A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to score an interview at Games Workshop's Head office in Nottingham. And although I wasn't successful in getting the job, I did successfully re-invigorate my love for a hobby I left by the wayside over 16 years ago. And a few weeks later, I'm far happier for it, my wife/wallet however, not so much.
It started simply enough, Apply for a job, get awarded an interview, research the company so you know what you're talking about at said interview.
So, I took a trip to Warhammer World on the way home from work one evening and chatted for nearly an hour with a nice chap called James. I just wanted to figure out what had changed in the last 16 years (it turns out, a lot!), instead I managed to talk myself into starting up my hobbying past once again.
For me, the miniature hobby started back in Junior School aged 10, a friend (Alan) brought in a load of stuff his older brother collected. It was all interesting, but the thing that caught my eye was (what I've only now realised is) a Space Crusade Dreadnought. To me it was basically a plastic ED-209 I could own. I looked around for one of these things for years after I originally saw it but we didn't have a "The Internet" back then and I could never figure out what it was.
That night, I begged my mum to take me to this "Games Workshop" place, and after a few weeks she took me to the store in Meadowhall so that I could finally get my hands on some stuff. I remember we spent ages in the store. My interest was taken up by all the box artwork and blister packs of shiny new lead figures (yep, they were all lead back then), my mum was interested in how much this new interest was going to cost her. Especially as I'd given up on every other hobby I'd ever had up to this point. From football and collecting How My Body Works books to playing the keyboard (In case you weren't aware, this is the 90's i'm talking about). And after much deliberation, we finally settled on getting the painting starter set.
I wish I could find a pic of this, but it's so old I'm not even sure "Starter Paint Set" is it's actual name, But it was in a red box, came with 5 or so of the main paints and an elf and I think a goblin.
Edit: Found it, and I was totally wrong (unless there are different versions as I'm certain I had an elf at least), you got 10 paints, a Space Marine, a Chaos Warrior and a Starter Brush (a brush I actually still have, and still use!.........occasionally).