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16-01-2008, 20:01
It's all in the title. I was 17.

16-01-2008, 20:03
17 in my case. I've played other stuff like BT before that (since I was 12, I think) but my model collecting obsession started when I was introduced to 40K 2nd edition.

16-01-2008, 20:03
Gaming? 12. GW gaming? Probably 20.

16-01-2008, 20:16
'The' Hobby as in GW-produced games?

22 (back in '95)

Hobby as in Wargaming?

17 with DBA (back in '90)

Hobby as in Gaming?

12 with Roleplaying (back in '85)

16-01-2008, 20:23
'The' Hobby as in GW-produced games?

22 (back in '95)

Hobby as in Wargaming?

17 with DBA (back in '90)

Hobby as in Gaming?

12 with Roleplaying (back in '85)

"The Hobby" meaning all of the above.

16-01-2008, 20:29
Games Workshop at 10/11 when I joined secondary school, and "army men" as long as I can remember before that starting with throwing rocks at the plastic ones on each side, graduating to darts and such rules as "You have to hit a tank 3 times", "A mortar lets you throw 5 at once from one hand" or good old "This water ballon is the airstrike". *laughs* Ah to be a kid again. :D Then finally indoors with dice and enamel model paint when it was wet out.

You can imagine my surprise when I found out more than just me, my brother and our mates thought it was a good craic. ;)

From Shadows
16-01-2008, 20:36
Back in 1993.I was 24yrs young. ;)

16-01-2008, 21:07
Initially i got some models when i was 12 till about 14, but i really got into it when i was 21,

16-01-2008, 21:12
I was 8 when my brother got Space Crusade.

16-01-2008, 21:25
10-12? now is 22.
hobby made me into a man i am today.that is a overweight no-life with all the erotic experince of a pile of brick. man, i should have listened to the other kid and bought some beer back then!:D

The Dark One
16-01-2008, 21:27
i was 7 years old

16-01-2008, 21:27
4. Now 31.

Finn Sourscowl
16-01-2008, 21:42
11... now 28... that's a very long time :eek: (although not as long as you, Keravin!)

Started with Heroquest, then Space Crusade... then Rogue Trader... then epic... etc etc.

Like many people I guess!

16-01-2008, 21:53
Played D&D starting around 8 years old and had some minis for that at about age 12. Found out about GW in aproximately '86 or '87, so 12-13 years old. I got started in GW with the Rogue Trader and Warhammer 3rd ed rules. Unlike many I bought into heroquest later and played it lots with younger relatives and friends. I'm 33 now.

16-01-2008, 22:14
I started at the ripe old age of 11, and even now (10 years later) I still have some of my very first figures - I still have my first Dreadnought, which I got a mere six months into the hobby (ie the first birthday after my parents realised it wasn't just a fad!), which, much to my shame, still has the old paint scheme...

16-01-2008, 22:20
11 with 2nd Edition and Epic: Titan.

16-01-2008, 22:34
13 years old, started mainly GW & D&D. Am 31 now, too late to grow up now...

16-01-2008, 22:37
9 for Heroquest if that counts. 40K about 2 years later...

Chaplain Nikolai
16-01-2008, 22:38
40k at 11, still got some of my old Ultramarines!

16-01-2008, 22:41
I was about 13 when I started GW stuff
(vivid memory of my buddy Mike's Grom the Paunch model)

8 or so with the role playing...

16-01-2008, 22:43
Began playing D&D at age 4 (late 1978). I can't remember when I started putting together/painting models, but it had to be around the same age. Started to play RPGs regularly in summer of 1986. Began collecting game miniatures soon after that (maybe bought a few sooner as "toys").

Started playing GW stuff in late 1987. My first GW pruchase was the RT era box of 30 plastic Space Marines. Played/owned most of the GW products released from 1988 to just before 2nd 40k was released plus Warhammer Quest and a few of the other Boxed Games out later. Stopped playing/buying wargames from mid 1996 until late 2006.

I never really thought of it this way before, but considering how we played with toys/Legos in my childhood, it was just wargaimng without dice, as there were plenty of rules and plenty of rules arguments. :D So you could argue that I have been in the wargaming hobby since like 3. I know some of the projects we used to make with Legos were just as bad as (worse than) putting together minis/terrain and some of the setups we did to play with G.I Joes or Transformers match the level many people put into terrain or such for wargaming.

Templar Ben
17-01-2008, 00:17
Started with D&D back in '80.

17-01-2008, 00:25
In the wider ' hobby ' sense , I remember playing with my friend in his garage with our model tanks and soldiers , and making up our own rules , I think before GW existed , I cant remember exactly how old I was , but it was early 70's

17-01-2008, 03:29
First model is easy, a spitfire VB that my mom got by collecting packet tops, she gave it too me to build on the day of 66 world cup final, so I wouldn't get over excited (I was 5).
First toy soldiers, airfix HO can't remember what I had first, first I bought with pocket money as opposed to gifts where the RAF ground crew.
First GW, WD07, I think, found 9 the other day. First citadel, wizard with staff bought for D&D, warhammer from 85 onwards.
I'll stop now, getting all misty eyed.

17-01-2008, 04:07
18. Got a box of RT beakies in summer of 1989 (around my birthday).

17-01-2008, 05:44
13 is when I started roleplaying; I didn't get into Wargaming (and by proxy GW) until 23 though.

17-01-2008, 07:40
Started gaming when i was about.... oh 3 or so, playing with legos and little army men. My first model was a faukk wolfe plane from ww2, it was a helluva lotta fun. I played video games since before i can remember, and i think it was Final Fantasy 7 that got me all into RPGs, and Starcraft got me into Sci-Fi setting although i watched aliens and startrek since i was born and usually Played make belief to those settings.Dungeons and Dragons and Magic The Gathering came when i was about 9, and i loved it, and one day i went to visit my grandma in saskatoon and i had never been in a comic book shop but i saw the place as i was entering saskatoon, "The Magic Dragon" i begged my grandma to take me their and she did, it really was a magical place like all my little fantasies come true, the atmosphere of the place drew me in and i was entranced, and their i saw somehting ive never seen in my life.
Little minature wargames... i knew nothing about the games but i looked over all the different box sets and chose between the two with the most men, a Skaven Regiment, and a box of Catachans.
I thought the idea of rat men was too ******* cool and i got those, the rest is history.(Oddly enough i dont play skaven.. i moved away to Toronto 2 months later and had to leave my ratboys behinde, when i came here i went to the local comic book shop asap and bought a box of chaos space marines.. my true love chaos!)

17-01-2008, 07:47
i was 12 when for my birthday my cousin gave me his warhammer and that day i went gw and bought a paint set and WD

17-01-2008, 08:25
Started proper wargaming (ie not throwing bricks at plastic soldiers) circa age 7 when introduced to rules by my neighbour (operation Warboard by Gavin & Bernard Lyall) moved into fantasy via D&D and first used the WFB1.5 rules that appeared in the back of the first Citadel Journal before they brought out the WFB 2nd Ed boxed set. Been gaming with minatures as well as counters and maps ever since and now 36.

17-01-2008, 08:33
Started way back in December 1988... Aged 9. My father bought me a copy of White Dwarf and I was away. Started painting random miniatures that he would buy. Started with WHFB with a few friends at school, that led to WHFRP, Space Hulk, Heroquest, Advanced Heroquest, Space Crusade and Advanced Space Crusade. I have happy memories of playing all of these games... Felt out of favour with GW around '92. Flirted with a few models throughout the 90s but came back strong in 2004 with the re-release of 40k... Now 28!

17-01-2008, 09:10
11. Just before I hit senior school. Been doing it ever since with no breaks.
(I'm 24 now)

Play R, PP and GW. Have a long term missus and some social life too, so thats kinda fun. I walk a fine line between uber geek and reality, but hey. Its all good fun.

17-01-2008, 09:24
Last year, I was 40 then.

Same goes for my son, who was 12 last year.

Come on I can't be the oldest...

17-01-2008, 10:01
10, because 2 of my mates were doing it too... one of them already had a huge lizardmen army, and his dad had these awesome skeletons...

The boyz
17-01-2008, 10:24
I started when I was 8 with 40K, but as I got older, I gradually switched over to WFB.

17-01-2008, 10:32
i started to plat RPG when i was around 10 and moved on to TCG's then i just one day walked in to my local GW and brought some Ork boyz and been collecting/gaming ever since then, im 21 now. damn time fly

17-01-2008, 11:11
I started wargaming aged 3, with Lego ironclads (!) and easy rules, playing against my Dad. The American Civil War was a particular fascination of mine for a long time!

As for Games Workshop, I got into it aged 8, just after Necromunda was first released.

So I've been wargaming now for about 18 years.

Started proper wargaming [with] operation Warboard by Gavin & Bernard Lyall

That's such a brilliant book! I've had that for years and played a good few games with it although now we use Rapid Fire! instead. The little battle reports in it make ace reading, especially the ambush one and the D-Day one.

17-01-2008, 11:25
i was 13, 21 years ago

17-01-2008, 11:30
25 with the 4th edition fantasy box .
the one that had those cardboard models of a wyvern and griffon, and the gobbo spearmen that could cause actual damage if you leaned on them.
Ahh good times :)

17-01-2008, 11:30
around 1991 when i was 10/11 - first models boought were some old RT adventurers and a Elric model i also picked up a copy of WD141 and have everyone since (sad i know).

17-01-2008, 11:37
8 years of age, this is know my 12 year. my first model was a legion of the damned plasma gunner (still have him). i have white dwarves from back when i was about 6 though.

17-01-2008, 11:43
i was 11 when i started, now 23

saw a white dwarf in the news agents and was drawn to it by the cover art, looked inside and there were toy soldiers!

was hooked from then on really, got into historical gaming aswell as GW at the age of 17 i guess?

17-01-2008, 12:01
I "started" with GW back in late '97. So then I was 14, I'm now 24 - that's a bit more than ten years by now.

17-01-2008, 14:16
Started D&D when I was 11.
Then in high school I would walk home with a group of kids and they would talk about Chaos and the Horus Heresey. Titans and Space Marines.
Stopped in at one of thier houses after school one day on the way home and saw his Epic Imperial guard. HOOKED! I was 15. I'm 32 now...

17-01-2008, 14:29
However old I would be when I was in year 7.....
So 11 or 12.

17-01-2008, 14:30
I was 11, it was 1979 and the joue de jour was D&D. That basic set with the blue rulebook with the dragon on the cover and the module you had to fill in the encounters yourself...

Got it from Beatties IIRC. For years all GW were to me was the publisher of WHite Dwarf, which I would scour eagerly every second month when it was published, in B&W for 50p... Even then I couldn't afford it and used to split the cost with my mate. Thought I was the dog's whatsits when I got bought the white box with the three brown rulebooks in it as a Christmas present! Every birthday or Christmas thereafter always had a string of requests for rulebooks or modules or whatever thereafter.

Didn't really get into the Toy Soldiers element though 'til I was in 6th form when we all had a bit more pocket money and could afford the luxury of PCs and a few monsters for our games of 1st edition AD&D, Runequest and Traveller (orcs proxied for everything from displacer-beasts to neo-otyughs to space-hoodlums from the planet Zarg!). The regular "Tabletop Heroes" column in WD taught me everything I knew.

By the time 2nd edition of WFB came out I was in college and I built up a (very heavy) greenskin army over the 3 years. Sort of gave up for a long time after that as I didn't like the way GW went in the early 90's and in anycase I had more interesting things going on in my life at the time.

The wheel comes full circle though. My youngest just had his 5th birthday and top of his list was some LotR Ringwraiths...

17-01-2008, 14:32
8. It had something to do with parental's getting divorced. (Boo Hoo poor me. Hugs inner child);)

17-01-2008, 15:04
Painting models, wargaming (Star Wars Table-top Miniatures), all that jazz around 10, I think. GW specifically, 20.

Dr Death
17-01-2008, 15:14
Aged 9, April the 14th 1998, almost exactly a month beyond my birthday. I'm now speeding down the fast lane to 19 and so this year will be my decade... may have to go on a celebratory spree...

Dr Death

17-01-2008, 15:18
Started with Talisman when I was about 9 or 10. Then went to Blood Bowl, Necromunda 40K. Now 29.

Brother-Captain Antilles
17-01-2008, 15:55
I first picked up a White Dwarf back in about '88 (aged 15), think it was issue 96, got hooked by the imagery and the very cool Chapter Approved articles they had back then; also helped that a teacher at my school had won Golden Demon around that time (Paul Benson). Collected some Warhammer Orcs and Elves (Lothern Sea Guard FTW, wish I knew where they were now!), and also some WH40K (Imperial Army, Marines and Eldar), then Epic (Marines and Eldar). Stayed in the hobby till I was in my 2nd year at uni or so (about '94) then moved on to other things. Came back to the hobby at the beginning of 2003 right after The Two Towers came out, with thoughts of painting up a LOTR diorama (I didnt know GW had the franchise until I walked past the local store). Then got back into 40K and my first love, Marines. Still collecting and painting, now aged 35. And in all that time, I have played but 2 (yes 2) games of Epic!

So, short answer to the OP, 15, then again at 30.

17-01-2008, 16:02
I was 11, in ´92. An older friend introduced me - or rather, we started together on his initiative with 40k.

17-01-2008, 16:18
I've been playing wargames with brittains knights and plastic WW2 army men since I guess 4 or 5. Made my own rules up and borrowed dice from monopoly and cluedo.
Strangely enough, I found all the old Corgi WW2 tanks and trucks in a box last week! Gave my fathers Dinky tanks back to him, he was really pleased, thought they had been lost long ago.

17-01-2008, 16:43
14 starting with the then new Vampire Counts for 5th edition.

17-01-2008, 16:51
I think I was 10.

I got MERPs brand new (now sadly battered and damaged) and a citadel catalogue which I wanted to keep fresh, so my dad photocopied each page. I stuck these onto card, cut them out a created my very first game ... ...

Had the usual collection of soldiers, knights cowboys e.t.c. a fair amount of those were lost in the trenches of my back garden battlefield.

That seems so long ago now.

17-01-2008, 17:06
I started gw wargames when i was 11. However i started making models quite a few years before that.


17-01-2008, 17:17
I've been model building since about 6 or 7.
Then I found D&D when I was 11 or 12 (we were christened "Gay Club" at school:mad:).
Then I went on to GW with the release of Space Crusade.
So you could either say 25 years for the started interest or 20 years for the hobby

17-01-2008, 17:49
I think I'm an exception because I started recently when I was 36 (it is an old age to start playing), now 40. A friend introduced me to this hobby. Before this, I never heard anything about Warhammer 40K and TTG.

Emperor's Grace
17-01-2008, 18:07
Hobby at 10?

RPG's at 17

Mini's at 20

GW at 25 (Space Hulk in 1997)

First WD was 216 (Falcon on cover and Card Scenery: Eldar Obelisk)

Dwarf Supreme
17-01-2008, 18:11
Let's see - I started building models at around age 9 or 10 and wargames at age 12. A friend introduced me to D&D when it first came out in '76. My first GW game was in '86, probably Talisman. My first tabletop wargame was Adeptus Titanicus. I got it is a birthday gift shortly after it was released. To this day I'm an avid Epic player.

So, it looks like I've been in the hobby for about 36 years. Looks like I win the prize so far for being the oldest.

17-01-2008, 19:52
1989....10. rouge trader

17-01-2008, 21:11
11 now 29, my friends older brother and a couple of his friends played and were really cool about introducing us to the hobby and getting us involved. Living in a small town a good distance from the nearest GW new opponents were few and far between !

17-01-2008, 21:21
Oh, and it was also all thanks to this:


17-01-2008, 21:23
Hi all.
I was 14 when I started tabletop gaming.(HOTT).(1982)
I was 19 when I played my first GW game, Dark Future.(1987,and I still play ,using White Line Fever and Dead Mans Curve expansions.:D)

Adeptus Titanicus , then Epic SM,then RT, then WH 3rd, and most of GW board games.As well as a few historical war games,and Battle Tech (Mechwarrior).

Gosh I feel; realy old now...(because I am:cries:)


Duke Raoul
17-01-2008, 23:42
I was 13 and I sucked big time, now 24 I've come a long way

18-01-2008, 00:04
For me it was:

Gamebooks age 9
Basic D&D age 10
Warhammer age 12
40K whenever it came out
Then Rolemaster, Werewolf and a few other things in my "I hate GW phase"
Then nothing till the age of 30 when i started fantasy again.
I am now 35 and am neck deep in Flames of War

Whats next? Who knows!

18-01-2008, 00:24
About 10 I think, now 18.

Started just after the release of Third Edition 40K I recall...

Captain Brown
18-01-2008, 02:09
15 for 40K...it has been a long time...


20-01-2008, 05:04
For me, since I was 12 I think... When the Lord of the Rings models started comming out, there was the biggest craze ever. Everyone had them and each lunch there would be 50+ games at various spots throughout the school. Then people started 40k then Fantasy and I was one of the few who kept playing...

Cirrus the Blue
20-01-2008, 07:56
11 now 25. How do I remember that I was 11? The old boxes used to have an age restriction for nobody under age 12 and the clerk at the shop wouldn't let me buy it 'cause I was 'underage'. Looking back on that bit, it's absolutely hilarious, but at the time it was most definately the suck. :p

- Cirrus

20-01-2008, 14:43
Gaming [video; didn't say exactly what you wanted]-7

Gaming [LoTR, which although it got me into FB and 40k, we can all pretty much agree that it's continued existence is destroying the company]-12

Gaming [true gaming;FB and 40k]-13

Gaming [actually starting to put things together instead of just letting them collect dust in a drawer]-14.5

So it took about 7 and a half years to evolve into what I am now--a 16 year old socially inept geek with little to no emotional feelings...And how proud I am to be here now.:chrome:

20-01-2008, 14:57
about 6 i think, started GW games at 7 though

20-01-2008, 15:19
I was 11 when i discovered GW stuff, that was way back in 1990, haven't looked back since, it was kind of cool way back then because the reccommended age on their products (games and miniatures) was 14 :)

The Judge
20-01-2008, 15:25
Eleven, now nineteen. Not looked back since, but have been distracted by *horror* other companies miniatures.

20-01-2008, 16:32
Various historical miniatures: I was about six. I couldn't paint well, but it did provide a solid starting point to get the feel of painting miniatures with.

GW:I was ten, three years ago when I started gaming and playing properly and to a reasonable standard (my first models were the old plastic orc arrer boyz, when I was nine). I have never regretted it in all the three years that have passed since, only that I didn't start gaming and paintin with GW stuff earlier.

Crazy Harborc
21-01-2008, 01:14
Been a wargamer for 50 plus years. Started "gaming" with my toy soldiers, the 54mm scale ones. Read Little Wars(title?) by HG Wells. Had a goodly number of Elastolin Hauser 35mm plastic (LONG before GW started up). I "fell into" 25mm scale about 33 years ago. I still have some of those early lead minies.......historicals from Minifigs, Hinchcliff, Ral Partha, Grenadier, even a few from a then new company called Citadel, Marauder or something like that.

I didn't start playing WHFB until a few weeks before 4th Edition came out.

Opps....It HAS been 50 plus years now!! I'll be 64 in February.

21-01-2008, 13:38
Been a wargamer for 50 plus years.

Do you read Battlegames?

Stella Cadente
21-01-2008, 13:50
I was only 6yrs old, it was the perfect thing for me at the time, gave me something to do inbetween the beatings and sexual abuse

21-01-2008, 13:55
As far as GW games go:

Advanced Heroquest at 8
Space Hulk at 9
WFRP at 10
40k at 12
40k Rogue Trader at 20 :p

21-01-2008, 14:20
I must have been about 13. I saw the 2nd edition 40k boxed set in an Argos magazine and thought it looked really cool. I managed to get £35 together, bought the boxed set and got some mates involved.

Crazy Harborc
22-01-2008, 00:58
Do you read Battlegames?
No I do not. I don't think I've heard of it before. WD is the only gaming magazine I read anymore.

22-01-2008, 05:10
It started with D&D when I was 14. I only got into Warhammer in my late 20s (a fair few years ago, now).

22-01-2008, 08:51
started at the tender age of 9 and i am now 30something........

22-01-2008, 14:10
12, with Dark Future...

22-01-2008, 14:53
At 13, with AD&D, Runequest and WRG Ancients. This was 1981.

Capitán Sánchez
22-01-2008, 15:04
I bought Hero Quest when I was about 21 (I cannot remember exactly) but I began to play Warhammer when I was 28, thanks to PS Dark Omen. Now I am 37 and seldom play but still like the hobby.

Thank you

22-01-2008, 17:12
9, I think, and I'm 15 now.

23-01-2008, 10:14
Started at age 10......now 35.

23-01-2008, 10:35
13 with battle for mcragie...

Crazy Harborc
24-01-2008, 00:48
One regular opponent started with WHFB about 5 years ago.....at age 58 or 59. A couple of the newbies at the local GW store are in their mid to late 30s. A few who are older started GW games when fresh from Uni....Now they are in their 50s. They were not new to wargaming, just to GW's versions.

Hey some of the newer 40K players at the local GW are in their late 40s.:D

Brother-Captain De Angele
08-03-2008, 22:04
Muhahahaha im that bored guy that reactivates old threads!
anyway i started at the ripe age of 8 with catachans(bad idea) and have been playing for 8 years now barely have any of those catachans my brother turned em all into goliaths for necromunda!:D
De Angele

09-03-2008, 00:31
Wouldn't this be better as a poll with age bracket answers?

Anyway, first GW game would have been either Battlecars or Talisman back in '84. I really don't remember which I played first.

As to miniature wargames, much later for the organised ones, 21 when I started to play Epic Space Marine. However before I even knew what a wargame was I was making up my own rules to play massed battles with 1/72 scale WW2 minis from about 8 years old.

09-03-2008, 01:06
D&D at the wee age of 6, i think my dad just waned someone to be able to play against at the weekend, i'm surprised looking back how much of it i actually grasped, considering i can't remember any 40k/lotr/warhammer rules to save my life now :p.

i used to take character sheets into primary school so i could kit them out for the latest campaign :angel:

09-03-2008, 03:33
Started when I was 17. Was choosing between Magic the Gathering, DnD and Warhammer 40,000. Absolutely no idea why I chose the most expensive, time consuming past time between the three... Maybe it is because it is the most visually appealing thing there is :)

09-03-2008, 05:06
I started warhammer when I was 13, although My brother and I did get a box of mines of moria when we were 11, but we never palyed it, it was too confusing at such a young age with none to show us how to play :P

Dirty Fingers
09-03-2008, 06:10
I'm honestly never sure if i was 10 or 11. I know i never got in a real, legit, points value game till I was 14. Either way, i'm 21 now, so it's been at least a decade. Honestly, the hobby is part of my life. I really can't imagine life without it.

09-03-2008, 06:23
About ten. Here I am, at 13, and I now have two 5000 point armies. :p

09-03-2008, 07:47
When WD 100 came out (when was that). I think I was about 15 or 16.
Role-played for a couple of years before that.

09-03-2008, 08:23
Maybe 16. I started with D&D, before it was called that. "In The Beginning" it came in a box set, no books just a small manual. Can anyone remember the name, I'm growing senile in my old age?

09-03-2008, 09:01
I think I was 8 or 9 ...... I'm 33 now.

09-03-2008, 10:22
Back when i was about 10-12 we had a local gaming club.. some guys rented a 2 room cellar and decked it out to be their "club house". Board games, Roleplaying, Tabletop.. the entire shebang.

It was heaven for a kid and it introduced me to this entire thing. We kids even got to setup the terrain for a tabletop game.. sneaky bastards that we were we placed a river down the middle of the board and one destroyed bridge and one functional essentially creating a bottleneck :evilgrin:

Don't know the system they played though.

After the club sadly went down i was out of the hobby through most of my teens though at 17 i saw this shiny new magazine in german at a newsstand.. White Dwarf 1.
Didn't notice it that much right then but picked up issue 3 i think (bought also issue 1 and 2) and the rest is history.

I'm 32 now which means i'm into Warhammer for about 15 years now and bit longer if you mean Fantasy gaming in general.

09-03-2008, 11:58
when I was ten, we moved to the capital of funland from the countryside. My new schoolmates borrowed me a steve jackson's playing-book, remember those books that had a lot of numbered sections on it? like, "if you want to go south, jump to section 275". It had a really dumb combat system, you had to roll a D6 and if you got a 1 you died, something like that..

I was hooked for life after that book: D&D, RuneQuest, Rolemaster, BattleTech, CarWars, AD&D, Twilight2000, Space Hulk, Space Marine, ad infinitum... I still think roleplaying is good for the brain when one is a teenager, expands the mind somehow.. Still wish I could get into into it, but me brain has changed and there is no return (sigh).. O'well, the minis and 40k is more than enough for the time I have to spare for hobbies these days.

Kroot Lord
09-03-2008, 12:18
I started Wargaming when I was 9.

09-03-2008, 13:11
The first WD I bought was the one with the J.G Deathwing Terminator on the front. I picked up Heroquest a month or two after that. Dont remember the date, just the magazine.

09-03-2008, 13:16
15 and a half. I liked Dawn of War, I liked modelling, was interested in wargames, and had large amounts of money to spend. Not much has changed, except for the finances. Damn prices. ;)

09-03-2008, 14:34
I was 20, back in 2004, I played Dawn of War at a friend's, later accidently ran into the novel with the same title by CS Goto, totally impressed by the 40k universe, googled around a bit, visited my local GW and have been hooked ever since.

09-03-2008, 16:09
I started Playing 40K back around White Dwarf 180 (13 years ago) however I was painting and modeling for at least a year before that so I was around 13 at the time (1993).

It was a great time as everything was shiney and new, 2nd edition in all its glory (although the current edition is good but for different reasons).

09-03-2008, 17:09
Combat Cards at 9 (1995) then graduated to Fantasy at 10 (yeah i'm one of those wierd people who started with Fantasy then moved to 40k) Started 40k at 11 then played on and off 'till 2004. Just got back into the hobby at 22.

09-03-2008, 18:20
I have been in and out of wargaming since the early seventies. Things like work, marriage, kids etc have sometimes laid other claims to my time.
I got into WHFB and 40K about 6 years ago through my teenage sons interests.
I am 46 now and still struggling to find time to assemble and paint armies, let alone actually play some games.

09-03-2008, 18:56
I was about 13 when I got into it, im 26 now, had a break in 2000 till around now due to playing dawn of war and reading the horus heresy novels. Only thing is my mates arn't into it anymore, so i'll have to find someone else to play against now.

Crazy Harborc
09-03-2008, 20:20
I have been in and out of wargaming since the early seventies. Things like work, marriage, kids etc have sometimes laid other claims to my time.
I got into WHFB and 40K about 6 years ago through my teenage sons interests.
I am 46 now and still struggling to find time to assemble and paint armies, let alone actually play some games.

Been there and did that.;) I am 64 now AND retired (I am lucky). I have the time.:D......AND a backlog of minies to paint.

I discovered WHFB and 40K after I was already a wargamer. GW isn't all there is to wargaming. GW is the largest company doing it all, rules, minies and accessories.

Hang in there.....Your life isn't over.....With a little luck you are only about half done. Paint when you can. Make sure you always have storeage locations (best out of sight) for stuff still in the box.

Suddenly, you will have grand children. Show you are interested in your wife's interests.;) Enjoy the time you can spend when you can.

Opps....lecture over.

Deja Dude
09-03-2008, 21:10
I was about 10 when I got Heroquest for Christmas. I can still remember my parents being concerned I wouldn't understand it because "the rule book's about 25 pages long!" It was a big departure to Shutes and Ladders and Buckaroo back then!

Then I remember around the same year my dad got hooked on painting models and got me involved too - one of the best memories I have as a child was coming home from school to find the warhammer boxed set and a tricked out Dward army for me, and a High Elf army for him. It wasn't even my birthday, just a total surprise. Then my dad lost interest and I had to buy it all myself *sigh*

It's amazing to hear stories of guys who've been playing the game for decades. I always imagine showing my kids how to play, but then I hear dad's in my local store talk to their children about it and it sounds kind of weird to me haha!

It's also cool to hear from people who have only been playing for a few years. I mentioned in another thread that I've grown up with the warhammer world and it's as significant to me as something like Star Wars. Having such a fresher experience of it must be totally different.

Demise Of Sanity
09-03-2008, 21:57
I was like 4 lol , obviously wasnt doign owt extreme liek now and my parents used to help.

09-03-2008, 23:16
GW painting and gaming when I was 11. I started competition painting at 14 for Golden Demon Youngbloods and professional painting at 15. I started with LOTR, went to 40K and now I've been playing Fantasy and 40K ever since. I'm picking LOTR soon though....

09-03-2008, 23:23
I was 15 when the new kid in school showed off his (very well painted) models, and I got into WFRP as he lived just down the road from me...

That was 18 years ago now...

09-03-2008, 23:41
9 or 10? i cant remember

the month i started i bought my first UK white drawf which was the epic 40k release issue 207 or 208 i think

my first army was warhammer fantasy Undead (this was before 5th ed vampire counts book was released, i had vampires, skull catapults and chariots hehe) and my first purchase ever was a £5 box of 8 plastic skelletons, GW are incredably foolish for abandoning the £5 range of plastic models they got me into the hobby and im sure a great many other people as well

i then went into 40k about 2 years latter with a Dark Angels force during the last days of 2nd ed.

09-03-2008, 23:48
8 years old when I bought and painted my first miniatures; some strange german make I've never been able to retrace, around the same time I was getting into the whole fantasy scene with Icewind Dale on my Dad's ancient laptop in the cellar. Goddamn! 15 years old and already reminiscing about the good 'ole days :rolleyes:

10-03-2008, 00:02
I started when I was 8 and my first army was Dark Angels in 40k, and Wood Elves for fantasy about a year later. I started because my uncle was in the hobby, he started playing when he was in Germany with the military.

10-03-2008, 01:46
Oh let me see...

I was 11 when I started playing 40k, so almost 10 years. Started with Valhallan Imperial Guard (saw them in a leaflet in GW), whilst most people I knew played Marines. Still have my first blister models :eek: (Valhallan Meltagun and Flamer). Started Fantasy about a year after that with Bretonnians using the White Dwarf list (o happy days :D). Despite turning to Marines briefly I decied to sell my Black Templars and go back to Guard. Been there ever since.

10-03-2008, 02:37
i was 12 started in epic but then moved to 40K. Had big plans as i was SW also wanting a IG army and a skaven army.

Then had a 10 year break and now ive been back into it for a year and have a library of books and i have my SW and IG armys nicely on their way and a fallen angels army to start.

Why did i get back into it? My brother got back into it about a year before me and brought me a rune priest. I said i wasnt going to do it but then it ate me up inside and i went a lil nuts on buy figures. So then i had to get the paints and ... o now ive got more paints i need more figures.. plus i need to books to get the background. O **** where did all that money goo :(

10-03-2008, 04:48
I started with D&D when I was 11 ('78) then tried a few others (Top Secret, Gamma World, etc.) untill I was 17. I didn't actually become interested in GW games untill about 8 or 9 years ago- just when 3rd. came out.

Crazy Harborc
12-03-2008, 01:17
I started the hobby of wargaming while I was in the US Navy. Before that, I always had toy soldiers (54mm scale). I've been a wargamer since I was 22. I am 64 now.:D

Heck, I even helped write a set of historical/fantasy rules. I played several different sets of rules. Most are OOP and if not my copy of them is gone.

I started using GW's fantasy system, near the end of 3rd Edition's run. Been playing WHFB since then. I still play a couple of different sets of historical rules.

Amon 'Chakai
14-03-2008, 16:53
12 yo (1995)

14-03-2008, 17:52
Since I was 10, so 6 years. :)

And I love every second of it!

- Huw

14-03-2008, 20:57
started at 11.
stopped at 14.
Rejoined at 16 (June 2007)
17 now (29th november)

15-03-2008, 11:36
My interest started when I was 8-9. Me and me pa used to paint 1/72 scale stuff and line them up for battle. Then a friend at school brought in some models including an old Carnifex "scream killer".

I am 26 tomorrow so that makes it 18 years or there about including a stint as a red shirt which opened my eyes to a lot of things including religious insensitivity of this country (yup I am still talking about GW)!