I remember my first mini figure, a broken second ed Chaos warrior. Discarded by a friend but glued back together by yours truly.
Since that ten year old salvaged the parts needed to complete his first model not much has changed, well hopefully the quality of my work!
I don't think I bought a new model from Games Workshop until I was a teenager. No, growing up my forces consisted of boot-sale finds and I remember my mind being blown with the arrival of a certain online auction house. I reckon it was this "make do and mend" approach to the hobby which spurred my interest in conversion and customising.
As I turned 18 I managed to land a job at the local Games Workshop, sometimes I miss those days. Long hair, rock music and painting toy soldiers, a much simpler time. I was also lucky enough to benefit from the fabled weight discount on the figures while working there.
In the last few years I've taken up traditional automotive pinstriping and i'm the proud owner of a custom PT Cruiser (albeit not to everyone's taste).
Now I'm a father of three and my own kids are starting to piece together their first armies, it certainly is a brave new world but I take solace in the fact some things never change.