For me it was a long road to eventually embrace wargaming. My first flirtations with the hobby started in grade school when I received the board game Battle Masters as a gift. I would later learn the game (which I still have) was created in conjunction with Games Workshop and I boldly fielded the Empire armies against the forces of Chaos - pronounced by me then with the CH as in a choo choo train.
The miniatures came as unpainted plastic models and I had built model planes with my father growing up - which prompted me to start painting them in the morning before school. I am going to hazard that my painting then was top notch - but I have not looked at the minis in years.
Unfortunately, I soon ran out of opponents for Battle Masters as I switched into the dark ages of my life as a Magic player. Emerging only after a trip to Europe where I saw a miniature at a local Games Workshop in Italy and thought 'I can paint this while my girlfriend (an art teacher) works on her art projects'.
From then on I was hooked and although I started as a Sisters of Battle player, I have largely abandoned the Sisters for my growing collection of Daemons. My Daemons started as a pure Slaanesh force and has evolved to include token representations of Tzeetch, Khorne and even Nurgle. Overall, however, the entire force has a fleshy Slaanesh feel - a representative example of the army is the force I took to the Da Boyz GT.
At the Mandulian Chapel, Daemons will have the chance to be featured on Mondays - along with topics relevant to Daemon players or topics not relevant to Daemon players that I find particularly interesting. Battle reports from Da Boyz GT and Team Event are soon to follow and Hyv3mynd, Crispy and myself are all slated to compete at the local championship in Rochester this December. My background in mechanical engineering means I am especially interested in the mathematics that drive the game - from probability and statistics of rolling, unit comparisons or mathematically driven strategy - and I plan to hit on that theme over the course of my posts as well.
More importantly, I am interested in continuing to expand the Warhammer community and provide a bit more continuity in sharing the Western/Upstate New York gaming community.