Getting Back into Warhammer

(Reblogged from the original post on my other website)

In a post a long time ago, I mused about a photo showing the proportions of the fictional Adeptus Astartes from the fictional Warhammer 40,000 universe.

 

In a celebration of passing my PMP, I downloaded a new game for my PS3: Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team. I like that it’s in this universe. The game is a little repetitive, but oh well.

It reminded me that I used to be quite interested in the whole Warhammer 40k universe, including painting and playing with the tabletop miniatures. By a long time ago, I mean like 17 years ago!

In a fit of inspiration, I searched some old boxes and found that I still had most of them! Here are photos of some of my miniatures

 

Warhammer 40k minuatures
Imperial Guard

Warhammer 40k Space Marines
Space Marines

Imperial Guard Stormtroopers
Imperial Guard Stormtroopers

Detail of Warhammer 40k Space Marines
Space Marines detail

Imperial Guard Ratling Snipers
Imperial Guard Ratling Snipers

Space Marine veteran Sergeant, heavy flamer, terminator and apothecary
Space Marine veteran Sergeant, heavy flamer, terminator and apothecary
Imperial Guard command squad

Space Marine veteran Sergeant, heavy flamer, terminator and apothecary
Space Marine veteran Sergeant, heavy flamer, terminator and apothecary

Detail of the fiery coat on the imperial guard psyker
Detail of the fiery coat on the imperial guard psyker

Space Marine Veteran with Heavy Bolter painted by me
Space Marine Veteran with Heavy Bolter painted by me

Comparing to the video game Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team, I noticed quite a resemblance! They are based in the same universe, but I appreciate that the model I painted looks like the character in the video game.

Sternguard veteran from Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team
Sternguard veteran from Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team

Space Marine Veteran with Heavy Bolter painted by me
Space Marine Veteran with Heavy Bolter painted by me

So, what was the point of this post? Well, to show pictures of little 3cm tall figures I painted almost 20 years ago! Well, kinda.

I feel a strange compulsion to get back into the ‘hobby’. There’s something that sounds peaceful and appealing about finding a couple of hours to sit and paint miniatures. The store I used to buy from is still there. I still have my old paintbrushes, but the paints from then have unsurprisingly dried out. I’ve even made a shopping list of which figures I’d like to start with.

My reluctance is trying to justify the time to myself. I’m so focused on professional and health improvement that I don’t see how an introverted hobby like this is a good thing. I know I need rest days, but maybe I should invest my time instead in things like Toastmasters.

We’ll see what I get the urge to buy after Around The Bay.