Four Year Anniversary
Another year has passed and it is now four years ago since the Aleatorblog opened its gates with its first post. We’re basically still doing what we used to do back then yet we don’t get to see each other that often anymore. But most of us are still working like crazy behind our hobby desks to get these little plastic men ready for tabletop warfare. So we figured it could be fun to take a closer look at our starting point and the climax of our own brush history. What were the Aleatores’ first miniatures, what are their personal favourites? Let’s find out!
Elrond de Gravenesse:
The question which one of my painted miniatures I like the most is very hard to answer for a wargamer. At least I had this problem when this year’s anniversary post for the Aleatorblog was due. I still like a lot of the miniatures I painted over the years quite a lot but which one of them I like the most I really couldn’t figure out. That’s where “your first miniature aswell” came in pretty handy. I would have loved to show you some of my cruel experiments I did back in the late 90ies with Revell email colour to some Wood Elves. But like many other stuff they got lost somewhere in the cellar of my parents.
That’s why I came up with a compromise: Instead of picking one of my most recently painted favourite miniatures – and that were quite a lot – I went back one step and picked up one of my older Warhammer miniatures.
Tzar Boris Bokha, Radii Bokha, the Red Tzar
I painted him several years ago in an old school colour scheme during a time when most of the other Aleatores were mainly occupied by the dark grimness of the 41st millennium. But thanks to our recent love for Warhammer skirmish this fella will get a new basing and roam the streets of the Border Princess soon. Seriously, who could resist a drunk fat man on a bear?
My first contact with the hobby was during the Rogue Trader days when my older brother and a couple of his friends were playing WH40K. I instantly fell in love with the artworks, the miniatures and the background. Little by little the first miniatures were bought, especially terminators and even a Land Raider had to be part of the collection. Both Space Hulk and Space Crusade (by MB) shortly thereafter were great presents I got back then.
Choosing a favourite miniature was everything but easy. There were so many over the last years. Starting with the new Genestealer cult Hybrids, over almost the whole Horus Heresy range from Forge World,the first plastic Night Goblins or maybe the Black Orcs around Grimgork.
While having had contact with our beloved hobby through school via friends who played Warhammer Fantasy I never got around to start it myself back then. It wasn`t til one day in my early twenties I walked past a Games Workshop store and finally decided to go in and not only look at the nice miniatures through the window. The store manager was a nice guy, we talked a lot about the hobby and he played my first game of 40k with me. After that I was fixed on the hobby, bought the Assault on Black Reach starter box and since today the hobby fun hasn’t stopped.
Also some smaller projects and mini games will see the paint brush and I hope to get more gaming in, hopefully once per week/2 weeks.
So stay with us in the new year, love to read your future comments. Cheers
20 years ago I came across WH40K at the end of the second edition. A new friend introduced me to the game and I was instantly sold. Back then I built some scale models by Revell but this was something completely different. As a Blood Angels player my buddy owned the Angels of Death codex and since money was short I went for the Dark Angels. My first miniatures was a pewter tactical squad. Most of them got their paint strapped off but I still found four of them with their first paintjob.