My name is Johan, but I’m also known as Kaizer on some of the forums out there. GR finally made the blog, so we went from idea to action, so I will start by telling you a bit about my background as a gamer and painter.
As most people I started with The Games Workshop games – first fantasy and later 40k. My first encounter with Games Workshop was in the shop in Copenhagen, where I went in with my brother and came out with a lot of exciting ideas. But it was first years later I played my first real game of Warhammer.
The first many years my friends and I played homemade RPG games build up around our miniatures. It resembled warhammer a lot, but do to the fact that my native language is Danish; a couple of years went by before I had the necessary English skills to read and understand the rules. It was a lot of fun and it kept me painting and interested in the hobby.
My early teen years was used primarily playing “Dungeon and Dragons” and some LARPing, and through that I meet some new people who played warhammer, which got me into the hobby again. I went out and bought a Wood elves army since they had just gotten a new army book. Over the next couple of years I painted a lot and played a few games, but not that often. Along came 2007 and Chaos Space Marines got a new codex and started getting into 40k(Codex creeping is my thing). It was hard to finding time for playing games, since I worked a lot after school and it was first when my local gaming store ran some small 40k 5th tournaments I really got started. And here from it evolved quickly.
I started getting a least a single game in pr. week and after a while a moved a lot closer to the gaming store and got a part time gig there running game nights and helping kids getting into the hobby. It gave me two nights a week dedicated to playing, painting and making events such as tournaments and intro-days. I improved my gaming skills as well as my hobby skills, and ended up being an outrider for Games Workshop hoping to get GW to support some big local tournaments (yes I was young and naïve).
It was in this period I tried Warmachine/Hordes the first time, and to say it in a simple way, It didn’t like it. Then came the days of the field test for mark 2 and most of the local players started playing 40k, so it wasn’t really a big deal. I stopped working at the game store in Roskilde and moved to Copenhagen. Here I became a member of the local club Emperor’s Pride.
Emperor’s Pride has been there battlefield where I evolved from a teen gamer to a mature gamer, and a bitter painter. I have become a decent painter, decent gamer and a great Tournament organizer. I have been the main guy on a lot of one-day tournaments and two weekend tournaments, the third one coming up this June. I played big tournaments in 40k, fantasy and Warmachine/Hordes both in Denmark and once in the Netherlands. I have played Wood Elves, Beastmen, Vampire Counts and Empire in warhammer fantasy - Chaos space marines, Dark angels, Orks, Blood Angels, Space Marines, Space Wolves, Dark Eldar, Grey Knights, Tau Empire in warhammer 40k and Skorne, Circle and Menoth in Warmachine/Hordes. Today I own a small dark elder force, a giant Tyranid swarm and a decent sized Menoth crusade. I played my tyranids a lot when they got the new codex in January but since March my focus has been on Warmachine/Hordes.
Have I rage-quit Warhammer 40k? I got a big tournament next month so not really, I just enjoy 40k as a casual game and at the moment I’m really into something more competitive, which I think Warmachine offers me. I’m reading a lot of tacticas around the Privateer Press board and listening to different stuff on Hand Cannon Online, and I started painting some battlegroups for intro gaming and maybe I will try to become a Press Ganger ;)
So that is the short version of it – I will properly do a lot of posts about I just finished pairing something, but I will try to do some battle reports and some tournaments reviews, so stay tuned for more. More pictures, less text next time.