I originally got into tabletop gaming, specifically Warhammer 40K, back in the mid 90s. I had been painting pewter miniatures but the cost of a single figure was often around $20 or more, and the selection was often limited to fantasy or historical war. Then one day my father took me to a scale modeler's convention. It was there that I came to posses my first Warhammer miniatures. At one of the booths a gentleman was selling a box of various Games Workshop figures and kits. This box was packed with goodies, Imperial Guard, Orks, Space Marine, a little bit of everything. From that point on I was sold.
For years I collected and painted. Trying out various paint schemes for my Space Marines. I was sucked into the horror of the Tyranids and intrigued by the mystery of the Eldar. As time went on I started looking for other quality miniatures and discovered Warmachine and Rackham Miniatures/Confrontation. When E-Bay started to pick up pace I started to sell my painted miniatures online to fund my never ending thirst for new models. In 2005 I even entered the Golden Demon competition at the Games Day in Ontario California. Sadly I rushed my model and didn't make it to through the first round.
Since then life got in the way of my hobby and it wasn't until this year that I finally got back into it. For the first time ever, I'm learning to play 40K. I've taken the Imperial Guard as my army of choice and they are coming together quite nicely.
The internet has been a great source of inspiration as I build, customize, and paint my army. My blog, The Artist of War, is my contribution to the artistic world of tabletop wargaming. Here I plan on providing detailed explanations of my conversions, various tutorials, links to other great tabletop artists, resources, and a gallery.