I started playing D&D way back in 5th grade in 1978 when my friend’s brother had the little brown books. From that moment on I was hooked on gaming. I immediately went out to buy D&D. I ended up getting the blue basic book instead because the local game shop was sold out of the brown books. Throughout the rest of my elementary and high school years we played any number of role playing games. I loved collecting and painting miniatures but at the time these were for me at least simply an optional supplement for RPGs. In high school another friend of mine who was also into military history also discovered war gaming most of which were produced by Avalon Hill, Mayfair, or Victory games.
When I left for college, I seriously de-nerded. With a few exceptions while I was home on break I stopped playing both role-playing and war games. It wasn’t until many years later after I was married and my kids were a little older that I had some time in the evenings to fill. It was just a few years ago that I discovered table-top miniature war gaming. I had always loved collecting and painting miniatures so this seemed ideal for me. I bought some new paints and brushes and a starter box of Orks and Space Marines then I was off. Shortly after I discovered historical miniature war games combing my love of military history with modeling and gaming and the rest is history.
Flames of War is definitely my favorite miniature game. Unlike many other historical and other miniature games the rules are well designed, written, and tested but detailed enough with being overly complicated. For me, 15mm is my favorite scale. I like having lots of troops on the table and like them to be one for one representation. I like 28mm because the models are really detailed and the games are one for one representation, but your moving individual soldiers and there aren’t enough of them for me. In Bolt Action for example you basically get a buffed up platoon on the table, just not enough troops for me. The more the merrier! I’d love to design a set of FOW rules for full battalion level play. I’ve tried 10mm but the models are so small that it takes me forever to paint them to the level of detail I want (I like my models to be as accurate as possible). Too often at 10mm units are representative. For me if I see 2 cannons on a base representing a 4 cannon battery, I always feel like if there are 4 cannons in the battery there should be 4 on the table or I might as well use card board chits. Plus I love WW2 military history which is why Flames of War is the perfect storm for me.