My first Warhammer memory(ies)... date back a good eleven years. 6th was just out when I started playing.
A friend of mine got me into it, he was playing O&G and got me to buy my first unit (19 State Troops) and my first general: An Elector Count Blister (that just so happened to be Kurt Helborg, 4th Ed model!). Well, I didn't know much anything about the game at the time and I didn't even own the Army Book, so my first State Troops actually turned out to become a command unit, and the rest evenly split between halberdiers and swordsmen.
Those were the days... I quickly got further friends of mine into the hobby too, and my then best friend and I used to have many a battle, Dwarves vs. Empire. I don't know if either of us even owned a rulebook in the very beginning... So what we could make out of our armybooks I guess was the best we could do. And sometimes, we'd take a single painted model to school and would make challenges between characters with dice we brought with us
It didn't take all that long until I did start understanding more of the game, largely thanks to more experienced players in my area. The hobby was always important to me since, and I am turning 25 soon, so it was almost half my life that it accompanied me. I started out with the Empire and I never stepped back from it or towards any other army. And in the meantime, I am presiding a small WHFB club and am regularly playing tournaments
And Kurt Helborg still is my favourite to-be-used general on the field. I painted him my own style, not necessarily caring for him to be Reiksguard, so he does fit into my own knightly order nicely enough. It's still the same paint job this guy has, and I painted him... 10 years ago?... I still like him!
Oh yeah, and of course, the store that has been sporting my hobby for all the time past is a smallish independent store in my hometown, where we don't even have a GW in any vicinity (if I'm not mistaken, there are no official GamesWorkshop stores in all of Switzerland). And before I started with Warhammer, I used to play Pokémon Trading Card Game in that store. Was part of the League, too.
Thanks, Maza, for making me remember!