**Pre-blog post warning - This should have been published around Septeber last year, but it doesnt look as though it was ever posted. I make several references to Christmas throughout this post so if you're thinking "tthis was posted in April, why is Bruce banging on about Christmas!?" you'll know why. ;). Anyway, back to the blog post...
My first dalliance into AOS came in the form of and old box of Fantasy Wood Elves. My fiancée, Rachael, loves to paint but can never find (and I quote) "Pretty girls with beautiful hair". I was mooching through Andy's old stock at Worcester Wargames and I picked up a box of Elves called "Sisters of the Thorn", featuring some very cutsey looking elven ladies riding on deer.
|The Sisters of the Thorn.|
I bought them knowing Rachael would be exited to paint them, so I assembled them in the shop. Andy noticed I'd got some fantasy models and asked if I wanted a game of Sigmar.
Now, I'm not proud to admit it, but I was one of those guys who was happy to make fun of Sigmar despite not having ever played it. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't going on the Sigmar forums and trashing the game or anything, but I would jokingly threaten to send my friends the Sigmar starter set for Christmas... that kind of thing. Jerk stuff. Anyway...
My first reaction to Andy's offer was a derisive snort, I had tried to play Warhammer Fantasy a few times before and the rule-set was, in my opinion, an absolute mess and I wasn't relishing the idea off spending any more time trying to figure it out. However, I had another hour or two to kill and the models I had just build did look really cool, so what the heck, I took Andy up on his offer and he raided an old box of unpainted metal elves until we'd got enough a small scale game.
After my first game I was immediately hooked, immediately buying all the metal models I had used in my intro game and a bunch of paints to get them started. Since then I've invested in a Treelord, some Dryads, and (with more than a little help from Andy) I've converted a 3rd Party Slaanesh Deamon Prince (ss?) looking thing into a glorious bare-breasted Orion, Queen of the Woods.
|My Wood Elves.|
|Orion, Queen of the Woods (Still a WIP)|
Now That I've got a solid core of Wood Elves / Wanderers / Sylvaneth, I've begun work on a Stormcast Eternals army. At the moment I've got the Stormcast half of the starter set and a handful of Hero Characters like the Knight Vexilor and Knight Heraldor. Over the next few months I hope to invest in the "Start Collecting" Stormcast box and maybe getting a Stardrake over the Christmas holidays.
|My Stormcast Eternals (Vexilor still a WIP)|
The lesson here is "don't be a jerk about other game systems if you havnt actually played them."
Since this post was originally drafted, Age of Sigmar has become quite a big deal in our local area and within Six Up Save as a group, with most of us having at least one army if not more. I've also taken part in two Sigmar tourneys, taking the last place wooden spoon in the first, and the first place trophy in the second. :D