(Hey everyone, let's give a big round of applause to Rotny Vana for his first post!!)
Hello everyone, I’m Rotny Petr Vana and I’m happy to be able to join to small but growing crew of contributors on Throck’s excellent blog. I thought I would take some time to properly introduce myself and give a bit of insight into my decision to join Flames of War.
While I’m a total Newb to FoW, I have been gaming for over a decade now. I started with Warhammer Fantasy from GW before I was able to even grasp the rules much to the dismay of the veterans, I’m sure, but hey, we all have to be Miggins [ed note: miggins = local slang for very young wargamers] sometime right?.
I used to summer in the Czech Republic, and when I arrived one year my friends had started this cool new hobby which involved painting fantasy miniatures. I was hooked immediately, and have since outlived them as the only remaining hobbyist from the group. But miniatures wargaming hit two chords for me simultaneously that has ensured a lifelong love.
First, I grew up watching my grandfathers (on both sides) paint model airplanes and trains. I was always fascinated in how they managed to put these kits together, then meticulously paint and decal them, displaying them proudly.
Second, as probably most kids, growing up on Tolkien and other fantasy. To make a long story short, it was not long before I became an avid modeler/gamer, and now regularly play Warhammer of any stripe, Warmachine/Hordes and above all War of the Ring. But you don’t want hear me ramble about my childhood memories, so let’s get on with it.
Why Flames of War?
Flames of War is a game I’ve been eyeing for some time. I’d see people playing on elaborate tables with fantastically painted armies, and thought “this is something I could get into.” I have always been into historical wargaming (whether that be Warhammer Ancients or WWII based games), but never took the plunge because I never had opponents. Finally, when my gaming group started investing, I knew it was only a matter of time. Growing up on stories from WWII (my grandparents lived in Czechoslovakia during the war, and have some amazing tales to tell), and having a long time fascination with Tanks in general, I knew this would be a good fit. A reasonable start up cost, a few friendly gamers willing to grease the wheels and a read through the rulebook, and there’s no looking back now.
More after the break!