I love the models and how you paint them. Its nice to see the old school troops. It would be great to see them all at once, tight blocks of blue and red.
We were playing AD&D and I picked up Battlesystem to play some big games. They were played on a friend's vinyl tiled basement floor. All the terrain was drawn out with masking tape like a topographical map and a few model train trees. We used the cardboard chits that came with the game, as well as the TWO lead figures. I really fell in love with the lead. I painted up those two figures (a knight and an orc) with my dad's Testors enamel paints, and we hunted down more: the box of halflings, a couple of Grenadier ogres, two generic super-heroes, and the Grenadier "Dragon of the Month" red dragon (or red dragon II?) and some Dark Horse miniatures were some of the first I remember. They were all the local comic book shop had. We cleaned them out & started seeking out more from wherever we could find them. Discovered gaming conventions -- mostly for RPGs -- but ended up playing in a big Chaos Wars game. Thus discovered Ral Partha, played Chaos Wars for a while. In the course of the Quest for Lead a couple of friends and I took a trip to a semi-distant (for a couple of young teens at the time) mall train & model shop where they had some boxed Citadel Regiments of Renown. Half of them were either on clearance or mis-priced. One guy got Skarlock's archers, another got the Skeleton Horde, and me -- flush with the profits of newspaper delivery -- I picked up everything else: Harboths & Ruglud's orcs, Imrick's & Bugman's dwarfs, and the Nightmare legion. One of the other guys (I think Skarlock) also spotted a bigass (compared to the other games) rulebook: Warhammer Fantasy Battles (3rd ed.) and bought it as well. Thus... we were hooked.
At least that's the hasty version. We played some other games, like Battletech & Car Wars, a well. And somewhere in there, I had started picking up White Dwarf alongside Dragon magazine too...