set of three Rhinos (futuristic M113 APCs) came out, £10 for 3! (now £22 each). Heady days full of rose tinted memories, playing massive 40K battles on my mates dads garage floor. (Oh, and the two missing Primarchs were there so that ‘you’ could make up your own.) My first attempt at painting a Marine army was with good ol’ Humbrol enamels, I had a reasonably sized army painted up to ‘tabletop’ standard. Mid 80's paintjob. Couple of years later. A mate from college ends up being the manager at the Games Workshop store in Dalling Road, Hammersmith, another friend at GW in Oxford St (probably one of the only female members of shopstaff they had at the time). Our little Tribe weren’t your typical clichéd socially inept wargamers , trips to GW and playing wargames and role playing games were mixed in with pubs, clubs, gigs and all that malarkey, but we were definitely ‘Fanboys’ throwing our spare cash at GW and having a good time. Wargaming bits and bobs were eventually put away to make way for ‘wine, women and song’. Oh, and ‘work, responsibilities and bills’. Fast forward to 2006, and in a nostalgic (mad) moment I briefly rekindle my love of 40K and splurge out on all manner of figures (metal and plastic), boxsets and vehicles. I knocked up some ‘Imperial Guard’ tanks and figures, but ended up treating them more like normal models rather than gaming pieces. (I gave up on photobucket, so had to copy these photos off another forum) I soon realised that I was now a ‘modeller’ rather than a ‘gamer’, so once again the ‘little men’ were put away to concentrate on Spitfires and Messerschmitts etc. Fast forward to now, and I see some of the some of the impresssive builds on here and the wonderful stuff GW is now knocking out. I can hear the Ruinous Powers whispering in my ear… So I end up in the loft rummaging through boxes to try to pick up where I left off…. With a few newly bought extras of course! I’ve never been much of a figure painter. Most of my efforts have been mediocre at best, painted to get them into play rather than for show. I’d like to try to at least finish off what I started years ago, even if the results are not as good as I’d hope. TL/DR : old toys from out of the loft repainted! Mart
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