I practically grew up in a comic book store. Luckily for me it was one of the ones that had an absolutely amazing gaming section. I have vivid memories of afternoons gazing at the walls of Reaper Miniatures and telling everyone I was going to do that when I grow up. I never gave up on wanting to jump in on the hobby and have finally found myself at a place in life where I can give it the time and money it requires.
I have been at it off and on again for about a year now and still consider myself very much the amateur. I don't paint them because I have any illusion of being good at it. I paint them for the sheer joy of painting. Tips, tricks, and constructive critiques are always welcome and appreciated.