I thought I would make my first blog entry to just introduce myself. Like Gav I got into 40k about a year ago after a decade off. As a teenager I had a few minis, never brought the rule book because I just couldn't be bothered to read that much and never really finished painting anything.
However as an adult and an avid Science Fiction reader I grew to love the 40K universe! The first Black Library book I found myself reading was Wolfbalde and I loved it. Sitting next to my 40k things I have over 600 Marvel comics the majority of them containing the God of Thunder himself so its easy to see why Vikings in space who loved drinking, farting, feasting and fighting appealed to me.
The one thing that didn't appeal to me with 40k was the company them self, I had stopped buy books from Games Workshops because I was sick of their pushy sales staff constantly asking the same questions and trying to put the hard sell on me. there was never time to peruse the shelf's at my leisure because even if I avoided the staff I was being banged into by small children wielding poorly painted armies or the latest box that their parents HAD to buy.
Eventually however I relented and brought my first minis and some paints and painted some Ultramarines who although I don't think I did a bad job on I didn't love. I ventured into a store looking for some Wolves or Grey Knights (another favourite) and found that I had to order in Grey Knights and that Wolves were getting a codex so I was sold on some Black Templars Sword Brethren. I augmented these with an Ebay steal of 100 marines a couple of tanks and a land raider for 50 quid but I still rarely played with them. I found it hard to learn in store. I am surrounded by squabbling kids every day I didn't want to be on the weekends as well.
So September came around, I still hadn't played any games and yet a howling could be heard. At last the fabled wolves had been updated and I started constructing an army to play with. Now anyone who has seen my Army and I will get some pictures on here will attest I am sure that while not anywhere close to eavy metal standard on each one I had laboured some time and for that reason I didn't play until a month later when I attended the first company vets for the first time. Work kept me from going again until after the new year. In the December copy of White Dwarf you may recall an article about a game a week for a year well that was my resolution and it started well! A loss but I learnt something about my army and planned for the next week for disaster to strike! I was rushed into hospital to have major surgery that put me off my feet for the better part of two months.
Since then however I have stuck to my vow, slowly getting 'better' and learning about my army until Open War approached and I was gifted with that all important team Claws and Fists T Shirt.